A St. Barth-Inspired Beach Barbecue

Vive Le Isle!

Settling into the white banquettes at Isle de France and ordering up a rack of ribs is an ecstatic culmination we’ll forever attempt to recreate. Such was the motivation for our St. Barth barbecue, an elegantly casual gathering that honored both the deliberate cuisine and vibrant state of grace indigenous to the island. Add to that a few legendarily beloved dishes and some quintessential island tunes and you have all the makings of an afternoon to remember.

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Punch Planteur’s + Traiteur-Style Spread

Courtesy of beloved culinary figures Jean-Georges and Maya Gurley, this starter combo makes for an ideal introduction.

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Selection of French Sancerres & Rosés + Salad of Tomato & MangoMaya’s Fresh Catch of the Day

A delicious expression of St. Barth simplicity on a plate, paired with the unofficially official island beverage.IMG_4757 copy_miniIMG_4745 copy_mini

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La Gloriette Rum Tasting + Flourless Chocolate Cake

Stalk the sunset, St. Barth style, with a bite of Maya’s dense, rich decadence and a sip of smooth, warming rhum vanille.




METALLIC        –         WHITE SAND      –          LA PLAGE         –         SEASHELL



Keep things simple and focused on food and friends with square table settings and angular orientations. A show-stopping centerpiece (like this metallic-edged coral basin) makes for one-and-done tabletop decor while vintage-inspired flatware (like our one-of-a-kind set from Kier Design) and sturdy goblets add a romantic touch. Seagrass napkin rings and raw-edged linen serviettes are reminiscent of a beach-casual aesthetic. 

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Shop The Table…


Even the best gatherings can benefit from a midway change of scene. Consider migrating your party to the beach or other outdoor venue for a transition to a sweet ending in the form of cake and vanilla rum. Set up a casual station with giant toss pillows, a cozy rug, lanterns, and even a throw or two, and you’ll have the recipe for sunset smiles.

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May We Suggest…



Our St. Barth playlist picks are as reminiscent of sand, sun and pleasure as befits an island that smacks of heavenly comparisons. 

Cheeseburger in Paradise, Jimmy Buffet
Ends of the Earth, Lord Huron
Divine Idylle, Vanessa Paradis
New Theory, Washed Out
Under African Skies, Paul Simon
Tin Cup Chalice, Jimmy Buffet
A Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay (Remix)
Harvest Moon, Pacific Standard Time
The Summer Wind, Madeline Peyroux

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Contributing Photography: Helen Brooks

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