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October, 2018

Manhattan: A Bahamian chef is spotlighting Caribbean cuisine into a fun experience. Chef Kermit Raymond Mackey, who also goes by Chef Ray and Chef Kermit, recently launched “Island Flares” — a pop-up weekend brunch and dinner series at Colors Restaurant in the Lower East Side. Comment

July, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says Trinidad and Tobago is the new Caribbean National Culinary Team of the Year. CHTA said last week that the team won top honors in the finale of the 2018 Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition at the Hyatt Regency in Miami Comment

June, 2018

Brooklyn: Caribbean Social was named restaurant of the year on June 25, at the 3rd Annual International Food and Wine tasting at the JLoft in Brooklyn, hosted by the Brooklyn Borough President Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition. Comment

Uber Eats offering discounts for select Caribbean eats

New York: The food delivery service Uber Eats is observing Caribbean Heritage Month with a special promotional week offering its users discounts on all orders made at participating Caribbean-American restaurants. Comment

Bourdain’s love of Jamaica’s Oxtail and Curried Goat

Jamaica: Four years ago, late world-renowned chef and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain said, “I love the food in this country. I must have Oxtail, whether in the Bronx or in Kingston.” These were endearing words uttered by the storyteller and adventurer, while filming his series in Jamaica. Comment
New York: The fifth annual Eat Caribbean Week returns June 17 to June 24. The weeklong program organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) features dozens of eateries and bakeries that serve the finest Caribbean cuisine and treats. Comment

May, 2018

Guyana: Guyana’s favorite food is in stock. German’s Soup, a beloved restaurant in Guyana, opened its second location in East Flatbush earlier this month, and members of the Guyanese Diaspora have flocked to the spot to partake of its signature cow heel soup, and to reminisce about the original take-out cafe in Georgetown, the country’s capital Comment
Brooklyn: They’re right on trend! One of Brooklyn’s popular Caribbean eatery chains — the famous Footprints Cafe, is seeing a boost in business since joining the food delivery service Uber Eats. The transportation platform, which provides food delivery to ordering customers, is the latest service of choice for patrons looking for quick ready-to-eat meals. The eatery joined the service a year ago to improve the way they serve customers, by giving them more options to received food at a fast pace, said the chain’s founder. Comment
Manhattan: They’re learning adult skills. Over a dozen Brooklyn middle school kids got to learn some valuable table manners and cooking lesson at a etiquette dining Class in Chelsea on May 11. The students from MS 51 in Park Slope, ventured to Manhattan for a day of learning the how-tos and do’s and don’ts of cooking and proper mannerisms to display at a dinner table, and they took in the class, said the co-organizer of the class. Comment
Bronx: y Alexandra Simon One of Bronx’s popular Jamaican-American restaurants reopened last month and debuted a new look. Founded in 1990, the Dumpling Cove restaurant — known for its dumplings and fish meals recently transformed from a takeout spot, to a dine-in restaurant. This change has been in the works for a long time, mostly to create a more customer friendly atmosphere and to satisfy more menu choices, said the founder of the restaurant. Comment

Haiti’s best chefs prepare dinner

Manhattan: In honor of Haitian heritage month, the Haitian Culinary Alliance is hosting a dinner at the James Beard House in West Village on May 18. It will be the first time Haitian cuisine will be featured at the venue, which also happens to be on a Haitian flag day. Comment

April, 2018

Brooklyn: Two cultures meet on a dish. A pizza spot in Prospect Lefferts Garden combines the flavors of the Caribbean with Neapolitan style pizza. ZuriLee Pizza Bar, opened by two Guyanese-American brothers in 2015, a few doors down from their traditional Caribbean restaurant MangoSeed, offered them a chance to expand while staying true to their background, said one of the co-owners. Comment

St. Lucia’s chocolate beer

St Lucia: It’s a choc-full of beer. The St. Lucian-based Antilla Brewing company and the Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts, have partnered to introduce a new chocolate beverage. The Nick Troubetzkoy Imperial Chocolate Stout Beer is made from pure cocoa. Served locally on the island and at the two resorts owned by its namesake and his wife Karolin — the unique beer is inspired by their Russian heritage, and one of the island nation’s biggest agricultural produce, said the company’s brewer and chief executive officer. Comment

March, 2018

Introducing a new Caribbean rum: Boukman Rhum

Haiti: There’s a new Caribbean rum in town. The Haitian-made alcoholic beverage Boukman Rhum is a liquor with a mission. As one of the newest rums out of Haiti, its manufacturer is trying to bring the island nation to the forefront of the global rum market and sustain business for several industries in Haiti. Comments (1)
Brooklyn: There’s a place to unwind at Sip Unwine. The Flatbush restaurant and bar Sip Unwine just celebrated its one-year anniversary in early February. The eatery offers a cozy and relaxing place to lounge in, and its a local trendy spot to enjoy modern Caribbean food and listen to music. Conveniently located not far Brooklyn College and a busy train hub in the predominantly working-class Caribbean neighborhood seeing changes. The spot is perfectly situated for its young residents looking for that environment, said its co-owner. Comment

January, 2018

Harlem lounge partners with Broadway show

Business: They’re going more Caribbean! A Harlem eatery is introducing a new menu inspired by Caribbean cuisine. The owners of Cove Lounge joined a partnership with the Broadway revival of the musical “Once on This Island.” As an official partner for the show, starting Feb. 1 the restaurant is adding new Caribbean dishes and drinks to their menu, said the co-owner. Comment
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