Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Dinner At Seven Prime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Dinner-At-Seven-Prime_90887 Seven Prime Restaurant is a quiet oasis on Montego Bay’s famed Gloucester Ave, referred to as the Hip Strip (bottom road, as the locals say) and, unlike its counterparts that feature balcony views of the Caribbean Sea, Seven Prime sits to the back of Altamont West Hotel. This unique setting offers an outside, tranquil dining experience, with trees and birds chirping (quick check, we are still on bottom road, no? Yeah!). Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Briana’s Homecoming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Briana-s-Homecoming_93136 It’s been four long years since Briana Riddock last visited The Rock. The Atlanta, Georgia-born, New York University student has had good reason for the delay. In the midst of a Food Studies master’s degree in the Big Apple, Riddock has been honing her culinary knowledge of international cuisine and racking up annual frequent flier miles — jetting off with a group of friends who bill themselves as The Seven Wonders, to Costa Rica, Panama, Thailand, Spain, France, and Trinidad for the immersive experience of cultural (and food) discoveries. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Chefs to watch 2017 - The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-to-watch-2017_92948 Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT THE REGGAE MILL BAR http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/THE-REGGAE-MILL-BAR_93138 On the hunt for a new watering hole? We recommend the just-opened Reggae Mill Bar inside The Devonshire at the historic Devon House. The brainchild of Alexx Antaeus and Orlease King, operators of the Greek eatery Opa!, which has also relocated to the iconic Hope Road address that was once home to Jamaica’s first black millionaire George Stiebel, the Reggae Mill is meant to complement the restaurant (meals from Opa! can be ordered there if you so choose), while also acting as a standalone leisure spot. The Appleton Estate-endorsed space — where the house deejay plays a soundtrack of Jamaican music genres — offers patrons such signature drinks as jerk daiquiris infused with Scotch bonnet and thyme and the Devon Country Duppy that’s the new bar’s twist on the famed libation long associated with Devon House. Finger foods on the menu include jerked chicken wings, salt fish fritters, and other familiar Jamaican fare. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Third Time’s the Charm for Moet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Third-Time-s-the-Charm-for-Moet_93083 Third time’s the charm for Moët & Chandon as they partner once more with Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston for the island’s premier secret event. Celebrating gastronomy and friendship the event welcomes all to feast and frolic at a dinner party like no other. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Get Creative For Le Dîner en Blanc... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Get-Creative-For-Le-D-ner-en-Blanc---_93084 Le Dîner en Blanc may be best known for its ability to transform a public space into a veritable sea of white — both with the décor and the mustsee fashions that come with it — but as half of its name suggests, the affair is really all about the gastronomic experience. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Looking for great value from Bordeaux? try Cru Bourgeois! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Looking-for-great-value-from-Bordeaux--try-Cru-Bourgeois-_93037 A few weeks ago, while dining at one of Kingston’s popular wine destinations, a friend asked me to recommend a bottle of wine for his table. After my usual clarifying questions, I went back to look at the wine selection and decided to choose an old world wine (wines from Europe) instead of the usual new world (wines from everywhere else) fruit bombs that this group was used to drinking. I eventually settled on a bottle of Château Magnol, which is a very pleasant and approachable dry, medium-bodied red wine from the Medoc region in Bordeaux, France. Château Magnol is the flagship wine of French wine brand Barton & Guestier. The Château is not only the world headquarters of Barton & Guestier, but it is also a famous guesthouse, where I had the privilege to stay and have some amazing meals courtesy of Chef  Frédéric Prouvoyeur. The facility is home to a true wine school: the Barton & Guestier Food & Wine Academy led by Solange Galan, Château Magnol education manager. I had the honour of attending the academy while visiting Bordeaux in 2005. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Speakeasy at the Melia Braco Resort Part 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Speakeasy-at-the-Melia-Braco-Resort-Part-1_92322 Last Saturday, members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest international gastronomic society, checked into the Melia Braco Resort in Trelawny to attend “Speakeasy” hosted inside the 876 Prime Restaurant where hosts Maitre hotelier Dimitris Kosvogiannis, Melia’s general manager, and Executive Chef Frederick Gayle promised a memorable evening. Local Food Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Chefs to watch for 2017 - The Knutsford Court Hotel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-to-watch-for-2017_92394 Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Local Food Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Chefs to watch for 2017 - Jewel Resorts and Hilton Rose Hall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-to-watch-for-2017---Jewel-Resorts-and-Hilton-Rose-Hall_91524 Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Local Lifestyle Thu, 09 Mar 2017 03:00:00 GMT Big Bengtsson Theory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Big-Bengtsson-Theory_91646 The Rock arm of the international Iberostarchef On Tour series remained in Scandinavian territory as the Danish Ronny Embory passed the culinary baton to Swede Emma Bengtsson, both Michelin-star peers and New York City residents. Pastry chef-cum-executive chef Bengtsson, who earned a second Michelin-star — two stars translate to “excellent cooking, worth a detour or table excellente, mérite un détour” — for her employer, the Aquavit restaurant, back in 2015, showcased her double-threat talent last Saturday at the Iberostar Grand Hotel in Rose Hall. Thursday Life unfurls the napkin for a taste of Nordic influence. Local Food Thu, 09 Mar 2017 03:00:00 GMT Recipe Corner... The Centro Restaurant of the Courtyard Marriott http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Recipe-Corner----The-Centro-Restaurant-of-the-Courtyard-Marriott_90746 