Jamaica was again on the lips and minds of New Yorkers during Caribbean Week in New York as the activities to mark the week climaxed over the weekend. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) hosted a number of special events targeting the media, Diaspora as well as general consumers. Jamaican Chef Andre Fowles whet the appetites of many during the week, starting with a cooking demo at Bloomingdale’s midtown Manhattan flagship store and culminating with a sampling at closing event Rum & Rhythm.
(l-r) Chef Andre Fowles, two-time Jamaican ‘Chopped’ Champion and chef de cuisine of Miss Lily’s; Trudy Deans, Consul General of Jamaica; Paul Salmon, owner of Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, Jamaica and Miss Lily’s Restaurant and Donnie Dawson, Deputy Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board strike a pose in the Jamaica lounge at Captiale for Rum & Rhythm. Chefs and mixologists from around the Caribbean took part in the annual Caribbean Week event with Chef Andre offering attendees Boston-style jerk pork buns with spicy hoisin mayo and pickled cucumber a side of potato chips dusted with jerk salt and Rockhouse rum punch.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, (3rd left) flanked by Kathy Casper (2nd left), winner of the Marcella Martinez Award and Brian Major (3rd right), winner of the Marcia Vickery-Wallace Award. Also sharing the occasion are Jamaica’s Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook (right) and Deputy Directors of Tourism Marcia McLaughlin (2nd right), who has responsibility for Marketing as well as Donnie Dawson (left), who has responsibility for US Sales. The awards were presented during the Caribbean Tourism Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 8 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. The Marcia Vickery-Wallace Award is presented for excellence in travel journalism, while the Marcella Martinez Award is presented to an outstanding public relations practitioner.
Senior Advisor to the Minister of Tourism Delano Seiveright (left) shares lens with JTB’s Deputy Directors of Tourism Donnie Dawson and Marcia McLaughlin. Guests were treated to a fine fare of Jamaican food courtesy of The Door Restaurant in Queens.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (left) makes a point to members of the Diaspora during a special reception hosted by the Jamaica Tourist Board at the Consulate General of Jamaica on Wednesday, June 7. The Minster provided an update on the island’s tourism developments, including the UNWTO global conference on sustainable tourism development to be held in Montego Bay, November 27-29, 2017.
Chef Andre Fowles, two-time Jamaican ‘Chopped’ Champion and chef of Miss Lily’s restaurant in New York cooks up some delectable Jamaican treats for Bloomingdale’s patrons.