Written at 12:00pm 11/21/13.
I’m headed “home” to Barbados for the Food Wine and Rum Festival and I couldn’t be more thrilled to marry the country where I lived as a child and my recent career change into catering. I will always have an inherent bias towards Barbados. My grandparents, Walter and Lorna live here. My dad, Tony, recently moved back. I lived here for about half my life as a kid. I grew up dancing to calypso, sucking on bar-be-cue pig tails, begging for swigs of Banks beer on my father’s lap and reminding my American mother that, “I is a ba-jun!”
Everyone who is anyone in Barbados takes pride that a major part of the culture here revolves around eating, drinking and partying. As a child, I felt like the Burke Residence was the epicenter of that culture, to Gatsby-esque proportions. Entertaining is in my blood. This is also why I wasn’t surprised that Food & Wine chose Barbados as a destination for the festival. I can’t wait to see how this weekend highlights the best of Bajan culture. Reminds me of a little something we at TomCookery like to call New Comfort Cuisine.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry,