Very recently, the St Lucia Tourist Board hosted a night for the media . Local travel agents were also invited. The purpose of the gathering was to announce that as of December, United Airlines will have direct flights from Chicago to St Lucia The party was held at Mortons on Fulton. We were excited to be one of the VIP guests invited to this special evening.
When we got there, we were welcomed by girls that were dressed in native costumes. We enjoyed speaking to representatives from the various resorts. Guests nibbled gnoshes and sipped beverages. . Special guests included the Hon. Dominic Fedee, Minister of Tourism , Information, and Broadcasting for the Government of St Lucia. Dominic expressed how exciting this new development was for tourism and how the island was going through a renaissance . “Many of our resorts are expanding to accommodate more guests. We only want to treat our guests with first class treatment.”
The food served at the reception was incredible enough, but that was just the beginning of the evening. Before we were whisked to our rooftop paradise, Celebrity chef Orlando Satchell announced we were in for a treat with a dinner made with only the freshest seafood and vegetables from St Lucia. He also said he had a few surprises as well. Anxiously, we headed to the rooftop. Satchell had coordinated the event with Paramount Events. The rooftop of Morton’s was made up to look like a tropical paradise .
Before we grabbed our gourmet buffet, everyone scurried to the Corner Rum Shop where guests could get a beverage to have with dinner. There were many choices like wine , beer, and exotic rum drinks. Since I love fruity drinks, I had to get into the spirit of the evening with a rum drink. I could just imagine the palm trees and the crystal blue waters as I sipped my Lucifer’s Revenge.The color and fruit garnish made it sinfully delicious.
The dinner was truly something special. Orlando gave us a small taste of St Lucia’s cuisine with his own special touches. Some of my favorites were the Laboris Island Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaves w/ Pickled Vegetables. Since I love soul food , I indulged in the Caribbean Pork Stew w/ Red Beans and Garlic served with Coconut Rice. One of the more inventive dishes included a fusion of Caribbean and Indian dishes .The Curry Lamb Roti rivaled anything that was made on Devon Avenue in Chicago.
What is the perfect way to end a meal? With chocolate of course! Dessert was an elaborate chocolate tree consisting of the many types of chocolate that St Lucia boasts. There is even a chocolate festival! This is only a small sampling of the many festivals and holidays that occur in St Lucia.
It was an enjoyable evening with great food and drink. At the end of the evening, we were given this lovely bag filled with coconut scrub and lots of information about St Lucia. As you can see, the bag is perfect for the beach. Here’s hoping we get a chance to use it soon.