The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Wed­nes­day 8th July, 2015 will be a date firmly in­grained in the history of Ti Kaye Re­sort & Spa. It was the day they were in­formed that their Kai Manje Res­tau­rant had been hon­ored with the pres­ti­gious 2nd level Wine Spec­ta­tor ‘Best of Award of Ex­cel­lence’.

Owner Ni­cholas Pin­nock says, “We be­lieve this award is not only fan­tas­tic for Ti Kaye Re­sort & Spa, but also for our beau­ti­ful is­land of Saint Lu­cia as a des­ti­na­tion. The award gives Kai Manje recog­ni­tion for our is­land grass roots Cre­ole cui­sine, tra­di­tion and cul­ture com­bined with our su­perb breadth and depth of wines. The ‘Best of Award of Ex­cel­lence’ puts Kai Manje in a very elite group of be­ing one of only seven restau­rants in the en­tire Caribbean to have this 2nd level award, and is the first and only one in Saint Lu­cia. It also means Saint Lu­cia is one of only three Caribbean is­lands to have a 2nd level award win­ning res­tau­rant, and is the only is­land in the Lesser An­tilles”.

Gen­eral Man­ager Ms. Sarah Watts says, “The tim­ing couldn’t have been bet­ter. My hus­band and I celebrate our three year an­niver­sary here at Ti Kaye next week, and to re­ceive this award now couldn’t be a bet­ter cel­e­bra­tory gift! This is a huge achieve­ment for the whole team here at Ti Kaye Re­sort & Spa, but es­pe­cially for the Kai Manje wine and culi­nary team. To ap­ply for, and be awarded an ‘Award of Ex­cel­lence’ on our very first ap­pli­ca­tion back in 2013 was won­der­ful. To be awarded it again in 2014 was amaz­ing. This year, how­ever, to re­ceive a ‘Best of Award of Ex­cel­lence’, there­fore in­clud­ing Kai Manje within a priv­i­leged few Caribbean restau­rants, is sim­ply mag­nif­i­cent.

“It has been a tough three years. We have spent thou­sands of man-hours sourc­ing, count­ing (as well as drink­ing) wines. Any­one who man­ages in­ven­to­ries of this size and stature will tell you it is not just a job, but takes an in­sur­mount­able amount of pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion. We also in­vested heav­ily in a re-de­sign of our main kitchen back in 2013, as well as cre­at­ing new culi­nary po­si­tions. This was to en­sure that the food which ac­com­pa­nies our su­perb vast ar­ray of over 500 dif­fer­ent wines also in­fuses as many lo­cal and tra­di­tional Cre­ole in­gre­di­ents as pos­si­ble. Even with this es­teemed award, Kai Manje Res­tau­rant and Ti Kaye Re­sort & Spa will re­mem­ber who we are, a tra­di­tional Saint Lu­cian re­sort that has de­vel­oped and grown with the strength of the whole Ti Kaye team”.

In May of this year Ti Kaye hosted Fred Zam­mataro, COO, CFO and EVP of Schrams­berg Vine­yards in Napa Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia. Fred held the first wine maker’s din­ner at Kai Manje and, when con­tacted with the news of our award, Fred com­mented: “Con­grat­u­la­tions on earn­ing this very distin­guished award from Wine Spec­ta­tor. It is well de­served not only for Kai Manje res­tau­rant and your fine un­der­ground wine cel­lar, but for Ti Kaye Re­sort & Spa and its team. Ku­dos! I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to com­ing back.”

Wine Spec­ta­tor mag­a­zine writes: “Wine Spec­ta­tor’s Res­tau­rant Wine List Awards rec­og­nize restau­rants whose wine lists of­fer in­ter­est­ing se­lec­tions, are ap­pro­pri­ate to their cui­sine and ap­peal to a wide range of wine lovers.Our sec­ond-tier award was cre­ated to give spe­cial recog­ni­tion to restau­rants that clearly ex­ceed the re­quire­ments of the Award of Ex­cel­lence. These lists typ­i­cally of­fer 350 or more se­lec­tions, along with su­pe­rior pre­sen­ta­tion, and dis­play ei­ther vintage depth, with sev­eral ver­ti­cal of­fer­ings of top wines, or ex­cel­lent breadth across sev­eral wine re­gions.”

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