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 SALUT! BETCO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/SALUT--BETCO_17990567 'Twas another buzzworthy night, another Salut! wine-tasting on Thursday night as the courtyard outside the très chic Fromage Gourmet Market on Hillcrest Avenue hosted Night #4 of the Scotiabank-sponsored week-long Jamaica Observer Salut! celebration of wines and champagnes. Local Lifestyle Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT VIDEO: It's All Greek To Me http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/It-s-All-Greek-To-Me_17967862 With the Yuletide holiday on the horizon, and the reason to pour libations becomes a natural order, the launch of the Jamaica Observer's Salut! Wine and Champagne Week, sponsored by Scotiabank, was well-timed on Monday evening, as OPA! Greek Restaurant hosted a wine tasting of selections from its Greece-imported red, white and rosé portfolio. Local Food Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Rainforest offers Iris Gelly Primary major support http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Rainforest-offers-Iris-Gelly-Primary-major-support_17974586 BRIAN Jardim, chief executive officer of Rainforest Seafoods, hosted 12 enthusiastic students from Iris Gelly Primary School for the Jamaica Observer's Salut! Applaud It! luncheon yesterday at Rainforest Seafoods' headquarters on Slipe Road. Local Food Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Energising Young Minds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Energising-Young-Minds_17954072 There's something to be said about the formative years spent in high school. And for Sheree Martin, senior vice-president, customer and corporate services at Jamaica Public Service (JPS), her adolescence spent in the classrooms and walking the halls time at Convent of Mercy Alpha Academy, left her with much to say, long after graduation. Local Food Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Food for Thought http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Food-for-Thought_17940500 Waxing nostalgic treasured memories of his adolescent years spent at Wolmer's Boys', LIME CEO Garry Sinclair welcomed 25 fourth-form students of his alma mater (joined by their grade coordinator Karen Gobern) to break bread at a Jamaica Observer Salut! Applaud It-themed luncheon at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Thursday. Local Food Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Benjamin implores young Jamaicans to commit to country http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Benjamin-implores-young-Jamaicans-to-commit-to-country_17954987 CORPORATE titan and executive chairman of the Hope Zoe Preservation Foundation, Kenny Benjamin, challenged students last week Saturday "to cultivate good work ethics, good home-grown values, simple decency, and to commit to country in everything you do". Local Food Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Saluting and applauding excellence, longevity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Saluting-and-applauding-excellence--longevity_17952071 Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) has come a long way since opening its first branch on Water Lane in downtown Kingston in 1878. More than a century later, the financial institution, not comfortably resting on its laurels as one of the country's leading titans of banking (with 14 branches, as well as money transfer, wealth management and property services divisions), is surging forward to keep pace alongside competitors with super-attractive lending rates to borrowers. Local Food Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT MoBay's Round Of Applause! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/MoBay-s-Round-Of-Applause-_17940040 The Jamaica Observer's Salut! Applaud It series continued its savoury journey Tuesday evening with a delightful stop at the beautiful and historical Bellefield Great House on Barnett Estate. Local Lifestyle Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Lesson To Savour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Lesson-To-Savour_17924306 No deals were closed but there were expressions of interest galore last week Friday afternoon as 11 students — VMBS scholarship awardees and the children of staff members — joined Devon Barrett, general manager of VM Wealth Management, and Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker in The Jamaica Observer's 2014 celebration of Salut! Applaud It! at the Half-Way-Tree corporate offices of Victoria Mutual. Local Food Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: 20 Reasons To APPLAUD IT! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/20-Reasons-To-APPLAUD-IT-_17926568 For the 20 specially invited children of Jamaica Observer vendors who entered the newspaper's boardroom on Monday afternoon for a five-course luncheon, it was an education in fine culinary dining. The bright-eyed guests, ranging in ages from six to 12, and all primary school-aged pupils, were feted at the launch of the Observer's Salut! Applaud It! week by Managing Director Danville Walker and the initiative's partners Jamaica Broilers, represented by its President and CEO Christopher Levy and his divisional sales and marketing manager Joan Forrest Henry; and Victoria Mutual, represented by Devon Barrett, general manager of the company's Wealth Management division, and his sales and client relations manager colleague Karlene Mullings. Local Food Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Trevor The Corn Man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Trevor-The-Corn-Man_17926926 It's 11:00 am Tuesday in Trench Town and Trevor Lindsay aka Corn Man is spotted on the corner of Collie Smith Drive and Spanish Town Road stirring his pot of corn. It's a fascinating watch: the stir, the lift, the placement in the husk, a drizzle of Chiffon margarine and finally three pieces of perfectly placed dried coconut. Local Lifestyle Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Same brand, same quality, different bottle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Same-brand--same-quality--different-bottle_17930794 Heineken, the world's leading international premium beer brand, is ready to give its consumers something to smile about just in time for the Christmas season. A new, stylishly designed bottle will be introduced to the market demonstrating passion and appreciation for enterprise which are part of Heineken's DNA. Local Lifestyle Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT A different point of view - an interview with visiting sommelier Chris Joyce http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-different-point-of-view---an-interview-with-visiting-sommelier-Chris-Joyce_17916684 The fourth staging of the Reggae Wine Festival was held at a new venue, Whitter Village in Montego Bay-at a new time of the year -- October 18th. While the first event in 2011, held at the Rose Hall Aqueduct in Montego Bay in August, was promising, last year's show at Secrets Resorts & Spa was a disappointment. The event founder Carlos Daley hopes to build this into a viable show as October has fewer competing events. This year, sommelier, wine educator and wine maker Chris Joyce decided to take the trip from California and bring along a wide range of Napa wines with him to introduce to us here on The Rock. I caught up with him and we chatted about the wine business and what he felt about our market. Local Lifestyle Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT APPLAUDIT! Selfie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/APPLAUDIT--Selfie_17926959 Richard Byles (centre), Sagicor president and CEO, captures a selfie with 10 students from his alma mater Jamaica College after hosting the students for Observer's Salut! 'Applaud It!' luncheon. The students — (front row from left:) Jaheime Graham, John Junior Pedley, Courtney Harper, Marlon Nash, Nathaniel Prince, Howard Hull and Nathaniel Morrison and (back row from left:) Sadeki Brown, George Barnes and Kristoff Williams — enjoyed a fine dining experience and chit-chat session with the 'old boy' yesterday at The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in New Kingston. Local Lifestyle Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Marblue's Culinary Gems http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Marblue-s-Culinary-Gems_17874203 If, like us, you've not been hearing much about Marblue -- that multi-award-winning culinary gem in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth -- it's because Andrea and Axel Wichterich have been in creative mode: how to give local and international visitors more bang for their buck, taste-testing new menu options, and streamlining operations. Local Lifestyle Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:01:00 GMT VIDEO: Fast Food Nation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/FAST-FOOD-NATION_17863448 It's not just skipping kitchen duties at home on Friday nights anymore. Eating out -- and grabbing takeout -- has moved from an age-old weekend-starting tradition to any weekday. Whether for lunch or dinner, Jamaica has long transitioned to a fast-food nation. Local Food Thu, 06 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Lumley takes Flight! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Lumley-takes-Flight-_17875529 Chef Brian Lumley is the featured chef in Caribbean Airlines Business Class Local Lifestyle Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Discovering Ca' Momi - Old-World Style, New World Techniques http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Discovering-Ca--Momi---Old-World-Style--New-World-Techniques_17874628 My first experience with a wine from Ca'Momi was the Ca' Secco sparkling wine offered by the glass at Uncorked in the Sovereign North Plaza. Ca' Secco is a fun, simple, refreshing, light sparkling wine that is made in California with the same method as Prosecco made in Italy. While I have seen other wines on the shelf made by Ca' Momi, I took little notice until a recent trip to Jamaica by Kathy Oates, Ca' Momi's director of export sales, who was here visiting clients and conducting wine tastings with their wine importer Select Brands. After Kathy's passionate presentation, which included the story of the owner's journey from Italy to the Napa Valley, USA, I wanted to try all their wines. Local Lifestyle Thu, 06 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT A 'Hell' Of A Pudding http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A--Hell--Of-A-Pudding-_17820249 We're coasting along the highway through the garden parish of St Ann when our super alert Jamaica Observer driver Dwight Lee requests a stop in Priory. "Can I get some potato pudding?" he asks, a hint of longing evident in the beseeching tone. We're naturally curious and acquiesce. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Asia's Café http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Asia-s-Caf-_17782870 Success is as sweet as the decadent pastry at Asia's Café. In its 10-month span, business is solid at the eatery inside York Pharmacy found along the super-busy Half-Way-Tree Road thoroughfare, and the hot spot's operators are keeping pace with the groundswell of customers. Local Food Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Taste Of Jerk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Taste-Of-Jerk-_17821427 The smell of jerk chicken and pork wafted up to our nostrils during a tour of the Royalton White Sands Resort in Trelawny last Sunday, guided by the property's ever-charming general manager Armando Pizutti. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT World Champagne Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Champagne-_17810913 This annual event encourages the celebration of this truly unique wine that can only come from the Champagne region in France. Consumers from around the world are encouraged to participate in the celebration of Champagne and raise awareness about the need to protect the Champagne name. Local Food Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT An Au Revoir @ Opa! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/An-Au-Revoir---Opa--_17782927 'Opa!' is what Greeks exclaim in a time of celebration or when expressing joy and gratitude. It's a term that would perhaps aptly reference the two-year tenure of Ambassador of Belgium to Jamaica, Godelieve Van Den Bergh. The ambassador's tour of duty comes to an end in October, at which time she'll return to Brussels. To honour the departing ambassador, Antonio F Da Costa eSilva, Brazil's Ambassador to Jamaica, and producer/restaurateur Alexx Antaeus hosted a farewell dinner party Monday last at the latter's celebrated Greek eatery, Opa! Greek Restaurant and SkyLounge. The table resembled that of a United Nations delegation (think: Brazil, Russia, United States, Chile, Greece and Jamaica). Local Food Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Food Reminiscing on Diwali http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Food-Reminiscing-on-Diwali_17760750 Today, thousands of persons of Indian descent across the region will be lighting small clay lamps filled with oil, candles and artificial chain lights in celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light. Houses and public spaces are decorated with small earthen lamps called diyas, signifying the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali focuses on embracing one's inner light, to dispel physical and mental darkness. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Taste of Jamaica - The Bartender Competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Taste-of-Jamaica---The-Bartender-Competition_17784065 I was asked to be the head judge for the bartender competition section in the recently held Best Dressed Chicken Taste of Jamaica - A culinary competition put on by the Culinary Federation of Jamaica. Overall, the event had just over 250 participants working in teams or individually vying for a range of titles including the following: Chef/Junior of the Year; Junior Apprentice Chef of the Year; Pastry Chef of the Year and Bartender of the Year. This event also serves as part of the selection process for the Jamaican team to enter the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition to be held in Miami in June 2015. Local Food Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT