SALUT! Clinks at Macau

The J Wray & Nephew mixology team
created a cocktail mix of Pearly Bay Sweet
Sparking White infused with sorrel, which
received approving clinks from Gail Dixon
(right), general manager at Kris An Charles
Investments, and her operations manager
colleague Odette Reid.

The unrelenting Jamaica Observer Salut! wave flowed into the dual-level Macau Bar & Gaming Lounge, last Friday night, with our friends at libation brand J Wray & Nephew on hosting duty and Scotiabank underwriting the 'bon-vivacious' experience. Our social lens went barside at the Lindsay Cre ... Read More

Waiter Romando Stultz readied to serve a tray of
Beringer Founders’ Estate Pinor Noir-filled libations. SALUT! BETCO
'Twas another buzzworthy night, another Salut! wine-tasting on Thursday night as the courtyard outsi ... Read More

Cheers to Jamaica Observer Salut! Wine and Champagne
With the Yuletide holiday on the horizon, and the reason to pour libations becomes a natural order, ... Read More

Brian Jardim (back row, centre), CEO of Rainforest Seafoods, leads assistant marketing manager
Bethany Young (back row, left); business development manager Maxwell Jardim (back row, 2nd
left); principal of Iris Gelly Primary School Veronica Gaynor (back row, 3rd left); corporate chef
Evrol Ebanks (back row, 4th left); JOL MD Danville Walker (back row, 4th right); general
manager Ernest Grant (back row, 3rd right); marketing manager Roger Lyn (back row, 2nd right);
and Sybil Vidal (back row, right), vice-principal, in Applaud It! cheers. The 12 students happily
share the moment. Rainforest offers Iris Gelly Primary major support
BRIAN Jardim, chief executive officer of Rainforest Seafoods, hosted 12 enthusiastic students from I ... Read More

VIDEO: Energising Young Minds

Thursday, November 20, 2014    

Jamaica Public Service President and CEO kelly Tomlin (right) welcomed Alpha Academy fourth-form student Jenay Duffus to last week's Salut! Applaud It luncheon hosted by Senior Vice President, Customer and Corporate Service Sheree Martin at the energy company's corporate offices.  

There's something to be said about the formative years spent in high school. And for Sheree Martin, senior vice-president, customer and corporate services at Jamaica Public Service (JPS), her adolescence spent in the classrooms and walking the halls time at Convent of Mercy Alpha Academy, left her with much to say, long after graduation. Looking to give back to the next generation at her alma mater, Martin, supported by her boss, JPS President and CEO Kelly Tomblin, proudly hosted a Jamaica Obs ... Read More

VIDEO: Food for Thought

Monday, November 17, 2014    

LIME CEO and proud Wolmer's old
boy Garry Sinclair leads the applause
for an afternoon well-spent with
specially invited fourth-form students
from his alma mater.

Waxing nostalgic treasured memories of his adolescent years spent at Wolmer's Boys', LIME CEO Garry Sinclair welcomed 25 fourth-form students of his alma mater (joined by their grade coordinator Karen Gobern) to break bread at a Jamaica Observer Salut! Applaud It-themed luncheon at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Thursday. Himself a 1976 graduate of the iconic National Heroes Circle-located high school, Sinclair was delighted to share company alongside his LIME executive colleagues, Carlo Re ... Read More

VIDEO: Benjamin implores young Jamaicans to commit to country

Monday, November 17, 2014    

(Back, from left) Curator of the Hope Zoo Orlando Robinson; Kimesha James, administrator; Kenny Benjamin, executive chairman, Hope Zoo Preservation
Foundation; and Danville Walker, managing director, Jamaica Observer, celebrate the third anniversary of the current management of the Hope Zoo, St Andrew,
with students from Hillel Academy, Kingston College and Ardenne High School at a luncheon held at the Zoo on Saturday afternoon as part of the Jamaica Observer
Salut! Applaud It! festivities. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

CORPORATE titan and executive chairman of the Hope Zoe Preservation Foundation, Kenny Benjamin, challenged students last week Saturday "to cultivate good work ethics, good home-grown values, simple decency, and to commit to country in everything you do". Benjamin, who hosted more than a dozen students to lunch at the Serengeti restaurant, Hope Zoo, as part of Jamaica Observer Salut! Applaud It! initiative, spoke to his journey from his native India to Jamaica over 40 years ago. He said: "In thi ... Read More