Perhaps the city’s best kept secret is the stylish fare that is plated daily at The Centro Restaurant of the Courtyard Marriott in New Kingston. Managing the process is head chef Coatiest Gabbidon, who joined the team in September 2015. Indeed, Gabbidon entered the food business as a supermarket bag packer but was quickly promoted to meat-cutting attendant shortly after leaving high school. This early exposure in the food industry along with his avid interest in creating meals quickly led him to a job with the Allerdyce Inn Hotel. This opportunity provided him with the motivation to further his education in the food industry at the prestigious HEART Runaway Bay Hotel & Training Institute before being awarded a job at Crowne Plaza Hotel. Local Food Thu, 09 Mar 2017 03:00:00 GMT Wines from Croatia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wines-from-Croatia_91576 The Stari Grad Plain, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of Hvar, Croatia, is an agricultural landscape that was set up by the ancient Greek colonists dating back to the 4th century, and is still operating today. This makes Croatia one of the oldest wine-producing nations in the world, albeit ranking 30th in terms of volume. Croatia has two main wine regions: Continental (Kontinetalna) and Coastal (Primorska) which are made up of over 300 geographically defined wine-producing areas, and a strict classification system to ensure quality and origin. Most (67%) Croatian wine is white, 32% is red, then there is a tiny amount of rosé produced. Like many old world wine countries, Croatia has many indigenous grape varietals as well as a recent influx of French varietals. Local Food Thu, 09 Mar 2017 03:00:00 GMT Succulent Seafood Eats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Succulent-Seafood-Eats_91125 The return of the Rainforest Seafood Festival was clearly a welcomed addition to this year’s foodie calendar as hundreds of patrons turned out ahead of the 11:00 am start yesterday at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre. Local Food Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 876 Legends http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/876-Legends_90895 The ongoing development of Fairview has brought with it new life to the city of Montego Bay. This chic business and shopping space has a seamless blend of financial institutions, entertainment spots, retail and boutique stores and eateries. Local Lifestyle Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chefs to watch for 2017 - The Tryall Club http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-to-watch-for-2017_90565 Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Local Food Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Recipe Corner: Stuffed Whole Red Snapper http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Recipe-Corner--Stuffed-Whole-Red-Snapper_90947 Courtesy of Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel Executive Chef Kenard Swaby Local Food Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT We Talk Dry, But Drink Sweet! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/We-Talk-Dry--But-Drink-Sweet-_90891 This past week, I found myself explaining the difference between dry, off-dry and sweet wines over and over again. Most wine consumers are challenged when it comes to describing the type of wine that they like. The time I spent on the floor a few years ago serving wine highlighted the dilemma repeatedly, especially when it came to sweet vs dry wines. Local Lifestyle Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT RODERIC CRAWFORD General Manager - Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/RODERIC-CRAWFORD-General-Manager---Terra-Nova-All-Suite-Hotel_90784 My current role is... Local Food Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Groovin At Smookeez By The Sea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Groovin-At-Smookeez-By-The-Sea_90226 Smookeez by the Sea has the distinction of being that chill spot on the coast with a rustic setting that lies closest to the centre, Montego Bay. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chefs To Watch For 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-To-Watch-For-2017_90201 Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Eating Out Next Door http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Eating-Out-Next-Door_90336 After arriving in Havana late night, I eagerly welcomed the morning rays as they brought to life visuals of this marvellous city that has clearly withstood the hands of time. As I left my hotel on foot, the architecture of this jewel blew me away with its mix of intricacies: cobbled streets, grandiose buildings and magnificent squares. The scenery got better with every step I made. What was being unveiled was an eclectic mix of grand opulence, a collection of heirlooms – some ruined, some tattered, some dilapidated – but on close contact, it was obvious that these colonial treasures were just in need of a facelift. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hungry, anyone?  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Hungry--anyone_90265 Just when you thought you were settling into a routine for meals, The Best Dressed Chicken has debuted two delicious options: Wings and Tenders. Both come breaded and ready for quick preparation, either in the oven or on the stovetop. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Opa Greek Restaurant & Lounge to relocate to Devon House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Opa-Greek-Restaurant---Lounge-to-relocate-to-Devon-House_90208 There were no free tables at Opa Greek Restaurant on Valentine’s Night at Opa. Truth be told, there has never been a free table in the three years of its hosting the year’s most romantic night. Restaurateur and award-winning composer/recording artiste/producer Alexx Antaeus used the opportunity to thank guests for their patronage and to announce that this would be their last evening at the 75 Hope Road location. OPA was moving to Devon House. The reopening date: Friday, March 10, 2017 Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT The Verandah Steakhouse to open at Devon House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Verandah-Steakhouse-to-open-at-Devon-House_90330 It’s been a long time coming, but good things come, they say, to those who wait, and the big news this week is that the Terrace at Devon House is to open by mid-March 2017. The restaurant will be called The Verandah Steakhouse On The Verandah At Devon House and the chef de cuisine will be Chef Dawn Tyson, author of the cookbook Soul and former competitor on Food Network ’s Rewrapped. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT