My, My, My... Marriott Kingston's Menu Impresses

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

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The enterprising pair of media publisher and event planner Garth Walker and financier Ryan Reid have their sights set on giving the premium party landscape a facelift. A burgeoning business partnership between the two already in place, Walker and Reid, last week Monday, unveiled plans for their pending, super-exclusive Wealth 500 soiree over a four-course dinner party for sponsors and ambassadors that was hosted on the terrace of The Courtyard By The Marriott Kingston. Cocktail discourse abetted by 'kincytini' welcome drinks, intermingling guests – a dynamic mix of social influencers and corporate brand execs – were warmly welcomed by their hosts and the Marriott Kingston duo of General Manager Lee-Ann Godfrey and Senior Sales Manager Marlene Buckeridge, prior to taking their assigned seats.

Executive Chef Coatiest Gabbidon and his team sufficiently impressed with a carefully crafted menu that while incorporating local produce and ingredients, could easily hold muster on the plate of any international city restaurant.

Opening with a wonderfully fresh balsamic glazed grilled vegetable salad, dinner segued into a naseberry sorbet palate cleanser, and was followed by garlic infused tiger shrimp with red wine-braised local beef short rib and parsley mashed potato and virgin oil glazed vegetables. Rave reviews and satisfied sighs audibly erupted between forkfuls of the entrée, and praise grew even more substantial with the meal's closer – a sinfully decadent dessert platter that included a cornmeal and sweet potato pudding topped with a chocolate glazed pickled ginger. The dinner party's formalities featured addresses from sponsor representatives of Scotiabank, The Best Dressed Chicken, Trade Winds Citrus, Digicel, From Thought To Finish, and Hussey and Collie Attorneys-At-Law. Providing insight for the concept of the planned all-frills do, Walker revealed that Wealth 500's branded slogan was “It's not where you party, it's who you party with”.

“We are set apart from other premium party events by virtue of the fact that only 500 persons will be able to be patrons,” the promoter explained to Thursday Food, post-dinner.

Meanwhile, Reid said they identified “a significant gap in the premium party space and we are planning to execute an event that will provide utility for patrons and attention to detail”.

The Wealth 500 event is slated to be held on May 27 at Hope Gardens. Tickets, of course, will be a premium get.




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