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PRESS RELEASE –Ladera Resort, an island paradise situated 1,100 feet above the Caribbean Sea overlooking the World Famous Pitons, prides itself on being an authentic, sustainable resort by offering guests a true St. Lucian experience. Apart from featuring local craftsmanship including furniture and accessories throughout the resort, the property boasts an all St. Lucian team that complements the experience for the guests.
It’s Dasheene Restaurant, the island’s only restaurant that features the same unobstructed views of the Pitons and Caribbean Sea, continues to partner with over 80 local farmers and fishermen to bring a new level of sustainability and experiential travel to their guests.
This elevated approach, offering sustainable local cuisine at Ladera has been a mutually beneficial partnership with the local farmers and fishermen of the island for several years. The restaurant continues to serve the freshest farm-to-table experience on island, offering guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in St. Lucian cuisine.
“It was the original initiative of our resort owner, Mr. Ralph Hooper to ensure our guests truly experienced St. Lucia in an authentic way, even before experiential travel became a trend today,”remarks Olivier Bottois, Ladera’s Vice President of Operations.
“Through this partnership, we are honored to work with so many talented local farmers and delighted to showcase –literally –the fruits of their labor on our menu. You will not find strawberries on our menu, but you will find exotic island fruits indigenous to the island as guava, pineapple and mango in a fresh and delectable variety. To further show our support, we decided to list all farmers and fishermen’s names on the resort’s new menus this summer,”says Bottois, an advocate of “farm-to-table”cuisine.
Additionally, each week native Saint Lucian Executive Chef Nigel Mitchel is hosting cooking classes and local market tours with one of the local farmers, providing hotel guests the opportunity to learn about the native cuisine and foods grown on island.
The day begins with a local market tour where Chef Nigel and the guest farmer educates the guests about raising animals or growing produce in St. Lucia followed by a hands-on cooking class.
Dasheene has been known as a destination for the best Caribbean cuisine on island for over thirty years. For the past 17 years, Chef Nigel Mitchel has been featuring an outstanding authentic local creole menu that changes daily.
Nigel creates specialty recipes nightly, using secret blends of local seasonings and herbs to complement flavors of freshly caught seafood, including award-winning shrimp Dasheene, a standout and favorite dish among guests.
Local talent is supported by the resort with local live entertainment every evening at Dasheene Restaurant showcasing local performers. For more information or reservations please visit ladera.com or call 758-459-6623.