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 FLOW Applauds Cumberland High School http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/FLOW-Applauds-Cumberland-High-School_81636 “Where you are now and the grades you are getting do not determine where you are destined to be,” FLOW Jamaica Managing Director Garfield Sinclair told the students of Cumberland High School at the final sitting of the Jamaica Observer’s 2016 Applaud It! initiative last Thursday afternoon. Inside the Devonshire at Devon House, accompanied by executive members of his team and the FLOW Foundation, Sinclair told the students to never allow anyone or anything to deter them from their dreams. Sinclair, in-between courses, moved effortlessly around the table asking the students about their career goals, eliciting smiles as he told of his school days, of ‘skulling’ school to watch Kung Fu movies, of being caned and being a less-than-average student. “That is where I was then... this is where I am now! The key is maintaining your passion and never giving up, despite the fact that you might not be getting the best grades, or that you might not be the best student; this is not your destiny!” His candour hit home. Local Lifestyle Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT TASTE OF TRYALL: Out of Many, One Cuisine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/TASTE-OF-TRYALL--Out-of-Many--One-Cuisine_82010 The manicured lawns of the luxurious Tryall Club in Hanover were transformed Friday last, November 25, into an exquisite culinary enclave as part of the Taste of Tryall. Local Lifestyle Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Supreme Ventures Applauds the Men of Jamaica College http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Supreme-Ventures-Applauds-the-Men-of-Jamaica-College_81385 Tuesday, November 29, was memorable for 10 Jamaica College students, all members of the highly-acclaimed robotics club, who participated in a working luncheon which was hosted by Ian Levy, deputy chairman of Supreme Ventures, and four members of the company’s executive. The boys made full use of the three-hour face-to-face, which began with Levy explaining how fortunate they were to be at the school. “The fact that you attend JC,” he said, “puts you ahead of everyone else. Why? Because we were taught that we were leaders, we were lectured more than we were taught so we always believed that we were going to be somebody.” Levy continued, “Going to school then and now is much different, but there are still a lot of opportunities particularly available for Jamaica College students. I want to encourage you to stay in Jamaica, and think of this island as your future.” Local Lifestyle Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT ’Tis the season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-Tis-the-season_81899 Some call it the silly season; some call it the happiest time of the year. Some paraphrase Shakespeare; referring to the season as ‘the best of times and the worst of times’. Call it whatever you want, the Christmas season is upon us, bringing with it all the emotions, entertainment and extra pounds. Local Lifestyle Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT FLOW Applauds Cumberland High School http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/FLOW-Applauds-Cumberland-High-School_81598 “Where you are now, and the grades you are getting, do not determine where you are destined to be,” FLOW Jamaica Managing Director Garfield Sinclair told the students of Cumberland High School at yesterday’s final sitting of the Jamaica Observer’s 2016 Applaud it! initiative. Inside the Devonshire at Devon House, accompanied by executive members of his team and the FLOW Foundation, Sinclair told the students “to never allow anyone or anything to deter them from their dreams”. Sinclair, in-between courses, moved effortlessly around the table asking the students about their career goals, eliciting smiles as he told of his school days, of skulling school to watch Kung Fu movies, of being caned and of being a less-than-average student. “That is where I was then... this is where I am now! His candour hit home. Local News Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Opa’s Salut (Yia Sou)! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Opa-s-Salut-Yia-Sou_81481 The Jamaica Observer week-long celebration of wines and champagne continued Wednesday evening at Opa! with, you guessed it, Greek wines. Indeed, the festivities were taken up several notches as the establishment itself was celebrating birthday number three. Opa! Greek Restaurant and Santorini Skylounge proprietor Alexx Antaeus and his co-director Orlease King were the consummate hosts, ensuring not only that wine flowed all evening long but that they seized the opportunity to pair new menu options with each bottle of wine. The evening’s first bottle was, in the words of Antaeus, “My big fat Greek wine — Savatiano”: a dry white wine paired with an ackee slider. This was followed by Lafkioti Nemea, a dry red served with Opa’s lamb burger. Hummus and pita bread and Opa’s caramelised onion, bacon and feta cheese pizza were additional offerings ahead of dessert — Opa’s signature carrot cake with a shot of Mavrodaphne de Patras. Local News Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Vine in Partners http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Vine-in-Partners_81512 Another Wednesday night, another reason to Salut! The Jamaica Observer’s week-long wine-appreciation festivities found wine lovers at the Regency Bar & Lounge at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel. The early birds caught the waiter, who served the Tito’s Breeze welcome cocktail – a sweet and tangy concoction with the Betco-distributed Tito’s Homemade Vodka as its base. Local News Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cayman Table Talk: Fare Discourse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cayman-Table-Talk--Fare-Discourse_80927 Following a most successful inaugural staging, the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, The Cayman Islands edition presented by The Best Dressed Chicken , returned on Thursday, November 10, to The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort for its second iteration. This time around was definitely the charm! Guests were met on arrival with flutes of Champagne and indulged in melt-in-your-mouth hors d’oeuvres — a foretaste of the culinary offerings to come. The cocktail hour over, it was now time to step on the red carpet and slip into seats for the awards presentation. Local Food Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Applauding Success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Applauding-Success_80694 No goals were scored on Wednesday, November, 16 by the Harbour View Football Club’s (HVFC) Under 13 and 15 Pay As You Go KSAFA Champions 2016, inside the boardroom of the Jamaica Public Service corporate offices. There were, however, goals of another kind — life lessons imparted by Jamaica Public Service’s President and CEO Kelly Tomblin. Local Food Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rainforest Seafoods applauds Iris Gelly Primary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Rainforest-Seafoods-applauds-Iris-Gelly-Primary_81050 It was a delightful afternoon last Friday for 15 students of Iris Gelly Primary School at the Rainforest Seafoods headquarters. They made their way along the red carpet to the boardroom where they found their name cards and individual menus at a festively decorated table. Their hosts were senior executives at Rainforest Seafoods, helmed by CEO Brian Jardim. The four-course lunch created by Rainforest Seafoods Corporate Chef Everol Ebanks took the children on a formal culinary adventure — from soup to dessert — affording the team the opportunity to participate once again in the Jamaica Observer’s Applaud It! — a week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for Jamaica’s corporate pathfinders to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through social and dining skills. Local Food Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT NCB Applauds Success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/NCB-Applauds-Success_80882 The first order of business for National Commercial Bank Foundation executives last Thursday afternoon was to host 12 top-achieving business students of Ardenne and Meadowbrook High schools inside the company’s boardroom at the Atrium. The executives, who included Thalia Lyn, Nadeen Matthews, Dennis Cohen and Belinda Williams, fêted the students with a fine-dining experience catered by award-winning culinary artist Oji Jaja. The occasion marked the fourth sitting of the Local Food Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT My ‘select’ tions - Part 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/My--select--tions---Part-2_81185 A couple of weeks ago customers, suppliers, business partners and friends celebrated with Select Brands, one of Jamaica’s fastest growing wine and spirits importers/distributors. At that event I was challenged by a fellow wine enthusiast to give more wine recommendations on a monthly basis. I looked around on all that was laid out for our sampling pleasure and thought that instead of waiting on the last Thursday of every month to make a recommendation of the month — why not jumpstart my recommendations right now? Local Food Thu, 24 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Rainforest Seafoods applauds Iris Gelly Primary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Rainforest-Seafoods-Applauds-Iris-Gelly-Primary-------_80947 Christmas came early Friday afternoon last for 15 students of the Iris Gelly Primary School’s grades 5 and 6 classes. They made their way along the red carpet to the boardroom, where they found their name cards and individual menus at a festively decorated table. Their hosts were senior executives at Rainforest Seafoods, helmed by CEO Brian Jardim. Local News Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Tables Twice Turned http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Tables-Twice-Turned-_80591 BORNE out of a desire to position the Caribbean as a culinary hot spot, the progeny of The Rock’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, the Table Talk Food Awards — Cayman Islands Edition, presented by The Best Dressed Chicken, on Thursday, November 10, at The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, has taken root in Cayman. Food Awards Cayman Sun, 20 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Applauding the boys of Allman Town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Applauding-the-boys-of-Allman-Town_80574 Last Tuesday afternoon, seated inside the Devonshire, Devon House, 12 boys from the top GSAT class at Allman Town Primary received life lessons and gourmet versions of their everyday meals — catered by The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards recipient of The Chairman’s Award and From Yardstyle to Gourmet CEO Jacqui Tyson — courtesy of Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited executives, President and CEO Donovan Perkins, vice-president Janice Grant Taffe and Mark Chisholm, executive vice-president, individual insurance, Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited. The occasion was the second sitting of the Jamaica Observer’s third annual Applaud it! week-long luncheon. The initiative provides a unique opportunity for the country’s industry leaders to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through an inspirational experience that exposes them to social and dining skills. Local Lifestyle Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT VIDEO: NCB Applauds Success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/NCB-Applauds-Success_80816 The National Commercial Bank Foundation executives Thalia Lyn, chairperson; Nadeen Matthews, CEO; Dennis Cohen, Deputy Group Managing Director; and Belinda Williams, NCB Foundation Manager of Corporate Brand, applauded lustily yesterday afternoon — inside the boardroom of the National Commercial Bank Atrium — the top 12 business students of Ardenne and Meadowbrook high schools. This, after hosting them and their teachers at a catered gourmet luncheon courtesy of award-winning culinary artist Oji Jaja and a thorough immersion in the fountain of wisdom of Jamaica’s corporate pathfinders. There was a lot to glean! From the bank’s close-to-a-billion-dollar injection in education, to the importance of reading, being able to articulate, thinking outside of the proverbial box and applauding the success of others. (See more in next week’s Thursday Life). This was yet another uplifting afternoon, the result of the Jamaica Observer Local Food Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Applaud It! 2016 Launch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Applaud-It--2016-Launch_80370 The Jamaica Observer’s third annual Applaud it! lunch series is back! The first sitting took place on Sunday afternoon in the company’s boardroom and was hosted by members of the newspaper’s executive and the Best Dressed Chicken team. For this year’s initiative 20 children — whose parents are all employed to the Jamaica Observer — enjoyed a four-course meal by award-winning caterer Michele Williams. Applaud It! is a week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders to meet the next generation exactly where they are at and guide them through an awesome experience that exposes them to social and dining skills. Local Food Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Catch Ah Fire, Run Ah Boat! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Catch-Ah-Fire--Run-Ah-Boat_80477 On the eve of the second annual Table Talk Food Awards – The Cayman Islands Edition, presented by the Best Dressed Chicken, The Jamaica Broilers Group President and CEO Christopher Levy hosted a private dinner at the multi-award-winning Catch Restaurant & Lounge — an ocean-front al fresco nook in West Bay, Cayman Islands, which specialises in surf and turf. Food Awards Cayman Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT A Sixth Taste of Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Sixth-Taste-of-Jamaica-_80584 The sixth staging of the HEART Trust/ NTA Taste of Jamaica Culinary Competition could arguably be described as the best one yet, with 19 competition categories attracting scores of participants and showcasing some of the best of Jamaica’s young and emerging talent. Local Food Thu, 17 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Applauding the Harbour View Football Club http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Applauding-the-Harbour-View-Football-Club_80662 NO goals were scored yesterday afternoon by the Harbour View Football Club’s under-15 and under-13 teams inside the boardroom at the Jamaica Public Service corporate offices. There were, however, goals of another kind — life lessons imparted by the company’s President & CEO Kelly Tomblin at the third staging of Applaud It! The 17 ballers along with the clubs’ five executives enjoyed a three-course gourmet lunch by award-winning culinary artist Oji Jaja, a conversation with nutritionist Joy Calendar and watched earnestly as Martina Christian of Clean Treats created nutritious smoothies which were poured into JPS Mason jars. Local News Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT A Meet Street Food Truck Festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Meet-Street-Food-Truck-Festival_79119 On Saturday, October 29 — night four of the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival and night two of the Meet Street festivities — foodies came out in their numbers for Jamaica’s only Food Truck Festival, which witnessed 17 food trucks and booths lining the perimeter of Barbican Beach, East King’s House Road. In a lively street party setting, patrons made the rounds seeking out tasty options from Tutti Fruiti, House of Loaves, Jam Wraps, Levy’s Goodies, Veggie Meals on Wheels, Sue Tru Carib Grill, Street Eats, Fish Pot Fry Fish Shop, Copperwood Pork, Serge Island smoothie bar, Corner Bistro, Flamin Wok Catering Services, the Maggi mobile cooking show, and CB Foods’ Bad Dawg Sausages. Local Food Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Celebrating Five Select Years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Celebrating-Five-Select-Years_80569 Today there are over a dozen wine and spirits importers and distributors in Jamaica. Over the past five years we might have seen four new ones emerge or rebranded. None of those new kids on the block have made the impact that Select Brands has. Beginning with a seasoned and experienced team, a portfolio of familiar, recognised brands of wine and spirits, a deep relationship with the market and a big vision, founders David McConnell and Andrew Desnoes were cautioned against starting a new venture in this business environment. They pressed on regardless and last week celebrated five years of the wild ride that the entrepreneurial roller coaster always delivers, and they are standing bigger and better as a result. Local Food Thu, 17 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Taste of Jamaica 2016 awardees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Taste-of-Jamaica-2016-awardees Taste of Jamaica is geared towards promoting and showcasing the country’s most talented through a mix of competitions, cooking demonstrations, seminars, workshops, and tastings. Local Food Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:40:31 GMT Catch wins top Table Talk Food Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Catch-wins-top-Table-Talk-Food-Awards Catch Restaurant and Lounge was named the top performer in Cayman’s food industry, earning Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year and Best Ambience awards at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. Food Awards Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:46:01 GMT VIDEO: Applaud it! 2016 Launch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Applaud-it--2016-Launch_80351 The Jamaica Observer ’s third annual Applaud it! lunch series is back. The first sitting took place yesterday afternoon in the company’s boardroom hosted by members of the newspaper’s executive team and executives from the Best Dressed Chicken. Local Food Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT