UPDATE: JFF claims agreement with Boyz, possible boycott averted

LOS ANGELES, California --- The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) says it was able to head off a possible strike by players after both parties reportedly agreed to terms regarding fees related to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Players and JFF officials, led by president Captain Horace Burrell, were engage ... Read more


Winners' Circle - July 2

Eileen Chambers (second left), Jamaica Observer classifieds and regions sales supervisor, presented Marvelous Water Colloidal Silver gift packages to (from left) Marsha Grey, office attendant at the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing; Kechann Smilley-Lawrence, client sales representative at Ba ... Read More

(L) Journey’s End Wine CEO Howard Coxe showcases his flagship ackee wine.
(R) A selection of Journey’s End
Wines available at MegaMart on
Upper Waterloo Road. BRANDED Howard Coxe
Thursday Life (TL): When and how did you start Journey's End Wine? Howard Coxe (HC): Journey's End ... Read More

(L) Rainforest Seafoods food
services and Export
Development Manager
Everod Wilson (left) with his
retail manager colleague
Renée Brown.
(R) Gerard Fontaine, president of
Fraser Fontaine & Kong
Limited, with Kate
Hendrickson, projects director
at The Jamaica Pegasus. Town and Countryside
The Campion College Alumni Association (CCAA) hosted its inaugural fund-raising mixer at Countryside ... Read More

Rhythms Cheeers!
Recipe Corner No need to be left out of the promotion if your travel plans don't include Caribbean ... Read More

A Soaring Toast

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

From left: George Releeder, VP, commercial & customer service at Caribbean Airlines Ltd; Debbiann Spence- Minott, J Wray & Nephew Ltd Academy & Retail
Operations Manager; Chesna Haber, J Wray and Nephew Ltd business development manager; Andrea Coy, senior GraceKennedy head of Global Category; and
Clive Forbes, general manager, Caribbean Airlines, raise a toast to the partnership between Appleton Estate Jamaica, Grace Tropical Rhythms and Caribbean
Airlines for three specially made cocktails to be served on board during the summer period.

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has partnered with Grace and Caribbean Airlines to deliver, and just in time for peak summer travel, an 'On Board Cocktail Programme' that affords passengers the chance to enjoy Appleton V/X cocktails during the summer peak season of July-September. Passengers on CAL will enjoy a new cocktail each month for the period, which will serve to showcase the rum's versatility as well as to give passengers the perfect welcome - and by extension goodbye - to The Rock. Read More

Table Talk Food Awards Jamaica Wrapped! Countdown To T&T and Grand Cayman

Thursday, June 25, 2015    

Even the most fabulous affairs must come to an end and we bring the curtains down on the 17th staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards with as much aplomb as when we cut the ribbon on Thursday, May 28, to declare the Food Emporioum open. The Stakes were certainly higher and we applaud the efforts of all. Thousands have declared this our best one yet. Never ones to rest on our laurels however, we have already started planning for # 18 where the bar will be raised even higher as we ... Read More

Award-Winning Liqy Liqy Icy Pops Get Supermarket Nod

Thursday, June 25, 2015    

Liqy Liqy-filled carts
and freezers will be
on the sidewalks and
in supermarkets this

Liq Fruit Bars (Liqy Liqy), which got the nod at the recently concluded Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, will soon be in a supermarket near you. Sasha Palmer, CEO of Liq Fruit Bars, told Thursday Life that the gourmet icicles will be on the shelves in the next couple of weeks. "We will be in Loshusan, John R Wong, all the Sugar & Spice locations and there are more negotiations in the works," the enthusiastic Palmer revealed. "I have been having a lot of face-to-face meetings with ... Read More

NCB Turns Tables For Dad

Thursday, June 25, 2015    

(L) Retired businessman
Ainsworth Holness (left), with
his IT professional son
Ricardo, and granddaughter
(R) Wayne (left) and Nathanael Vassell showed off their new

Treats aplenty were on the menu Sunday last as National Commercial Bank made fatherhood and family bonding the focus at its inaugural Father's Day Brunch at the lush Villa Ronai, off Old Stony Hil Road. Three hundred of the NCB Group's top-tier customers from NCB Capital Markets, NCB Private Banking and Visa Signature, and their families celebrated dad in a memorable way. Indeed, a family that breaks bread together stays together and, according to Steven Gooden, NCB Capital Markets CEO, "We ar ... Read More

The Prisoner's Release

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, June 25, 2015    

(L) No horsing around, a great night was had by Heidi
Lalor and Katy Wise!
(R) Sharing wine-tasting notes were Debra
Taylor (left) and Debra Lopez.

