Emeralds Restaurant at the esteemed Anse Chastanet resort in St. Lucia recently transformed its menu from vegetarian to 100-percent vegan. While all menus at the resort’s two restaurants feature vegetarian and vegan choices, Emeralds now caters exclusively to vegans with a modern tapas-style menu. Last fall, Anse Chastanet brought in Miami, FL vegan chef Todd Erickson to create a special vegan menu that was offered at Emeralds for a limited time—which proved popular. The permanent vegan menu—created by James Beard award winner and consulting chef Allen Susser in collaboration with the resort’s chef, Frank Faucher—features dishes such as Crispy Cauliflower Accras with lime, scallion, and St. Lucian mango chutney; West Indian Pumpkin Ratatouille with root vegetable fries, and lemongrass and turmeric emulsion; Grilled Farm Eggplant with braised black beans, tomatillo salsa, and plantain chips; and Banana Parfaits with walnut crumble, coconut toffee sauce, and caramel popcorn. “We saw an increasing demand for vegan meals from our guests, so we thought, ‘Why not develop this concept and make it part of our dining experience?’” Karolin Troubetzkoy, Executive Director of Marketing and Operations of Anse Chastanet Resort, said. Emeralds plans to regularly host international vegan chefs to create dishes using fresh produce such as seasonal tropical fruit, herbs, greens, and vegetables from the resort’s organic farm.
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