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Miss T’s Kitchen and MSC Cruise to welcome Martha Stewart

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:17 AMCarl Gilchrist - Hospitality Jamaica Writer
The sign at Miss T’s restaurant in 
Ocho Rios.
The sign at Miss T’s restaurant in Ocho Rios.

Miss T’s Kitchen, a restaurant in Ocho Rios, is collaborating with MSC Cruises to bring the Martha Stewart Caribbean Excursion to this resort town within a matter of weeks.

Miss T’s, owned and operated by Anna-Kay Tomlinson, recently opened a new location, Miss T’s at Murphy Hill, which will figure in the Martha Stewart experience when she arrives in Jamaica.

In the meantime, work continues in order to get the restaurant’s organic farm at Murphy Hill ready for the occasion.

“We have a tour; through MSC, we do a farm table tour with Martha Stewart,” Tomlinson told Hospitality Jamaica.

“We’re not exactly sure of the date just yet, but we’re trying to get it like March, April, definitely within a next couple of months.”

“The farm itself is organic. We don’t use fertiliser, we don’t use spray, and at the same time, we’re trying to fix the road and all that so when she comes; everything will be up to 110 per cent.”

Mayor of St Ann’s Bay, Michael Belnavis confirmed earlier this week that the St Ann Municipal Corporation will be spending $15 million to repair the roadway leading from Ocho Rios to Murphy Hill, via Parry Town and Beecher Town.

While Miss T’s in Ocho Rios has built up a reputable clientele, the new location, Miss T’s at Murphy Hill, which occupies a section of the great house, will be a somewhat ­exclusive location.

“I started working on it in December 2018 and we opened April 2019. Right now we’re just open for the tour that we presently do, and we cater to private groups of 10 or more persons, like corporate groups. We’ve done birthdays, weddings; we’re really pushing it for weddings.”

“We don’t plan to open every day, ­because I want it to be a really exclusive culinary experience that you will never ever forget. I want Miss T’s at Murphy Hill to be a total experience,” Tomlinson explained.

Stewart is expected to tour the farm at Murphy Hill to view the patches of cabbage, carrots, Scotch bonnet pepper and other produce.

And according to MSC Cruise’s website, the farm-to-table experience will see guests walk through the gardens and reap a variety of seasonal vegetables, which will be used to prepare lunch.

The website also referenced Miss T’s menu, which includes crispy panko-crusted fish fillet in a coconut sauce, served with peas and rice; smoked goat with local curries; jerked chicken pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and crispy cassava sticks; and escoveitched ackee with pickled onions, carrots, Scotch bonnet peppers, pimento and coconut-steamed balmy.

While in Ocho Rios, the tour will also visit Konoko Falls and journey to Montego Bay to tour Jamaica Flavours Tasting Tour and Craft Market.