Eight women to get Observer Chairman's Award For Outstanding Service

(L-R) Lella Ricci, director, Toscanini
Italian restaurant. Claudette Tenn, chef/patron,
M10. Hillary Stewart, director of
food & beverage, Round Hill
Hotel & Villas

THE Chairman's Award For Outstanding Service will tonight be presented to eight of Jamaica's outstanding women at the 17th staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. The work ethic of these eight remarkable ladies has no concept of mediocre or servitude. We have watched as they have el ... Read More

Newly-weds Michael and Natasha share a Kodak moment with the bridal party
(standing, from left): Sheldon Smith, Nova-Lee Wray, Ian Bennett, Olyntia
Clarke, Rory Ebanks, Mitsy Labeach, and Andrew Payne. Seated, from left are:
Donnette Daubon and Tamar Cooper-Richards. Let's Dance Forever!
It's like I've waited my whole life for this one night It's gonna be me, you and the dance floor. ... Read More

Miss Jamaica World Laurie-Ann
Chin paired her red trapezoid
dress with a lacy red fascinator.
Laurie-Ann Chin paired her
white birdcage fascinator
with a pair of colourful
earrings made from aluminium
and dyed wood.
Here Laurie-Ann Chin wore a
red wool fascinator with dyed
wood and aluminium earrings. Fancy Schmancy Accoutrements
Who steps out the door without as much as a pair of earrings, a trendy necklace, your favourite hand ... Read More

Alexis Peskine,
and graphic
designer The ‘Silent’ STAR
At a towering six feet five inches, the curly-haired architect of the four-piece mixed media install ... Read More

VIDEO: Making It Blissful

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

A gorgeous photo popped up on Instagram one Sunday afternoon. Indicating a 'like' for the image was just too easy -- I wanted more... The more was thankfully found and I now share the story behind the images, as well as the interior designer and artist Arwa Turra, who summarises her design philosophy in three words -- Make It Blissful... It's no idle boast. Style Observer (SO): How and where did this journey start? Arwa Turra (AT): I was always artistic and learnt basic drawing skills during m ... Read More

The Inn Crowd

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

The Rock's cool factor is not disappearing anytime soon as Portie resident and self- described champagne socialist Jon Baker -- record producer, hotelier, current Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards parish judge, and sometime Gotham resident -- made the cut in the New York Post's list of eight hotels owned by notable New Yorkers. Baker joins a list that includes thespian Richard Gere, restaurateur Jean-Marc Houmard, interior designer Celerie Kemble and hoteliers Aby Rosen and David Edelstei ... Read More

Cocktails with — Lisa Binns

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

 Lisa Binns

Brimming with an almost sunshine-like personality, Lisa Binns brightens whatever company she happens to be sharing at the moment. Last Monday, it was the Jamaica Observer's executive boardroom where she and her STUSH in the Bush co-principal hubby Christopher made the guest list of caterers, entrepreneurs and restaurateurs invited to a Victoria Mutual Wealth Management-sponsored, Brian Lumley-catered luncheon that gauged the temperature of the current culinary landscape. Post-lunch, she spoke a ... Read More

My St Ann — Christopher Binns

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Christopher Binns

What are your earliest and fondest memories of St Ann? Being raised by my grandaunt "Mama"; I remember there always being an abundance of food. Our family home is actually in the middle of a banana walk with mangoes, coconut, Otaheite apples, oranges, soursop, jackfruit, and sugar cane growing all around. Everywhere you looked there was food. Where in St Ann have you enjoyed your most memorable meal? Ackee and fried dumplings at my family home in Free Hill; roast vegetables and grilled Mahi ... Read More

Gardening— May 24

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Aggregatum and Phalaenopsis

Dear Orchid Doc: I have noticed quite a lot of bare-root orchids on the market. How does one care for these, especially in this heat? -- Lindsay Dear Lindsay: Bare-root orchids are like starting a new life, in that they probably were cut from a mother plant and need to start growing their own roots. In order for new roots to start quickly, give them 50 per cent sunlight and also water them a lot -- meaning as soon as they are dry, wet them. Make sure that they are getting 50 per cent sunli ... Read More

With Flying Colours

Saturday, May 23, 2015    


Champers and vino as curious instruments of knowledge factored into the Tuesday afternoon activities of stylish bon vivants plucked from the canon of the Caribbean Airlines staff complement. Piqued by the engaging curriculum led by maestro Debbian Spence-Minott of the JWN Academy, the educational arm of the J Wray & Nephew brand ambitions, pupils indulged in informative nuggets and libatious manifestations of viticulture and vinification. Saturday Social hops aboard this wine tour!   ... Read More

The Marshalls @ The Round

Saturday, May 23, 2015    

Attorney-at-law Roshal Erskine (seated, centre)
and her husband Dr Zwade Marshall (seated,
second left) were flanked by her parents
Marcia and Michael Erskine and her brother
Machel. Standing were her aunts Lystra Sharp
(right) and NMW (third left), friend Tiffany
Wright, in from Atlanta, beau Dr Colin Charles
(second right), who jetted in from Cayman, and
friends Derek Johnson (left) and Odave

How to usher in another fab year and thaw out from a brutally cold Massachusetts winter? Seems Boston- based attorney-at-law Roshal Erskine-Marshall and her medical doctor hubby Zwade Marshall found the perfect solution. They jetted into the island last weekend and headed straight to the cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel & Villas, where in between dips in the infinity pool and laps in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, sips of freshly blended juices and ice-cold Red Stripe Beers along with ... Read More

Star chefs to heat up The Best Dressed Chicken Pavilion at the Table Talk Food Awards

Friday, May 22, 2015    

Brian Lumley and Jacqui

Guests at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards can expect a sensory treat at The Best Dressed Chicken pavilion, which will feature culinary artistry from four top chefs -- Jacqui Tyson, Brian Lumley, Jason Howard and Vidyadhara Shetty. "Our pavilion is designed around the theme of 'The Art of Good Food' and we've used that as our driving inspiration to present the very best of contemporary Caribbean cuisine," said Joan Forrest-Henry, divisional sales and marketing manager, The Best Dress ... Read More

Shetty & Howard for Foodie Seminar

Friday, May 22, 2015    

Vidyadhara Shetty and Jason Howard

Barbadian born Jason Howard Vidyadhara Shetty the executive chef at Blue Cilantro Restaurant in Grand Cayman and the President of the Cayman Culinary Federation will add their voices to the discussion on the culinary industry at the Jamaica Observer hosted Foodie Seminar slated to take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Spanish Court Hotel. Chef Jason Howard Barbadian born Jason Howard is a self proclaimed modern Caribbean chef who entered the food industry by chance while working as a po ... Read More

Fare Game

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Kimberly Hall’s winning image — turbit
fishes with by Scotch bonnet pepper,
escallion and thyme seasonings.

National pride was the name of the game for the fifth week of the Digicel/Jamaica Observer Instagram #FAinstafare competition. For the challenge, tagged 'Taste of Jamaica', entrants were called on to submit photos of Jamaican fare, and entries ran the gamut from such beloved staples as stewed peas, jerk chicken, ackee and salt fish, and fried fish and festival. The three-man judging team of photographer Peter Ferguson; watercolour artist and advertising guru Patrick Waldemar; and Jamaica Observ ... Read More



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