Of Paramount Importance

Hugh Graham (back row, third left), Paramount Trading (Jamaica) Limited managing director and
PNP councillor for the Lluidas Vale divison of St Catherine, raises a hearty applause with his
guests of honour, students of Graham’s Lluidas Vale constituency. They are (front row, from left)
Nickealia Lee, Ewarton High School fourth-form student; Kenniel Small, Jose Marti Technical
High School fourth-form student; Tessian McDougal, Dinthill Technical High School fifth-form
student; her upper-sixth-form colleague Latia Geohagen; Zalika O’Connor, St Jago High School
fifth-form student; Trudy-Ann McIntosh, Holy Childhood High School upper-sixth-form student;
Akieem Henderson, Calabar High School fifth-form student; and (back row, from left) Nandrea
Walker, Charlemont High School sixth-form student; her lower-sixth-form colleague and St
Catherine Junior Councillor Sasha-Gaye Nelson; Paul Jackson, Ewarton High School fifth-form
student; Garfield Winkle, Kellits High School eleventh-grader; and Yahwayne Harris, St Jago High
School fourth-form student. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

When Paramount Trading Managing Director and Lluidas Vale PNP Councillor Hugh Graham heard about the Applaud It! initiative, he was immediately intrigued. Planning for the luncheon would take careful consideration, however. Being the councillor of the Lluidas Vale division in St Catherine, Graham d ... Read More

Sharing stories of inspiration, Scotiabank CEO and President Jacqueline Sharp addresses a keen audience. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON VIDEO: Scotiabank Inspires Excellence
Applaud It! -- now in its second week -- is an initiative that provides a unique opportunity for th ... Read More

Students (from left) Rachel Clarke, Michaela Salkey, Kimone Smith, Shizu Payne and Aldane Walters (back) watch and listen attentively as sushi chef at Roe Kei
Asonuma and chef/patron Michiko Asonuma demonstrate the use of the chopsticks. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON) VIDEO: JPS JamAsian Fusion
An invitation to break bread with the top brass of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) as part of the J ... Read More

Business Access TV managing director Garth Walker (centre) addresses his guests. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) VIDEO: Think Big!
"I knew I wanted to become an entrepreneur but wasn't always this focused" shared Business Access TV ... Read More

Be Brave, Be Fearless!

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

FLOW Managing
Director Garry
Sinclair addresses
his guests while
Applaud It!
NMW (left) and
Holy Trinity High
student Faithe
Burton listen
keenly. (PHOTOS:

Applaud It! -- A week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful industry leaders to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience, exposing them to social and dining skills -- a veritable master class. If there's one managing director who is at ease with the next generation of leaders it's FLOW's Garry Sinclair. Indeed he's an absolute pro! Last year at the inaugural staging of Applaud It! Sinclair had s ... Read More

NyamJam - Jamaican Food & Music Festival Part 1

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

(L) NMW peels the mango for the
mahi mahi ceviche.
José Enrique halves an

THE mood was mellow last Saturday afternoon as the NyamJam Food & Music Festival kicked off at the James Bond Beach with live cooking demonstrations at the pop up kitchen. First out were James Beard award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini and his able sous, Marley Coffee founder Rohan Marley, who, you guessed it, brought along the coffee. The two, in-between whipping, stirring and sharing delightful anecdotes, kept their audience fully engaged. Iuzzini and Marley were followed by the celebr ... Read More

"The red or the white?" We need a few more specifics

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, November 19, 2015    

The wines poured Friday night for the Fleming Villa
Dinner hosted by Chris Blackwell and Mario Batali
were from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery -
Chardonnay Votre Santé 2009 and the Coppola Claret -
Diamond Collection 2011.

The last quarter of this year seems to be chock-full of food-related events. What's really happening on our wonderful little island? Although the beverage of choice at these events will vary, wine is an ever- present staple along with a selection of themed cocktails. Would you like red or white? There is a vast difference in the knowledge and polish of the wait staff at these events, and I wonder if some of the hosts do any research at all on who their audience will be. I go to so many events ... Read More

A JamAsian Affair

Monday, November 16, 2015    

All set for a session in chopstick etiquette
are Immaculate Conception High School
students (from left) Michaela Salkey,
Colleen Millaneise and Kimone Smith.

Applaud It! — A week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country’s powerful players of industry to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience, exposing them to social and dining skills continued last week Thursday at the corporate offices of Jamaica Public Service (JPS), where the company’s President and CEO Kelly Tomblin exposed students from St George’s College, the Convent of Mercy, Wolme ... Read More

Here’s To The Extraordinary

Monday, November 16, 2015    

Digicel Jamaica CEO David Butler (back row, fourth left) joins Applaud It! conceptualiser Novia McDonald-Whyte (second row, fourth left) and members of his
executive team Elon Parkinson (left), head of public relations; Dwayne Tulloch (back row, second left), customer care director; Sean Latty (second row, second left)
chief operating officer; Michelle Anderson (front row, fourth right) director of distribution and retail changes; Jacqueline Burrell-Clarke (front row, third right) group
public relations manager; Charlie Smith High School guidance counsellor Keron Beckford (back row, second right); Kingston Technical High School teacher Yoanai
Luke (back row, second right); Tivoli Garden High School principal Aldrick Durrant (front row, right) and the students from the Charlie Smith, Tivoli Gardens, and
Kingston Technical High Schools to Applaud It! (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

Applaud It! — A week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country’s powerful players of industry to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience, exposing them to social and dining skills. Students from Charlie Smith High School, Tivoli Gardens High and Kingston Technical High School heard first-hand how Digicel Jamaica CEO went from working on a farm to helming a major corporate entity. There were testimo ... Read More

Dinner At The Award-Winning Brasserie

Thursday, November 12, 2015    

Grilled mahi mahi atop organic quinoa, poblano pepper, local arugula, avocado topped with a garden starfruit and a papaya relish (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

Jamaica Broilers Group President & CEO Christopher Levy broke bread with a group of friends and associates at the multi-award-winning Brasserie restaurant, which copped the Table Talk Food Awards, Cayman: Best Farm To Table Restaurant; Best Place For Lunch and Restaurant Of The Year. The evening rains added to the intimacy and certainly afforded the chefs the opportunity to up the ante. This they did with course after course of delightful offerings coupled with flawless service.   Read More

A Slice Of Life

Thursday, November 12, 2015    

Cream of pumpkin soup with herb croutons. (PHOTOS: KARL McLARTY)

Applaud It! - A week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful players of industry to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience, exposing them to social and dining skills -- a veritable Master Class There were life lessons in abundance Monday afternoon, inside the William Gordon Suite of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, for 10 students of the John Mills Infant Primary & Junior High School from their ho ... Read More

Wine training for staff leads to increased profits

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, November 12, 2015    

Constellation Academy of Wine instructor
Mark de Vere MW, a native of Oxford,
England, now residing in California, is one
of only 33 Masters of Wine residing in the
US He is also North American Education
director for the Institute of Masters of
Wine and participates as a judge at
wine competitions internationally.

I have been involved in sales and marketing for about 30 years. In almost every industry that I interact with, the professionals all say that they are selling to more knowledgeable buyers than ever before. In the IT industry, for example, when a potential client comes calling, you can be sure that they have already done their homework on your organisation, your products and services, and they are much further along the buying cycle than most sales persons are prepared for. The exact same thing i ... Read More

Audience With The President

Thursday, November 12, 2015    

Table four greets the lens. From left: Keron Blackford, guidance counsellor,
Charlie Smith High School; Samantha Parchment, Charlie Smith High School;
Carolyn Bolt, group manager, human resource and administration, Supreme
Ventures; Tasheca Guy, Charlie Smith High School; Jahvaughn Saunderson,
Charlie Smith High School; Jhanelle Davis, corporate communications officer,
Supreme Ventures; Emmanuel Williams, Calabar High School, Natalie Chin, head
of advertising and marketing at the Jamaica Observer; and Anna Morris, Charlie
Smith High School.

The Applaud It! 2015 series continued Monday, inside the Orchid Room at Devon House, with Brian George, president and CEO of Supreme Ventures Limited, and senior executives from his team, hosting 26 students of Charlie Smith High School, Kingston College and Calabar High School. The execs shared anecdotes from the hallowed corridors of power with the next generation of society's leaders over lunch catered by multi-award-winning culinary artist Oji Jaja and his Ashebre team. George broke the ice ... Read More


Thursday, November 12, 2015    

Best Place to Raise a Toast/Celebrate
Cayman Islands Table Talk Food Awards judge David Stephens, managing
director of Apex Perimeter Protection, presents the Best Place to Raise a
Toast/Celebrate award to Emmanuela Quesada, bartender/waitress at Agua,
on behalf of Agua proprietors Cristiano Vincentini and Walter Fajette.

The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards -- The Cayman Edition Presented by The Best Dressed Chicken took place in Grand Cayman on Thursday, November 5 at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. Sponsored by National Commercial Bank, Cayman Islands and The Cayman Islands Yellow Pages the event has been given the nod of approval by those in the industry who have already placed their prestigious awards in their establishments for all to see. Thursday Life presents the evening's winners. AND ... Read More



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