Beyond jerk...

A toast to a wonderful dinner — (from left) <TextBoldItalic>Cosmopolitan</TextBoldItalic> women’s magazine Beauty Editor Victoria Jowett; The Courtleigh Group of Companies Director of Projects Kate Hendrickson; 50 Connect: Over 50s Online Community Managing Director Anthony Page; The Courtleigh Group of Companies Managing Director Kevin Hendrickson; The Courtleigh Hotels Group Director of Marketing and Sales Nicola Madden-Greig; <TextBoldItalic>MSN</TextBoldItalic> freelance writer Jenn Selby; Jamaica Pegasus Director of Sales Prudence Simpson; and Jamaica Tourist Board Deputy Director of Tourism, Marketing Marcia McLaughlin; (from right) Novia McDonald-Whyte, <InfoBold>Jamaica Observer </InfoBold>Senior Associate Editor — Lifestyle and Social Content; Jamaica Tourist Board Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook; <TextBoldItalic>Amuse Magazine</TextBoldItalic> Editorial Director Stuart Brumfitt; The Courtleigh Group of Companies Director of Projects Melissa Hendrickson; Memeber of Parliament and Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett; <TextBoldItalic>Good Things</TextBoldItalic> magazine Fashion Editor Charlotte Ellis; <InfoBold>Jamaica Observer </InfoBold>wine consultant and IT consultant Christopher Reckord; Toyota Jamaica Branch Manager Mick McGrane; and PR Consultant Michael Grande (Karl McLarty)

...was how executive chef at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel Mark Cole introduced guests on Tuesday, October 11, to the evening’s menu. The occasion was a dinner party hosted by Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett and Kevin Hendrickson, managing director of the Courtleigh Group of Companies, at The Cour ... Read More

The Veggie Meals on Wheels team of Alfred Brissett and  Asheeba Anson. (Karl McLarty) Gourmet goodies on wheels
There’s nothing quite like a recce complete with good food, drinks and a great vibe. Last Frid ... Read More

Chef Bradley Kilgore
for Jamaica Food
& Drink Festival
— Taste his chilimarinated
tenderloin, green
papaya slaw, Thai
peanut emulsion and
Umemboshi at Picante,
Saturday, October 29. Chef Bradley Kilgore for Jamaica Food & Drink Festival
— at Picante, Saturday, October 29 When this Best New Chef in America, an accolade ascribed ... Read More

After the pig head is set in the roasting pan, sprigs of parsley are added to add flavour. (Aceion Cunningham) A Southern Style Roast
Charlie McKenna is no neophyte when it comes to tantalising the palates with succulent cuts of pork. ... Read More

Clinton vs Trump (Wine) Debate

At the wine Rack with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, October 20, 2016    

I t’s two-and-a-half weeks before the USA presidential elections and the gloves are fully off. Cable TV has been beaming US politics directly into our living rooms for years, but this year’s spectacle seems to top the entertainment charts. You might wonder what wine has to do with this election. From what I read in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the Forbes and Grape Collective, there happens to be a Clinton wine, and a Trump wine and many across America have been conducting their own win ... Read More

Video - Lunch & Convo With Brian Lumley

Thursday, October 13, 2016    

Novia McDonald-Whyte, Jamaica Observer Senior Associate Editor — Lifestyle and Social Content, raises a toast with Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies President and CEO Christopher Levy to a wonderful lunch. (Antonio Graham)

It’s been a while — 10 months, to be exact — since Chef Brian Lumley left our shores for Doha, Qatar. He has, during this time, been in development mode for Aspire Katara Hospitality, under whose umbrella will fall a Caribbean-themed restaurant that will form part of the ‘Marina Project’ located at the most prominent location in Qatar, notably West Bay, overlooking the Pearl Island and The Persian Gulf, complete with eight over-the-water bungalows. The 200-seat res ... Read More

5 Days — 8 Glorious Culinary Experiences

Thursday, October 13, 2016    

Gariel Ferguson’s “Lone Bone on Corn Pone”- Low and slow-smoked premium Copperwood Pork ribs on a savoury popcorn pone muffin, topped with crispy pork belly and powdered bacon. (Karl McLarty)

The Jamaica Food & Drink Festival is not only back, but based on the number of sponsors seated around the New Levels Decor summer-chic inspired tasting table inside the Rio Bueno meeting room of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Thursday last — it is considerably bigger! “We had companies coming to us this year and tickets are already sold,” shared CB Foods Brand Manager Alicia Bogues, the dynamic force behind the festival. “We are, “she continued, “determined to ... Read More

Kingston 8 Acquires Its Own Cellar

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, October 13, 2016    

It’s hard to miss this “statement bar” as you step into Cellar 8. (Christopher Reckord)

Kingston has a new spot to relax, unwind, enjoy great food and wine and yes, spirits too. Cellar 8, the brainchild of entrepreneur Wendy Facey and JN Finance’s GM Aditi Dhiman is further bolstered by marketing consultant Nasma Chin and Hillel Academy Prep nurse Jenny Pragnell to round out the foursome that has brought this chic space to the market. Neatly tucked away in the ‘Upper Manor Park’ plaza, the multi-level Cellar 8 is a three-in-one location offering patrons a bis ... Read More

Home Is Where the Dining Table is…

Thursday, October 06, 2016    

Award-winning author, landscape artist and foodie Melanie Schwapp believes that the greatest gifts we can give our children (and ourselves)  are a strong family base, a strong faith, an open mind to other cultures and lifestyles, and a strong national pride. All this can be achieved by the simple act of sitting together as a family and gratefully breaking bread.

Of course, you may not be a foodie family like us and have the need for an eating area in every section of your home, but wherever or however you choose to share your meal, make it a special time of day, when you shed all the stress of the outside world and rejuvenate as a family. Create your traditions that bond you tightly, traditions that will act like an assuring beacon when the world gets dark. I truly believe that the greatest gifts we can give our children (and ourselves) are a strong fam ... Read More

An Affair Of The Heart

Thursday, October 06, 2016    

National Cream Thins topped with Rainforest Seafoods  honey mustard shrimps, marinated cucumber and bell pepper salad. (Garfield Robinson)

Despite the threat of Hurricane Matthew, gourmands, fashionistas, patrons and well-wishers gathered on the lawns of Jamaica House last Friday for a worthy cause — to raise funds for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s mobile clinic at the 27th staging of the Simply: Red charity event. Held under the patronage of Prime Minister Andrew Holness in association with Fidelity Motors, and with formalities handled by media personality Emprezz Golding, the evening of gastronomical delights did ... Read More

Wines, rum and a dash of fun to weather the storm

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, October 06, 2016    

Disaster supplies

There’s no disputing that hurricanes can and have been catastrophic, and having gone through many storms and hurricanes notably Allen, Gilbert, Ivan, Dennis, Emily, Wilma, Dean, Nicole, Gustav and Sandy, to name a few, the rumour mill which precedes the event and is filled with misinformation still amazes me. What does NOT surprise is the tremendous amount of humour that is associated with these looming disasters — I faintly hear my late grandmother’s voice say “stop tek ... Read More

Foodie News: Until Soon…

Thursday, October 06, 2016    

Frigidaire Sales Manager Hosmith Martinez (left) and General Manager Hector Naranjo (second right) presented each Best New Caterer awardees - Alexa von Strolley (second left); Trevanne Donegal (centre); and Allison Porter-Smalling - with the 30” Frigidaire Freestanding Range.

It is with mixed emotions that Thursday Life wishes Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards winning caterer Trevanne Donegal bon voyage as she heads to the UK to further hone her culinary skills. Naturally we are delighted, but will miss her optimism and resolve to deliver at a high level every single time. “I just wanted to say that the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards has been such a blessing and inspiration for up-and-coming chefs like myself,” said Donegal when she popp ... Read More

Kai Down Under

Thursday, September 29, 2016    

Northern territory kangaroo kebabs with honey-glazed barbecue sauce. (Antonio Graham)

What to do after last year’s spectacular Marilyn Monroe-themed Chaîne des Rôtisseurs affair was clearly a no-brainer for Jamaica Inn general manager and global cognoscente Kyle Mais, who took guests ‘Down Under’, Abercrombie & Kent style, last week Saturday. Mais, who lived in New Zealand and was during this time a frequent visitor to Australia, proved the consummate host and tour guide. Guests in safari garb assembled at the hotel’s West Wing for ... Read More

Wines from Down Under for Wild Down Under at Jamaica Inn

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, September 29, 2016    

The ‘save the date’ was sent to the members three months in advance, followed closely by a special dress code notification filled with sample photos of what “Safari” can look like. So it was no surprise that the most recent session of the Jamaican Chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, titled ‘Wild Down Under’ and held at the storied Jamaica Inn, was sold out about a month in advance with a deep waiting list. Our host, Maitre Hotelier ... Read More



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