Friday 21 September, 2018

Pasta lovers delighted at the waterfront

Pasta lovers got the chance to sample the delight in various forms at the recent Pasta Supreme event held at the Craft Market on the Kingston waterfront, with hundreds turning out to enjoy the festivities.

Some of the island's best culinary experts, from some of the most desirable restaurants around Jamaica, took to the stove to whet the appetites of the patrons, in the all-you-can-eat event, that also had live performances from Ras-I, Royal Blue add Flavia Beswick.

The delectable pasta delights were provide by: Akafe Catering, Lasagna Lovers, Steakhouse On The Verandah, Veggie Campus, Sky Dwellers Ultra Lounge, Great House Caterers, Macau, 876 Terrace Bar and Grill and Mama's Pasta and Grill.

While pasta was the main course, 876 Bistro provided soups; Eatopia, fruits and salad; Yeaah Dawg, kebab grille; and the triplet of DAM Good Brownies, JF Mills and Skittles provided the deserts.

Pasta Supreme June 2018

According to conceptualiser and director of Pasta Supreme, Dominic McDowell, the annual event helped to highlight some of the over 350 different variety of pasta, which is usually lacking on the menu at local restaurants.

And the chefs provided many varieties for the palates. The vegetarian’s choice, Veggie Campus’ ackee pasta was a hit, likewise, Steakhouse On The Verandah’s roast beef tenderloin rigatoni alfredo, as well as the peppery delight of Akafe’s teriyaki chicken pasta and Sky Dweller’s shrimp alfredo.

Great House’s mac and cheese that had four different cheese involved, covered with a beef sauce that titillated the taste bud, while Macau upped the ante with bourbon oxtail pasta, with the tinge of pepper adding to the taste.

Victoria Mutual Building Society's booth brought something different, with patrons getting the chance to paint their respective dreams that they wanted the financial institution to help them work towards.

Latoya Grindley, the assistant marketing manager said, “VMBS is very committed to promoting financial independence and wealth for Jamaicans, so when we get the opportunity to partner with events such as this, where there are primarily millennials, we will spread the message in a different way.

Like previous years, the event also took on a charitable cause, with mental health being the beneficiary.

McDowell said, "using the attention that is given to food, we wanted to shed some light on some charitable causes, so each year we choose a different charitable organisation and we partner with them and try to raise some funding and support to their cause. This year's focus is mental health and we are really happy about the conversation that is taking place, the openness in talking about mental issues in Jamaica.

"There is a little stigma attached to mental challenges and we are really happy that people are able to now, more freely talk about it and they know who the support groups are and what they are doing and how they can get involved. If they need support they know who to go to, where to go," McDowell said.

The mental health aspect was one of the main reasons that first time participants Totally Male, a spa and salon dedicated to men’s grooming, decided to be a part of Pasta Supreme.

Sherine Virgo, marketing manager of Totally Male said, “the whole purpose of this Pasta Supreme is to raise awareness to mental illness, and we believe that taking care of your body, aligning your body mentally, has a lot to do with that topic.”