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 A Solid Dose of Family http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Solid-Dose-of-Family_59065 The story behind every success has its own unique touch. André Fowles’ stellar performance on the highly acclaimed Food Network TV ’s Chopped Champions is a success story. But the road to glory was not an easy route, and Fowles credits his success to his family. Local Food Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Earning his chops! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Earning-his-chops-_59066 With the Rock’s flavourful involvement at the centre of the much buzzed about Season 5 of the Chopped Champions tournament, which airs on the Food Network , via the gastronomic acumen of the 27-year-old wunderkind André Fowles, that impressive chef de cuisine chef from the kitchen of the popular Miss Lily’s Restaurant, in the Big Apple, all eyes were fixed on the Tuesday, April 26 season finale where Fowles would match up against the last remaining Chopped Champion Adam Greenberg. Local Food Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Le Dîner en Blanc - Take 3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Le-D-ner-en-Blanc_58174 Thursday Life plates the final course of the spectacular picnic that took place on Saturday, April 16, at the Usain Bolt Regupol Track at UWI Mona Bowl, for the second staging of Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston. Local Lifestyle Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Recipe Corner - Grandma’s Fruit Cake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Recipe-Corner---Grandma-s-Fruit-Cake_59080 Thursday Life shares with readers a recipe courtesy of Grandma Veronica Davis now perfected by her award-winning grandson and Chopped finalist  André Fowles. Local Food Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Friends, scores and fancy labels — How we choose wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Friends--scores-and-fancy-labels---How-we-choose-wine_58816 During recent travels to the USA, I trolled the shelves of wine shops and supermarkets just to see what’s on the market. What struck me was some of the names and labels of many of the newer wines, not in the boutique wine shops, but those on the supermarket shelves. I am not sure why it surprised me because the research has shown that wine drinkers choose wines for three main reasons. Here is a short overview. Local Lifestyle Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Le Dîner en Blanc Take 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Le-D-ner-en-Blanc-Take-2_58173 Who says we don’t do picnics? We certainly do, and in grand style. Thursday Life takes you inside the secret location — Usain Bolt Regupol Track at the UWI Mona Bowl for the second staging of Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston. Local Food Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Best Dressed Chicken Moment at DÎNER EN BLANC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Best-Dressed-Chicken-Moment-at-D-NER-EN-BLANC_58170 And so with the hundreds of exquisitely white-clad guests seated for their picnic, there really was no better way for The Best Dressed Chicken to seize the moment than with a parade of platters of classic roast chicken, marched in to Flo Rida’s Welcome to My House. Local Food Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT #WinningWines @ Dîner En Blanc http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-WinningWines---D-ner-En-Blanc_58172 “Dîner En Blanc was the perfect setting to introduce and pair our Winning Wines of J Wray & Nephew Limited with an array of delicious dishes from not only the event’s preferred caterers but also for the various homemade picnic baskets that showcased an assortment of cheeses, meats and desserts”, shared Chesna Haber, business development manager at J Wray & Nephew. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT #Moët Moment for a Lifetime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-Mo-t-Moment-for-a-Lifetime_58171 Moët Ice Impérial was once again the official pour at Dîner en Blanc Kingston. “The global event for those who can chicly attire themselves in all-white was the perfect fit for the brand,” according to Jared Samuel, brand manager for Moët & Chandon. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Suarez hits four in 8-0 Barca rout, Real Madrid, Atletico win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Suarez-hits-four-in-8-0-Barca-rout--Real-Madrid--Atletico-win_58379 MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Barcelona bounced back from their worst run of La Liga defeats for 13 years in emphatic fashion as Luis Suarez scored four in an 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Perfect Your Picnic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Perfect-Your-Picnic_57481 Le Dîner en Blanc — the world’s most stylish dinner party — is fast approaching, and the Chow Society team has upped the ante to create a stunning all-white affair that will be etched in the memories of the 1,000 or so guests for a long time to come. Local Food Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Best product 2016 Nominee: The Meat Experts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Best-product-2016-Nominee--The-Meat-Experts_57569 The problem is not our local beef — indeed it is actually better than imported meat as it is organic and hormone-free — but the processing of the meat causes the beef to be tough and sinewy. Local Food Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Restaurant-The River Café http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Restaurant-The-River-Caf-_57479 Have you ever heard of ‘the overview effect?’ The life-changing perspective that astronauts get when they view the earth from outer space? The first time I heard about it, it fascinated me! It still does. Local Lifestyle Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT #WinningWines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-WinningWines_57598 With mere days before the second staging of Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston, 2016, J Wray & Nephew (JWN) Business Development Manager Chesna Haber and members of the Chow Society – organisers of the all-white social calendar event — along with a few table leaders enjoyed an intimate wine-and-food-pairing evening @twentythree on Monday. Oenological and victual interests were piqued with six courses of delectable, sweet and savoury selections from Fromage Gourmet Market & Bistro, Uncorked!, and Whip It Up! Catering by Celeste Gordon with wines to pair. In addition, the group was introduced to two new wines, The Naked Grape Pinot Grigio and the Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon, rounding off the varietals for Le Dîner en Blanc to a total of 12 wines: Apothic White and Apothic Red, Maschio Prosecco DOC Treviso, Voga Italia Moscato, Louis M Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Mirassou Riesling, Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon, Terrazas Altos Del Plata Chardonnay, Mirassou Pinot Noir, Starborough Sauvignon Blanc, The Naked Grape Pinot Grigio, and Maschio Rosé. Local Food Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT SOMM: Into the Bottle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/SOMM--Into-the-Bottle_57401 If you have a few friends who would like to get a really good understanding of the fuss surrounding the wine industry and why people are so passionate about the business of wine, then you should pop a bottle and watch the recently released film titled Somm : Into the Bottle . This is actually the sequel to the celebrated documentary SOMM , which you should also watch. Local Food Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Best product 2016 Nominee: Treat Confectionery Peanut Brittle and Spicy Cashew Brittle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Best-product-2016-Nominee--Treat-Confectionery-Peanut-Brittle-and-Spicy-Cashew-Brittle_56885 I made this product because... the recipe is a family favourite which had become popular with friends and family. I saw it as an opportunity to create a business. Food Awards Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Wine & Cheese Anyone? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wine-Cheese-Anyone_56837 I am certainly not a habituée of Uncorked! — the specialty cheese-and-wine haunt located inside Sovereign North, but what I do like about pulling up a seat either indoors or out are the interesting menu options. There’s always something on the menu to make me happy. Easter Saturday was no exception. There was bun and cheese. Yes, I know it was Easter and yes, I had at home, but these slices of not-too-sweet bun proved the perfect foil for the creamy, smooth, extra mature award-winning English Cheddar – Black Bomber. Local Food Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT ¡Tapas, Tapas, Tapas! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-Tapas--Tapas--Tapas-_56794 Thursday Life stopped by our little piece of Greece, last Thursday, to get a taste of the culinary offerings of Brazilian chef Fernanda Pinheiro — who was chef/restaurateur of her own eatery Terra Brasilis in Sardinia — for the launch of Tapas, the newest weekend foodie allure at OPA! Santorini Skylounge. Tapas are savoury snacks, canapés or small servings that originated in Spain — served hot or cold, and by tradition, with wine or beer — originally to encourage conversation in an informal dining setting. Local Lifestyle Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Best Product 2016 Nominee: Green Hills Organics Yellow Yam Powder, and Cassava Flour, and Sweet Potato Powder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Best-Product-2016-Nominee--Green-Hills-Organics_56916 We formulated the Yellow Yam Powder and the Cassava Powder mixes because… it was requested by our customers. We used to carry imported products but our customers wanted local merchandise. Food Awards Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Best Product 2016 Nominee: National Cream Thins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Best-Product-2016-Nominee--National-Cream-Thins_56891 I made this product because... the recipe is a family favourite which had become popular with friends and family. I saw it as an opportunity to create a business. Food Awards Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Restaurant: Matador Room http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Restaurant--Matador-Room-_56103 Matador Room in one word: “ $#(!*!&#^@!!!!!” As in: Words are by far and away too limiting to describe this experience! Trying to translate this into text right now, I feel like my hands are bound, bound, bound! But if I did have to choose one word, it would be my new, go-to phrase, which was birthed by this Matador experience. It’s for when something is just too over-the-top-mind-blowingly-good, that your brain is scrambled from over-stimulation, and you’re just so emotionally paralysed from feeling too much! What word is that? Local Lifestyle Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Best Product 2016 Nominee: Jenny’s Jamaican Ginger beer, All-Purpose Herbal Seasoning and Spicy & Crunchy Coconut Chips http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Best-Product-2016-Nominee--Jenny-s-Jamaican-Ginger-beer--All-Purpose-Herbal-Seasoning-and-Spicy---Crunchy-Coconut-Chips_56906 The objective of our organisation is to… create products from local raw materials. Food Awards Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Effortless wine pairing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Effortless-wine-pairing_56838 On Monday, March 21, in many countries around the world, French-themed restaurants and French embassies in association with over 1,600 chefs of French cuisine offered multi-course fare to celebrate France’s gastronomy by inviting the public to share a “French dinner” titled Goût de France. What I found very interesting at the dinner held in Kingston, Jamaica, at The Regency Restaurant of the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel was this: not only was it an excellent event, but the feedback on the wine and food pairings was very positive. Local Lifestyle Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Best Product for 2016 Nominee: Grace Cock Powdered Seasoning Blend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Best-Product-for-2016-Nominee--Grace-Cock-Powdered-Seasoning-Blend_56177 Grace started producing Cock Powdered Seasoning Blend because... We identified an opportunity to provide greater convenience for our consumers who have traditionally used our Grace Cock Soup as a seasoning for their meats and other meals. We decided to take the work out of the process by creating a powdered seasoning blend to remove the need to sieve the noodles from the soup but still deliver the same great taste. We took it a step further and created All Purpose, Curry and Ginger AllSpice Garlic based on consumer feedback about what was needed in the market. Food Awards Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT Video - Goût de France: A Global Gastronomic Event http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Go-t-de-France--A-Global-Gastronomic-Event_56112 The Regency Restaurant of the boutique-chic Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel was the destination of class, elegance and gastronomy at its finest on Monday, March 21. The first day of spring was heralded with the second staging of the Goût de France project: a global event inviting patrons to experience French dining at its best. Local Food Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT