Two restaurateurs, Kelly Odom of Tutto Bene and Katherine Pugliese of Eat@CaneBay, started Taste of St. Croix in 2000 to bring the restaurant community together. They were pleasantly surprised when they saw that they brought together all community members. With money coming in, they looked to the St. Croix Foundation to smartly and honestly invest the money in worthwhile and successful non-profit programs within the St. Croix community. As the event grew, so did the number of events and as a result, the team that manages the Festival has also grown. All team members participate in the event because it is fun and more importantly because they directly see the positive impact it has on the community.