Rachael Barrett is a Jamaican, now based in the United Kingdom in her own sweet ever-so-charming way, stamping her own style on what is considered Jamaican sensibility across the city of London. As if to prove the point, Barrett embarked on what many considered a very ambitious project Emancipation Day, at the Embassy Mayfair when she not only hosted a dinner party that made the society pages within 24 hours but strategically paired artists, musicians, fashion influencers, designers, philanthropists and stylists together, ostensibly to kick-start Jamaica's Jubilee celebrations.
Guests ahead of dinner enjoyed Appleton rum cocktails and light convo, not quite knowing what to expect. Well, for starters, who knew that Boris Becker was eager to meet theSandals chairman and that Gordon 'Butch' Stewart would delight in meeting renowned photographer David Bailey's son Sascha?
The evening continued to deliver more of these memorable moments as guests enjoyed a selection of starters to share followed by entrées and dessert. Perhaps the only disappointment was the absence of Blue Mountain Coffee, but then again, who knew that artist Marc Quinn had such fond memories of Port Antonio and was currently in design mode? His collection, is available at Selfridges.
Selection of Starters to Share:
Beef Tartare with homemade Fries
Burrata & Organic Tomato Salad
Chicken Liver Parfait with Toast
Lemon Roast Chicken, Tomato Farcies
Asparagus & Mint Risotto, Aged Parmesan (v)
Pineapple Tart with Rum Ice Cream
Appleton V/X mule
Appleton V/X mai tai
12 year old V/X old fashioned