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November, 2017

Sugar and spiked: Caribbean brewery unveils sugarcane beer

Food: How sweet it is! A Caribbean juice bar in Prospect Lefferts Gardens recently expanded to become a brewery, and its latest endeavor is a beer made entirely from sugar. The owners of House of Juice and the new Island to Island Brewery created the Island Squared sugarcane beer because they wanted a flavor that reminds them of the islands, said one co-owner. Comment

September, 2017

Jamaica’s Chef Andre cooks up cuisine at demonstration

Food: A group of foodies gathered around Food Network’s Chopped Champion, Chef Andre Fowles, as he showed off his cuisine skills during a demonstration on how to prepare three dishes with sauces from Grace Foods, during a recent exclusive tasting event at the Midtown Manhattan offices of Finn Partners. Comment

A taste of the tropics: Prospect Lefferts Gardens creamery serves island-inspired flavors

Food: Savor the Caribbean, one scoop at a time! A recently opened Prospect Lefferts Gardens creamery is churning out colorful homemade blends fused with popular Caribbean flavors that offer sweet-toothed patrons a taste of its owners’ heritage. Comment

August, 2017

Cooking with Herb?

Food: The title “Cooking With Herb” might suggest that a chef named Herbert might be the culinary guide in this new book aimed at fostering a more organic lifestyle. Comment

Food and rum galore in Barbados

Food: For years it latched onto an international brand name, then Barbados brought things home with a totally local flavor, and now the island feels ready to compete worldwide as a culinary and drink connoisseur destination. Comment
Food: When two cultures meet at the dinner table you get cultural fusion. A local food series is looking into the historic relationship between Jamaican and Afro-Caribbean Panamanian culture and celebrating those similarities with a culinary feast at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church on Aug. 19. “Scattered Jamaica: Panama” is a cultural series created by Brooklyn-based foodies, the Reggae Chefs, who look for the likeness of Jamaica and other countries around the world. With Panama becoming the permanent home to many immigrants from English-speaking Caribbean countries, the event will be a chance for both groups to see the parallels, said the founder of the series. Comment

Local chef to open culinary school in Jamaica

Food: He’s giving back the homegrown way. A Manhattan-based chef is opening a culinary school in Jamaica. The top cook at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill, chef Wenford Patrick Simpson, is giving back to the kids of his home country in a hands-on way. He is in the process of creating a culinary school that will teach young eager teens cooking basics and skills to use. Comment

July, 2017


Music: It’s bigger than the jerk. Thousands attended the seventh annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on July 23. The cultural gathering celebrating Jamaican culture is a staple of the borough for that many guests arrived before the noon event started, said the host of the festival and cook-off judge. Comment

Annual jerk festival returns this weekend

Music: There’s going to be jerk and more. The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival returns again this weekend to Roy Wilkins Park on July 23 from noon to 8 pm. The seventh annual food and music event celebrating Jamaican culture will feature all types of food, including the beloved jerk, and a cook off contest between Mayor DeBlasio and former Jamaica Miss World, Lisa Hanna. The two will be competing in the Celebrity Quick-Fire Challenge and the two-time winning mayor will defend his title against Hanna this Sunday. Comment

What a jerk! Carribbean food fest celebrates all the islands

Food: Curry on down to Canarsie! A new food festival in Canarsie aims to showcase the wide variety of Caribbean cuisine, featuring culinary favorites from more than a dozen different islands. The organizer of the New York City Caribbean Food Festival, happening on July 15 at PacPlex, said that she wants the event to do away with stereotypes and preconceived notions of what the region’s cuisine is like. Comment
Music: Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate the end of Caribbean Heritage Month at Brooklyn Borough Hall on June 29. The indoor and outdoor festival turned the building’s vestibule and Columbus Park Plaza into a hub honoring Caribbean culture for a day-long event, featuring segments of island cuisine, a symposium and musical concert. Comment

June, 2017

WIADCA launches ‘Eat Caribbean 2017’

Food: Hundreds of Caribbean and other nationals on Thursday converged on Milk River Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn as the West Indian Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) launched “Eat Caribbean 2017.” Comment

Annual Rum and Rhythm crowns best chef, mixologist

Music: The sixth annual Rum and Rhythm benefit concluded Caribbean week at the Capitale in Manhattan on June 9. Guests sipped rum and dined on foods from different islands in celebration of Caribbean culture. Comment
Food: For the love of jerk. Hundreds came out to enjoy jerk flavors at “A Taste of Jerk” at the VP Records Store on June 3. Guests got to sample various jerk seasoned foods from different vendors to crown a winner for the best jerk chicken. Queen-based Yardies restaurant took home the trophy and it was well earned, said a local woman who frequents the eatery. Comment

May, 2017

Food: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ In a dining room in a wealthy district in the hills above Haiti’s capital, waiters in black outfits whisk plates of crunchy malanga fritters and a creamy cornmeal dish to well-off locals and tourists. In the kitchen, the chef ladles glistening, fresh conch into a pot as his staff dice tomatoes and watercress. Comment

Inequality can kill you, death can be unequal

Food: He got more. There was a time in your life when just noticing that was reason to throw a tantrum. It was enough to make any adult near you want to run away. But now that you’re all grown up, “He got more” means more — and in the new book “The Broken Ladder” by Keith Payne, you’ll see how it might affect your life. Comment

April, 2017

Catastrophic antibiotic threat from food

Food: Jomo Kwame Sundaram is a former economics professor who served as a senior UN official during 2005-2015. Tan Zhai Gen is an University of Oxford biochemistry graduate currently involved in research. Both are Malaysians. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 4, 2017 (IPS) - The greatly excessive use of antibiotics in food production in recent decades has made many bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. Comment

Caribbean countries ban meat imports from Brazil

Food: Several Caribbean countries have banned the sale of corned beef and importation of the meat product from Brazil, following reports that several meat processors in the South American country have allegedly been selling rotten beef and poultry. Comment

February, 2017

Cultural fusion: Jamaican twist to New Orleans cuisine

Food: Let’s get ready to gumbo! A group of Caribbean culinary enthusiasts will host its second annual cultural mashup, “Scattered Jamaica: New Orleans,” a flavorful mix of the island’s food and music and the spicy culture of the Big Easy, at a Mardi Gras celebration at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Prospect-Leffeerts Gardens on Feb. 25. Comment

January, 2017

Navy Yard to serve Caribbean food in new facility

Food: Caribbean cuisine is getting a spotlight at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s forthcoming food manufacturing hub later this year. Comment
Food: Meet the owners of a vibrant bistro based in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Comment

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