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2020 TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN EVENT SCHEDULE!

Taste of the Caribbean June 21 – 25, 2019

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 21

2:30pm ‑ 4:00pm             Orientation Meeting

Location: Orchid B

6:00pm – 7:30pm             Opening Celebration and Awards Presentation

Location: Brickell Ballroom
Join us as we kick off CHIEF and Taste of the Caribbean, announce the CHIEF awards for best practices and recognize our best ambassadors including Caribbean Association executive, Caribbean employee, Caribbean supervisor and the 2019 CHTA Icon of Hospitality award.

7:30pm – 8:30pm             Kickstart Meetup

Location: Promenade
Start your Taste experience at the Exchange Hub where you will make professional connections and learn about the products and services that will enhance your business.  Lots of fun with a Caribbean flair!


Saturday, June 22nd

8:15am  – 9:30am            Social Cafe

Location: Promenade
Social Networking at its best! -Start your day Saturday with an engaging exchange with exhibitors and grab breakfast before heading to your first session!    Exclusive opportunity to connect with vendors and demo their products/services.

11:00am ‑ 3:00pm           Teams Prep for Caribbean305

Transportation instructions for teams and team coordinators will be provided
separately

8:00pm                             Caribbean305 (ticketed event)

Featuring U.S. Meat Export Federation Contemporary Caribbean Street Pork Competition

Location: Mana Wynwood

Transportation available from Hyatt Regency Miami
VIP ticket holders: Starting at 6:30pm (For 7:00pm access)

GA ticket holders: Starting at 7:15pm


Sunday, June 23rd

8:15am ‑ 12:15pm           Team competitions
Group 1 Teams: Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Suriname and Turks & Caicos

Location: Flagler
Individual competition ‑ Chocolate Group 2

Location: Pastry Kitchen (private area)
Sponsored by: House of Angostura® & Angostura® Orange Bitters

8:30am ‑ 9:30am              Educational Session – Mixologist/Bartenders  (mandatory)

Entrepreneurialism and the Bar Sector

Location: Hibiscus A

Session Facilitated by:   Jamal Bowen, Bartender Competition Judge and Taste of the Caribbean Hall of Fame
Member, 2012 Ira Claxton, Bartender Competition Judge Marv Cunningham, Bartender Competition Judge and Taste of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Member, 2015 & 2016 Raakesh Madoo, Head Judge ‑ Bartender Competition and Taste of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Member, 2005

9:35am ‑ 10:35am            Educational Session – Mixologist/Bartenders (mandatory)

Applications of Bitters, Shrubs, and Tinctures

Location: Hibiscus A

Session Facilitated by:   Jamal Bowen, Bartender Competition Judge and Taste of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Member, 2012

10:40am ‑ 11:40am          Educational Session – Mixologist/Bartenders (mandatory)

Bartending Techniques and Methodologies: Shaking; Stirring; Muddling; Building; Rolling/Throwing

Location: Hibiscus A

Session Facilitated by:   Marv Cunningham, Bartender Competition Judge and Taste of the Caribbean Hall of
Fame Member, 2015 & 2016

12:15pm ‑ 1:45pm           Taste Competition Lunch (Ticketed event)

Location: Regency Ballroom

Your culinary trip to the Caribbean awaits you!  Purchase your ticket to experience a three course meal with wines prepared by the following Caribbean national teams: Bahamas,  Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Suriname and Turks & Caicos

Due to the nature of the competition, ticketed delegates must check-in at the dining room area 15 minutes before the start time.

3:00pm – 5:30pm              Bartender Competition ‑ Non alcoholic

Location: Flagler

3:30pm ‑ 7:30pm

Team competitions Group 2 : Belize, Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago

Location: Regency Ballroom

Individual competition ‑ Chocolate Group 1

Location: Pastry Kitchen (private area)
Sponsored by: House of Angostura® & Angostura® Orange Bitters

6:00pm ‑ 6:45pm              Wine Tasting Session

Location: Regency Ballroom

Sponsored by: Wine School

7:30pm ‑ 9:00pm              Taste Competition Dinner (Ticketed event)

Location: Regency Ballroom

Your culinary trip to the Caribbean awaits you!  Purchase your ticket to experience a three-course meal with wines prepared by the following Caribbean national teams: Curacao, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago

Due to the nature of the competition, ticketed delegates must check-in at the dining room area 15 minutes before the start time.


