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Introducing ''Business Bites'' The Culinary Connection at the upcoming SMILE Event on October 28

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

St. Maarten, October 23, 2023 - Excitement is building in St. Maarten as the island prepares for an enticing new addition to the highly anticipated SMILE event, taking place on October 27th & 28th, 2023 at the University of St. Maarten (USM). ''Business Bites'' is set to kick off St. Maarten Flavors, a month-long culinary celebration throughout November.

SMILE, which stands for St. Maarten Innovation, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship, has long been known as a premier event for networking, idea-sharing, and promoting business ventures on the island. This year, the event is set to take the business community's experience to new heights by introducing ''Business Bites.''

''Business Bites'' is a networking lunch where SMILE attendees, St. Maarten Flavors sponsors, and participating restaurants can connect, collaborate, and promote their respective industries. This exciting addition bridges the gap between business and gastronomy, offering a unique opportunity to showcase the culinary treasures of St. Maarten coming up during the month of November.

St. Maarten Flavors, a month-long celebration of culinary excellence, will see some of the island's most esteemed restaurants present special menus throughout November. It's a golden opportunity for St. Maarten Flavors sponsors and participating restaurants to connect with the influential business community attending SMILE. Restaurants participating in St. Maarten Flavors will also have the chance to provide previews of their special menus for November, creating excitement and anticipation among those in attendance.

Michele Korteweg, SHTA Board Member, commented on the new addition: ''We are thrilled to introduce 'Business Bites' as a part of the SMILE event this year. It's an opportunity to intertwine the worlds of business and cuisine. We are confident that the synergy created during 'Business Bites' will leave a lasting impact on St. Maarten's business and culinary landscapes.''

Tickets for SMILE are still available. For more information on SMILE visit the official website at

About SMILE: The SMILE event is an annual gathering of St. Maarten's business leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators. It provides a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and fostering growth in the local business community.

About St. Maarten Flavors: St. Maarten Flavors is a month-long culinary celebration that showcases the diverse and delightful cuisines found on the island. Participating restaurants offer special menus throughout the month, highlighting the best of St. Maarten's culinary scene.


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