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 La Pizzeria http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/La-Pizzeria_78262 What’s new at the Grogge Shoppe Restaurant and Mahogany Tree Bar, Devon House? Pizza, that’s what! Managing directors Tarquinio Caldarelli and Gloria Palomino are giving denizens of and visitors to Kingston an authentic taste of Northern Italy with the opening of La Pizzeria. Local Food Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT A Great Escape http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Great-Escape_78292 Have highway, have wheels, have money for the toll. Welcome to Thursday Life ’s great escape. Local Food Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT RECIPE CORNER! - Butternut squash, beet, and spinach ravioli http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/RECIPE-CORNER--_78381 Makes 4-6 servings Local Lifestyle Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT So many wine events, so little time http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/So-many-wine-events--so-little-time-_78291 This week has seen the culinary scene in Kingston and Montego Bay ratchet up a few notches. In Kingston the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival, in its second year, was created out of the need to showcase the gastronomic delights of our beloved Jamaica to the world. The festival will span five days with over 40 celebrated chefs and culinary personalities representing the gamut of the Jamaican gastronomic experience at seven different events. Local Food Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Beyond jerk... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Beyond-jerk---_77097 ...was how executive chef at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel Mark Cole introduced guests on Tuesday, October 11, to the evening’s menu. The occasion was a dinner party hosted by Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett and Kevin Hendrickson, managing director of the Courtleigh Group of Companies, at The Courtleigh Corporate Centre Penthouse, for six UK journalists and food enthusiasts. Local Lifestyle Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gourmet goodies on wheels http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Gourmet-goodies-on-wheels_77508 There’s nothing quite like a recce complete with good food, drinks and a great vibe. Last Friday was that kind of vibe and more as the team from Jamaica Food & Drink Festival, all set to roll out an even more fabulous second staging, afforded friends, family and sponsors gourmet goodies on wheels. That’s right! The trucks rolled out in the parking lot of The Worthington at the Spanish Court Hotel and feast we did on healthy bites from Veggie Meals on Wheels, comfort-laden sandwiches from House of Loaves, watermelon-flavoured popcorn and fried chicken from Corner Bistro, jumbo hot dogs from CB Local Lifestyle Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Chef Bradley Kilgore for Jamaica Food & Drink Festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chef-Bradley-Kilgore-for-Jamaica-Food---Drink-Festival — at Picante, Saturday, October 29 Local Food Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:32 GMT A Southern Style Roast http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Southern-Style-Roast_77388 Charlie McKenna is no neophyte when it comes to tantalising the palates with succulent cuts of pork. In fact, the ‘southerner’, who owns and operates Lillie’s Q — a restaurant in Chicago he named after his grandmother Lillie and his father, Quito — has been experimenting with various ways of satisfying discerning foodies for a number of years, and indeed has awards to prove his expertise in Southern-style cooking. McKenna was in Montego Bay last week as guest chef at the second in the series of Copperwood Pork’s ‘Making The Cut’ to not only exchange “his pork notes” with local chefs, but to look at theirs too. Local Lifestyle Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Clinton vs Trump (Wine) Debate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Clinton-vs-Trump--Wine--Debate_77511 I t’s two-and-a-half weeks before the USA presidential elections and the gloves are fully off. Cable TV has been beaming US politics directly into our living rooms for years, but this year’s spectacle seems to top the entertainment charts. You might wonder what wine has to do with this election. From what I read in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the Forbes and Grape Collective, there happens to be a Clinton wine, and a Trump wine and many across America have been conducting their own wine debates. Local Food Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Video - Lunch & Convo With Brian Lumley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Lunch---Convo-With-Brian-Lumley_76807 It’s been a while — 10 months, to be exact — since Chef Brian Lumley left our shores for Doha, Qatar. He has, during this time, been in development mode for Aspire Katara Hospitality, under whose umbrella will fall a Caribbean-themed restaurant that will form part of the ‘Marina Project’ located at the most prominent location in Qatar, notably West Bay, overlooking the Pearl Island and The Persian Gulf, complete with eight over-the-water bungalows. The 200-seat restaurant slated for a summer 2017 opening will see Lumley as its consulting head chef. A typical day for Lumley commences at 11:00 am and ends at 9:00 pm. First order of business is meeting with management and colleagues, then on to a test kitchen where Caribbean and Latin American dishes are experimented with, in the hopes of creating something new and different. Local Food Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT 5 Days — 8 Glorious Culinary Experiences