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Simply Red, simply delicious

Published:Thursday | October 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Chef Aki Lindsey from the HEART Academy turning up the heat with a flambé. Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
A serving of mouth-watering jerked chicken from Best Dressed Chicken.
The inventive and delicious Bammy Pizza from Best Dressed Chicken.
The Dancing Chefs in action on the lawns of Jamaica House. Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
A serving of mouth-watering jerked chicken from Best Dressed Chicken.
Wholewheat pasta in marinara sauce with marinated salmon, topped with garlic plantain strips from Rainforest Seafoods. Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Roasted ripe plantain and cheese on a cracker from Rainforest Seafoods. Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Cracker Heaven - Avocado and cheese on a cracker at left, vegetable on a cracker .
Leslie Ann Wanliss of Live Juice Bar making an all-natural drink for thirsty patrons. Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
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Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer

On Friday, September 6, the Heart Foundation commemorated their quarter of a century of Simply Red under the theme 'Flair Fashion and Flavour'. The highly anticipated wine and food festival made no apologies in stepping up the flavour to newfound heights, arresting taste buds in its wake.

The heavy showers just hours before the event did not deter avid foodies from coming out in their numbers to show their support. Scents of the savoury and the sweet greeted patrons as they waited in traffic heading towards Jamaica House, eager to make their grand entrance.

The young, the old and the fashionable invited themselves into a circle of culinary greatness. From lobster to duck, pork to chicken (jerked and baked) pastas, chicken and seafood, stamp 'n' go, sushi, pizzas and soups, accompanied by an assortment of tossed, garden and potato salads, the pickings were in scrumptious abundance.

Trekking through mud, they joined long lines and a party of instant salivation ensued. They ventured

to the delectable offerings of culinary moguls Jacqui Tyson, Brian Lumley, Lorraine Fung, George Matthews, John Comrie, Lorraine Clunie, Theo Smith, Jessie Gayle, Saleem Lazarus and Gariel Ferguson, among many more.

Corporate companies Jamaica Money Market Brokers and GraceKennedy provided the fine wines for all to indulge, while the bars located at the heart of the spacious venue picked up the tab in supplying a variety of other libations.

While performances had been going on for most of the night on the stage, the real entertainment came in the form of Jacqui Tyson's Dancing Chefs, who cooked things up in the open space, attracting quite a crowd with the high level of execution of their moves.

As the night drew to a close, the event was extended for another half an hour more before finally packing it in and calling it a night. In the end, Simply Red was given five stars in satisfying food lovers at heart, as well as newcomers who were converted by the creatively culinary side of life, all for a good cause.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com