Monday, June 24th

8:30am – 10:00am            Educational Session – Culinary (mandatory for chefs, jr chefs and pastry chefs)

Cooking with ANGOSTURA® Bitters

Location: Orchid B

This culinary masterclass will expose attendees on the versatility of ANGOSTURA® bitters and introduce them to the unique and interesting ways that bitters can be used in their culinary endeavors. Attendees will be presented with a certificate of participation.

Session Facilitated by:   Chef Debra Sardinha-Metivier, Taste of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Member, 2018

Sponsored by: House of Angostura® & Angostura® Orange Bitters

8:30am ‑ 10:00am            Educational Sessions – Mixologist/Bartenders (mandatory)
Menu Engineering

Location: Orchid B

Session Facilitated by:   Raakesh Madoo, Head Judge ‑ Bartender Competition and Taste of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Member, 2005

10:05am – 11:05am          Educational Session – Culinary (mandatory for chefs, jr chefs and pastry chefs)

Overview of Seafood Products Available from the Northeast USA

Location: Orchid B

The seafood industry of northeast USA produces a wide variety of fish and shellfish that are highly regarded, and demanded, by chefs worldwide. The region also produces some lesser known seafood products that could become the next hot restaurant specialty. Learn more about the sustainable seafood products of the Greater Atlantic and the opportunities they can offer to distinguish menus.

Session Facilitated by:   Colleen Coyne, Seafood Program Coordinator, Food Export USA-Northeast

Sponsored by: Food Export USA-Northeast

11:10am – 11:40am          Educational Session – Culinary (mandatory for chefs, jr chefs and pastry chefs)

The Certified Angus Beef ® #BestAngusBeef Ever Tour

Location” Orchid B

While most brands stop at Angus for quality, that is where the Certified Angus Beef® brand starts through their ten specifications. Come explore the newest and latest global beef trends from all over the world.

Session Facilitated by: Gebran Charbine, Director, International Marketing, Certified Angus Beef LLC, Laura Newberry-Yokley, Brand Manager, International, Certified Angus Beef LLC, Chef Peter Rosenberg , Corporate Chef, Certified Angus Beef LLC, featuring Chef Georgios Kastanias, Executive Chef, Megas Yeeros

Sponsored by: Certified Angus Beef®

1:00pm ‑ 5:00pm

Pastry Chef of the Year Competition ‑ Group 1

Location: Pastry Kitchen (private area)

Individual Competition ‑ Seafood Mystery Basket

Sponsored by: Food Export USA-Northeast

1:30pm – 4:30pm           Bartender Competition – Rum

Location: Regency Ballroom

6:00pm – 10:00pm           Individual Competition ‑ Beef Mystery Basket

Location: Regency Ballroom

Sponsored by: Certified Angus Beef®

6:30pm ‑ 9:00pm             Bartender Competition ‑ Vodka Category

Location: Regency Ballroom


Tuesday, June 25th

7:30am – 11:30am

Junior Chef of the Year Competition

Location: Regency Ballroom

Pastry Chef of the Year Competition ‑ Group 2

Location: Pastry Kitchen (private area)

10:00am ‑ 2:00pm         Bartender of the Year Competition ‑ “Mystery Basket”

Location: Regency Ballroom

Sponsored by: House of Angostura®

12:30pm ‑ 3:30pm           Chef of the Year Competition

Location: Regency Ballroom

Sponsored by: RAK Porcelain

7:30pm                                Awards Dinner

Location: Regency Ballroom

Wednesday, June 27th

8:30am ‑ 10:00am          Team debriefing meeting- only for team managers and coordinators

Location: Orchid B

 

If you have any questions, please contact events@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Morning Teams and Delegates Arrive
2:30PM – 4:00PM Team Orientation
4:00PM – 4:30PM Managers and Competitors Review Competition Area
5:30PM – 7:00PM Opening Session, Keynote Address, President’s Inauguration & Industry Award Presentations
7:00PM – 8:30PM Reception and Networking at Exchange Hub

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

8:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast and Networking at Exchange Hub
9:15AM – 10:00AM Professional Development Sessions. CLICK HERE for times & descriptions.
11:00AM – 3:00PM Teams Prep for Caribbean305
12:45PM – 2:00PM Lunch and Networking at Exchange Hub
4:00PM – 6:00PM Teams Leave to Jungle Island
5:15PM – 6:30PM Fun, Games and Hall of Fame Bartender Demo at the Exchange Hub
8:00PM Caribbean305

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

8:00AM – 12:00PM Team Competition Group B / Chocolate Competition Group A
8:30AM – 11:00AM Bartender Competition Non-Alcoholic
12:00PM – 1:30PM Competition Lunch Group B
2:30PM – 5:00PM Bartender Competition Rum
3:00PM – 7:00PM Team Competition Group A / Chocolate Competition Group B
6:00PM – 6:45PM Tasting Session
7:00PM – 8:30PM Competition Dinner Group A

