Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Sumptuous Resort Fare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sumptuous-Resort-Fare_64721 Thursday Life continues our coverage of the 18th annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards with sumptuous fare provided by a few of The Rock’s premier destination resorts. Whether you have a hankering for fruit sushi from Moon Palace Jamaica Grande resort on the North Coast or care for a shot of Blackwell Rum from Strawberry Hill Hotel — a part of the Island Outpost resort chain — from the St Andrew hills, the offerings are endless. There’s even succulent Blue Mountain coffee-and-cocoa-encrusted pork tenderloin from the Zest, Cuisine of the Sun restaurant at The Cliff Hotel in Negril — which is set to host a weekend of food, wine and festivities with award-winning chefs Cindy Hutson, Jonhoi Reid and Gariel Ferguson, July 7-9. Look no further, Thursday Life has enough scrumptious fare to make you go hmm.... Local Food Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Foodie News Round-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Foodie-News-Round-up_64642 TWO SISTERS AND A SHOW ! Local Food Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT A Sugar Mill, Well Defined http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Sugar-Mill--Well-Defined_64657 Over 50 Châine des Rôtisseurs members and their guests descended on the historic Sugar Mill Restaurant at the Half Moon Resort, Rose Hall, for a highly anticipated dining affair simply called “Sugar Mill, Redefined”. The restaurant was previously closed for refurbishing, and our hosts Half Moon General Manager and Châine Bailli Honoraire Dr Sandro Fabris, Director of Food & Beverage and Châine Officier Chef Rôtisseur Giorgio Rusconi, and Half Moon executive chef Stephen Sowa wanted to show off their new state-of-the-art kitchen facilities. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sweet, Savoury Goodness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sweet--Savoury-Goodness_63894 At the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards we focus on sumptuous fare, and in this week’s round-up feast your eyes on particularly simple pleasures and fanciful delectable treats created by The Rock’s culinary masters. Thursday Life harkens back to the East Lawns at Devon House for decadent chocolate ganache, fresh-out-the-oven country puddings and liquored-up popsicles. Local Food Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Pasta Mondays at 100 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Pasta-Mondays-at-100_62574 If you love to eat and drink, 100 Hope Road’s rooftop is the place to be every Monday evening for Pasta Mondays. Customers are offered all-you-can eat pasta for only $2,000, which also includes a complimentary glass of the bar’s house wine. Pasta Mondays takes place between 7:00 and 10:00 pm and is supervised by marketing and event coordinator Lauren Mahfood, head executive chef Katherine Pinnock, restaurant manager Calleen Doctor, and food and beverage manager Delano Reynolds. Meal choices are customisable based on customers’ culinary preferences in pastas, sauces and condiments! The growing popularity of the fettucine alfredo pasta inspired Mahfood and her team to host Pasta Mondays. Aside from pasta, other customer favourites include the 100 flatbread and 100’s jackpot for dessert. Local Lifestyle Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Andre Fowles at Bloomingdales http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Andre-Fowles-at-Bloomingdales_63355 When you’re hot you’re hot, and for sizzling in-demand Chef André Fowles the hits just keep on firing. An official ambassador of regional promotions agency the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, and Chef de Cuisine at trendy NY eatery Miss Lily’s, Chef Fowles highlighted island flavours with flair at the launch of the annual celebration Caribbean Week NY at Bloomingdale’s. Local Lifestyle Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT More places to drink Great Wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/More--places-to-drink-Great-Wine_63315 To some people, wine is just a drink; to others wine is a complex creative expression of the winemaker and the vineyard that is filled with history, geography, art, science, politics and religion. Some argue that the wine world is divided into two large overarching groups of wine drinkers – those with wine knowledge and those without wine knowledge. Others joke that this group can also be described as those who simply want to drink the stuff vs those that want to talk about wine. Whichever group you are part of, there are more places in Kingston, Jamaica, to relax and drink really great wine these days. Local Lifestyle Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Appleton Estate Rum Tour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Appleton-Estate-Rum-Tour_63823 The inaugural Appleton Estate Rum Tour Appreciation and Awards Dinner was held at the well-appointed White Witch Golf Club on the historic Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay last Thursday. Local Lifestyle Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Four Fit for Father’s Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Four-Fit-for-Father-s-Day_64005 This Sunday it’s our time; Father’s Day! That special time of year when Fathers are honoured by their children, and if you are a wine lover it’s a really great time to try some wines that you might not come across too often. Here are my four picks for the vino-loving Dad. Local Food Thu, 16 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Chef André Fowles For Citymeals on Wheels http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chef-Andr--Fowles-For-Citymeals-on-Wheels_63327 What’s Chef Andre Fowles been up to since the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards? Lots! Thursday Life takes you to Citymeals-on- Wheels, a fundraising event which was held on Monday, June 6 at The Rockefeller Center, New York City. Local Food Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Yum... Foodie Paradise! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Yum-Foodie-Paradise_63334 The Best Product 2016 category of the 18th annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards salutes creativity and motivation. Nomineess start with a dream, a whim and a fancy that they nurture to full foodie fruition. Every year the Best Product category keeps a tally of what’s now, new and next, traditionally ushering in a fresh batch of foodie purveyors and tasty new products. Local Food Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Investing in liquid assets — buy to drink or to hold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Investing-in-liquid-assets---buy-to-drink-or-to-hold_63180 Two weeks ago, the Business Observer ran a story titled “Millions dished out for rare Burgundy at Geneva wine auction”. It was a story about an auction house in Geneva, Switzerland, that took in more than US$4 million for a collection of wine from Burgundy’s renowned and very rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wine estate. The anonymous seller held the wines in near-perfect condition for over 15 years before selling them via phone to an anonymous buyer. No doubt tremendous profits were made; so it raises the question is wine a good investment? Local Lifestyle Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT An Award-Winning Affair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/An-Award-Winning-Affair_62637 To say the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards has come of age, though an accurate observation, would prove an understatement. If you had asked a foodie, an event designer, a food purveyor, and/or a culinary artist, they would have all agreed that the 18th annual Food Awards — which serves to recognise the who’s who in the food industry and introduce up-and-coming culinary personalities —was nothing short of prestigious. It was mystical. It had arrived. Local Lifestyle Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Box Wine — Not that bad at all http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Box-Wine---Not-that-bad-at-all_62476 A friend and fellow Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge recently asked me about box wines, so I thought I would share some information on this ‘phenomenon’ that has not yet taken to our shores in any major way. In general, most of the markets on this side of the world have long held to the belief that similar to screwcaps, wine in a box is always low quality. Great wine is great wine, regardless of the packaging; sadly the converse is also true, and there are many producers out there using the box simply to keep their costs as low as possible and not for all the other major benefits that it delivers. Local Lifestyle Thu, 02 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT King’s Moringa catches Pitch crown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/King-s-Moringa-catches-Pitch-crown_62152 King’s Jamaican, makers of Moringa Drink Mix, beat five other contestants at the Jamaica Observer Foodie Seminar to win a $250,000 cash injection from Victoria Mutual Wealth Management. Local Business Fri, 27 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Lifetime Achievement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Lifetime-Achievement_62204 Director of Tastee Patty Simone Chanpong collects the Lifetime Achievement Award from Jamaica Observer CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart at last night’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Award, held on the East Lawns of Devon House in Kingston. The Tastee Patty empire was founded in 1966, with its first location in Union Square, Cross Roads, Kingston 5. Local Food Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Chairman’s Award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chairman-s-Award_62207 Proud owners of Stush in the Bush, Chris Binns (right) and his lovely wife Lisa collect the Chairman’s Award from Jamaica Observer CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart at last night’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, held at Devon House in Kingston. Stush in the Bush, which was started five years ago, has become a popular place for families. The Free Hill, St Ann company uses products from their organic farm for the dining experience. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fusion Nuit at Spanish Court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Fusion-Nuit-at-Spanish-Court_61969 With courses served on the left and wine pourings on the right, Spanish Court Hotel servers taxied the Franco-Asiatic-Caribbean cuisine of French-born, Trinidad-based executive chef Pierre-Yves Le Bihan, the patron of Port of Spain restaurant ZaZou Bistro Moderne to sequin-and-candle-topped grand table, in Valencia T, which was festively peopled with Local Food Thu, 26 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Award-winning Cayman Brasserie Chef For Food Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Award-winning-Cayman-Brasserie-Chef-For-Food-AwardsAward-winning-Cayman-Brasserie-Chef-For-Food-Awards-------_61808 When The Best Dressed Chicken started its search for a regional chef to bring life to their “Culinary Destination” narrative for the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, the compass pointed to the Cayman Islands and Artemio Lopez, sous-chef at The Brasserie. Lopez is one of a troika of chefs that lead the culinary adventures at the Elgin Avenue, Grand Cayman eatery which won the awards for Best Restaurant, Best Farm to Table and Best Place for Lunch in the inaugural Cayman Edition of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT The Best Dressed Chicken Set To Excite With First-Class ‘Culinary Destination’ At Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Best-Dressed-Chicken-Set-To-Excite-With-First-Class--Culinary-Destination--At-Jamaica-Observer-Table-Talk-Food-Awards_61809 The Best Dressed Chicken has recruited four of Jamaica’s leading chefs to tantalise the taste buds this evening at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Table Talk Food Awards Tonight! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Table-Talk-Food-Awards-Tonight-_61815 The Jamaica Observer has been officially celebrating the pleasures of the table for 18 years. This year the Table Talk Food Awards judges kicked off the season of discovery, tasting and learning in February with a visit to a local surfers’ destination called Longboarder’s Bar & Grill. We have been plugging away at it almost non-stop weekly, some of us a few pounds heavier, visiting old and new food spots and trying new food products. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Making The Pitch! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Making-The-Pitch--_62043 Judges, college students from the nation’s leading culinary institutions, and foodies alike assembled inside The Valencia Room at the Spanish Court Hotel yesterday for rounds of presentations, critique and insight into the world of sustainable business practices for this edition of the Table Talk Food Awards Foodie Seminar dubbed ‘The Pitch’. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Five Table Talk Food Awards scholarship recipients named http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Five-Table-Talk-Food-Awards-scholarship-recipients-named-_61823 FIVE outstanding students from the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management are this year’s beneficiaries of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards scholarships and bursary. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Counting Down to the 18th Annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards - 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Counting-Down-to-the-18th-Annual-Jamaica-Observer-Table-Talk-Food-Awards-2_61187 SoSo Seafood Bar and Grill Local Food Thu, 19 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Choosing Wine For The beach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Choosing-Wine-For-The-beach_61154 It was a beach day for me last Sunday with close friends. Naturally it fell to me to bring the wine. The international wine press is filled with articles on wine selections for warm weather only in the summer time. Happily we live in Jamaica where we have perpetual summer. Here are a few of my suggestions. Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT