Magnifico!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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The ever-so-affable Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica Celsa Nuno hosted an intimate gathering last Wednesday at her upper St Andrew residence for a gourmet dinner that amounted to a civilised evening.


The dinner, part of the Spanish Embassy’s commemoration of Food Month, was specially prepared by the chefs and team from the Gran Bahia Principe Hotel led by the Runaway Bay-based hotel’s General Manager Ricardo Esteban.


Ahead of the utterly divine six-course meal, the evening’s guests — a mix of financiers, developers, state and media power brokers — sipped cocktails and traded mid-week convo. Nuno then ushered guests to the table for a gastronomic repast that brilliantly paired Spanish and Jamaican cuisine. The dinner’s third course: a rustic bread muffin stuffed with 'Spanish Tortilla' on a Jamaican Sea (which fashioned an edible Jamaican flag on the base of the plate) elicited much praise from guests.


By the time dessert — a volcano-shaped cream mousse and coconut dacquisse was served — the verdict around the table was unanimous: well done, indeed!


Thursday Life brings you inside the kitchen and at the table for the Spanish Ambassador’s ‘culinary tour’ dinner.


The Menu


Cheese and Mulberry 'Likkle' Balls Zucchini, Banana and Smoked Salmon 'Lollipop', Duck and Raspberry Candy


Pumpkin 'Warm Gazpacho' with Tartar of Pineapple and Marinated Shrimp and Foie Foam


Rustic Bread Muffin stuffed with 'Spanish Tortilla' on Jamaican Sea


Lobster Tenderloin on a bed of 'Paella Valencia'


Passion Fruit and Green Apple Sorbet


Instant 'Grilled Jerk' over Edible Coals


'Appleton Estate — 12 Years' Cream Mousse on Coconut 'Dacquisse' with a texture of Blue Mountain Coffee and Jackfruit 'Coulis' accompanied by Rum and Raisin Ice Cream


The guest list


Phillip and Christine Gore


Kelly Tomblin and Steve Morgan


Wykeham McNeill and Sheila Benjamin-McNeill


Ian Moore and Dr Rosemary Weismann-Moore


Donovan and Michelle Perkins


Danville and Sharon Walker


Christopher and Isabelle Barnes


Glynne Manley


Novia McDonald Whyte


Chester Francis Jackson

    

  

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