Nestlé Jamaica Treats Swiss Execs To A Taste Of Jamaica In 48 Hours

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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W hen news hit the Jamaican shores that the head of Nestlé Zone Americas Laurent Freixe and a few of his Swiss execs would be visiting the Rock for 48 hours for a 'taste of the Caribbean' with the Jamaican and Trinidadian management delegation of the Nestlé Anglo-Dutch Caribbean, it was time to put Jamaica on display. The Bob Marley Museum and the National Gallery of Jamaica were quickly pinpointed to offer a unique look into the Jamaican culture.

Beyond pristine beaches, postcard-worthy scenery, and the magnetic/colourful personalities of the Jamaican people, the island has another attribute worth highlighting to the Swiss guests: Food.

Headlining the evenings' dinner offerings and tasked with representing Jamaica on a plate was Chef Shea Stewart of Elite Catering and the Pallet restaurant.

First stop on Sunday night was the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road, where the execs dined under the stars after learning much about the famed singer during their private tour of the attraction. The night's fare, introduced by Chef Stewart, commenced with an island-style roasted butternut and pumpkin soup, a tropical garden salad and a Jamaican trio appetiser of stamp-and-go fritter, smoked marlin pineapple ceviche, curried chicken spring roll, and an entrée which comprised pan-fried Jamaican snapper fillet and yam and cheese stuffed Cornish hen. After dinner it was on to sweet treats as they enjoyed a live band performance by Shayn Prince Entertainment. Pavlova with Jamaican fruit toppings, tiramisu, vegan bread and butter pudding and Nescafé Frappelatte were part of the dessert selections.

Monday night, the National Gallery of Jamaica, famed for its collection of Jamaican art, was the backdrop for the final soirée. The venue offered a distinctly Jamaican take on international artistic trends with different collections that attest to the vitality of the country's artistic heritage as well as its present talent. The spirit of Jamaica came alive with black, green and gold tablescapes as well as with the selection of the evening's entertainment and food pairing.

The featured act was famed cabaret singer Karen Smith, who took the attendees on a journey throughout the dessert course. The other musical acts also delighted with the Jamaican Folk Singers presenting a variety of Jamaican classics that were remixed using Nestlé products and the company's history on the island to highlight the last 78 years.

The Charlemont High School Mento Band delivered a rousing performance of genre classics and set a perfect atmosphere for the start of the three-course meal: Boston-Style Jerked Chicken, Hellshire Inspired Grilled Trout and Yaad-Style Boneless Curried Goat.

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