Chef's Corner: Newport Bermuda Race Start Menu

NEWPORT BERMUDA FLEET START OFF CASTLE HILL IN NEWPORT, R.I.  (PHOTO CREDIT: DANIEL FORSTER/PPL)

Last Friday, Whisper and crew entertained guests for the start of the Newport Bermuda Race. Chef Chris prepared an array of hors d'oeuvres onboard the 116-foot sloop:

The Summer Salad of arugula and baby romaine was mixed with orange, grapefruit and topped with toasted coconut chips and homemade raspberry-mango vinaigrette. The Tuna Tatake was complete with a wasabi dip and fresh cucumber garnished the plate. A medley of fresh summer vegetables made up the Grilled Kebabs and a sherry soaked Puff Pastry stuffed with spiced herb cheese and topped with mushrooms rounded out the menu. 

The many spectator boats off Castle Hill in Newport, R.I. for the start of the Newport Bermuda Race (Photo Credit: Daniel Forster/PPL)

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Top 10 amazing desserts onboard Whisper

 Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Charter guests come back to Whisper time and again, and the culinary experience onboard is one of the reasons this fabulous yacht has become so popular. The chef shares with us a list of his top 10 favorite desserts, which are deliciously decadent.

10. Chef Chris' Award Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies
9. Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée
8. Fresh Berry Tartlet  
7. Deconstructed Peach Cobbler
6. Chocolate-Caramel Shortbread Fingers
5. Bananas Foster, Vanilla Gelato
4. Boozy Hummer (Haagen Dazs Coffee Ice Cream, Rum, Khalua)
3. Key Lime Pie
2. Flourless Chocolate Cake, raspberry coulis
1. Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, Creme Anglaise (Want the recipe?) 

 Deconstructed Peach Cobbler

Deconstructed Peach Cobbler

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, a favorite Whisper recipe

A Whisper favorite recipe  |  Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

Before you start: Preheat oven to 350° f 

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups finely diced Medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water (as needed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup soft butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions:

  1. Chop the dates finely and place into a stainless steel bowl leaving room on top
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of the dates
  3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, add sugar and butter. Mix well.
  4. Add flour and baking soda to the mixture above. Mix well. Set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, slowly pour the boiling water over the dates, just to the top.
  6. Mix the date mixture slowly, then fold into the rest of the batter.
  7. Pour the entire mixture into a well greased baking pan.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until firm.

Serve with warm caramel sauce, ice cream or creme Anglaise. 

And for an even better treat, come onboard and taste it while on charter, made by Whisper's own Chef. Liked this one? Check out out list of Top 10 Amazing Desserts.

A fabulous menu from Whisper's galley

Whisper's well known chef is ready to delight every palate with creativity and a fusion of flavors with worldwide inspiration. When you book a charter on Whisper, we'll help you design a custom menu that takes into consideration your preferences, dietary requirements and even your special cravings. Whether you long for alfresco breakfasts, picnic lunches by the beach, sumptuous multi-course gala dinners, or a little bit of everything, we're ready to please. Below is a sample five-day menu: 

Day One

Breakfast: Poached Egg Florentine with Parmesan Polenta
Lunch: Cioppino Fresh Baked Rosemary, Roasted Garlic Foccacia
Starter: Spinach, Almond Salad with a Warm Cherry and Pear Compote and Maple Vinaigrette
Dinner: Moroccan Braised Lamb Shanks and Toasted Israeli Cous Cous with Figs
Dessert: Chocolate Dipped Key Lime Jewels with a Coconut Anglaise

Day Two

Breakfast: Chai French Toast and Orange Compote
Lunch: Indian Curried Chicken Salad, Cucumber Salad and Caramelized Ginger
Starter: Seared Fois Gras with Sautéed Apples and Sauterne Sauce
Dinner: Honey, Fennel Pollen Glazed King Salmon with Braised Leeks and Beluga Lentils
Dessert: Bread Pudding with a Sweet Warm Bourbon Sauce

Day Three

Breakfast: Huevos Rancheros with Chipotle Skirt Steak
Lunch: Grilled Prawns and a Dill, Caper, Chickpea Salad
Starter: Scallops with a Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and Green Olive Tapenade
Dinner: Elk Filets with a Blueberry, Thyme Sauce and Herb Roasted Hassle Back Sweet Potatoes
Dessert: Earl Grey Creme Brûlée

Day Four

Breakfast: Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes with a Blueberry Maple Syrup
Lunch: Seared Sea Scallops topped with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale and Truffle Oil Salad
Starter: Yellow Beet, Leek and Pear Soup with a Gorgonzola Crostini
Dinner: Berkshire Pork Chops and an Apricot Masala Sauce
Dessert: Ginger Chocolate Molten Cakes and a Black Cherry Coulis

Day Five

Breakfast: Kale and Chèvre Cheese Fritta with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Skillet Potatoes. 
Lunch: Beef Filet Salad with a Black Olive Vinaigrette on a Bed of Arugula
Starter: Seared Duck Breast with a Watermelon and Feta Salad topped with Ginger and Blood Orange Dressing
Dinner: Baked Sea Bass covered with a Citrus Sabayon Sauce and a Toasted Pine Nut Red Quinoa
Dessert: Thyme Polenta Pound Cake glazed with a Rosemary Infused Honey and Sweet Summer Corn Ice Cream

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Welcome to 116' SY Whisper's new website

Welcome to Whisper... a classic 116' sailing yacht built in Amsterdam by Holland Jachtbouw in 2003 and fully refit in 2012. Whisper offers a luxurious private charter vacation opportunity for 6 guests in 3 well appointed staterooms. Her experienced crew of 5 is eager to please and pamper and their professional attitude will ensure a memorable voyage for every guest onboard. Visit our site frequently as we’ll offer updates, videos, favorite photographs, suggested charter itineraries and recipes or sample menus by our outstanding chef. For more information, please contact your preferred charter agent and start planning the yacht charter vacation of your dreams.