A Taste of History© Gets a Taste of Nevis
Given its significance as the birthplace of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, Nevis is an idyllic locale for A Taste of History©, a television cooking series that explores America’s culinary beginnings. This is what the cast and crew of the multiple Emmy award-winning series has discovered this past week as they made their way throughout the tiny Caribbean island to visit places that prepared the types of food enjoyed during Hamilton’s day.
The show’s mission is to bring America’s history to life and makes it vibrant as viewers step back in time and get to know the founders of our country through the food they ate and the recipes they prepared. Host and Chef Walter Staib visited several resorts, restaurants and with the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society to get an idea of what Hamilton’s early life may have been like from a culinary viewpoint for the 30-minute Nevis episode set to air in the spring of 2017.
Hermitage Plantation, a boutique resort that features gingerbread cottages and a Greathouse that dates back to 1670, is said to be the oldest wooden house in the Caribbean. It was surely around during Hamilton’s day and even now presents a Wednesday night West Indian Buffet that incorporates a roasted pig and local recipes that date back generations served in Nevisian traditional clay pots and cooking vessels. Chef Staib got in the kitchen with Chef Lenny Liburd who illustrated and preparation of the roast pig and other buffet dishes such as sautéed breadfruit, tania fritters, and fried plantains and tomatoes.
Next was a visit to Rodney’s Cuisine, where Chef Staib was able to cook and visit with Rodney Elliot, an island woman who shared her authentic recipes that incorporate the ingredients and foods of Nevis, like Johnny Cakes and a meat stew known as “goatwater.”
No culinary visit to Nevis is complete without a visit to Sunshine’s. This island hotspot located on Pinney’s Beach is known for its casual and delicious island fare that is embraced by visitors and celebrities alike, many of whom have their photo taken with Sunshine himself, the owner and chef of this beloved eatery. And you haven’t had a rum punch until you’ve had Sunshine’s Killer Bee that has a very unique sting!
The final culinary visit took place at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club with General Manager, Tim Thuell. The newly refurbished Great House restaurant dates back to 1778 and provides an elegant backdrop to the restaurant’s nightly three-course meals. In addition to the Great House, Chef Staib was treated to the Nisbet Seafood BBQ on the beach.
“We are delighted to have a program like A Taste of History on Nevis to showcase our rich cultural heritage,” says Greg Phillip, CEO of the Nevis Tourism Authority. “This exposure brings awareness to the amazing culinary product that we have here in Nevis, from fine dining to casual cuisine that visitors are invited to enjoy.”
About A Taste of History:
A Taste of History is an innovative Emmy Award-winning TV series that brings history to life! Hosted and created by Celebrity Chef Walter Staib, A Taste of History explores the historical figures, events and locations that have helped shape the world through the food that they enjoyed and the recipes they prepared. Filmed in the United States and internationally, Chef Walter Staib and A Taste of History have helped millions discover the vibrant and exciting stories of our past through culinary heritage. To help keep history alive, go to ATasteofHistory.Org!
Nevis is part of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis and is located in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. Conical in shape with a volcanic peak at its center known as Nevis Peak, the island is the birthplace of the founding father of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. The weather is typical of most of the year with temperatures in the low to mid-80s°F / mid 20-30s°C, cool breezes and low chances of precipitation. Air transportation is easily available with connections from Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. For more information about Nevis, travel packages and accommodations, please contact the Nevis Tourism Authority, USA Tel 1.407.287.5204, Canada 1.403.770.6697 or on Facebook – Nevis Naturally.