http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/5-Days---8-Glorious-Culinary-Experiences-_76505 The Jamaica Food & Drink Festival is not only back, but based on the number of sponsors seated around the New Levels Decor summer-chic inspired tasting table inside the Rio Bueno meeting room of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Thursday last — it is considerably bigger! “We had companies coming to us this year and tickets are already sold,” shared CB Foods Brand Manager Alicia Bogues, the dynamic force behind the festival. “We are, “she continued, “determined to put Kingston on the culinary map and are thankful to have the Jamaica Tourist Board as one of our sponsors... our chefs, you will agree after this taste session, are up to the task.” It was no idle boast! With 20 sponsors to impress, the Festival’s coterie of culinary players, notably Gariel Ferguson, Oji Jaja, Jacqui Tyson, Alexx Antaeus, Alexa Von Strolley and Nadine Hoballah-Burie, were ready to throw down! Local Food Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Kingston 8 Acquires Its Own Cellar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Kingston-8-Acquires-Its-Own-Cellar_76785 Kingston has a new spot to relax, unwind, enjoy great food and wine and yes, spirits too. Cellar 8, the brainchild of entrepreneur Wendy Facey and JN Finance’s GM Aditi Dhiman is further bolstered by marketing consultant Nasma Chin and Hillel Academy Prep nurse Jenny Pragnell to round out the foursome that has brought this chic space to the market. Local Lifestyle Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Home Is Where the Dining Table is… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Home-Is-Where-the-Dining-Table-is-_75928 Of course, you may not be a foodie family like us and have the need for an eating area in every section of your home, but wherever or however you choose to share your meal, make it a special time of day, when you shed all the stress of the outside world and rejuvenate as a family. Create your traditions that bond you tightly, traditions that will act like an assuring beacon when the world gets dark. I truly believe that the greatest gifts we can give our children (and ourselves) are a strong family base, a strong faith, an open mind to other cultures and lifestyles, and a strong national pride. All these gifts can be achieved by the simple act of sitting together as a family and gratefully breaking bread. Local Food Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT An Affair Of The Heart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/An-Affair-Of-The-Heart_76026 Despite the threat of Hurricane Matthew, gourmands, fashionistas, patrons and well-wishers gathered on the lawns of Jamaica House last Friday for a worthy cause — to raise funds for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s mobile clinic at the 27th staging of the Simply: Red charity event. Held under the patronage of Prime Minister Andrew Holness in association with Fidelity Motors, and with formalities handled by media personality Emprezz Golding, the evening of gastronomical delights did not disappoint. Local Food Thu, 06 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Wines, rum and a dash of fun to weather the storm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wines--rum-and-a-dash-of-fun-to-weather-the-storm_75952 There’s no disputing that hurricanes can and have been catastrophic, and having gone through many storms and hurricanes notably Allen, Gilbert, Ivan, Dennis, Emily, Wilma, Dean, Nicole, Gustav and Sandy, to name a few, the rumour mill which precedes the event and is filled with misinformation still amazes me. What does NOT surprise is the tremendous amount of humour that is associated with these looming disasters — I faintly hear my late grandmother’s voice say “stop tek serious t’ing mek joke”. Local Food Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Foodie News: Until Soon… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Foodie-News--Until-Soon-_74594 It is with mixed emotions that Thursday Life wishes Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards winning caterer Trevanne Donegal bon voyage as she heads to the UK to further hone her culinary skills. Naturally we are delighted, but will miss her optimism and resolve to deliver at a high level every single time. Local Lifestyle Thu, 06 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Kai Down Under http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Kai-Down-Under_75304 What to do after last year’s spectacular Marilyn Monroe-themed Chaîne des Rôtisseurs affair was clearly a no-brainer for Jamaica Inn general manager and global cognoscente Kyle Mais, who took guests ‘Down Under’, Abercrombie & Kent style, last week Saturday. Local Food Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Wines from Down Under for Wild Down Under at Jamaica Inn http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wines-from-Down-Under-for-Wild-Down-Under-at-Jamaica-Inn_75383 The ‘save the date’ was sent to the members three months in advance, followed closely by a special dress code notification filled with sample photos of what “Safari” can look like. So it was no surprise that the most recent session of the Jamaican Chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, titled ‘Wild Down Under’ and held at the storied Jamaica Inn, was sold out about a month in advance with a deep waiting list. Our host, Maitre Hotelier Kyle Mais, Jamaica Inn’s general manager, previously lived in New Zealand and wanted to share the region’s gastronomy and the wonderful wines from Down Under with members and their guests. Local Food Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 30,000 Champagne Flutes poured! