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Suga’s Highlights from the 21st Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle with husband, Randy Burgess at the Jamaica Observer Food Awards last Thursday, May 30, 2019.

The 21st staging of the Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards last Thursday on the lawns of Devon House was truly a euphoric atmosphere with the highest standards of food and drink in abundance with vibrant music to bounce and wobble to while guests indulged.

All the booths were quite inviting, but with experience, my friends and I were quite selective about our approach to ensure that we didn’t neglect or overlook any of our favourites or newbies on our hit list.

We started at Rainforest Seafoods, where they had salivating Sushi spreads and Wines to pair it all with, including one of my faves, the Kung Fu Girl Riesling courtesy of Select Brands.

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One of the salivating Sushi spreads from Rainforest Seafoods.

We then made our way over to the Restaurant booths from Sandals Resorts International. Tender, juicy cuts of Beef, Ham and Lamb, Seafood, Ribs, Cheese platters, Cocktails, you name it!

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Cumin and Honey marinated Lamb Chops from Sandals Resorts International.

They also had a gigantic Sushi spread.

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As I continued to walk the lawns of Devon House with 18-year old whiskey in hand from Johnnie Walker, my stops had to include my other faves, Stush in the Bush, Christina Simonitsch, Half Moon, Uncorked Sovereign North, Mystic Thai, Steak House on the Verandah and newbies, Jamaican Peanut Butter Factory and Butcher Block by Gregory Burrowes who had savoury offerings from Chef Celeste Gordon, last year’s OFA Caterer of he Year.

Sending a special shout out and hearty Congratulations to Chris and Lisa Binns of Stush in the Bush who cleaned up this year and deservedly so! Their plant powered spread by their very own Sagicor Group booth this year, satisfied scores of guests at a time.

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Lisa and Chris Binns of Stush in the Bush who walked away with 3 awards including the coveted, ‘Jamaican Restaurant with Outstanding Gastronomy Experience Award’.

Christina Simonitsch, who walked away the Enterprise and Outstanding Caterer Awards tantalised our taste buds with her Charred Scotchie Shrimp, then cooled it down with her G.H. Mumm & Strawberry Popsicles. The scrumptious Oxtail Arancini left me speechless.

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Christina Simonitsch serving Randy Burgess some of her Charred Scotchie Shrimps.

Other Highlights of the night:

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Outstanding Caterer Nominee and Jing Shi Award Nominee for Dessert Chef of the Year, Trevanne Donegal, also by the G.H. Mumm booth, with delish Dark Chocolate Truffles.
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Uncorked’s Charcuterie and Cheese platter spread!
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The Solomon Gardner Awardee for Outstanding Service, Best Culinary Team Experience Awardee and Norma Shirley Awardee for Restaurant of the Year, Sugar Mill Restaurant at Half Moon Hotel’s succulent Barbeque Jerk Pork Belly!

Did you know?

Half Moon will be opening a Seafood Restaurant this September!

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Half Moon’s Seafood Restaurant, Delmare’s Chefs Claudio and Clarfield

A taste of what to expect from the Seafood Restaurant to come at Half Moon, Delmare were absolutely delicious Pan Seared Scallops accompanied by tomato compote with saffron and vanilla zucchini spaghetti with Tarragon.

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Delmare at Half Moon’s Pan Seared Scallops
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GCG Event’s surprise Cocktails, divine and spicy Jackfruit Crème Brûlée. They had delightful Beetroot Banana and Chilli marinated Shrimps on pickled green papaya too!
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Newbies on the block and Best Food Product 2019 Nominee, Outland Hurders Creamery and Farmstead Cheese Platter Displays! My tasting plate was quite appetizing.
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Sweet Obsession Ja’s White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries by the Johnnie Walker booth!
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Just a touch of the mouth-watering Desserts at Future Bakery by Jing Shi’s booth!

Even if I didn’t indulge, I had to also stop by newbies Chillin’ Restaurant and Bar, Seaside Dutchie and Tastee Ltd./Brew’d Awakenings

Grace Kennedy’s Harbour Wines and Spirits also impressed with their Ménage à Trois selection of Wines and more.

You are always as good as your last show and this was by far the biggest and best Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards that I have attended.

This year the Food Awards celebrated various Communities with Jamaican cuisine as authentic as you can get. Congratulations to the Chefs of the Communities that were selected and awarded:

• The Sephestines for Mount Estate, St. Thomas
• Monica Ottar for Bailey’s Vale, St. Mary
• The Allens for Gifford House – Granville, St. James, Montego Bay
• Christopher Marsh for Chris’s Cafe – Main Street, Oracabessa St. Mary
• Chris & Lisa Binns for Stush in the Bush – Free Hill, St. Ann

Chefs, Bakers, Caterers, Retailers and Restaurants have really elevated the level of quality for what they had to offer over the past year.

Congratulations to conceptualiser, Novia McDonald Whyte, the Jamaica Observer, the Judges, Sponsors, Retailers, the talented Nominees, Awardees and everyone responsible for the successful execution and staging of the Food Awards this year.

Cheers to next year!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TGIF! How Fun was the Jamaica Observer Food Awards Last Night?!

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Gabby Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle at The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards last night at The Devon House.

TGIF! How fun was the Jamaica Observer Food Awards last night?!

I don’t think many persons found the GCG Events booth around the back, but their surprise cocktails handed to you were one of the highlights to my night. Not to mention their spicy JACKFRUIT CRÈME BRÛLÉE! 😍 Stay tuned and follow Suga Lifestyle for more OFA highlights!

Enjoy the weekend!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Chef Trevanne Donegal is THE Caterer to Watch!

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Chef Trevanne Donegal

You may be more familiar with Trevanne Donegal and The Layer Cake, but after returning from further Cuisine and Patisserie training at the well established Le Cordon Bleu in London, she has been building her dream kitchen and has rebranded with the name, Sear 274!

Here is just a touch of what she has been up to since she has been back. Absolutely salivating!

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Trevanne makes a hell of a Lobster Mac and Cheese!
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Trevanne’s Cinco de Mayo spread earlier this year.
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Trevanne’s sumptuous Tiramisu Cupcakes.

Look out for her and one of my other faves, Christina Simonitsch at Martell & GH Mumm’s booth at the Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards tomorrow night at the Devon House!

Trevanne will have Dark Chocolate Martell Cognac Caramel Truffles 😍

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Trevanne Donegal’s prep for the Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards tomorrow night.

Suga can’t wait to try Trevanne’s goodies on an even more elevated level.

Welcome home Trevanne!

Follow Trevanne Donegal on Instagram, @sear274

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Art Wednesdays’ 1 Year Anniversary at The Reggae Mill Bar Tomorrow!

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Tomorrow is Art Wednesdays’ One Year Anniversary at The Reggae Mill Bar, Devon House, starting at 7pm.

Art Wednesdays was inspired by Swizz Beat’s No Commission movement that started in Miami during Art Basel 2015.

Fairs showcase artists without charging a participation fee and taking “No Commission” on any sales.

No Commission was inspired to create a platform that is 100 percent for the artist. At the time Swizz Beatz didn’t see anything out there like it. Swizz Beatz along with The Dean Collection team are “by the artists, for the artists, with the people.” He then found the perfect partner in Bacardi to help make No Commission Fairs a global movement and not just a domestic initiative.

Swizz Beatz’s No Commission Art Fair has gone to London as well.

Alexx Antaeus took on this initiative a year ago, known as ‘Art Wednesdays’, featuring our local artists at The Reggae Mill Bar, Devon House in Kingston, Jamaica.

Many local artists have gotten the opportunities to showcase their talents including myself with my GW Art Collection.

Tomorrow is the 1st Anniversary featuring a few of the great talented Artists we have in Jamaica. I am looking forward to seeing the Buju Banton Portrait by Christopher Daley inspired by A Long Walk To Freedom!

Come out and support our local artists tomorrow at The Reggae Mill Bar from 7 to 11pm.

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Artist)

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The NEW, cosy spot for Soups, Salads & Sandwiches!

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Suga’s Ratings for Pimentos

Date and time of visit: Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:45pm

No. of diners: 2 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★☆☆

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating/Packaging: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga’s Breakdown:

Pimentos, the new spot for Soups, Salads and Sandwiches is quickly growing to be a trendy favourite for foodies and persons in search of healthy good options. Suga can see why. Pimentos is nestled in the courtyard of Devon House across from the Bakery.

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Its comfortable outdoor seating is amongst natural greenery that provides a cool, cosy atmosphere on a hot, sunny day.

The Staff was welcoming and ordering was hassle-free. The menu was easy to read and even though there was variety, the categories of items available were straight forward.

Pimentos is surely keeping up to the time. After ordering, I was surprised and impressed to see that I got a timer, so I could feel free to stroll in the grounds of Devon House and return to pick up my order at the sound of the beep. They didn’t give you for a long wait either.

The cost of Soup ranges from $500 – $850JMD; Salads $750-$1380JMD; Sandwiches $990-$1950JMD and Hamburgers $1290-$1480JMD. A range of cheeses, spices, sauces, veggies and meats are integrated into the menu items to offer quite a variety. I overheard a diner next to me rave about how much she enjoyed her Salad. They offer large bowls that look filling too.

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Chicken Pumpkin Soup (Med.) – $500JMD (tx incl.)

I appreciated the consistency of my Chicken Pumpkin soup. It wasn’t too thin and it wasn’t too thick. It was just right, pleasurable and filling. My husband, Randy had the Seafood Chowder that was delish!

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Seafood Chowder – $850JMD (tx incl.)

My Smoked Marlin sandwich was flavourful, especially with the Pepper Jelly spread. The Hamburgers are cooked fresh, so Randy was able to tell them how he wanted it. His Swiss Mushroom Hamburger arrived cooked to order with mouth-watering, melted Swiss Cheese.

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Smoked Marlin Sandwich ($1950JMD tx incl.) – Smoked Deep Sea Marlin, whipped cream cheese, fried Capers and Pepper Jelly

Pimentos is #SugaEndorsed and I may try the Pimentos Cheese Steak that has tender cuts of seasoned choice Beef, topped with a blend of Provolone and Monterey Jack Cheese with roasted onions, peppers and Pimento Aioli for $1390JMD when I return.

Pimentos

Location: 26 Hope Road. Devon House Courtyard. Kingston.

Ph: 876-908-1772; 876-906-9587

Instagram: @pimentosjamaica

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Restaurant Week 2018 launches this Sunday at Devon House

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Restaurant Week Jamaica launches this Sunday at Devon House from 11am-5pm and Admission is FREE.

Enjoy delectable cuisines from some of the participating restaurants, browse and shop stunning pieces from the Fashion Village and buy fresh local produce from the Farmer’s Market.

It should be a fun Sunday. Enjoy and get your preview for Restaurant Week Jamaica 2018, which begins Saturday, November 10 and runs until Sunday, November 18.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Last Day for the GW Art Exhibit at Reggae Mill Bar, Devon House!

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Thanks to everyone who came out to my GW Art exhibit! I truly appreciated the overwhelming support and enjoyed every moment of it.

Thanks to all who purchased GW Art pieces for themselves and loved ones.

For those who didn’t get the opportunity to view and shop the New Collection, today is the last day for the GW Art exhibit at the Reggae Mill, Devon House until 8pm.

For those who have their eyes on GW Art for Christmas…it’s coming! Stay tuned for more news on that!

I would like to say a big Thank You to Alexx Antaeus for providing such a great opportunity and the perfect space to exhibit at the Reggae Mill Bar.

Kudos to Alexx for being inspired by Swizz Beatz’ No Commission Movement. Swizz Beatz along with The Dean Collection team are “by the artists, for the artists, with the people.” All sales go to GW Art and the complimentary space will be provided to another artist for the next two weeks.

Remember some eye-catching GW Art Paintings are still available such as ‘Dance Tempo’!

GW Art’s new piece, ‘Dance Tempo’ (Acrylic on Canvas)

Thanks for coming out and Supporting Art Wednesdays and GW Art! The link to the Skkan album for both Wednesdays featuring GW Art are up on the Suga Lifestyle Facebook Page.

#BuyLocal #BuyJamaican

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

Facebook: Suga Lifestyle (GW Art Album & New Collection Album)

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Artist)

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