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 An Evening at KGN KITCHEN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/An-Evening-at-KGN-KITCHEN_19225592 The conceptualisers of KGN Kitchen -- Jacqui 'Juicy Chef' Sinclair, Leisha Wong, and Melanie Miller -- returned with the fifth staging of their annual culinary food event. The Night Market-dubbed foodie expo -- found patrons traipsing the pathways of the Hope Botanical Gardens-venued marketplace in search of gastronomic experiences. Local Lifestyle Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Prepping For NyamJam - November 13-14 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Prepping-For-NyamJam---November-14-15-_19225836 What brings celebrity chef Mario Batali's BFF Reyna Mastrosimone to Jamaica and, most importantly, to EITS Café, Irish Town in the middle of a torrential downpour? Local Food Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Meet the chefs… Mario BATALI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Meet-the-chefs--Mario-BATALI Mario Batali — 25 restaurants nationwide, 10 cookbooks, Emmy Award-winning major network television show The Chew — Batali will be in Jamaica, November 14-15 for NyamJam. Local Food Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:27:15 GMT Meet the chefs… April BLOOMFIELD http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Meet-the-chefs--April-BLOOMFIELD April Bloomfield, executive chef and coowner of Michelin-starred restaurants The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, The John Dory Oyster Bar and Salvation Taco in New York City and Tosca Café in San Francisco. Local Food Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:16:47 GMT New Wine Discoveries Part 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/New-Wine-Discoveries--Part-2-_19225783 As promised last week, today I will share with you a few more new wines that have rcently hit our local markets. Almost every importer has new wines landing on the island. We got to taste some of the early samples and here is what we liked. Local Lifestyle Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT An Evening Of Fine Jamaican Cuisines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/An-Evening-Of-Fine-Jamaican-Cuisines-_19225762 The landscaped grounds of the historic Rose Hall Great House were transformed into a veritable wonderland of culinary delight Saturday last, as the Montego Bay Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) hosted 'An Evening of Fine Jamaican Cuisines,' its fifth annual marquee fund-raiser for supporting education. Local Lifestyle Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT BRANDED BRANDED - Terence Slater http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/BRANDED-BRANDED---Terence-Slater-_19225771 Thursday Life: (TL): Why is National Baking Company partnering with CB Foods? Local Lifestyle Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jamaican Pâtissier For L’Hommage Bistro Français, Mount Vernon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jamaican-P-tissier-For-L-Hommage-Bistro-Fran-ais--Mount-Vernon_19224379 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2005/2006 Dessert/Pastry Chef Of The year recipient Nicole Shirley has been quietly advancing her skills as a chef pâtissier in Chicago. Local Food Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Video: Strawberry FIELDS Forever http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Strawberry-FIELDS-Forever With August drawing to a close, allow Thursday Life to take you down to Strawberry Fields… where everything is real… and where Miss Jen’s chicken served at The Strawberry Patch Café & Grill is an absolute must! Local Food Thu, 20 Aug 2015 03:45:04 GMT Jacqui's Jamaican Rum Cakes Named One Of Texas' Best http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jacqui-s-Jamaican-Rum-Cakes-Named-One-Of-Texas--Best_19224381 Jacqui's Jamaican Rum Cakes, created by former Jamaica House executive chef and Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards nominee Jacqui Francis, is named one of 25 finalists in the H-E-B Primo Picks... Local Lifestyle Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT New Wine Discoveries — The Dark Ones http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/New-Wine-Discoveries---The-Dark-Ones_19224259 I guess it's about that time of the year when our major wine importers start sourcing new products for the Christmas season. I think there are at least a dozen new wines on the market, so over the course of the last weekend, as friends popped in and out, we tasted a few. Today I share my thoughts on the bigger, bolder, darker styles. Local Food Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Winners' Circle - August 20 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Winners--Circle_19224233 Michaela Francis (centre), Coca-Cola brand marketing manager (Wisynco Group Limited), and Coca-Cola marketing assistant Tiffany Simmonds (right) presented goodie baskets to (from left) Audrae Adjudah, Ministry of Education telephone operator; Velma Ritchie, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Free Trade (MoFAFT) secretary; Pastoria McLean, Scotiabank implementation officer; Jacqueline Finch, Ernst & Young Services Limited senior executive assistant; and Carla Watson, MoFAFT administrative assistant. At a later presentation, Chantelle Scott, senior research officer at Ministry of Finance and Planning, collected her goodie basket from Francis. The six were winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first shortlisted readers to provide the answer to: What size Coca-Cola bottles will feature the new Share A Coke labels featuring Jamaican names? The correct response was 355 ml and 20-oz bottles. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY) Local Lifestyle Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Farmer Martin's One Stop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Farmer-Martin-s-One-Stop-_19224599 Okay so you've had a super day at Strawberry Fields Forever -- don't you dare however, not make a stop for your week provisions at Farmer Martin's attractive stall. Not only will you get plantains, sugarcane, naseberries, refreshing coconut water, ripe bananas, jackfruit pineapples and oranges but an uplifting five minutes of reasoning. Tell him the #O Team sent you for even better prices. Local Lifestyle Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Table Talk @ Estate 101 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-TALK--OF-THE-TOWN_19223280 And it certainly was The Talk! From securing the oh-so-want-a-peek-inside Estate 101, the house atop Saddle Road, Maraval that stood dilapidated for decades and now equisitely restored by the stylish and impressively hands-on CEO and founder Debora Cumberbatch. Food Awards Trinidad Sun, 16 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Dinner at Aioli http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Dinner-at-Aioli-_19223422 Executive Chef John Aboud has one year later proved that he is no flash in the pan! Indeed on an island with a plethora of culinary talent Aboud might very well have to continue to pay his dues... His day will surely come. Food Awards Trinidad Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Lunchtime at BUZO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Lunchtime-at-BUZO_19223431 Ladies with time on their hands and stylish inclinations reserve tables at the award-winning Buzo Osteria Italiana. Thursday Life is no exception... Food Awards Trinidad Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Table Talk Food Awards T&T - And The Winners Are... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/And-The-Winners-Are---_19223282 The second annual Table Talk Food Awards -- Trinidad & Tobago edition, sponsored by Scotiabank (T&T), Caribbean Airlines, Bacardi and Estate 101 and hosted by the Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker, took place at the exclusive Estate 101 on Tuesday, August 4. Food Awards Trinidad Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Two down one more to go... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Two-down-one-more-to-go--- Seventeen years ago, The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards sought to make a statement that food in Jamaica was worthy of recognition. Our statement then, as it is now, is that there is a world of creativity and excellence in food. Food Awards Trinidad Thu, 13 Aug 2015 03:18:17 GMT Branded - Michaela Francis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Branded---Michaela-Francis_19222396 Thursday Life (TL): How did you land this job? Local Lifestyle Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Wines from Nashik — the wine capital of India http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wines-from-Nashik---the-wine-capital-of-India_19223423 It has been almost two months without a glass of wine, as I have been on an intense programme to fight the bulge. Motivated after a discussion with my fellow Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge Cathrine Kennedy, I sought assistance from Selena Deleon, owner of Core Fitness Studio, who coached me through the ITG Diet programme. With over 20 lbs lost, and with approval from my coach, it was time to do a little celebrating with a few glasses of, what else? Wine, of course! It was a fantastic coincidence that I received samples of some new wines that will be hitting our market soon. Some from California and two were from a most unusual part of the world -- for wine, anyway -- India. Local Lifestyle Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Burger at Chaud Café http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Burger-at-Chaud-Caf- Chaud Café & Wine Bar Food Awards Trinidad Thu, 13 Aug 2015 03:39:52 GMT Sunday Snack at Trotters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sunday-Snack-at-Trotters A trip to Trotters was long overdue and the honey riblets are worth several visits Local Lifestyle Thu, 13 Aug 2015 03:35:25 GMT Celebrating Emancipendence at Denbigh http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Celebrating-Emancipendence-at-Denbigh_19222216 The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show returned for what many have called its most successful staging in years last Saturday, and not even a mid-afternoon downpour could deter the thousands of patrons who filed into the Denbigh show grounds for the 63rd staging of the Caribbean's longest-running agricultural event. Local Food Thu, 06 Aug 2015 01:00:00 GMT Winners' Circle - August 6 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Winners--Circle---August-6-_19222108 Krystle Graham-Haynes (centre), brand manager for Domino's & Wendy's (Wisynco Foods Limited) presented Domino's gift certificates to (from left) Sharon Williams-Robotham, Ministry of Finance and Planning secretary; Jacqueline Gordon, National Commercial Bank business administrator; Shawna Campbell, model and caterer; and Kerian Scarlett, JN Small Business Loans executive assistant. They were winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first shortlisted readers to provide the answer to: What is the name of the online-only promotion that Domino's just launched on its website? The correct response was "Stuffed Crust $1,150". At a later presentation, security officer Afton James (inset, left), and Andre Heslop, administrative support assistant at Jamaica Business Development Corporation receive their prizes from Andrea Beckford, Jamaica Observer marketing co-ordinator -- sponsorship. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Local Lifestyle Thu, 06 Aug 2015 01:00:00 GMT August Mawnin’ Market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/August-Mawnin--Market_19222086 The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) promised August Mawnin' market, and boy, they totally transformed the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre into an Independence Village. Local Food Thu, 06 Aug 2015 01:20:00 GMT