If you thought Caribbean cuisine was just red beans and rice, you need to hustle to Taste of the Caribbean at the Hyatt Regency (400 SE Second Ave., Miami) to experience the finest food the region has to offer. Top chefs from the Caribbean will converge on our city for four days to network, show off their skills, and bestow awards such as Chef of the Year. The best part: You and your stomach will reap the benefits. It might not be as much fun as an island escape to Barbados, but the next time that guy at work is bragging about his cruise to Jamaica, you can show him up using your foodie knowledge. Still, this isn’t just an opportunity to see how many foods can be done jerk-style (72, for your information). You’ll also be up to your irie elbows in drinks, including some made by the Caribbean bartender of the year. And seminars covering a whole gamut of topics, from dessert plating to sanitation to menu writing, will help you express your tasty side.
Fri., June 22; Sat., June 23, 2012