Scrub Island Resort to Host Wine Dinner Series during 2013 BVI Wine & Food Festival

Posted by Scrub Island, August 2013

“Top Chef” competitor Jennifer Carroll among cast of featured guest chefs

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – As part of the inaugural BVI Wine & Food Festival, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina will host the formal Wine Dinner Series, October 31 through November 3, showcasing the talents of some of the world’s most renowned chefs and culinary personalities, each of whom will personally oversee the preparation of his or her selected courses. The Wine Dinner Series begins Thursday, Oct. 31 at the resort, with Top Chef competitor Chef Jennifer Carroll serving up a Caribbean seafood dinner utilizing local fish, shellfish and produce, paired with wines hand selected by Caribbean Cellars. A platinum event sponsor, Scrub Island Resort has also created four- and five-night VIP packages built around the international BVI Wine & Food Festival.

Joining Chef Carroll in the line-up of nightly featured chefs in the Wine Dinner Series are Francois Payard, named James Beard ‘Pastry Chef of the Year’; Cesare Casella, Dean of Italian Studies at the International Culinary Center; Roberto Leoci, named one of America’s top chefs in the Best Chefs America guide; along with Imran Ashton, Travis Phillips and Scrub Island’s very own executive chef, Davide Pugliese. A highlight of the series will be a collaborative dinner on Saturday, Nov. 2, as five featured chefs team up to prepare an unforgettable five course dinner at the resort’s Caravela restaurant. Individual tickets for each Wine Dinner Series event range from $150 to $200 per plate. For parties of up to 24 guests, a private-dining experience at the Candle Room in Scrub Island Resort’s Caravela restaurant is available for $4,200 per evening.

Scrub Island Resort will also host the Farewell Sunday Brunch and Pool Party on its multi-tier infinity pool deck with spectacular views of azure waters and neighboring islands. A sumptuous selection of breakfast favorites, gourmet delicacies, grilled-to-order dishes, fresh seafood, imported cheeses, charcuteries, carved meats, lavish desserts, and free-flowing Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be available from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Starting at $782, the VIP Festival package allows guests to easily take advantage of all the activities on Scrub Island and the nearby Grand Tasting Village at Nanny Cay Resort Beach. The four-night package includes four nights in an Ocean-View guestroom, two Wine Dinners Series tickets for all four evenings, breakfast daily for two at Caravela, and one lunch for two on North Beach in a private natural setting. The five-night package includes the same amenities as the four-night package, plus an upgrade to five nights in a stunning Ocean-View, one-bedroom suite and a 60-minute couple’s massage in the award-winning Ixora Spa.

To purchase tickets for individual events and for more information about the BVI Wine & Food Festival, visit For more information or to book accommodations at Scrub Island Resort, call toll-free U.S. 813-849-4153 or visit

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 360-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® ( and Oakwood® ( brands, while also operating ExecuStay ( in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Opening December 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®.

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