St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - October 2014 - Ray Lampe, the celebrity chef known as Dr. BBQ, will join the 2015 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, a culinary, wine and spirits festival held in the US Virgin Islands. Dr. BBQ will be a guest judge at A Taste of St. Croix, compete in Food Fight, and heat things up at Sunset BBQ with some of his favorite recipes from the grill. Funds raised support the St. Croix Foundation, a community non-profit that supports education, restoration, business development, and more. Dates for the 2015 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience are April 12-18. For information on hotel packages, tickets and events, visit http://www.stxfoodandwine.com.
Ray Lampe, best known as Dr. BBQ, has been featured as an expert judge on numerous cooking shows, including the Travel Channel’s “American Grilled,” FYI Network’s “World Food Championships,” and Food Network’s "Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri." He hosts a cooking segment on Fox Sport Network's "Fishing the Flats," and a monthly “Ask Dr. BBQ” segment on the BBQ Central Radio Show. Ray is featured on Food Network’s “Diner, Drive-ins & Dives” and was a finalist on the Food Network’s 2012: "Chopped: Grill Masters." He’s also shared barbecue and cooking tips with millions of TV viewers on popular TV shows like The Talk and on CBS, HGTV, E! News, The NFL Network, The Discovery Channel and many local TV networks. Lampe has authored eight cookbooks, including "Slow Fire: The Beginner's Guide to Barbecue" and the official "NFL Gameday Cookbook" in partnership with the National Football League. He also serves as the spokesperson for the Big Green Egg. Lampe was inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame in October 2014.
Guest chefs of the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience participate in at least three events during the week, providing attendees the opportunity for easy interactions with the chefs. From book signings to gourmet dinners, the week of “feastivities” offers relaxed to elegant options for foodies. Guest wine makers, spirit companies and breweries are paired with the different events. The 2015 schedule of main events is:
- Sunday, April 12 – Cuisine on the Green golf tournament and tasting
- Tuesday, April 14 – Grand Vintner Dinner at Tutto Bene featuring Chef Sarah LaCasse
- Tuesday, April 14 – City Crawl with desserts by Chef Duff Goldman
- Wednesday, April 15 – Food Fight on the Beach with Dr. BBQ and Chef Sam Choy
- Thursday, April 16 – A Taste of St. Croix
- Friday, April 17 – Cork & Fork dinner with Chef Tony Castellucci
- Friday, April 17 – Sunset BBQ featuring Dr. BBQ, Chef Dean Spinks, Billy Desimone, Chef Doos and the culinary students from the St. Croix Educational Complex
- Saturday, April 18 – Kids Cooking
- Saturday, April 18 – Wine in the Warehouse
Details and tickets for the events above are available at http://www.stxfoodandwine.com.About The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience
The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience started with a one-night event, A Taste of St. Croix, 14 years ago. With tickets selling out in 20 minutes, new events were added and in 2008 the week of food and fun was names the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience. Events include a food and drink filled golf tournament, friendly competition with celebrity chefs, wine dinners featuring guest chefs and winemakers, kids cooking class, and more. Celebrity chefs and wine makers from all over the world support the events by sharing their time and talents. In addition to preparing amazing culinary experiences, guest chefs teach a class at the St. Croix Educational Complex, a public high-school which has a culinary program. The events raise funds and awareness for The St. Croix Foundation, a community non-profit that focuses on education, community revitalization, economic development as well as public safety and fiscal sponsorship.