Orin Swift winemaker Dave Phinney made a "mistake" of sorts when he combined ripe Zinfandel, Cabernet, small lots of Petite Sirah, Charbono and Syrah to create what he thought to be a great red wine which he named 'The Prisoner'. His next step was to prove the naysayers wrong, which he did in fine style, when 385 cases flew off the shelves. This "mistake" had grown to 75,000 cases per year by the time he sold the brand to Huneeus Vintners, owners of Quintessa in the Napa Valley, and Veramonte ... Read More

BRANDED! - Devon Hall

Thursday, June 25, 2015    

Devon Hall,
managing director,
Marvelous Water
Colloidal Silver

Thursday Life (TL): How did you land this job as Manufacturer and Distributor of the Marvelous Water Colloidal Silver (MWCS)? DEVON HALL (DH): I used to suffer from chronic sinusitis and was introduced to Colloidal Silver while living in England in 1995 by a gentleman from Iran. My wife also suffered from sinusitis for years, so we decided to give it a try. In a very short time after consuming a small amount of the colloidal silver we realised the sinusitis had gone. I later undertook researchi ... Read More

A Sweet Treat For My Dad

Thursday, June 18, 2015    

The Layer Cake’s signature
Coconut Lemon Lime gateau.

"My dad has a sweet tooth in general but he definitely is a lover of good cheesecake and this dessert incorporates the best of both cake and cheesecake, and isn't overly sweet". He likes that "it isn't a cheap, boxed mix but has been made from scratch with quality ingredients" "I appreciate good food and am proud to have it prepared so well by Trevanne... it's tasty food and creative; she takes the time to express herself on the plate." - Trevor Donegal The Layer Cake's signature Coconut Lemon ... Read More

For dad with love xoxo

Thursday, June 18, 2015    

Garlic Roasted

Our award-winning caterers Alexa Von Strolley, Allison Porter-Smalling and Trevanne Donegal share a few of their dads’ favourite meals, and the recipes too. Happy Father’s Day! Allison Porter Smalling… “according to my daddy, Hendricks G Porter, what he enjoys about looking at me now exploring my passion and becoming a caterer is that he knows I will always put my heart into anything and everything that I do — the result: everyone will be in great hands. He is pr ... Read More

For Daddy With Love...

Thursday, June 18, 2015    

Alexa’s dad gets a taste of the oxtail ravioli.

Alexa's dad, John David Von Strolley, is suitably impressed with his daughter and shares this with Thursday Life: "Just the fact that someone takes the time to make pasta dough from scratch leaves me in absolute awe. She is very passionate and does everything wholeheartedly. As a father, that is all you can wish for: for your child to find their niche. Everything she puts her hands on is done with love and attention to detail when it comes to authentic cuisines and it shows (I clean my plate ev ... Read More

Frigidaire surprises Best New Caterers with Professional® ranges

Thursday, June 18, 2015    

Frigidaire Sales Manager Hosmith Martinez (left) and General Manager Hector Naranjo (second right) presented each Best New Caterer awardee — Alexa von
Strolley (second left); Trevanne Donegal (centre); and Allison Porter-Smalling — with the 30” Frigidaire Freestanding Range.

A high point of any artisan's career is the recognition he/she receives from his peers and the public. For Trevanne Donegal, Alexa Von Strolley and Allison Porter-Smalling, that recognition could not have come at a better time. Along with their 'Best New Caterer of the Year' title won at the recently held Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards sponsor Frigidaire surprised each of the caterers with 30-inch Frigidaire Professional® free-standing ranges for their businesses. "I absolutely lo ... Read More



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