For more than 2o years, Miss June has opened her private home for guests to sip brandy while enjoying her wonderful curries, endless buffets and entertaining stories about her island life. She cooks by reservation only and only on certain evenings, so visitors are encouraged to call early for reservations to see which nights she will be open.
About ten years ago, June Mestier, a Trinidadian chef decided to invite people into her home to sample her well-loved curry dishes. When the idea took off, Miss June as she is known, built a bigger house, and today regularly prepares a bounteous buffet for her guests. An evening at Miss June’s is an event to remember. Starting with cocktails in her living room, the guests will retreat to the formal dining room for a five-course meal, including a buffet of more than 30 West Indian dishes. Following dinner, Miss June joins her guests at the bar for an evening of conversation and old island stories. It’s a real island house party. Oprah and Steadman are great fans, and other celebs have been known to pop in for dinner. Do remember that Miss June only cooks by reservation.
A dinner in Mestier’s West Indian house, which is adorned with latticework, requires advance reservations; some visitors call before they even arrive on Nevis. Guests at these dinner parties assemble for canapés and drinks in an airy living room, then sit down for soup and sherry. The tables hold from four to eight diners, and the silver and porcelain are quaintly elegant and charmingly mismatched. Fish and wine follow. All this is followed with samples of about 20 to 40 buffet dishes that hail from Trinidad, New Orleans, India, and the French isles. Mestier’s comments on the food are one of the evening’s most delightful aspects. After dinner, guests retire to a lounge for coffee, chocolates, and port. Many visitors find a meal here to be one of the highlights of their visit to Nevis.
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