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/30-000-Champagne-Flutes-poured_74534 Regular TV viewers would have been watching keenly this past Sunday for results when the Emmy Awards were announced for some of their favourite TV shows. Our focus today — you guessed it — the menu and the copious amounts of wines and Champagne poured later on that night at the Governor’s Ball. Local Food Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Michelin Man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Michelin-Man_74652 Exposing its hotel destinations to the wonders of Spanish cuisine has been a worthy preoccupation of Grupo Iberostar for a few years now. It was The Rock, which would next be added to the hospitality group’s series #IBEROSTARChefOnTour with a kitchen-enthusiast Fernando Arellano, the 2-Michelin starred executive chef and patron of Castell Son Claret restaurant Zaranda in Mallorca. Sitting through seven courses, Thursday Life dined, and sipped on paired wine portfolios and varietals from Spain, last Saturday evening, at the Cornwall buffet restaurant at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, in the Second City. Our verdict? An experience that we were delighted to be part of. Our single regret: so few local chefs and caterers were in attendance. Why? They like us would have fully grasped the importance of simplicity! Interpret this to mean not overwhelming — but the delivery of clean plates of fresh interesting pairings like the tiger prawn with mango remoulade and ginger or the white garlic lobster, grapes and summer truffle and the masterfully paired veal tongue, glaced warm leek and potato salad — a feel good pop in the mouth of what could be best described as a refined goulash. The dessert — The four seasons of the Majorcan almond — an explosion of nutty sweet pleasure that brought the seven course dinner to a perfect end. Mention must also be made of the flawless service. Thursday Life eagerly looks forward to the next gastronomic affair which according to the property’s affable manging director will be early next year. Feast your eyes on the tannic pours and gastronomic keystrokes enjoyed by gourmands and oenophiles as we made the right notes... Local Food Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Ruling ‘Passion’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Ruling--Passion-_73212 Crossing the Atlantic, and over unto our fair Caribbean isle, the Pasqua brand confident in the welcoming palate of The Rock’s oenophiles, partnered with its Jamaican distributor Select Brands 1876 Wines arm to showcase its Verona-based portfolio via a wine-pairing dinner, on September 6, at Uncorked in Sovereign North. A three-course dinner executed by Uncorked’s new executive chef Damion Stewart — previously of CRU Bar & Kitchen and the CPJ Deli — and preceded by cocktails, gave invitees a solid window to familiarise themselves with the myriad bouquets of the winemaker’s offerings. Guided by Pasqua Vineyards Export Manager and legacy Cecilia Pasqua, with the on-site support of Select Brands execs, Thursday Life discovers the ‘passion’ behind this Italian family’s traditions. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Cooking With Kaci http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cooking-With-Kaci_73444 The Cooking with Kaci series stopped by the Audi Showroom Thursday last where, with the evening’s co-host Harbour Wines & Spirits, it staged a successful cooking event. “Mainland Say Cheese” Brand Ambassador Kaci Fennell-Shirley welcomed all to an evening of delectable wine and cheese pairings. Audi Head of Business Damien Kerr and Group General Manager of ATL Automotive Matthew Cripps also welcomed guests to the Oxford Road showroom and encouraged them to enjoy the magnificent cars ready to be taken home. Cripps elicited laughter from those in attendance as he spoke of his first passion — notably cars, and his second — cheese and wine. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sunsplash Jamaican Cuisine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sunsplash-Jamaican-Cuisine_73543 If you are passing through Brown’s Town, St Ann, be sure to check out new restaurant Sunsplash. A mere three months old, the Jamaican and soul food restaurant with a full line bakery and ice cream parlour has become the town’s hotspot, cultivating constant traffic as well as nods of approval as a result of both the food and warm welcome. From all appearances, at Sunsplash, the customer always comes first. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Eleni’s Rising Star http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Eleni-s-Rising-Star_73883 It’s difficult to concentrate on anything save the selection of breads and pastries at Eleni’s, but a pause as we waited to pay our bill and a sweep of the establishment gave Thursday Life the opportunity to meet Diandra Dixon, or “ Seventeen” as she is affectionately called at Eleni’s Bakery as a result of her age. The former University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica student — she completed a one-year Baking Technology course — with a passion for baking, stemming from watching countless shows on the Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Tasting Sassicaia — one of the most soughtafter fine wines in the world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Tasting-Sassicaia_73766 It proved somewhat of a challenge - incredibly - to convene a group of busy wine lovers to enjoy with chef/patron Pierluigi ‘PG’ Ricci of the multi-award-winning Italian restaurant Toscanini, a bottle of one of his prized possessions. Acccording to the wine press: “one of the greatest wines in the world;” “Sassicaia, the most collectible Italian wine”; “one of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon wines”; “one of the most sought-after fine wines in the world” - and these are merely a few quotes on the celebrated Italian red wine. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT