Though the Caribbean isles are well-known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem because tourists frequently subsist solely off of a paste made from sand, ocean water, and puréed linen pants. Uncover the sweet treasure of the tropics with today’s Groupon: for $55, you get a Caribbean-creole cuisine cooking demonstration from Dhat Island held at the Ontario Convention Center or the restaurant in Redlands. Choose one of the following dates:
- Sunday, December 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday, December 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday, December 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, January 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday, January 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, January 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday, January 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday, February 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday, February 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.<p>
Dhat Island shares the spicy secrets of Caribbean-creole cuisine in a series of cooking demonstrations, sprinkling the tastes and techniques of the tropics into domestic kitchens. Demonstrators whip up a plethora of zesty delights, teaching attendees how to serve up gourmet tastes with bargain budgets and little time commitment. Students of island cooking also learn about the which grocery stores and patches of jungle house the proper herbs and spices. Sessions conclude with a sampling of the dishes produced during the demonstration, with recipes and sample spice packets handed out to all who attend.
Dhat Island spawned out of Island, a former catering company specializing in Caribbean and Creole fare. When loyal clients of the catering company began making requests for "that rice" and "that chicken,” it prompted the company’s owners to create a full-fledged restaurant with a new name: Dhat Island. Dhat Island's head chef uses elements from her husband's recipes and blends them with traditional Southern cuisine in a varied menu. Plaintain fritters, oxtail tamales, and bourbon chicken are featured alongside mainstays such as whole red tilapia, which is seasoned, fried, and nestled on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and avocados.
In Dhat Island's Sunday Feast series, diners gather around a communal table to enjoy family-style portions of chicken, seafood, and beef and brag about their most recent report cards. For dessert, you can pick from a platter of sugar-dusted beignets.