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 CHEFS TO WATCH FOR 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/CHEFS-TO-WATCH-FOR-2017_85907 As we count down to our 19th staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards slated for Thursday, May 25, 2017 we shed light on those charged with promoting our cuisine to the visitors to our shores. We started with Sandals Resorts International and continue this week in the kitchens of the Half Moon Hotel. Local Food Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT A sense of Occasion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-sense-of-Occasion_86037 Two years ago, when Ronny Emborg took over the kitchen of Atera, the New American tasting restaurant in Tribeca, New York City, the Danish executive chef came, not only equipped with the expected Scandinavian and wider Nordic culinary vocabulary, but also the notion of the ‘sensory kitchen’. This translates at the table as an experience that engages the eyes, ears, nose and, indeed, the palate. This was the foundation of a highly technical medley that greeted expectant diners, who booked their place at the Cornwall restaurant of Iberostar Suites in Rose Hall, Saturday last. The 2 Michelin-starred Emborg – the most recent ambassador of the #IBEROSTARChefOnTour series – distilled the rainy evening’s feast into his more recognisable calling cards of fruit leather, fermentation, and smoking. Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT FROMAGE Brasserie Adds A Second Location @ The Marketplace http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/FROMAGE-Brasserie-Adds-A-Second-Location---The-Marketplace_85908 Thursday Food is delighted to report on expansions this week. Our restaurateurs are being bullish in this competitive market, pumping millions into their establishments to ensure customer satisfaction. Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT QuickPlate — Delivered to your doorsteps http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/QuickPlate---Delivered-to-your-doorsteps_86067 What happened when Monique Powell got tired of only being able to order pizza at her desk? She not only conceptualised QuickPlate but you can, just like your Uber driver, track the arrival… Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Discovering Wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Discovering-Wine_86116 This column began exploring the vast and ever-expanding universe of wine on Jan 10, 2008, and the topic was “Buying wine in the supermarket.” Since then, wine appreciation and enjoyment have seen a steady increase in Jamaica. Almost daily I receive requests for wine recommendations for regular consumption, as gifts, or for particular events; more recently many folks have expressed an interest in learning more about wine and “getting into wine”. Wine drinkers are divided into two main groups: Those who care about what they are drinking (the few — Group A), and those who don’t (the many — Group B). The latter simply order red or white at the bar (most wine drinkers in Jamaica fall into this category). Many in group A began their wine journey in group B until they tasted a wine that made them hear angels sing; they took notice and reset their thinking from “wine as a drink” to “wine as art”… then the quest began. Local Food Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Flight of Fancy - The Art of Good Taste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Flight-of-Fancy---The-Art-of-Good-Taste_84214 It all started with a challenge: reinterpret, reimagine and ignite. And with that the team behind The Best Dressed Chicken’s 2017 calendar set out to create a visual experience that is sure to keep you inspired about chicken all 365 days this year. “For us, we wanted to twin the practicality of a calendar with a strong visual appeal that would stimulate the culinary interest of persons viewing the calendar. We want people to think about enjoying The Best Dressed Chicken in different ways and to bring creativity to the presentation of every chicken dish to make it appealing to the palate. After all, we eat with our eyes and we find that more persons are emerging food enthusiasts and are no longer content with the mundane run-of-the-mill food presentation; it is about food fantasy,” said Joan Forrest-Henry, vice-president, sales and marketing at The Best Dressed Chicken. The result is an electrifying riff on creating a meal: The Art of Good Taste. Local Food Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Kingston, Jamaica makes list http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Kingston--Jamaica-makes-list_85581 The New York Times Travel feature — 52 Places To Go in 2017 — There are thousands of getaways to explore this year. Here are some ideas to get you started… Local Food Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Ones To Watch For 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Ones-To-Watch-For-2017_84569 The Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett is determined to drive tourism numbers through gastronomy. Those responsible for what visitors to our shores eat and, indeed, how they perceive our cuisine must now re-evaluate the offerings of each plate. Local Food Thu, 05 Jan 2017 03:00:00 GMT Recipe Corner... Jessica Hylton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Recipe-Corner----Jessica-Hylton_74572 30-MINUTE QUINOA ENCHILADA SKILLET Local Food Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Foodie News http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Foodie-News_85595 Philipp Hofer, director of operations Iberostar Jamaica is once again using gastronomy to lure visitors to our shores. Local Food Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT And we’re off…First Stop of 2017 — Frenchmen Climax http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/And-we-re-off-First-Stop-of-2017---Frenchmen-Climax_85464 Held on the fairways of the Caymanas Golf Course and billed as Jamaica’s premier all-inclusive party, Climax! 2017 did not disappoint. Each year this event boasts the largest wine bar and wine list on the party scene, and for me it acts as a harbinger of sorts for the year in wine to come. Local Food Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT The 12 Chefs of Christmas Foodie Vision Board http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-12-Chefs-of-Christmas-Foodie-Vision-Board_84163 These days, there’s much talk about creating vision boards, that is, a literal board of images consisting of the things you want to do in life. Fresh off the heels of making real the food wishes of winners in The Best Dressed Chicken 12 Chefs of Christmas competition, Thursday Life asks the featured chefs what their own epicurean fancies are and the responses are absolutely delicious. Local Food Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cheers From HEDO II, Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cheers-From-HEDO-II--Negril_842372016-12-28T21-29-58 Happy New Year From Executive Chef Anthony Miller and his team at Hedonism 11, Negril who share six tasty options to usher in 2017 Local Food Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Season’s Greetings from Zest @ The Cliff in Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Season-s-Greetings-from-Zest---The-Cliff-in-Negril_83709 What to prepare as the holiday celebrations continue just got easier thanks to Chefs Cindy Hutson and Johnoi Reid of The Cliff Hotel, Negril. Local Food Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Foodie News... Uncorked Introducing Concierge Service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Uncorked-Introducing-Concierge-Service_84279 Uncorked, the home of cheese, wine, bistro and specialty foods, is introducing Uncorked’s Concierge with free delivery. Perfect timing, we reckon, for the festive season for those looking for an elegant, delicious and stress-free way to entertain. Local Food Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT 2016 was A good year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/2016-was-A-good-year-_84933 With so many new places to enjoy great wines, and several new food events with great wines sprinkled in here and there, I would have to say that 2016 was a good, not fantastic, year for wine in Jamaica. I reviewed the columns that we published all year and took note that in January I had three wishes for the industry: Wish 1 - Please stop serving red wines so hot; Wish 2 - Improved wait staff training; Wish 3 - Improved choices. I have noticed that some organisations are making some efforts to keep red wines in a cool place; however, there is little evidence that staff training or the access to a wider range of wines has improved. In reviewing the predictions made, we did see more folks using social media and wine apps to make decisions about what to drink. I have also noticed that younger people have increasingly been choosing wine as their drink of choice. Local Food Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT It’s National Baking Day with Kathi Cooke… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/It-s-National-Baking-Day-with-Kathi-Cooke-_83553 Thursday Life declares today, December 22, National Baking Day. No better place to start, we reckon, than in the Second City with Kathi Cooke… Local Food Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Season’s Greetings From The MoBay Convention Centre http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Season-s-Greetings-From-The-MoBay-Convention-Centre_83944 The Montego Bay Convention Centre’s Culinary Director and Executive Chef Randie Anderson pulled no punches when throwing down for the centre’s Festive Christmas Table, last Thursday. Local Food Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT National Baking Day with Veronica ‘Winnie’ Allen… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/National-Baking-Day---_83859 I baked my first cake… as a child. I was always around the kitchen when my mother was baking. When she was baking the Christmas cake I was there, assisting with rubbing the butter and the sugar. Local Food Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Thursday Life’s National Baking Day with Leanne Cooke-Popkin for Cakes By Noida http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Thursday-Life---s-National-Baking-Day-continues-with----------_83741 I have been baking… If we can count when you sit on the counter and lick the batter, it would be 35 years! This has been a family business starting from my paternal grandmother, then my mom and now me. But I officially started putting the batter in the pans about 20 years now. Local Food Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Foodie News - Rum cake maker Tortuga... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Foodie-News---_84296 Chief executive officer of the company, Marcus Simmonds, says the new facility, which was officially opened last week Wednesday, will increase Tortuga’s productive capacity of rum cakes by 10 times that of its former bakery in Bogue, Montego Bay. A total of US$3.5 million has been invested in the construction of the property, which will provide employment to an additional 60 individuals. Local Food Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT A few more Christmas picks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-few-more-Christmas-picks_84159 This week, we again point out a few wines in our market that have been recognised and recommended by major international publications. The Wine Enthusiast magazine was first published in 1988 and has grown to be one of the largest periodicals focused on wines and spirits. Sadly, none of the wines in their Top 100 list for 2016 are officially in our local market, so I had to review their top 100 Best Buys for 2016 instead. To be counted as a best buy, the wine had to be priced at US$15 or less (that translates to approximately J$3,900 after duties and import charges), and had to meet a certain quality/price ratio. During 2016 the editors and tasting staff of Wine Enthusiast reviewed over 21,000 wines; just about 1,400 were awarded the Best Buy designation. We found that eight on the list of 100 were available in Jamaica. Local Lifestyle Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT A Champagne High Tea Hosted By Ruth Hussey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Champagne-High-Tea-Hosted-By-Ruth-Hussey_83861 Ruth Hussey, managing director of the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, stayed true to tradition and invited guests to enjoy a special Christmas High Tea. The call was heeded and tea was poured from 3:30 pm-6:00 pm on the Terrace as well as copious flutes of bubbly. Naturally, there was a formidable spread — from canapés s to sweet treats. Local Lifestyle Fri, 16 Dec 2016 02:00:00 GMT Season’s Greetings from Charissa Henry in Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Season-s-Greetings-from-Charissa-Henry-in-Kingston_82766 We are counting down to Christmas with Charissa Henry for Pink Apron Jamaica Local Food Thu, 15 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Shared Vision http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Shared-Vision_83177 Jamaica as an ideal tourist destination was the topic of discussion last week Thursday, at The Devonshire, Devon House, as members of the Tourism Linkages Network Council facilitated a six-course dinner party – in honour of the director of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Yolanda Perdomo-Aparicio, and her husband Diego Aparicio ­– hosted by the Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett. Local Food Thu, 15 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT