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Crew with a Cause: Dining for Charity

Jan 9th 18
By Hillary Hoffower

Crew, there’s no need to ask the chef what’s for dinner on January 16. That’s because Chef Charlie Blacker of M/Y Trending has you covered — and for a good cause. He and a team of talented yacht chefs will be cooking up a storm of Antiguan flavors at Catherine’s Café at 7 p.m. to raise money for hurricane relief.


“The idea is, we’re on these big white 'toys’ and going to these [ravished] places and [while we’re crossing], we’re all thinking is it going to be [in] good taste going over there and feeling a bit awkward, so we were actually thinking of something we could do to give back to the people,” says the 2016 Antigua Concours de Chef winner. After a couple of ideas, he settled on a clear victor. "I’m friends with Alex, who owns Sheer Rocks and Catherine’s (in Antigua), and was a judge at [the Concours de Chef] last year, so I thought I’d do a pop-up night and a five-course meal.”


Blacker asked the yacht’s owner if he’d be interested in helping, and without hesitation, the owner agreed to match whatever was raised from the event as well as cover some of the expenses. “We’ll take over the restaurant for one evening [to raise] money to donate to Antigua & Barbuda Search and Rescue because they put the money in the right place and they’re such hard workers and have done so much [for those affected by the hurricanes],” Blacker says.


For $190 tickets (cash only), guests will enjoy an arrival cocktail, five-course tasting menu with main ingredients sourced from the island and prepped with modern flair, and a wine pairing. On the menu? Smoked mahi and plantain tostada, callaloo and cocoa ravioli with nutmeg cream, Antiguan clams en papillote, smoky pork rib fillets with sweet potato and slaw, and fresh coconut delice with sweet tamarind and Grenadian cocoa. If you require a pescatarian, vegetarian, or vegan menu, all you have to do is give notice.


Blacker hopes to raise $20,000. Help him by purchasing tickets from M/Y Trending at the Yacht Club Marina or at Catherine’s Café on Pigeon Beach. Proceeds will go toward rebuilding Barbuda’s communities post-hurricane. Now, that’s a dinner to remember.

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