Oasis Sandyport to Serve up Junior Achievement 1st Cookbook Launch Saturday


Junior Achievement Bahamas celebrates 40 years with the publication of its first cookbook filled with recipes by well-known Bahamians including restaurateurs, chefs, professionals and even a few high-ranking politicians. The launch will be held at Oasis Furniture and home décor from 2 to 5 pm Saturday, April 6.   Ever wonder what the First Lady of Bahamian food, Elaine Pinder, cooks when the Bamboo Shack and Sapodilla genius is in the kitchen herself? Or how super Chef Kevyn Pratt makes his famous cracked lobster taco?

The secrets will be available for sale in the first cookbook ever produced by Junior Achievement (JA), a nearly 120-page treasure of all things tasty with a local flair and recipes by local names you know. “Funds raised through the sale of the cookbook that was nearly one year in the making will support the Junior Achievement program that is celebrating 40 years of helping prepare high school students for the business of life and the life of business,” said JA Chairman Philip Simon. The launch that is expected to be attended by several of the recipe contributors will be held at Oasis Sandyport, the unique furniture and home décor store known for unusual pieces sourced from around the world.

“We believe in supporting community efforts and are so proud that Junior Achievement selected Oasis for the launch of its first ever cookbook,” said Oasis proprietor Brooke Phillips-Pyfrom, reporting on whatsapp from Sri Lanka. “This will be our third book event and we wish Junior Achievement great success.” The earlier launches at Oasis were sell-outs and JA is hoping it will enjoy the same consumption rate. Oasis Furniture in-house designer Jennifer Treco said she had a sneak peek at the recipes.

“I think I gained weight just reading some of them, like wealth manager Maria Jose Navarro’s corn fritters and celebrity chef Jamal Petty’s Sexy Shrimp in Guava Butter Sauce. But in addition to the value of the recipes, I love the option of a new book by local authors. I always try to use books by local authors in my home décor because it gives it a distinctly Bahamian grounding, a sense of place.”Gathering recipes and spearheading the project was Junior Achievement fundraising and scholarships coordinator Erica Morris.“It was a labour of love, but so rewarding to reach out to all these busy men and women and get such positive responses,” said Ms. Morris. “I know that a lot of people think you can find a recipe online for anything you want to make, but a printed cookbook gives you ideas about what to make along with directions and because all the contributors are local, they are people you know and trust. You are not looking at what might or might not work from a stranger. Besides, they all shared their favorite recipes from the goodness of their hearts.”

Food by Chef Leslie Gaitor, Ulux Catering, will be available at the event set to run from 2-5 pm. Copies of Tasty, Tantalizing & Savory Recipes will remain available at the shop which is open from 10-6 pm daily and until 5 on Saturdays.  As for what Elaine Pinder cooks, see her recipe for Coconut & Kalik Soup, a favorite at one of her other enterprises, Frankie gone Bananas at Arawak Cay. 

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