Have the opportunity to enjoy the culinary delights of an elite selection of Chefs and Bakers such as Oji Jaja, Anna-Kaye Tomlinson of Miss T’s Kitchen, Trevanne Donegal, Lucian Dunn of Uncorked, Nadine Burie, Colin Hylton, Lisa and Chris Binns of Stush in the Bush and more, all for a great cause.
All Proceeds from Ackee, a Culinary Lime for Charity on July 6th at 23-25 Seymour Avenue, 7pm – midnight, will be donated to the Paediatric and Adolescent Wards at the University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI in order to improve their current facilities and seed a building fund for the construction of a new ward.
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.
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!
They also had a gigantic Sushi spread.
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.
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.
Other Highlights of the night:
Did you know?
Half Moon will be opening a Seafood Restaurant this September!
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.
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 theCommunities 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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Trevanne Donegal for The Layer Cake was a Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards 2014 Nominee for Outstanding Baker. She may not have copped the award this year but she is definitely one to watch. I believe at the rate she is going she may even be nominated for Caterer of the Year in due time.
The quality of the food she produces and the high level of service and standards she upholds are a delight to see and experience. Perhaps this was influenced by the fact that she actually started her career front of house then pursued Culinary studies and found her way into the kitchen with no turning back. Her family is setting up a Restaurant on Old Hope Road and that is also something to look out for.
She does a layered Carrot Cake that is out of this world and all of the lunches I have ordered from her have been spot on in terms of the flavours she is able to bring out in her food with a lovely presentation. She has the ability to combine cheeses in various combinations in true gourmet fashion.
Some items that she caters for lunch are Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches, Burritos, Fajitas, Paninis, Cinnamon Cake, Mexican Blackened Snapper, Soups and ofcourse her signature deluxe Carrot Cake stacked with decadent New York style Cheesecake topped with a white chocolate vanilla whipped cream.
Are you hungry?! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Layer Cake went World Cup crazy with an Italian menu last Friday. It’s a pity the Italian fans could not celebrate a victory and the deliciousness!!!
The Italian Stuffed Chicken Meal-
Tender and succulent breast of chicken stuffed with roasted garlic, fresh basil, olive oil roasted tomatoes and a classic 3 cheese combination of fresh mozzarella, aged parmesan and mild cheddar. Drizzled with a spicy marinara sauce. Served with an orzo garden salad and a herb rice pilaf.
This tasted just like how it sounded, ABSOLUTELY Spectacular.
Cost: $1200JMD and they deliver!
After popular demands I cannot wait to see what is in store for this week and next week, will it be French or Brazilian?!
For more info contact Observer Food Awards Nominee Trevanne Donegal at email@example.com. Also I have much more to say about her ‘fantabulous’ creations so stay tuned 🙂