New York Celebrates Caribbean Week

Highlights include free cooking demos and a cultural fair

Blue Cilantro is an East-meets-West restaurant and bar in Grand Cayman.

New Yorkers can savor the sights, sounds, and food of the Caribbean during Caribbean Week in New York. Free events include a cultural fair in Grand Central Terminal and cooking demonstrations.

Cayman Islands chef Keith Griffin is leading free cooking demonstrations at Bloomingdales Friday, June 8, and at Williams-Sonoma on 59th Street Saturday, June 9. Griffin, assisted by chef Vidyadhara Shetty, will be making roasted corn and crabcakes with tamarind chutney Friday and sweet corn and sweet potato fritters Saturday. After the demonstrations, attendees get to sample the Caribbean treats.

Griffin, a private chef, is one of the top chefs in the Cayman Islands. Griffin was the former president of Cayman Culinary Society and director of the Caribbean Culinary Federation. He has been a featured chef for Discovery Channel's Great Chefs of the Caribbean television series and the accompanying cookbook.

Shetty, who is president of the Caribbean Culinary Society, just opened Blue Cilantro, an East-meets-West restaurant and bar in Grand Cayman that features three-course and five-course tasting menus along with à la carte options that are inspired by the Cayman Islands.