ABOUT TASTE OF ST. CROIX
A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Taste of St. Croix has donated more than $400,000 to community programs and local organizations since its inception. In 2016, Taste of St. Croix gave $10,000 to The Lighthouse Mission, granted two full-time scholarships to the University of the Virgin Islands Hospitality and Tourism Management Program and established a travel fund for high school students participating in culinary competitions.
In addition, Taste of St. Croix’s – 365 Program comprises a year-round calendar of projects to support and promote the island’s hospitality industry. Projects include:
Reef Responsible – Operated in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and its partners, Reef Responsible coordinates workshops to promote sustainable fishing practices
St. Croix Culinary Juniors – Cultivating future generations of culinary talent, St. Croix Culinary Juniors provides learning opportunities and hands-on experience for island youth interested in pursuing careers in the culinary arts.
Farm–to–Table – In partnership with the V.I. Department of Agriculture, Taste of St. Croix supports and builds the network between restaurants and St. Croix’s local farms. From Farmers Markets that featurelocally sourced produce to vouchers for participating restaurants to use with local farms, Taste supports the hospitality industry from Farm-to-Table.
Farmer’s Coupon Program – To support restaurants and strengthen relationships between local farmers and our chefs, the Taste & the VI Department of Agriculture provides vouchers to all of our Taste participants that are redeemable at the farms. This program provides incentives to the restaurants to use locally grown ingredientsan economic and healthy benefit for both parties and the public.
Youth Hospitality Training Program – Working with the St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center Culinary Program, Taste recognizes the importance of youth training and assists students in finding summer internships, including sending students to work at Facebook’s Corporate Headquarters
Social Media & Marketing – Taste offers seminars to teach restaurants and business about the ever-changing social media and marketing world. What trends work, low cost, and effective ways to market your business.
ServSafe Certification Course – Taste of St. Croix coordinates ServSafe, the National Restaurant Association’s restaurant food safety program. This was the first time this class was made available on St. Croix, but standard practice for more kitchen staff throughout the United States.