Joining Blaize Petroleum CEO Pershard Williams (left); his wife, Blaize Petroleum Manager Angela Williams (second left); and their son Blaize were Ministry of National Security Senior Director Norma Brown Martin (centre) and family friend Ariel Silvera. Garfield Robinson
The curtains came down in spectacular style Sunday last on the ninth staging of the Jamaica Food + Drink Festival (JFDF).
The misty hills of Peter's Rock, a peak in St Andrew, was the venue. The panoramic view afforded was worth the 40-minute ride from Norbrook and was the only thing that could lure brunchers from chef Trevanne Donegal's tantalising Visa-branded smorgasbord.
Reels, snaps, and selfies secured in the cosy-chic setting curated by Shikima Hinds for Shikima Hinds Events Concierge, guests had the choice of roast meats from Chef Simon Levy's carving station, shellfish from Chef Oji Jaja's seafood station; and the best farm-to-table fare from the Stush In The Bush Jamaican Mezze.
"Suzanne and I haven't been at all the events, but everything we've been to has been good," said NCB CEO Bruce Bowen as he formalised the proceeding. This is the second year NCB Capital Markets has fronted Brunch In The Hills, and guests were in for a surprise.
"We value originality, and we value individuality, and so when we thought about that theme we said there are no two original artwork that's quite the same. And it's the same way we view our investors. And so what better way to make that connection? Two lucky patrons will win art pieces, designed and created by Alphanso Blake, who was so gracious enough to allow us to showcase his pieces," said NCB Marketing Manager, Wealth, Regional and Insurance Donnette Hines.
Wray & Nephew Corporate Communications Manager Garfene Grandison donned a pink blazer with a black tee and striped pants for an instant cool look. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
In the swing of things was Select Brands Category Manager - Retail Wines Trizan Chung Ying.Garfield Robinson
Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton (left) and retired airline captain Michael Lyn were spotted at brunch.Garfield Robinson
Event planner Jackie Knight was picture-perfect in Zimmermann.Garfield Robinson
Company director Paula Nesbeth-Wright was fun and flirty in a watercolour-printed Zara dress. Garfield Robinson
Toasting a successful event were the JFDF team (from left) Festival Director Alicia Bogues; Operations Manager Zoë Dawkins; CB Group CEO Matthew Lyn; resident chef Celeste Gordon; and Managing Director Nicole Pandohie.Garfield Robinson
Flashing smiles were Courtleigh Hotel General Manager Kate Hendrickson (left) and Market Me Co-Managing Director Kristina Kerr.Garfield Robinson
Group director of marketing & sales at the Courtleigh Hospitality Group and president of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Nicola Madden-Greig was pretty in pinkGarfield Robinson
Out to brunch were (from left) CIBC FirstCaribbean Director of Digital Banking Stacy Belnavis; chartered accountant Patricia Henry; New York socialite Elaine Chambers; Jamaica Observer Senior Associate Editor, Lifestyle & Social Content Novia McDonald-Whyte; New York businesswoman Doreen Hughes-Ebanks; principal of The Chamber Group Chris Chambers; and My Time Investments CEO Sonia Tomlinson.Garfield Robinson
Affable tablemates (clockwise, from left) Eye Beauty Ja principal Shelley Hendrickson; company director Paula Nesbeth-Wright; Massy Gas Products Commercial Manager Nicola Watson; her husband, MMS Sales and Distribution General Manager Mitchell Watson; Jessica Yap-Chung; sisters Ruth-Anne and Christine Buddan; and their mum Sarah-Ann Buddan. Garfield Robinson
Shakira Walcott was one of two lucky guests who found a winning ticket taped to their chair. Her prize — an In My Thoughts painting by Alphanso Blake — was presented by NCB CEO Bruce Bowen.Garfield Robinson
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Verlando Small serenaded New Yorkers Elaine Chambers (left) and Doreen Hughes-Ebanks.Garfield Robinson
Tech Pro Business Solutions Ltd Managing Director Paul Smith (left) accepted his prize, Freedom Dance by Alphanso Blake, from NCB CEO Bruce Bowen.Garfield Robinson
NCB Captial Markets ambassador Analeice Dixon ensured each guest left with a branded gift box.Garfield Robinson