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St. Croix 100 - #16 Dinner CruiseWhat could be better than an intimate, skillfully prepared, multi course dinner made with fresh, local ingredients? How about enjoying said dinner aboard a sailboat on the calm waters of St. Croix’s picturesque West End…at sunset?! For those of you who haven’t heard the great news yet, Bon Bagay Sailing is now offering five course, farm to table dinner cruises departing right from the Frederiksted Pier.  I have to say, when describing Bon Bagay the term ‘dinner cruise’ doesn’t do them justice, it really is a dining experience. I had the good fortune to be aboard Bon Bagay for Valentine’s Day, and it was one of the most unique dining experiences I have had here on St. Croix, on anywhere for that matter.

The journey began at the pier where owner and operator, Jerrad Kozloff welcomed us aboard his sailboat.  The first thing I noticed is that there were only six of us guests in total, making this a small and fairly intimate event. Once aboard, and after the all important safety briefing, the staff started us off with the evenings specialty cocktail. While we enjoyed cocktails, the boat shoved off and dinner service began. It is important for anyone who is considering this cruise to be aware that the menu is prix fixe and varies daily…which truly makes each night a one-of-a-kind culinary journey.

Bon Bagay - Jerrad Sailing

The philosophy of Bon Bagay is to provide guests with a taste of the flavors of St. Croix by utilizing locally grown produce, herbs and spices, locally caught fish, and locally sourced meats. Therefore, the all-star culinary team of local chefs who prepare the menus for Bon Bagay do so based on the freshest ingredients available that day. For example, our dinner had a Valentine’s Day theme with each course containing a food that is supposed to have aphrodisiac qualities including lobster, avocado, beets, figs, and chocolate. The featured chef, Jamey Hughson for our particular dinner, presents each course with an explanation of the ingredients and the preparation. This brief presentation by the chef allows guests to ask questions and learn about any ingredients they are unfamiliar with before diving into the plate. In between courses you can look down into the galley and see the chef cooking away as the delicious smells of the next course waft up to the table. 

As dinner is served, you enjoy the ocean breezes across the deck, and chat with the staff and your dinner companions.  We met Denise and Ray, a wonderful couple that also lives here on St. Croix, and Alex and Corey, a lovely couple who were visiting from Boston (are are now thinking about moving to St. Croix). While sunsets are not guaranteed, they are highly likely.  In our case, clouds came in at the last minute and blocked our sunset view; but, the sky cleared during dinner and afterwards we sailed along the shoreline of Frederiksted in the tranquil night waters and gazed at the sky full of stars. We were even serenaded by distant live music from a band playing at one of Frederiksted’s beach bars.

Bon Bagay - Sunset

 

I can personally say this was an experience I plan to repeat, hopefully sooner rather then later!  Bon Bagay is currently offering dinner cruises on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights boarding at 5:45pm at the Frederiksted Pier. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance, but you may want to make them further in advance to guarantee availability.  Don’t forget to mention any dietary restrictions or dislikes so the chef can plan your meal accordingly, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. Above all, be prepared for a fun and relaxing evening.  You will be impressed with the friendly staff, the tranquil atmosphere, and the delicious cuisine! Bon appétit and bon voyage!

– Jennie Ogden, Editor

 

 

 

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