For 2 days be tantalized by exotic local and international dishes from up to 40 chefs and caterers from Jamaica and around the world. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, seminars, live entertainment and exciting chef cook-off contests plus indulge in sampling from a wide array of cuisines. Such a culinary experience can only be had at the Jamaica Epicurean Escape, this Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2, 2012.
November is sizzling with a variety of culinary events across the country. As Restaurant Week Jamaica closes for 2012 foodies can continue to treat their palates at the CB Pan Chicken Grand Championships tomorrow November 18, 2012. Twenty-six pan chicken specialists from around Jamaica will compete at Ocean Boulevard in Downtown Kingston. From 12pm- 8pm patrons can sample an array of tasty chicken dishes while enjoying the ocean breezes on Kingston’s waterfront.
Among the panel of experts who will select the Pan Chicken Champion of 2012 are two international chefs with years of cooking experience. Spike Mendelsohn, also known as Chef Spike, will bring with him an in depth knowledge of good food from his experiences on Top Chef and Food Network’s Iron Chef. Trained in classic French Cuisine, Chef Spike is a 2 time contestant on Food Network’s Iron Chef: All Stars and will be starring in the upcoming Next Iron Chef: Redemption season.
Strawberry Hill Hotel is more than just an epicurean escape, it’s a feast for the eyes and relaxation for the body and soul. This peaceful retreat sits 3,100 feet above sea level nestled in the Blue Mountains with panoramic views of Kingston. The property has rich history dating back to its use as a coffee plantation in the 18th century. Twelve handcrafted 19th century Georgian style cottages now make up the hotel, along with a Main House, Living Spa and a stunning infinity edge pool ideal for gazing at the city below.
Restaurant Week began in Kingston, Jamaica’s bustling capital city. Fine dining has its perfect fit in Kingston amidst the arts, culture and entertainment elements of the city. Asian, Indian, European and American influences have shaped the culinary landscape of the city producing a wide variety of restaurants.
Evita’s Italian Restaurant is a popular eatery in Ocho Rios and a staple on the Restaurant Week list. The ‘best little pasta house in Jamaica’ is located on a hill overlooking Ocho Rios, giving guests a magnificent view of the coastline below. Started in 1984, Evita’s specialises in northern Italian and Jam-Italian cuisine, a fusion of Jamaica’s potent spices and fresh ingredients with traditional Italian cooking. This culinary combination is what produces their signature dishes, making them a favourite for dining in Ocho Rios for over 20 years. Dishes like the Lasagna Rastafari, Jerk Spaghetti or the JA Curry Supreme mixing in curry seasoning, mango chutney and raisins with shrimp and chicken, explain the restaurant’s savoury synthesis in just one bite.
Montego Bay is renowned for its beauty and range of activities, from white sand beaches to luxury resorts. Included is a wide variety of food options with a list of restaurants and eateries extending from the ritzy to the relaxed. Simply take a walk down Montego Bay’s Hip Strip where Jamaican, Italian and even Irish cuisine can all be found. In keeping with this culinary fusion, this year’s Restaurant Week features a host of restaurants in Montego Bay offering delectable dishes to tourists and locals alike.
The Houseboat Grill, the Pelican Grill and Pier One on the Waterfront are just a few of the restaurants making the Restaurant Week 2012 list. This year guests can savour sweet treats and tasty entrées like Warm Banana Cake with Ice Cream, Smoked Marlin with Scotch Bonnet on Crutes, Mango Cheesecake and many more from their mouth watering menus.
Little Ochie Seafood Restaurant is an off-the-beaten-track local favourite located in Alligator Pond on the black sand of Jamaica’s south coast. The beachfront eatery offers fresh from the sea lobster, shrimp and fish and also allows guests to select their meal in the kitchen before it is prepared.
For the 8th consecutive year SSCo Event Management and the Gleaner Company have teamed up to offer foodies across Jamaica delectable offerings at great prices. Restaurant Week 2012 will boast over 75 restaurants in Kingston, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios all participating in this official Jamaica 50 endorsed event.
Calee, Stephen and baby Nyla’s journey “Pon Di Road in Jamaica” gets more and more exciting each week as they continue to explore Jamaica’s eastern parish of Portland. Lovely vistas and hidden treasures add increased appeal to the island’s natural charm. So far in Season 2 of the series we’ve seen these three venture out of the more familiar Kingston into Portland where we watched as they climbed the slippery cascades at Reach Falls. In case you may have missed what they’ve been up to since then here’s the roundup of “Pon Di Road (Season 2) #4 – Boston Jerk & Frenchmans Cove”.
After an exhilarating experience at Reach Falls, Calee, Stephen and Nyla continue their adventures in Portland with a stop for some famous Boston jerk. Well renowned as “The Jerk Capital of Jamaica” Boston Bay is a tantalizing treat for the taste buds. As the birthplace of Jerk food, Boston Bay is arguably the best place to sample all things Jerk in Jamaica and once a year hosts the Portland Jerk Festival, featuring live music, sideshows and hundreds of jerk food stalls. Roasted over Pimento leaves in large pits, jerk chicken or pork is cooked by each vendor with their own special “jerk sauce recipe. Watch and learn (as Stephen does) how the uniquely Jamaican dish is prepared.
The black cliffs, azure waters and laid-back vibe of Jamaica’s “Capital of Casual”, Negril have long been the source of appeal for this great escape, not to mention its reputation as one of the best places in Jamaica to see the sunset. Like many other spots in Jamaica, visitors to Negril can choose from a range of restaurants that satisfy every palate. Find classic Jamaican dishes like jerk chicken on the menu, and sip on a rum cocktail inspired by the island. No matter the menu, most of these restaurants offer spectacular views overlooking Negril’s pristine beaches and dramatic cliffs. Here’s a list of 5 Places to Eat to help narrow down your options a bit:
Ossie’s Jerk Centre
( via Varun Baker )
A small wood shack with outside tables under a roofed patio located on the Morass side of Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Ossie’s Jerk Centre has a solid reputation not only for it’s tasty jerk dishes but also for it’s outstanding “must have” sauces. A rare gem that’s as popular with locals and visitors alike, this spot is perfect for travelers who want to experience that home-cooked goodness that comes naturally with small eateries. The atmosphere is as delightful as the affordable food, this spot is definitely worth a stop for anyone vacationing in Negril and looking for a place to taste the real Jamaica. For more excellent Jerk spots in Jamaica be sure to consult the Jamaica Jerk Trail here!