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Food For Naut: Caterer Finds Niche In Caribbean Yacht Charter Market

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You are the chef onboard a St. Barts yacht charter vessel, and your guests have asked you to create a lavish meal at sea with hard-to-find ingredients.  Where do you turn?

The answer is a specialty food supplier such as The Grateful Palate.

Since 2009, the South Florida-based caterer has offered provisions to discerning customers in the nautical industry.  From their 10,000 square foot distribution center in the Fort Lauderdale area, the provisioning company has always sourced and shipped food items, toiletries, and other premium goods to chefs and crew on mostly Caribbean and Bahamas yacht charter vessels.  They have also serviced private yachts as well.
Photograph of a beautiful entree on a plate, served in front of a water glass and wine glasses. An elegant dining table. Wine and water glasses are blurred in background of photo that is a yellow hueThe company has always specialized in working with clients seeking custom orders of the highest-quality products.  Expectations have always been high, as charter chefs need items delivered fresh and on time to specific destinations.
But, sadly, The Grateful Palate is no more…..until the Fall of 2014, when they reopen in a larger facility so that they can continue servicing their discriminating clientele!
According to owner Meghan Leckey, being able to meet customers’ demands and deliver the goods resulted in a strong repeat clientele and the company’s continued growth. She said, that it was “…a growing business that [has] picked up substantially over the years.”
For Passover this year, Leckey’s company supplied a 200-foot Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel in St. Thomas with kosher meats, sodas, dry goods, and ceremonial supplies for the religious holiday. It also sent specialty kosher caviar flown in from Paris.
Leckey feels she understands the needs of the owners and crews of the world’s largest yachts
“The secrets of our success are, first of all, really understanding the amazing level of quality demanded by the wealthiest yacht owners in the world and, secondly, anticipating everything the crew will need for the trip,” said Leckey. “There is no other industry in the world that demands this level of attention to quality, from Beluga caviar to toilet paper (as the luxury yacht charter industry), and few other companies in the world that can meet those expectations.”

The company, as does 1-800 Yacht Charters, relies on customer referrals to spread the word. “We thrive on good remarks, and repeat business is key in this specialized industry,” Leckey said.

President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, Jana Sheeder, could not agree more.
WE LOVE REFERRALS!

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Come aboard a private yacht for hire and savor the finest cuisine, prepared by some of the best chefs in the world. For more information about yachts in the Bahamas, Caribbean, and south Florida yacht charters, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Yacht Charter Vacations: How is the Food?

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Photograph of a white plate with gourmet meal in the center, surrounded by swirled syrup around the meal.

 

CHARTER QUESTION MOST ASKED

Some clients choose a vacation on a crewed catamaran in the Caribbean.  Other clients choose a static event on a MIPIM yacht in Nice, France.  The question we are most often asked is, “How is the food?”

We have over 30 years’ experience in the luxury mega yacht charter industry.  We honestly answer questions about the food with a resounding, single word, “amazing!”

The reason that private yacht charter vacation food is so amazing is quite simple.  With the largest yachts in the world competing for a handful of clients, the onboard meals and presentation is critical. It must rival the fare of the finest 3-star Michelin restaurants.

THE SCENARIO

Wake up on your Monaco Grand Prix Yacht in Monte Carlo. A full day of sightseeing and F1 racing awaits you.  You are hungry!   Step into the galley and ask the chef what meals he or she has planned for the day.

We asked that of Chef Selina Stansfield onboard 180 foot superyacht MARIE.  She responded with this decadent, Race Day sample dinner menu.

 

Photograph of a table covered in miniature key lime pies in parfait cups with cucumber slices on the edges. The table is covered with a white tablecloth.  There are green key limes between the parfait cups.

DINNER

Salad of balsamic marinated Italian figs with mozzarella di buffalo.
Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass, macadamia nut pesto, asparagus risotto.
Slow-baked hazelnut meringues with Valhrona chocolate mousse.

 

 

 

Do you like privacy, picturesque settings, and gourmet food?  Does your dream vacation include these items?  If so, contact a charter specialist at 1-800 Yacht Charters today. Book now here at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Yacht Menu – Chefs Dazzle Guests with Meals

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Our charter consultants have received a lot of comments about our blogs.  Specific questions surface regarding our recent blog about yacht menus.  That blog was entitled, “Yacht Charter Vacations: How is the Food?”

It seems many readers want to see more menu samples.  It is great that want more menus!  The meals offered during a Caribbean yacht charter vacation can be truly amazing.

The recent Antigua Charter Yacht Show welcomed some yachting professionals aboard superyacht DIAMOND A (x-ULTIMA III) to sample Chef Duncan Thomson and Chef Adam Rice’s menu..

Photo of a plated yacht menu item - seared spanish mackerel with tomato vinaigrette

Captain Owen Jones welcomed guests onboard with a glass of champagne, served in the main saloon. Guests then enjoyed a tour of the yacht.  Guests walked to the large, round main dining table, which was  set by Chief Stewardess Lana Greenwood and her team.

The first course was Seared Spanish Mackerel with Tomato Vinaigrette, Celery Seed, and Micro Celery.  Next came the main course – a Whole Roasted Sea Bass, Endive Braised in Orange Juice, Almonds, Saffron, and Champagne-infused Green Grapes.

The last, (of) course, was the dessert.  Delicious dessert was a lemon Tartlette, Bruleed Meringue, Cardamom and Coconut Ice Cream with Pine Nut Praline.

Not only was the food, prepared by chefs Duncan and Adam, delicious, but all present report the quality of the service was outstanding as well! 

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Book your own Caribbean odyssey, complete with gourmet meals and breathtaking views.  Book now at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to plan your luxury yacht charter vacation.

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