Sumptuous Resort Fare

[Cucina Romana]
Mushroom Kenyon Hemans

Thursday Life continues our coverage of the 18th annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards with sumptuous fare provided by a few of The Rock’s premier destination resorts. Whether you have a hankering for fruit sushi from Moon Palace Jamaica Grande resort on the North Coast or care for a ... Read More

Suzanne (left) & Michelle Rousseau Foodie News Round-up
TWO SISTERS AND A SHOW ! Foodie News is excited to share that the fabulous Rousseau sisters are at ... Read More

The evening’s wine selection — the fresh and citrusy Drappier Champagne (right) was enjoyed on arrival. Next, the 2014 Château du Cléray Muscadet (second right) was served with the first three courses. The snapper was served with this refreshing zesty 2015 Les Fondettes Sancerre (centre). The 2005 Ritterhof Crescendo Cabernet Alto Adige Riserva (second left) accompanied the main event for the evening – the Josper-grilled Wagyu Sirloin. Finally the delicate 2010 Rosenkavalier Amabile accompanied dessert.Christopher Reckord A Sugar Mill, Well Defined
Over 50 Châine des Rôtisseurs members and their guests descended on the historic Sugar M ... Read More

Just Coool TotoObserver Sweet, Savoury Goodness
At the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards we focus on sumptuous fare, and in this week’s ... Read More

Pasta Mondays at 100

Thursday, June 16, 2016    

Customer Chantelle Briscoe tucks into the penne jerk alfredo pasta served with a glass of fruity Chilean red wine, Premio. (Antonio Graham)

If you love to eat and drink, 100 Hope Road’s rooftop is the place to be every Monday evening for Pasta Mondays. Customers are offered all-you-can eat pasta for only $2,000, which also includes a complimentary glass of the bar’s house wine. Pasta Mondays takes place between 7:00 and 10:00 pm and is supervised by marketing and event coordinator Lauren Mahfood, head executive chef Katherine Pinnock, restaurant manager Calleen Doctor, and food and beverage manager Delano Reynolds. Meal ... Read More

Andre Fowles at Bloomingdales

Thursday, June 16, 2016    

When you’re hot you’re hot, and for sizzling in-demand Chef André Fowles the hits just keep on firing. An official ambassador of regional promotions agency the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, and Chef de Cuisine at trendy NY eatery Miss Lily’s, Chef Fowles highlighted island flavours with flair at the launch of the annual celebration Caribbean Week NY at Bloomingdale’s. Fusing Anglo and Latino sensibilities, Fowles created a Caribbean Taco Station, with min ... Read More

More places to drink Great Wine

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, June 16, 2016    

Oak Wine Bar & Lounge director Kirk Chin welcomes Sandals’ Bobby Stewart who popped in to Kingston for a few days.Christopher Reckord

To some people, wine is just a drink; to others wine is a complex creative expression of the winemaker and the vineyard that is filled with history, geography, art, science, politics and religion. Some argue that the wine world is divided into two large overarching groups of wine drinkers – those with wine knowledge and those without wine knowledge. Others joke that this group can also be described as those who simply want to drink the stuff vs those that want to talk about wine. Whichever ... Read More

Appleton Estate Rum Tour

Thursday, June 16, 2016    

Appleton Estate Signature, Reserved and Rare Blend on display at the entry to the White Witch Golf Club.

The inaugural Appleton Estate Rum Tour Appreciation and Awards Dinner was held at the well-appointed White Witch Golf Club on the historic Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay last Thursday. The delightful affair honoured outstanding staff members and operators for their expert service on the popular St Elizabeth tour. Chairman of J Wray and Nephew Ltd, Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence, thanked the staff and tour operators for their many years of sterling service and for making the tour an amaz ... Read More

Four Fit for Father’s Day

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, June 16, 2016    

This Sunday it’s our time; Father’s Day! That special time of year when Fathers are honoured by their children, and if you are a wine lover it’s a really great time to try some wines that you might not come across too often. Here are my four picks for the vino-loving Dad. Elouan Pinot Noir, Oregon If you enjoy light to medium-bodied red wines like Pinot Noir, then try this new delicious offering from the man who gave us Meiomi – Joseph Wagner. This California winemaker ... Read More

Chef André Fowles For Citymeals on Wheels

Thursday, June 09, 2016    

Chef Andre Fowles’ sorrel-glazed spare ribs with Scotch bonnet kimchi

What’s Chef Andre Fowles been up to since the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards? Lots! Thursday Life takes you to Citymeals-on- Wheels, a fundraising event which was held on Monday, June 6 at The Rockefeller Center, New York City. Chef Fowles was asked to be one of the participating chefs by Chef Daniel Boulud, the president of the event. Each chef was required to create one dish for over 1,000 plus people. Naturally, his sorrel-glazed spare ribs with Scotch bonnet kimchi was a hit! ... Read More

Yum... Foodie Paradise!

Thursday, June 09, 2016    

[Tooksie Kay Catering]
Deep-fried scallop quesadillas

The Best Product 2016 category of the 18th annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards salutes creativity and motivation. Nomineess start with a dream, a whim and a fancy that they nurture to full foodie fruition. Every year the Best Product category keeps a tally of what’s now, new and next, traditionally ushering in a fresh batch of foodie purveyors and tasty new products. At the awards, the Foodie Pavilion housed this hub of fresh and up-and-coming foods, caterers and restaurants. ... Read More

Investing in liquid assets — buy to drink or to hold

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, June 09, 2016    

The provenance of the wine also gives the collector/buyer an indication of the care and storage of the wine. For long-term storage of a big collection, store the bulk of your wine at a dedicated wine storage facility like San Diego Wine Storage pictured here. Some collectors here in Jamaica have converted a room in their homes for storage.

Two weeks ago, the Business Observer ran a story titled “Millions dished out for rare Burgundy at Geneva wine auction”. It was a story about an auction house in Geneva, Switzerland, that took in more than US$4 million for a collection of wine from Burgundy’s renowned and very rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wine estate. The anonymous seller held the wines in near-perfect condition for over 15 years before selling them via phone to an anonymous buyer. No doubt trem ... Read More

An Award-Winning Affair

Thursday, June 02, 2016    

VMBS guest celebrity chef André Fowles adds boiled dumplings to the sauté pan.

To say the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards has come of age, though an accurate observation, would prove an understatement. If you had asked a foodie, an event designer, a food purveyor, and/or a culinary artist, they would have all agreed that the 18th annual Food Awards — which serves to recognise the who’s who in the food industry and introduce up-and-coming culinary personalities —was nothing short of prestigious. It was mystical. It had arrived. For those of us fol ... Read More

Box Wine — Not that bad at all

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, June 02, 2016    

Bota Box is owned by the Delicato Family Vineyards. DFV owns 15 brands, most of which come in a bottle, using grapes from Napa, Lodi, Monterey and Sonoma. Bota Box uses FlexTap technology, which makes it possible to keep premium wine fresh for more than a month after opening, with no exposure to light and air.

A friend and fellow Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge recently asked me about box wines, so I thought I would share some information on this ‘phenomenon’ that has not yet taken to our shores in any major way. In general, most of the markets on this side of the world have long held to the belief that similar to screwcaps, wine in a box is always low quality. Great wine is great wine, regardless of the packaging; sadly the converse is also true, and there are many produce ... Read More



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