Simon Levy's charcuterie board (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Sundays are for brunching!
The aroma of braised pork belly and melting cheese on the braai wafted through the air towards the entrance where Select Brands ambassadors greeted guests with mimosas. The Jamaica Food+Drink Festival Brunch + Jazz, held on Sunday, October 30, was officially underway. The event — presented by Visa, NCB Capital Markets, and Select Brands — officially wrapped the 2022 Jamaica Food+Drink Festival, now in its eighth year.
A 40-minute drive from Papine, the Clifton Mount Estate — a well-appointed property — offers panoramic views of rolling lush green hills, Kingston, and beyond, the perfect endroit to spread tablecloths across the Trudi Hamilton-designed rustic-chic tablescape.
But it was the chefs who knocked it out of the park with their delicious creations. From Dom Pearson's freshly baked pizzas to Simon Levy's succulent smoked meats, to chicken and waffles taking a twist as Charissa Skyers and Christina Simonitsch tapped into their artistic repertoire creating Buttermilk Jerked Fried Chicken and Braai Broodjies (barbecue sandwiches), respectively, the offerings were the perfect mix of comfort fare and sumptuous delicacies. The experience wrapped on a sweet note with Dawn Mitchell's decadent desserts complemented by cups of Blue Mountain coffee, expertly brewed by the property's owner, coffee connoisseur Jason Sharp.
The bar offerings were equally impressive, with the Ruffino Prosecco serving as a sophisticated apéritif, and 7 Moons Red Blend a top choice for those indulging in Simon Levy's smoked delights.
Photographer: Naphtali Junior
The Tokyo Style Margherita — topped with crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, olive oil and basil — was 'prepped' for serving.(Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Lisa's Full Service Salon principal Lisa Hutchinson enjoyed offerings from Simon Levy's smorgasbord.(Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Chef Simon Levy presented a smorgasbord of roast meats at the NCB Capital Markets station. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Belinda Levy said her son, chef Simon Levy, learned everything he knows from her! (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Smoked Beef Pastramid (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Chef Simon Levy added Creole Smoked Lamb to Christopher Reckord's plate as his attorney-at-law wife Kerri-Anne looked on.Naphtali Junior
Guests at brunchd (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
University of Technology, Jamaica Hospitality & Tourism Management student Romario Evans served National Chest Hospital Senior Medical Officer Terry Baker a freshly baked slice of Tokyo Style Margherita. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Smoked Salmon (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Dom's Pizza by Dominic Pearson (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Chef Dominic Pearson placed a handmade pizza in the Ooni oven. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Chili crisp fried eggs from Cnristina Simonitsch (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
The Simo's station by chef Christina Simonitsch introduced brunchers to 'braai broodjies' — toasted sandwiches grilled on the 'braai', which is a South African word for barbecue. Naphtali Junior
Chef Christina Simonitsch removed a sunnyside-up egg from the grill. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Dawn Mitchell dessert menu (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Bourbon Chocolate Balls (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Pastry chef Dawn Mitchell's dessert offerings included Bourbon Chocolate Balls, Creme Caramel Cups, and Bourbon Bread Pudding Squares (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
A cup of freshly brewed Café Blue coffee was a must-have for deputy director general at the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (Statin) Leesha Delatie-Budair. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Massy Gas Products Commercial Manager Nicola Watson enjoyed a cup of freshly brewed Blue Mountain coffee. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Clifton Mount Estate and Café Blue principal Jason Sharp proved why he's the pour over coffee master (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Brunch + Jazz guest Kayla Chin helped herself to the seafood boil at the Pink Apron by Charissa Skyers station. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
The afternoon pours courtesy of Select Brands (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Marcine McLeish (left) and Shenika Shirley — displaying the Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé and Santa Margherita, respectively — were on duty at the Select Brands bar. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Guests at brunch (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Pink Apron co-principals Timothy and Charissa Skyers brought bright smiles and sweet vibes as they served up seafood boil, buttermilk jerk fried chicken, and pickled watermelon rinds. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)