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Eating like kings for the animals

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 7:00 AMCarl Gilchirst
Darcy and Jim Fangman.
From left: Leonard Henry, general manager of Couples Tower Isle, with Darcy and Jim Fangman.
Ron and Liz Muir came out to support the cause.
Caribbean Lobster and Porcini Mushroom Risotto.
Classic shrimp cocktail with brandy.
Grilled sun-dried tomato and olive-crusted lamb chops.
Jamaican-style vitello tonnato – ‘golden dutchie’ made with farm-fresh greens, capers, lime, and cracked black pepper.
Island Mango Tart – homemade white chocolate and almond ice cream, and shaved toasted coconut.
Scotch bonnet and wild sour oranges marinated local grilled mahi mahi fillet
Jerk chicken and tomato bruschetta.
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Jim and Darcy Fangman journeyed from Missouri in the United States to the home of Couple's Resort's Exectvie Chef Stefan Spath, to enjoy a meal fit for a king last week.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Fangmans outbid everyone in an eBay auction for the dinner sponsored by Couples Tower Isle as part of fund-raising activities in support of the animal shelter - Animal House Jamaica.

Spath, aided by a super team made up of executive chef Valentine McKenzie, sous chef Kevon Edwards, pastry chef Nesah Parke, cook Omar Lyle and servers Kemar Hamilton and Travis Lowe, rolled out a feast that was finger-licking good from beginning to end.

The warm summer evening's proceedings on Friday July 15, started with 'pass-around' hors d'oeuvres of classic shrimp cocktail with brandy, jerked chicken and tomato bruschetta, and ackee and callaloo quiche.

This was followed by cold appetisers of Jamaican-style vitello tonnato - golden dutchie, farm fresh greens, and capers.

The beautiful Caribbean Sea provided the hot appetiser of Caribbean lobster and porcini mushroom risotto served with shaved Parmesan and truffle oil.

The entre was a palate-pleasing choice of grilled sun-dried tomato and olive crusted lamb chops and Scotch bonnet, and wild sour oranges-marinated grilled snapper fillet served with warm spring bean and sweet potato salad.

The cherry on top was dessert of island mango tart - home-made white chocolate and almond ice cream with shaved toasted coconut.

Maureen Sheridan, operator of Animal House Jamaica was thrilled for the support, once more. "I am extremely grateful to Stefan Spath; Alex Ghisays, group public relations director, and Leonard Henry, general manager of Couples Tower Isle for their incredible support of our charity. The assistance of Couple Resorts is completely wonderful," Sheridan told Food.

"The cause is there, it never goes away and as much as we can do we hope we can do more," Henry shared. "We thank Jim and Darcy who continue to turn up at least twice a year and it's all about Jamaica and all about the animals."