On the Thankspigging menu: Alligator


Ken Yolman is, again, hosting the community Thanksgiving holiday feast at Skinny Legs. He’s asking for a little help from friends.

“We are looking for 25 sponsors at $100 to cover the cost,” Yolman told the Inquiring Iguana. Iguana wrote a check immediately. Call Ken at 340 779 7445 to tell him your check will be in the mail, too.

The inspiration for the theme of this year’s island-wide potluck dinner is “A Mayan Feed,” given that the planets align Dec. 21 marking an Old End and New Beginning.

This year’s menu will be traditional and unusual “We are providing a 100 lb. pig, three 15 lb. deep fried turkeys, cases of beer and a small keg of draft … and whatever else turns up,” said Yolman, an architect and builder in Coral Bay. There will be alligator, too … although not local.  Ken says the 10-lb. critter will be imported from Florida, another Thankspigging tradition.


Thankspigging sign by Paz

The event grew out of Yolman's nearly 20 years on the island, attending his first Thankspigging but with little to share. Now, he repays the generosity of others to him by organizing the event for everyone else. Click here for the history of Thankspigging.

Update for The Terrace: the menu

The Terrace has been open just a few weeks.  Located next to Wharfside Village with a gorgeous waterfront view, the restaurant is the creation of Robin and Erica Miner.  She used to be the chef in the kitchen at La Tapa and Waterfront Bistro, so she has dealt with the vagaries and challenges of producing a first-rate menu on an island far, far away from lots of things.

“We’re going back to the same high-end style of the Stone Terrace (the restaurant previously in the space),” said Erica. The theme will be French-inspired fine dining, she added.  Which means this is no fast food place; entrees $30 and up.

And the place is good, according to an island real estate salesperson and nine-year resident of St. John, Writing on Trip Advisor, where she is a Destination Expert, Pia said, “In one word … fabulous.  It was probably one of the best dinners I've ever had on the island.  It is for sure my ‘special occasion’ restaurant by far.”

Anlother review by HungreyTraveler said the same thing: “The appetizers, entree and desserts are French inspired. It's no more expensive than other expensive places, and definitely worth it. Great professional service, good wine list. Can't beat location.