Local food gets boost from Restaurant Weeks

  • Innovative approach: Elizabeth Blankendal of Eettafel; Glenn Jones of the BTA; and Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone of Lili Bermuda (Photograph provided).

    Innovative approach: Elizabeth Blankendal of Eettafel; Glenn Jones of the BTA; and Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone of Lili Bermuda (Photograph provided).

  • Food lovers: diners enjoy lunch at Waterville at the launch of Restaurant Weeks 2020 (Photograph provided).

    Food lovers: diners enjoy lunch at Waterville at the launch of Restaurant Weeks 2020 (Photograph provided).


An annual event designed to encourage dining out launched in style with a picnic at an historic rose garden.

Restaurant Weeks 2020, organised by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, kicked off at the 300-year-old Waterville property in Paget with a luxury meal that paired food and perfume.

Glenn Jones, the BTA chief experience development officer, said: “We created this event as an example of how underused heritage sites can be leveraged together with Bermuda’s cultural assets, especially in the non-summer months.

“With new events like this one, the BTA improves our destination’s ability to inspire year-round travel while, at the same time, opening the imaginations of local event planners, caterers and musicians.”

Mr Jones added: “Our strategy with all these initiatives has been to advance local food culture, promote sustainability, and create memorable, only-in-Bermuda experiences that capture imaginations and inspire travel.”

The picnic was held with Elizabeth Blankendal of event planning and picnic organiser Eettafel and Isabelle Ramsey-Brackstone of the Lili Bermuda perfumery.

Guests were entertained by a string ensemble, who will perform with visiting artists later this year at the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts.

The picnic was the first of three special heritage-focused Restaurant Week events organised to highlight Bermudian culture and cuisine.

Tomorrow, Fourways Restaurant will host the Bermuda Culture and Heritage Dinner, which will feature a collaboration by Chef Eric Adjepong, a Ghanaian- American Top Chef finalist and island chefs Jaeleen Steede and Raven White of Bermy Eats.

The Bermuda Transport Museum in Dockyard will host a fish fry event with local seafood and drinks on February 2.

Restaurant Weeks will run until February 2 and more than 50 restaurants are involved.

All participating restaurants have added $32, $42, and $52 three-course, prix-fixe menus for dinner and $22 two-course lunches.

For more information, menus and tickets for events, visit http://bit.ly/BermudaRW2020.

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Published Jan 23, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 23, 2020 at 8:15 am)

Local food gets boost from Restaurant Weeks

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