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

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 o ... Read More

Vidyadhara Shetty and Jason Howard Shetty & Howard for Foodie Seminar
Barbadian born Jason Howard Vidyadhara Shetty the executive chef at Blue Cilantro Restaurant in Gran ... Read More

Kimberly Hall’s winning image — turbit
fishes with by Scotch bonnet pepper,
escallion and thyme seasonings. Fare Game
National pride was the name of the game for the fifth week of the Digicel/Jamaica Observer Instagram ... Read More

Sista P presents her
mixed lunch platter. Sista P - SooSoomba Vegetarian Restaurant
Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of Portland, Jon Baker, adds Soosoomba ... Read More

Rick's Café

Thursday, May 21, 2015    


Undoubtedly the most successful restaurant and bar enterprise in the island of Jamaica and, indeed, the Caribbean is the world-famous Rick's Café, to be found on the cliff of West End, Negril, in the parish of Westmoreland. The Rick's Café story began in 1974 when Richard ''Rick'' Hershman bought this stony cliff-side one-and-a half acre property from Dr Winston Campbell, son of Jamaica's first native Governor General, Sir Clifford Campbell. He then set about establishing the firs ... Read More

Grant’s Jerk Pork & More

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

The pork is jerked on sweet wood
to enhance the meat’s taste profile.

From the outside, Grant’s Jerk Pork & More doesn’t seem like much. But the minute I stepped through the door, I was immediately taken with the chill atmosphere; and for some reason, the aesthetic and aroma of this Charlemont street-side restaurant reminded me of my grandmother’s outside wooden kitchen. I felt like I was home again. Finding your way to Grant’s is not difficult. If you’re en route to St Ann by way of St Catherine, bypass the new highway and dr ... Read More

Scotch Bonnet Restaurant At Match Resort

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Brown stew chicken with
sauteed Irish potato and salad.

Taking the road eastwards out of Port Antonio, just past the Trident Hotel you see a sign on the right for Match Resort, take the right turn up a newly paved road and you will turn into the pleasant forecourt of the Match Resort and Hotel. Entering the tidy lobby and reception area, I am met by my friend Richard Harris, local lawyer and proprietor of the property, who, while having very competent and pleasant staff, loves to be hands-on when it comes to his guests. A perfect inn to spend a week ... Read More

Border Jerk

Michael Erskine | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Ryan McFarlane getting
ready to serve jerk chicken.

Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of Westmoreland and attorney-at-law Michael Erskine makes reservations at Border Jerk and Rick's Cafe Immediately after crossing the border from Hanover into Westmoreland, in the district of Maxfield en route from Montego Bay to Savanna-la-Mar, is Border Jerk-so named because it is literally on the border of these two parishes. It is a fact that Jamaicans love jerked meat, especially spicy jerked pork and chicken and it is also true ... Read More

Puddin Man

Andrew and Lucy Salm | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Edgar Wallace,
proprietor of Just Coool
Green Grocery and
Variety Store, displays
his cornmeal pudding.

For those of us who race along the North Coast Highway east to west, or vice versa, Priory is not a place one stops at unless you are catching the Sunday night party or the yearly kite festival. This, however, is changing due to a small cook shop owned by the 'Puddin Man'. The Just Cool Grocery, Green Grocery and Variety Store, located a few minutes east of St Ann's Bay on the sea side of the road, is noticeable by its trademark pans covered in coal on the side of the road. This cook shop is we ... Read More

Christopher's at Hermosa Cove

Andrew and Lucy Salm | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Poached eggs over
freshly sautéed callaloo
and drizzled with a light
Scotch bonnet sauce.

Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judges for the parish of St Ann, Andrew and Lucy Salm reveal their final six culinary gems. One of the fun things about first-world cities is the variety of dining-out breakfast options. In Ocho Rios I have found the perfect breakfast/brunch spot in a location that few know about and even if they have heard about it, generally have difficulty finding the place. About half-a-mile east of Royal Plantation, on Main Street and the next turning after Rapid Sh ... Read More

Zionites Farm - Organic Vegetarian Food at its best

Andrew and Lucy Salm | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Pizza bites of smoked salmon
and goat cheese capers with
red onions and vegan cheddar.

We love a road trip and that's certainly one of the many joys of a visit to Zionites Farm! Located in the hills of St Ann, this is truly a unique and stunning spot. Definitely call for directions as the turning is easy to miss... which we did, but let's face it, that all adds to the adventure! The owners Chris and Lisa Binns have truly created something very special, farming a fabulous selection of organic vegetables and salads, creating a farm-to-table dining experience, as well as having an ... Read More

Farm Village Cafe

Dwight Scott | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

goat and

Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of St Catherine, Dwight Scott, adds Farm Village Café, Grant’s Jerk Centre and Reggae City Jerk Village to his culinary gems. I shouldn't be reviewing this place because I want to keep it all to myself! I went there for a friend's birthday dinner and was completely blown away by the atmosphere, customer service and food. I had the prawns for my entrée, which were cooked to perfection. My next course was the pineap ... Read More

Reggae City Jerk Village

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Jerk pork on the chopping block.

On the recommendation of my jerkloving posse, I headed to Bog Walk in the late afternoon last Thursday for dinner with friends. Our destination: Reggae City Jerk Village. The experience: wholly satisfying! The jerk here is smoky and spicy; and adding dollops of the special three-dimension sauce made the taste of our jerk pork order that much more special, especially when washed down with a round of cold Red Stripes. Both the jerk chicken and pork here are ridiculously affordable with my quar ... Read More

Vintage Wine, Vintage Champagne -- What should it mean to you?

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

A very happy bunch after all the wine and champagne - (from left:) J Wray & Nephew Business Development Manager
Chesna Haber; Ally's Kitchen Chef/Patron Allison Porter-Smalling; Market Me managing director Lyndsey McDonnough;
Geoffrey Bouilly , Moët Hennessy market manager Caribbean; J Wray & Nephew Academy and retail manager Debbian
Spence-Minott, and J Wray & Nephew's Moët Hennessy brand manager Jared Samuel.

This past week I was told of someone who had the opportunity to acquire some "vintage" wines and they needed some advice. Let me make an attempt to clear up the confusion around the use of the term vintage. Vintage, the year that is usually written on the bottle, is the year that the grapes were harvested - that's it. The importance of vintage stems from the foundation belief that really great wine is made in the vineyard, so the right location, soil, weather conditions and micro-climate matter ... Read More



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