Saluting and applauding excellence, longevity

Sunday, November 16, 2014    

Victoria Mutual Building Society President and Chief Executive
Officer Richard K Powell (left) welcomed Express Embroidery
and Apparel directors Donna and Junior Smikle to his
President’s Cocktail event. (PHOTOS: KARL McLARTY)

Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) has come a long way since opening its first branch on Water Lane in downtown Kingston in 1878. More than a century later, the financial institution, not comfortably resting on its laurels as one of the country's leading titans of banking (with 14 branches, as well as money transfer, wealth management and property services divisions), is surging forward to keep pace alongside competitors with super-attractive lending rates to borrowers. Celebrating the com ... Read More

MoBay's Round Of Applause!

Friday, November 14, 2014    

Attorney-at-law and the evening's hostess Paula Kerr- Jarrett, philanthropist Giuseppe Maffesanti (centre) and
hotelier Heinz Simonitch

The Jamaica Observer's Salut! Applaud It series continued its savoury journey Tuesday evening with a delightful stop at the beautiful and historical Bellefield Great House on Barnett Estate. Playing host to some of Montego Bay's movers and shakers were the lovely Paula Kerr-Jarrett and her business tycoon husband Mark along with senior executives of Victoria Mutual Wealth Management. Business talk aside, the night belonged to internationally acclaimed and Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food ... Read More

VIDEO: A Lesson To Savour

Thursday, November 13, 2014    

Smoked marlin salad with
pickled purple onions, capers
and lightly drizzled with a honey
vinaigrette was the first course.

No deals were closed but there were expressions of interest galore last week Friday afternoon as 11 students — VMBS scholarship awardees and the children of staff members — joined Devon Barrett, general manager of VM Wealth Management, and Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker in The Jamaica Observer's 2014 celebration of Salut! Applaud It! at the Half-Way-Tree corporate offices of Victoria Mutual. Applaud It! is a week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity ... Read More

VIDEO: 20 Reasons To APPLAUD IT!

Thursday, November 13, 2014    

Entrée —lobster
thermidor served
with 689 mini
croquettes and
buttered asparagus.

For the 20 specially invited children of Jamaica Observer vendors who entered the newspaper's boardroom on Monday afternoon for a five-course luncheon, it was an education in fine culinary dining. The bright-eyed guests, ranging in ages from six to 12, and all primary school-aged pupils, were feted at the launch of the Observer's Salut! Applaud It! week by Managing Director Danville Walker and the initiative's partners Jamaica Broilers, represented by its President and CEO Christopher Levy and ... Read More

Trevor The Corn Man

Thursday, November 13, 2014    

It's 11:00 am Tuesday in Trench Town and Trevor Lindsay aka Corn Man is spotted on the corner of Collie Smith Drive and Spanish Town Road stirring his pot of corn. It's a fascinating watch: the stir, the lift, the placement in the husk, a drizzle of Chiffon margarine and finally three pieces of perfectly placed dried coconut. Delicious Jamaican street food, and at $70 per corn definitely worth a try. — NMW - (Photos: Michael Gordon) Trevor The Corn Man --> Read More

Same brand, same quality, different bottle

Thursday, November 13, 2014    

Heineken, the world's leading international premium beer brand, is ready to give its consumers something to smile about just in time for the Christmas season. A new, stylishly designed bottle will be introduced to the market demonstrating passion and appreciation for enterprise which are part of Heineken's DNA. According to Nasha Douglas, brand manager, Heineken, "For the first time in two decades the brand is taking a huge step in the evolution of packaging with a new bottle." The stylishly n ... Read More

A different point of view - an interview with visiting sommelier Chris Joyce

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, November 13, 2014    

Wine lovers are always
excited to see new wines
to sample and taste on the
market. Chris Joyce did
not disappoint.

The fourth staging of the Reggae Wine Festival was held at a new venue, Whitter Village in Montego Bay-at a new time of the year -- October 18th. While the first event in 2011, held at the Rose Hall Aqueduct in Montego Bay in August, was promising, last year's show at Secrets Resorts & Spa was a disappointment. The event founder Carlos Daley hopes to build this into a viable show as October has fewer competing events. This year, sommelier, wine educator and wine maker Chris Joyce decided to ... Read More



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