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Von 'Strolley'-ing

At Brunch with the National Farm Queen Contestants

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The 2017 National Farm Queen contestants broke bread with a number of successful women in agriculture during a recent brunch, aptly called Winning Women in Agriculture brunch, and hosted by title sponsors Nutramix. Chef-de-cuisine was Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards caterer of the year and chef/patron of Kayter Kingston, Alexa Von Strolley, who threw down in spectacular fashion at her 18 Ballater Avenue establishment.

Table talk centred on connecting agribusiness professionals with young women in agriculture, and exchanging notes with the farm queens were brand manager of CB Foods and Nutramix Tina Hamilton; Tishauna Mullings, 2014 National Farm Queen; and Safiya Clennon, 2016 National Farm Queen and Agriculture Science teacher at Wait-A-Bit All-Age School.

In between tasty mouthfuls, the contestants heeded the experiences of the past farm queens. Tishauna Mullings, in her exchange with the contestants, said she hopes the sisterhood that they have developed continues.

The menu offerings were scrambled eggs dusted with chives and topped with smashed avocado and sriracha mayo and melted cheddar and sides of crispy bacon and bacon sausages from Copperwood Pork. This was followed by pork belly “steak”in a balsamic reduction, charred onions, bacon jam and bacon and blue cheese mashed potato waffles with poached egg, garlic ghee and chipotle crema.

Vegetarians and non-pork eaters got to enjoy brunchin' avocado and cucumber toast drizzled with EVOO and dusted with truffle salt and Chilaquiles with buttermilk fried chicken, fried egg, salsa verde and queso fresco.

Incredibly, there was room for dessert — carrot cake waf fle with walnut and cinnamon whipped cream finished with spiced currant syrup and cinnamon sugar and fruity pebbles croissant with sweet cream filling and condensed evaporated milk glaze.

Networking is important for women of all ages and at every stage of their career. For Nutramix, the goal is to connect the farm queens with women leading agribusinesses and agricultural operations.

Nutramix sees this platform as both a unique event and an investment in the future of agriculture, as these farm queens will become tomorrow's producers, business owners, and industry leaders.