The St. Croix Foundation’s Food and Wine Experience’s Sunset BBQ, which took place at the Frederiksted Pier from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, was all it was expected to be and more: marked by bite-size food offerings from the island’s top chefs and restaurants (think of it as a mini version of A Taste of St. Croix), the event was yet another success for the foundation. It mixed entertainment — St. Patrick’s Steel Pan Orchestra at the pier’s entrance, and Digital Band on the dock itself near near the V.I. Port Authority’s offices — with great food, boasting some of St. Croix’s best chefs.
Upcoming events include “Wine in the Warehouse”, which takes place at the Bohlke International Airways hanger today at 6:00 p.m., and the “Gourmet Vintner Dinner”, happening at The Galleon on Monday at 6:00 p.m.
All the events serve as fundraisers for the foundation — a hybrid community foundation serving as both a grant maker as well as an operating foundation that provides direct services and leadership to improve the socioeconomic welfare of the territory, according to a blurb on the foundation’s website.
Established in 1990, the foundation was created to respond to the damage wrought by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. With 90 percent of structures destroyed and infrastructure devastated, the foundation’s founders believed that the arduous task of rebuilding demanded immediate leadership, and that a community foundation would provide the most flexibility to address the challenges the USVI faced, according to the foundation’s website.