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Antigua and Barbuda win culinary approval in the Hamptons

Antigua and Barbuda win culinary approval in the Hamptons ( NEW YORK, New York – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, North America was one of the main sponsors of the annual Chefs and Champagne event held this past Saturday at the grand Wolffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons Long Island. Antiguan Chef, Melvin Myers of Success Catering was one of over 40 select chefs from across the globe featured at the culinary show. The exclusive event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary is considered the ultimate summer tasting party to over 1000 elite wine and food connoisseurs. This year, the foundation honored Emmy Award-Winning celebrity TV personality, chef and cookbook author Carla Hall. Flowing champagne from French Champagne House Taittinger, Stella Artois and the wines of the Wolffer Estate were the featured aperitifs. Culinary offerings and tastings from the award-winning and celebrated group of chefs and restaurants were carefully displayed on tiny wooden cocktail plates and served to guests throughout the festive evening.

Chef Melvin Myers who prides himself on presenting local Antiguan concepts with an international flare and whose culinary fruit artistry recently gained him features on WPIX11 and CBS News was the highlight of the astute affair garnering an exclusive feature on The Hamptons TV network where host Zoe Pennebaker Breen indulged in Chef Myers’ signature coconut curried chicken in a tomato phylo garnished with berries in a passion fruit ginger sauce and splashed with award-winning English Harbour Rum from Antigua. The evening’s honoree Ms. Carla Hall paid the Antigua and Barbuda booth a visit and congratulated Chef Melvin on his stellar display.

Vice President of Sales and Marketing North America, Mrs. Marie Walker who also attended the event was extremely pleased with the response that the destination received. “Antigua and Barbuda’s partnership with the James Beard Foundation allowed the destination to be a part of and celebrate a very diverse culinary culture and heritage here in New York. Through Chef Myers’ exceptional Antiguan infused food display and tasting, I am certain that we left our culinary mark on a very high end, niche group of savvy consumers many of whom had already travelled to Antigua and Barbuda. I am very pleased that we had the opportunity to engage them within a very elevated experience that is synonymous with the Chefs and Champagne event.”

The Sugar Ridge Resort donated an all-expense paid 2-night trip to Antigua in honor of the foundation’s annual online auction which raises funds for culinary education. Guests also received signature Antigua and Barbuda beach totes, brochures and other paraphernalia. Other notable sponsors included Audi, The Hamptons Magazine, Evian, Veterra Dinnerware and Celebrity Cruises to name a few.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority North America’s sponsorship of the annual Chefs and Champagne event includes a long list of target specific consumer events on the marketing calendar of the office as the destination continues to capitalize on opportunities to promote the destination to a very targeted niche market of savvy travelers and consumers.

For Chef Melvin Myers interview with Hamptons TV See the following link:

For more information about the James Beard Foundation visit


Antigua (pronounced An-tee'ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua & Barbuda comprises 108-square miles. The 365 white and pink sand beaches, one for every day of the year, are just the beginning of the treasures that await visitors. Antigua’s rich history and spectacular topography provide a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort commissioned by the British in 1755, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Betty’s Hope, built in 1674, is the site of one of the first full-scale sugar plantations on Antigua, and offers a chance to step back into time by visiting the restored mills. Another unique attraction is Devil’s Bridge, located at the eastern tip of the island in Indian Town National Park, where Atlantic breakers have carved out a natural limestone arch. Antigua boasts a varied tourism calendar including events such as the World Class Antigua Sailing Week, Classic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Sports Fishing and also the annual Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Island accommodation ranges from luxury, boutique resorts and all-inclusive hotels to smaller more intimate boutique guesthouses and cottages. For information about Antigua & Barbuda visit or and follow us on Twitter. ; Facebook ;

PHOTO: Celebrity Chef TV Personality and C&C Honoree Carla Hall with Antiguan Chef Melvin Myers of Success Catering/Photo © Franz DeFreitas

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