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St. Croix Food & Wine Experience


April 5 - 7, 2018

In 2001, two local restaurateurs, Kelly Odom and Katherine Pugliese, started A Taste of St. Croix to celebrate and showcase the diverse cuisine on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. An instant success, the founders then chose the St. Croix Foundation to be the steward of the event’s proceeds and to invest it into critical community initiatives. As A Taste of St. Croix grew, so too did the number of events and supporters and it soon expanded into the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience. Today, the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience is a week-long event series that attracts more than 3000 guests, including travel writers, vintners, chefs, and foodies.

2018 Event Lineup

In the wake of two Category 5 Hurricanes, Irma and Maria, St. Croix Foundation has scaled back our annual fundraiser to leverage scarce community resources. Our 2018 theme, Resiliency in Action, is about the spirit of rebuilding that defines the Virgin Islands. Proceeds provide funding for the Foundation to develop and administer critical projects integral to a sustainable, holistic recovery.


Sunset BBQ at the Frederiksted Pier - St. Croix Food and Wine Experiencebond @ balter
Thursday, April 5 at 4:30pm
Exclusive spirits and appetizers at balter restaurant, combined with some of our community’s most passionate philanthropists, makes this an event not to be missed! Please call 340.773.9898 for more information on how to join this special event.

Cork & Fork Dinner - St. Croix Food and Wine ExperienceThe Giving Table
Friday, April 6 at 6:00pm
Prepared by celebrity chefs and paired with wines presented by visiting vintners, these elegant dinners are prepared for an intimate group of 12-15 guests. Dinners are hosted in stunning private homes, several of which have appeared in national architectural and home decor publications. Call us for information on location. $1000pp


Wine in the Warehouse - St. Croix Food and Wine ExperienceWine in the Warehouse
Friday, April 7 at 6:00pm
Let your cup overflow with the spirit of philanthropy as we raise a glass to the resiliency of our community. Enjoy several stations of delectable cuisine and wines that will have your taste-buds dancing. Bohlke International Airways. $125pp

Note: For information about A Taste of St. Croix, please email directly or visit their website at:
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St. Croix Foundation for Community Development

Our Vision

With 25 years of Leadership in Service to the Virgin Islands Community under our belt, our vision for the future entails positioning the Foundation as an innovation hub and the epicenter of social transformation in the Virgin Islands….Join us!

Recognizing the direct connection between economic growth and public safety, St. Croix Foundation is dedicating significant focus on this priority area. Extending our 15 year partnership with the Virgin Islands Police Department, we are identifying funding for a state-of-the-art security camera and surveillance system and providing flexible support that is responsive to emerging needs. We are also expanding our Workforce Development Initiatives for unemployed youth which consists of targeted craft curriculum, a national trade certification, on-the-job-training, and long-term paid internships. Ultimately, the program seeks to provide our growing demographic of unskilled youth with a structured pathway to gainful employment. Our goal is to build community ‘confidence’ and incentivize economic activity while deterring criminal activity.

Having served as the fiscal umbrella for over 220 grassroots and small nonprofit projects since our inception, the Foundation recognizes the vital role that civic organizations play in healthy communities. Today, the sad reality is that our nonprofits have taken a significant ‘hit’ as private donor pools have evaporated, local government funding has dwindled, and social service needs have exploded. In response, we are building capacity for our nonprofit organizations by providing fiduciary services and technical assistance as well as organizational development support. Additionally, we offer strategic grants that are more than mere Band Aids. And, as our community's socioeconomic needs around homelessness grows, we are currently launching a homeless triage clinic and shelters, in partnership with several social service agencies, to support the development of transitional housing and wrap around services for our homeless population.

With growing clarity about the inextricable link between the health of a Community and its governmental systems, St. Croix Foundation has shifted our focus from programs to policy. Working with a host of civic organizations like the Christiansted Community Alliance, we are advocating for the radical reform of local laws surrounding dilapidated properties, blight and noise nuisances. We are also examining the Territory’s educational policies, conducting a comprehensive analysis of public school system statutes and convening policymakers around neutral data in order to collaboratively work toward better alignment of policies and consensus for reform. Our overarching objective is to build a web-based Policy Map that provides local policy makers and key stakeholders with a databank of existing educational policies and data that will allow us to collectively make informed decisions in support of whole-system reforms.

Based on our 25 years of experience, building public will is a critical step in social transformation. Today, we are developing a blueprint for a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory, in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands and other key stakeholders. The Lab will expose local teacher leaders to international best practices, promote educational tourism, test teaching strategies and build public will around education to create a beacon of teaching excellence in the Virgin Islands that will serve as a vehicle for educational reform and economic development.

Targeting root causes. Building capacity. That's Impact.

For more information on how you can support the Foundation's efforts,
please contact us at 340.773.9898.

St. Croix Foundation for Community Development

25 Years of


Town Revitalization: $12 million invested

Since 2002, over 200 historic properties have been scraped, painted, and rejuvenated Territory-wide.

2005: Sunday Market Square Roadway Renovation is completed

2007: Nationally recognized by the International Downtown Association for our comprehensive historic town revitalization efforts

2008: Nationally recognized by the Council on Foundations for our entire body of economic and community development work

Economic Development: $3 million invested

From 1996 to 2008, St. Croix Foundation provided over 1.2 million dollars in small business loans for the creation and expansion of over 60 small businesses.

2003: Recognition by the US Small Business Administration for managing the nation's best Women’s Business Center

2009: Development of the US Virgin Islands’ first Small Business Incubator

Public Safety: $1 million invested

2000: Secured funding for Territory-wide security cameras on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John

2006: Awarded over $450,000 in grants for VIPD Professional Development and Training

Education Reform: $1.3 million invested

Since 2005, to date we have invested over $1 million into the Territory’s public education system.

2009: Nationally recognized by the National School Boards Association for our Model Schools Initiative

2014: Our Youth Advisory Council was selected by the National Youth Leadership Council to present their Global Youth Network at the 2014 National Youth Leadership Conference

Fiscal Sponsorships: $20 million managed

Since 1992, the Foundation has served over 200 projects allowing charitable work to move forward under our nonprofit umbrella.

1998 to Selected by the Center for Disease Control and Health & Resources

2011: Services Administration to serve as third-party fiduciary for the Territory’s federal AIDS funding.


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