An evening with Select Brands & Rainforest Caribbean
From left: Anup Chandiram, principal, Main Street; Robin Russell, president, Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA); and Brian Jardim, CEO, Rainforest Caribbean (Photos: Aceion Cunningham)

Select Brands and Rainforest Caribbean recently made a bold pairing with a splendid showcase highlighting impressive portfolios from their respective brands. The aptly themed 'Have A Drink With Us' event afforded guests a meandering on Select Brands' extensive potations flowing effortlessly with the delectable bites from Rainforest Caribbean.

The tranquil Cinnamon Hill Golf Club played host to this harmonious soirée last Thursday in Montego Bay. The outlay featured food stations and bars with brand representatives giving insight into the night's selections.

"We wanted to reconnect with our customers from the north coast and western Jamaica and to reintroduce them to our carefully curated but extensive portfolio of wines, spirits, beers and specialty brands. We also took this opportunity to celebrate and show appreciation for our customers, from community bars to hotels, who have been a core driver for Select Brands' success for the past 12 years," Jaime Smith, marketing manager, Select Brands, stated.

Rainforest Caribbean Group Communication Manager Bethany Young also spoke on the reason for the evening.

"Rainforest Caribbean and Select Brands partnered on the event to thank our customers and showcase our respective product offerings. It was the perfect partnership, as our offerings are complementary, and our teams were eager to work together for an exciting affair for our valued customers," Young said.

"At Rainforest, we are continuously diversifying our product portfolio and each of our stations at this event showcased new additions to our range. For the 'Taste of Spain' station, Rainforest flew in Chef Jordi from Barcelona, Spain, who prepared an assortment of tapas as well as a delightful paella. The 'Oh the Pastabilities' featured pasta creations from Seafood Market Executive Chef Dennis Brown. This station highlighted that Rainforest now offers different pasta types as well as dairy products like cream and cheese. The 'Beefology' station was headed by Chef Dalton Williams and featured a succulent beef tenderloin and striploin, the newest to Rainforest's portfolio," Young explained.

Whiskeys from Select Brands
Beer offerings include Corona and Budweiser from the Select Brands portfolio.
Paella from Rainforest Caribbean's Taste of Spain station.
Chef Dalton Williams works the grill at the 'Beefology' station.
Beef tenderloin kebabs served with mushroom cream sauce from the 'Beefology' station.
Bartender Brian Beecham serves up Stone's Ginger Wine mixes.
Glen Garth (left), entrepreneur, exchanges notes with Ian Dear, CEO, Margaritaville Caribbean Group.
Dark Horse Sauvignon Blanc is one of the pours from the wine bar.
Bartender Shawn Johnson pours Pasqua pinot grigio from the wine bar.
Shellyann Fung-King, CEO, VIP Attractions, checks out the extensive wine varietals from Select Brands.
Kedish Sukram, category manager, local brands, checks in at the Stone's Ginger Wine bar.
Dr Carey Wallace (left), executive director, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), and Richard Bourke, managing director, Amstar DMC Jamaica
Ray Therrien (left), executive director, Fontana Pharmacy; and Brandon Lue-Sang, manager, Brumalia Hardware
Mixologist Ovando Gayle at work
Reggae jerk lobster pasta
Creamy shrimp alfredo pasta
From left: Michelle Tulloch, managing director, Camko Manufacturing & Hotel Supplies Ltd; Debra Taylor, trade development manager, Select Brands; and Jason Russell, general manager, Pier One
Scallop ceviche mixed with fruits from the Taste of Spain station
Chef Jordi Fornes from Spain preps paella.
Squid fries from the Taste of Spain station.
Andrew Desnoes (left), co-managing director, and Maxwell Jardim, director, Rainforest Caribbean

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