St. Croix Food & Wine Experience: New in 2015 and Taste Results

Chef Duff Goldman pictured teaching a cake decorating class at The Buccaneer.  Photo courtesy of Q Studio, LLC http://qstudiovi.com.

Chef Duff Goldman pictured teaching a cake decorating class at The Buccaneer.  Photo courtesy of Q Studio, LLC
http://qstudiovi.com.

The 2015 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience took place April 12 – 18, raising funds for the St. Croix Foundation.  This event is listed on Forbes Travel top ten international food and wine festivals.

A couple of new events this year centered around visiting celebrity Pastry Chef Duff Goldman.  Best known from Ace of Cakes on Food Network, he is also the owner of Charm City Cakes with locations in Los Angeles and Baltimore.  A “just desserts” reception was held at Zion Modern Kitchen in Christiansted as a meet-and-greet with Chef Goldman.  The event featured confections for every sweet tooth.  He also taught an “icing on the cake” decorating class at The Buccaneer.  This event sold old as Goldman is notorious for his skills on Food Network’s Duff Til Dawn competitive cake decorating show.  He also served as a guest judge for A Taste of St. Croix, the week’s signature and original event.

A Taste of St. Croix – Judges Results:

Appetizer

1st place: 40 Strand Eatery

2nd place: Rowdy Joe’s Northshore Eatery

3rd place: Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa

Entree

1st place: Maria’s Cantina

2nd place: Salud Bistro

3rd place: You Are Here Bar & Grille

Soup / Stew

1st place: The Bistro

2nd place: Salud Bistro

3rd place: Seaside Market & Deli

Local Fare

1st place: TIE Sejah Farm / The Sweet Fairy

2nd place: Ridge to Reef Farm

3rd place: Camisha’s

Vegetarian

1st place: Ridge to Reef Farm

2nd place: Shanti Shawa Vital Ital Experience

3rd place: St. Croix Central High School Culinary Arts Class

Dessert

1st place: Sandy Toes Beach Shack

2nd place: Chris’ Hideaway Sports Bar

3rd place: The Palms at Pelican Cove

Beverage

1st place: Zion Modern Kitchen

2nd place: Crucian Ice

3rd place: The Sands Restaurant

Best Presentation

1st place: La Reine Chicken Shack

Honorable Mention: Dashi

People’s Choice

Zion Modern Kitchen

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