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

8:45AM – 12:00PM Professional Development Sessions. CLICK HERE for times & descriptions.
1:00PM – 5:00PM Individual Competition Seafood and Pastry Group A
1:30PM – 2:30PM Professional Development Sessions. CLICK HERE for times & descriptions.
2:30PM – 4:00PM Bartender Masterclass
6:00PM – 8:30PM Bartender Competition Vodka
6:00PM – 10:00PM Individual Competition Beef

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018

8:00AM – 12:00PM Junior Chef and Pastry Group B
12:00PM – 3:00PM Bartender Mystery Basket
1:00PM – 4:00PM Chef of the Year
7:30PM Awards Ceremony

OVERVIEW OF THE COMPETITION

Caribbean National Culinary Team Competition

In a mystery basket competition, teams are assigned items from the basket from which a three course menu is developed within one hour. After the menu is developed, teams have three hours to prepare a three course meal (appetizer, entrée and dessert), which is then served to attendees. The top scoring team on the culinary team competition receives the award of Caribbean Culinary Team of the Year.

Caribbean Culinary Individual Competition

In addition to the team competitions, various categories of individual competitions are available to participating team members. 1 senior chef and 1 junior chef from each participating team compete in an individual competition to select the Caribbean Chef of the Year and the Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year. During these competitions, each individual must create in a two hour period a dish showcasing the main ingredient from a mystery basket. A winner is selected for each one of the individual competitions.

Caribbean Chef of the Year

To win Caribbean Chef of the Year each chef will be given one hour of preparation time in which to write and submit a description of their entrée dish, to do mis en place and get organized (only stocks can be cooked during the 1st hour). Cooking, finishing and plating are to take place during the second hour. The dish must be completely plated by the end of the second hour.

Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year

To win Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year each contestant must be working and/or studying in the culinary field in the Caribbean and cannot be older than 21 years of age. Each chef will be given one hour of preparation time in which to write and submit a description of their entrée dish, to do mis en place and get organized (only stocks can be cooked during the 1st hour). Cooking, finishing and plating are to take place during the second hour. The dish must be completely plated by the end of the second hour.

Caribbean Bartender of the Year

Bartenders from the competing national teams prepare a variety of drinks to demonstrate their creativity, skills, personality and showmanship. Three rounds are scheduled for beverages in the categories of Non-Alcoholic, Vodka and Rum. Each bartender has five minutes to prepare three portions of the beverage. All participating bartenders compete for the honor of Caribbean Bartender of the Year. In this final round bartenders have thirty minutes to review the content of a mystery bar, and then design and prepare a cocktail of their choice.

Caribbean Pastry Chef of the Year

Pastry chefs from the competing national teams create, in advance, a dessert recipe which they prepare during four hours at the event. The top pastry chef is selected the Caribbean Pastry Chef of the Year.

HOTEL, VILLA & CONDO/TIMESHARE MEMBERSHIP


CHTA understands that operating a hotel, a villa or a condo/timeshare property is about far more than a comfortable night’s sleep for your guests. It is about Business Management, Advocacy and Marketing within multi-intra islands as well as International. Our association is about what happens behind the scenes – what will make your establishment run smoother, be more cost-effective, and grow your profits. CHTA members have inside access to the key players and resources that drive the lodging industry, and benefit from a network of likeminded executives. While we encourage the primary contact to be the general manager or property owner, our host of benefits transcends marketing, human resources, sales, food & beverage, and other departments. For this reason, we entitle the primary member to appoint other internal associates to also receive the full benefits of CHTA membership. This means that for one price, individuals can take advantage of all the events, educational resources, and communications we offer. Discounts are offered only to CHTA card members.

Hotel, Villa Condo/Timeshare Membership Form  (PDF 3.3 MB)

CLICK HERE

ALLIED MEMBERSHIP


For organizations that do or want to do business in the Caribbean Allied Members are organizations with a vested interest in the Hotel and Tourism industry, who use CHTA as a platform to grow their industry knowledge, while networking and conducting business with other members. Primarily comprised of key decision makers in the Caribbean industry, our hotel, villa and condo/timeshare members have the power to sign your dotted line, and we take strides to make our Allied Members visible to this community. If this audience comprises any part of your consumer base, you can’t afford not to join CHTA.

Raise your visibility with:

Allied Membership Form  (PDF 3.5 MB)

CLICK HERE