A Solid Dose of Family

André Fowles, the first Jamaican and the youngest chef to compete in the Food Network’s Chopped Champions tournament with (from left), his wife Schnell Fowles, his grandmother Veronica Davis and father Joseph Fowles.Garfield Robinson

The story behind every success has its own unique touch. André Fowles’ stellar performance on the highly acclaimed Food Network TV ’s Chopped Champions is a success story. But the road to glory was not an easy route, and Fowles credits his success to his family. Andre’s wif ... Read More

Food Network's Chopped Champions runner-up André Fowles with his culinary ambassador plaque from the Table Talk Food Awards committee (Garfield Robinson)
Earning his chops!
With the Rock’s flavourful involvement at the centre of the much buzzed about Season 5 of the ... Read More

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Red berries Charlotte Cake by chef patissier Nadine BurieAntonio Graham Le Dîner en Blanc - Take 3
Thursday Life plates the final course of the spectacular picnic that took place on Saturday, April 1 ... Read More

Getting the glaze just right! Chef André  Fowles drizzles the rum and lime glaze Recipe Corner - Grandma’s Fruit Cake
Thursday Life shares with readers a recipe courtesy of Grandma Veronica Davis now perfected by her a ... Read More

Friends, scores and fancy labels — How we choose wine

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, April 28, 2016    

During recent travels to the USA, I trolled the shelves of wine shops and supermarkets just to see what’s on the market. What struck me was some of the names and labels of many of the newer wines, not in the boutique wine shops, but those on the supermarket shelves. I am not sure why it surprised me because the research has shown that wine drinkers choose wines for three main reasons. Here is a short overview. Friends’ Recommendations This is how my journey in wine began. I was wor ... Read More

Vows - You and Me: Meant To Be!

Monday, April 25, 2016    

Ashalee and Victor are joined at the altar by Reverend Paul Edwards.Rachael Skyers

When UWI, Mona final-year law student Victor Brown saw his blushing bride Ashalee Dunkley walking towards him on their wedding day, Saturday, December 26, 2015, at Powell Close, Mount Salem in St James, he knew it was meant to be. Vows takes you back to their initial encounter. Victor recalls that first encounter... Ashalee and I are students of UWI, Mona, so running into each other on campus is par for the course. She’s originally from St Mary, and lived on hall. We became friends sh ... Read More

‘Dîner’ is Served

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Husband and wife Chow Society  co-directors Imani Duncan-Price – who also took on group leader duties – and Stephen Price ready for Moët & Chandon magnum pours from their bartender.Kenyon Hemans

The prevailing mystery surrounding ‘the world’s largest dinner party’, Le Dîner En Blanc, is always more a question of where the annual dinner in white is set to take place, rather than the classic guesswork of who’s coming. After generating an unforeseen measure of public debate, last year, for The Rock debut of the tonally dictated, flash-mob picnic, the eventplanning Chow Society, who incredibly came under fire for promoting decadence, made the decision to shie ... Read More

So Gardening April 24

Sunday, April 24, 2016    


Dear Orchid Doc: I have had for some time now a few cymbidiums which won’t bloom. Do you know anything about cymbidiums that could help the situation? They look quite healthy otherwise and extremely fat with multiple bulbs. Elsie Dear Elsie: The fact that your plants appear quite healthy and have multiple shoots would suggest that you have the growing and fertilising aspect of it “ down pat” . However, not knowing what type of cymbidium you have, I have to tell you that th ... Read More

Le Dîner en Blanc Take 2

Thursday, April 21, 2016    

Fresh basil pesto, extra mature cheddar, water crackers, San Pellegrino sparkling water, pears, Granny Smith apples and grapes on crisp white tablescapeMichael Gordon

Who says we don’t do picnics? We certainly do, and in grand style. Thursday Life takes you inside the secret location — Usain Bolt Regupol Track at the UWI Mona Bowl for the second staging of Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston. (Photos: Antonio Graham, Kenyon Hemans, Michael Gordon) Read More

The Best Dressed Chicken Moment at DÎNER EN BLANC

Thursday, April 21, 2016    

University of Technology Hospitality & Tourism Management students Matthew Williams, Oraine Frater, and Sherie Hartley (front) lead the Best Dressed Chicken Moment. (Photos: Antonio Graham, Kenyon Hemans, Michael Gordon)Michael Gordon

And so with the hundreds of exquisitely white-clad guests seated for their picnic, there really was no better way for The Best Dressed Chicken to seize the moment than with a parade of platters of classic roast chicken, marched in to Flo Rida’s Welcome to My House. “We saw Dîner En Blanc as the place to showcase the simple perfection of roast chicken, “ said Joan Forrest-Henry, divisional sales and marketing manager, The Best Dressed Chicken. “Of course, we wanted ... Read More

#WinningWines @ Dîner En Blanc

Thursday, April 21, 2016    

A bottle of Barefoot Pink Moscato surrounded by Apothic Whites(Photos: Antonio Graham, Kenyon Hemans, Michael Gordon)Antonio Graham

“Dîner En Blanc was the perfect setting to introduce and pair our Winning Wines of J Wray & Nephew Limited with an array of delicious dishes from not only the event’s preferred caterers but also for the various homemade picnic baskets that showcased an assortment of cheeses, meats and desserts”, shared Chesna Haber, business development manager at J Wray & Nephew. “Our Apothic Wines from California, available in red and white” she continued, &ldqu ... Read More

#Moët Moment for a Lifetime

Thursday, April 21, 2016    

Champagne buckets of Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial were easily spotted at every table.Michael Gordon

Moët Ice Impérial was once again the official pour at Dîner en Blanc Kingston. “The global event for those who can chicly attire themselves in all-white was the perfect fit for the brand,” according to Jared Samuel, brand manager for Moët & Chandon. “Moët & Chandon’s style is characterised by its seductive palate, its elegance and its bright fruitiness; and this was also definitely the ambience of the night,” expressed Samuel. ... Read More

Vows: The Last Time I’ll Fall In Love

Monday, April 18, 2016    

Damion and Dionne are the centre of this heart-shaped formation with members of the bridal party (clockwise, from left) best man Elton Austin, groomsmen Marvin Fearon, Vengsarka Grant, Kamar Turner, and Amor Williams; bridesmaids Antonette Shirley, Natalie Todd, Stephanie Josephs, Sydonie Nooks, and maid of honour Jashemia Black.

Dionne Forrester, television editor at CVM Television, wed her knight in shining armour Damion Malcolm – web designer/graphic artist at Blitz Web Designs, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in Kingston on November 29, 2015. Vows was on location to share in the couple’s most memorable moment to date. How they met… (according to Dionne)   It all started in 2010 when a co-worker of mine told me about a singing group that Damion was a part of called ‘God’s Ap ... Read More

Video: Happy Birthday, Page2!

Sunday, April 17, 2016    

The gala red carpet area at the Spanish Court Hotel created by Ann-Marie Wyss.

From its inception, Page 2 has been much more than a prominent page in the Jamaica Observer. It quickly established itself as the arbiter of the ‘in crowd’. And as the lead adjudicator of who is in and who is out, it is both fervently revered and despised. At the height of his popularity, author Truman Capote ( Breakfast at Tiffany’ s) decided to throw a lavish Black and White masquerade ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in November 1966. In the annals of social history, ... Read More



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