Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina Hosts Chef’s Table Introducing New Executive Chef Davide Pugliese

Posted by Scrub Island, July 2013

WHO: Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina brought on Chef Davide Pugliese as Executive Chef in November 2012. Originally from Firenze, Italy, Chef Davide oversees all culinary offerings in the resort’s four restaurant outlets, as well as menus and management of events taking place in the 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and banquet space. He is known for his proficiency in customizing menus for large groups including incentive trips, destination weddings and even celebratory private dinners around the property. In just a short time, Davide has greatly enhanced the culinary experiences at Scrub Island Resort, and is showcasing his expertise with the addition of specialty events such as Caribbean Night, the Old San Juan Cookout featuring a whole carved pig, and, of course, Italian Night.

WHAT: Chef Davide will prepare an interactive three course Italian meal for a select number of journalists in the San Juan area. The meal will include Deconstructed Pumpkin Ravioli, Brown Butter and Sage with Parmigiano Reggiano accompanied by MezzaCorona, Pinot Grigio from Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Trentino, Italy; Chef Davide’s Spice Rubbed Scallops, Spiced Mango Jello, Sorrel Foam, Edamame Mash and Plantain Crisps accompanied by Don Miguel Gascón, Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina or Conundrum from California; for dessert, Poached Star Anise Pears, Habanero Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Mascarpone Cream.

WHEN: Thursday, June 20 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: BLT Steak Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

For more information on Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, the first luxury resort development in the destination in more than 15 years and first member of the Autograph Collection® in the Caribbean, call toll free U.S. 813-849-4153 or visit

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About Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI

Opened in July 2010, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is named after its location, a serene 230-acre private-island haven situated at the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The first luxury resort development in the destination in more than 15 years and first member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in the Caribbean, the resort is tucked into a rugged cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and neighboring uninhabited islands. It features 52 guest accommodations as well as a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, the intimate Ixora Spa, world-class restaurants including the popular Caravela, three private beaches and a 55-slip marina. For more information, call toll free U.S. 813-849-4153 or visit

About Mainsail Lodging and Development Group

Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (, a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (, a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center ( in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 240-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district. The company also operates ExecuStay (, a leading corporate housing provider throughout Florida, Georgia and The Carolinas. Opening November 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean hotel ( is being developed in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and will be the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®. For more information please visit

About Autograph Collection®

The Autograph Collection® is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit