Luca holds La Noche Flamenca

Guests were treated to Spanish cuisine before being entertained by flamenco music and dance.

The honorary consulate of Spain hosted a poolside dinner and concert La Noche Flamenca at Luca restaurant on Thursday, 24 February.

“The event went very well,” said Andreas Marcher, general manager of Luca. “It is all about art and culture in Cayman.”

Guests were greeted with a glass of Freixenet Cava, Cordon Negro Brut champagne while they mingled and prepared for an evening of food and music.

The meal started with hors d’ouevres of snapper and avocado ceviche and gazpacho shot, followed by the a mixed plate appetizer of potato onion pie, Serrano ham, manchego cheese marinated anchovy and olive and roasted pepper roll.

This course was paired with a Marques de Riscal Rueda, Verdejo, a tasty Spanish white from the Castilla y Leon region.

The main course was a slow roasted pork butt and tomato crusted lamp chop on top of three beans stew with chorizo paired with a glass of Estancia Piedra, Tinto Cantadal, a nice Spanish red wine.

To follow, guests enjoyed pears doused in dessert wine, cinnamon ice cream and brandy truffle.

After the dinner, the real festivities started, with performances by guitarists Nathan Barnett Herrera and Jed Miley, who accompanied dancers Miguel Vargas and Jose Moreno (also a percussionist). Matias Lopez Exposito also sang.

Flamenco music means a lot to the performers – for some, it’s in their blood.

“When I started playing, I was kind of into rock but within months all I wanted was to play flamenco,” Herrara said.

He’s been playing guitar since the age of 15. He studied flamenco guitar and percussion in Seville, Spain.

And he currently lives in New York and plays with some of the city’s best.

Proceeds from the night’s event went to a new Honorary Consulate of Spain scholarship that will enable a Caymanian University College of the Cayman Islands student to attend a summer language programme at the University of Granada in Spain.

The dinner wine was donated by Jacques Scott, while the extra tables and chairs for the sold-out event were temporarily gifted by the Marriott.


Flamenco dancer Miguel Vargas wows the Luca crowd on Thursday, 24 February.