Caneel Bay Goes Local for Earth Day with Special Organic and Sustainable Dinner

Diners at Caneel Bay Resort on Earth Day will enjoy delicious fare — using only local ingredients.

As groups and residents across the island gear up to celebrate all things “eco” on Friday, April 22, the 41st annual Earth Day, Love City’s eminent luxury resort is getting into the mood by going local.

Caneel Bay Resort is hosting a special Earth Day  menu that night only which will feature 100 percent organic, local and sustainable fare, explained Laura Lopez, who works for the resort’s public relations firm Hawkins International.

“Caneel Bay will show appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment by hosting a special dining event in celebration of Earth Day,” said Lopez. “The event will allow guests and neighbors to enjoy a three-course meal entirely organic and prepared with locally sourced ingredients.”

Guests will start their Earth Day fete with a choice of line caught local wahoo ceviche with young coconut juice, citrus segments and locally grown herbs, or a salad of Coral Bay organic greens, local daikon radish, mango and avocado tossed with a ginger-tamarind vinaigrette.

For the second course, diners will opt for either a lobster spring roll served with shredded green papaya and a Caneel Bay chili, lemongrass and Coral Bay honey sauce or a tamale made with local pig carnitas, Caneel avocado and tomato salad, with grilled mango and local cilantro pesto.

A refreshing soursop sorbet will be the perfect intermezzo as guests prepare to dig into one of the three enticing entrees available. Diners will enjoy either a banana leaf wrapped grouper filet prepared with ginger, coconut and herbs accompanied by local tomato confit, sauteed Coral Bay bok choy and sweet potato puree or a coffee and cashew crusted pork loin, with organic potato and plantain puree and sauteed Coral Bay long beans with a pineapple honey gastric.

The vegetarian entree option is a tantalizing local pumpkin ravioli tossed with oven cured Josephine’s tomatoes, wilted Coral Bay arugula, sage and local goat cheese.

Guests should definitely save room for a little something sweet as the night’s dessert options should not be missed. Diners will choose from a brown sugar spice cake with roasted banana ice cream and young coconut jelly and a Coral Bay honey souffle with a roasted pineapple and Cruzan Rum sauce.

Dinner will be served at either The Beach Bar and Grill or in The Equator Ruins, where space is already filling up quickly.

The dinner runs $135 per person which does not include gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling Caneel at 776-6111 and  should be made early, according to Lopez.