We started our Crucian Collaboration series in 2017 after Chef Mathayom was a guest judge at the annual Taste of St. Croix. He was blown away by not only by the talent of the Twin City chefs but also by the variety of produce and locally sourced ingredients available on St. Croix. Inspired by the food and people of St. Croix he decided to host a collaborative dinner on St. John to showcase the best of the two sister islands.
The first Crucian Collaboration Full Moon Dinner was in August 2017 with guest chef Ryan Bennet. The Caribbean inspired menu featured sofrito shellfish, roast goat roti, and mango ice cream paired with a trio of Rosé wines. The dinner was a hit and a second was planned for November 2017 with guest chef Frank Robinson, but then Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck in September 2017 and plans were changed.
Now, after recovering and rebuilding since the storms (and opening the Lucky Chops Private Event Space in Cruz Bay where the Full Moon Dinners are now hosted) the Crucian Collaboration series is set to start again. The July Full Moon Dinner on Sunday the 14th will feature the food and flavors of guest Chef and Master Mixologist Frank Robinson, a St. Croix native.
Robinson currently owns and operates BES Craft Cocktail Lounge in Christiansted, STX. The popular watering hole is known island wide for its one of a kind menu that features locally sourced tapas style dishes as well as a unique craft cocktail menu based off Robinson’s homemade infusions (like his tamarind-habanero syrup or passion flower infused gin). Robinson’s one of a kind flavor profiles and cocktail crafting skills have won him several awards including the 2014 & 2015 VI Stoli Cocktail Master, 2016 Diageo Rotary Iron Bartender, and he took home gold in the 2016 Taste of the Caribbean being named the Caribbean Bartender of the Year.
Now Robinson is bringing his talent for showcasing island cuisine to St. John for the Crucian Collaboration Full Moon Dinner on July 14th. The special menu he designed for the evening (pictured below) highlights the flavors of the Virgin Islands in both the food and drink pairings which are meant not only to delight the diners’ palates but also to connect them to the islands themselves through the use of local ingredients and traditional dishes. The five course meal will be available for one night only on Sunday, July 14th (dinner starting at 6pm). Gust can choose to enjoy the dinner for $75 or dinner with drink pairings for $99.
Seating is limited for the Crucian Collaboration Full Moon Dinner, held at Lucky Chops in Cruz Bay (the former Fish Trap Space), and reservations are required. Contact our office at Office@StJohnCatering.com or call (340) 690-3868 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) to make your reservation.