|The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman // Photo by Joe Pike|
Tell all lovers of experiential traveler about The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman's newly-enhanced “Real Cayman” offerings.
From allowing guests to experience and help preserve the treasured mangroves known as “the forests of the sea,” to designing a uniquely Cayman Islands art walk showcasing local Caymanian artists, the resort has long committed itself to bringing the island alive for guests of all ages and interests.
To deepen the authentic Cayman experience for its guests, the resort has recently introduced several new Real Cayman experiences and ways for guests to immerse themselves in the island environment.
The first of these, now being offered at The Ritz-Carlton Culinary Studio, offers insights into true Caymanian cuisine in a special workshop called "The Cayman Experience."
This session is dedicated to preparing creations with locally-sourced catches, fruits, vegetables and spices. Participants in the class, which requires a 24-hour advance reservation, will begin their experience with a visit to local markets to select fresh ingredients for the workshop’s shared meal.
Accompanied by a narration of Caymanian legends and storytelling, the studio’s new Cayman Experience is presented in an interactive kitchen setting that mingles guests with chefs for the ultimate learning, gathering and dining adventure.
Additionally, and due to the passion of the resort’s locavore chefs, on-site restaurants now include Real Cayman selections on their dining and cocktail menus.
Utilizing island harvests to intrigue and delight guests’ palates, the chefs have created menu offerings of Caribbean Lobster and Grits, Jerk Pork Belly with Papaya Relish, Beets and Passion Fruit Salad with Local Mustard Greens and Kale, Coconut Creamed Callaloo, Bodden Town Local Ratatouille, Caribbean Snapper, Local Catch Sashimi, Jerk Chicken Pizza with Local Peppers, and for the cocktail hour, Caymanian-distilled rums. Even the resort’s longtime guest favorite, Afternoon Tea, goes Real Cayman, as some of its savory finger sandwiches feature delectable Spiny Lobster and Calaloo Salad – made only in the Cayman Islands.