HRH At The Regency

Regency Room Maitre d’ Frank Gilmore is ready to seat HRH

On the occasion of the visit of Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal Dinner — Regency Restaurant September 30, 2015 The Princess Royal was in Jamaica for The Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders' Dialogue (CCELD) which is built on the proven model of the Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Stud ... Read More

Cheers! To a fabulous experience and to Jon Baker our Food Awards judge for the parish of Portland. (PHOTOS: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Video: Great Food, Great Vista, Great Service
Wow! It was quite involuntarily. In fact I tried catching myself but proprietor of Cliff Hangar Rest ... Read More

Setting The Stage
NyamJam Setting The Stage for NyamJam
Chris Blackwell and Chef Mario Batali hosted an intimate group of media and friends to toast the lau ... Read More

Gloria Ferrer is one of Jhannel
Townsend’s favourite places. As
the first sparkling wine house in
California’s renowned Carneros
region, Gloria Ferrer Caves &
Vineyards was established in 1986
by the Ferrer family. Townsend
could not resist a photo with the
vineyards in the background. California Wine Country Tour with Jhannel Townsend
It was vacation time for Jhannel Townsend, Betco Premier Limited's brand manager, and while in most ... Read More

Countdown to the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival Pork Palooza on October 28

Thursday, October 08, 2015    

Braised Pork

Thursday Life shares a few more tasty recipes to tantalise those taste buds (PHOTOS: KARL McLARTY) Alexa Von Strolley Tooksie Kay Catering Braised Pork Belly (Serves 1) Pork belly braised in a bath of orange juice and a blend of oriental spices. Deep-fried pig ears tossed in a five-spice sugar Caramelised Granny Smith apples cooked low and slow in brown butter puréed Quick pickled red cabbage *************************************************************************** Lorraine F ... Read More

More Than A Festival

Thursday, October 01, 2015    

Pork belly braised in orange juice, honey and
cinnamon, topped with deep-fried pig’s ear
tossed in five-spice sugar, all atop a caramelised
apple purée and pickled red cabbage.

A four-member taste team comprising sponsors of the upcoming Jamaica Food & Drink Festival -- Drink-Nyam-Jam made themselves comfortable in the Blend Bar & Lounge of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday, spread their napkins and, armed with the appropriate silverware readied to taste and give feedback on the offerings of award-winning caterers Alexa Von Strolley and Lorraine Fung and executive chefs Mark Cole, Gary Bowes and Shea Stewart -- six of 20 confirmed chefs and culinary personal ... Read More

An Evening at Simply Red

Thursday, October 01, 2015    


Ahead of Tuesday's World Heart Day, the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) in association with Bumble Bee Foods and Fidelity Motors welcomed patrons to an evening of food, wine and entertainment on the lawns of Jamaica House. The event, dubbed Simply Red: Wine and Food Festival, returned for its 26th staging under the theme: Caribbean Flavour, Flair and Fashion. The organisers fulfilled their promise of delivering a four-hour foodie event ostensibly to raise $10 million towards the Building Fund ... Read More

On Wine Tour With Tania McConnell

Thursday, October 01, 2015    

Vineyards are some of the most beautiful and
calming places to visit. Tasting wine where
the wine is made is a magical experience.

Select Brands Corporate Marketing Manager Tania McConnell recently visited a few wineries that produce some of the wines in the Select Brands Portfolio. Here's her experience: Chris Reckord (CR): Which region did you visit ? Was it your first time there? Tania McConnell (TM): California, Napa and Sonoma. Third time to Napa, first to Sonoma where we actually stayed at a small boutique hotel (Bungalow 313) consisting of five or six cottages. The town of Sonoma was so charming and central. CR ... Read More

VIDEO: From The Sea To The Pot

Thursday, October 01, 2015    

Enjoying an amazing seafood feast with Oswald Powell (right), owner of Oswald’s Restaurant and Seafood Bar — an
absolute parish gem — are (from left) Chris Berry, executive chairman of Mayberry Investments Limited; Lamar Harris,
general manager and company secretary at Stocks & Securities Ltd; Sharon Leach, author; social media sensation
Rushaine ‘Dutty ‘Berry; Debra Taylor, Select Brands, Wines, marketing manager; Catherine Goodall, iCool beverage
marketing manager, and Novia McDonald-Whyte, senior associate editor - Lifestyle, Jamaica Observer and Table Talk
Food Awards conceptualiser. (PHOTOS: ANTONIO GRAHAM)

It's an easy Sunday drive to Oswald's Restaurant and Seafood Bar located at Alligator Pond smack on the border of St Elizabeth and Manchester. Contrary to the belief of many it is in the parish of Manchester and was declared Parish Gem winner by our discerning attorney-at-law and Food Awards parish judge Camille Shields. Calling ahead secures a cosy alcove with a view of the sea and an easy breeze. We've not seen proprietor and chef Oswald Powell since the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awa ... Read More

Nuts! Nuts!

Thursday, September 24, 2015    

Peanut vendor and stand-up comedian Ripton Murray uses his unique
charm to encourage passers-by to purchase items from his cart that
offers a variety of protein-filled snacks, inclusive of unshelled raw
peanuts retailing for $600, $200, $100 and $50, organic coconut gizzadas
for $100 and $50, and peanut cakes for $50.

No trip downtown is complete without a stop and chat with peanut man Ripton Murray, whose visually appealing cart is located at the intersection of Harbour and Orange Streets. Murray considers himself an entrepreneur who sells peanuts; however, Thursday Life sees Murray as a multi-talented entrepreneur who not only trades in peanuts but, also provides stand-up comedy for his customers. Murray, an expert salesman with over 22 years of experience under his belt, understands the art of the sale, t ... Read More

Wine Chat with Chesna Haber and Debbian Spence-Minott

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, September 24, 2015    

JWN execs Chesna Haber (right) and Debbian Spence-Minott in the barrel room at
William Hill. The use of oak barrels to store and age wine is a centuries-old tradition.
Wine aged in oak barrels is enhanced with the addition of vanilla and oak overtones.

Recently one of my social media timelines began filling up with beautiful photos of wineries and vineyards, and I realised that many of my wine "peeps" were in wine country - sadly without me. So I reached out to them to get the scoop. Here is what J Wray and Nephew Limited Business Development Manager Chesna Haber Manager and JWN Academy & Retail Operations Manager Debbian Spence-Minott shared with me about their recent trip to California: Christopher Reckord (CR): Which region did you vi ... Read More

From Paris to Half Moon A Rock Resort, Jamaica

Thursday, September 24, 2015    

Teenaged baking sensation
Amy-Beth Ellice (left) with
Half Moon, A Rock Resort
pastry chef Alana St Louis
and an array of local
dessert favourites.

Britain's Youngest Baker continues her culinary global ascent Meet the teenaged baking sensation described by Raymond Blanc -- one of the UK's most respected chefs -- as "a young talent who bakes beyond her years" and predicted to become "the world's best patissier. Fresh from honing her craft in the kitchens of The Ritz and at the world-famous Four Seasons Hotel, George V Paris, Amy-Beth Ellice teamed with the prestigious Half Moon, A Rock Resort, Jamaica executive pastry chef in a Britain me ... Read More

VIDEO: Miss T's Kitchen - Nice Jamaica Country Cookin'

Thursday, September 24, 2015    


Sunday lunch family style at Miss T's becomes a lot more than stating the obvious: the food is amazing - every single course! But it opens up a stimulating discussion on consistency and getting staff to buy into your philosophy. Anna-Kay Tomlinson, the beautiful chef/patron of Miss T's, has found the success ingredient and is liberal in its dispensation. The smiles of her team are genuine and the desire to please evident at every turn. Recently declared The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awar ... Read More

Strolley’s Slam Dunk!

Thursday, September 24, 2015    

Five-Spice Duck Breast Glazed with Tiaca Honey
served atop a warm green bean and almond salad
dressed with juneberry and sesame oil vinaigrette

How do you land the gig of a lifetime - chef on board the yacht of multi-millionaire businessman and owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Peter Holt, for 10 days sailing around the Hudson? Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Caterer of the Year 2015 awardee Alexa Von Strolley tells Thursday Life just how... "Birthday celebrations in May took me to the Exumas, at Staniel Cay Yacht Club Bar. Peter Holt was there. He came outside the bar to smoke his cigar where my two girlfriends and I were. Lu ... Read More



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