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Cole brothers launch Coley's Island one-stop corporate events solution

Published:Saturday | September 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jerked pork and garlic bread. PHOTOS BY CARL GILCHRIST
Andrew Cole
Pork tenderloin, chicken thigh with Appleton rum-cream sauce.

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

DRAX HALL, St Ann:AFTER YEARS of working in the hospitality industry, twin brothers, Andrew and Mark Cole, have formally launched their own multifaceted food business, Coley's Island (Caribbean Food, Fun and Fare).

The launch took place on the lawns of their home at Greenwich Estate in Drax Hall, St Ann, and included a specially selected group of friends and associates who were treated to a taste of the brothers' culinary expertise.

The Coles spent several years in the tourism sector, Andrew as food and beverage manager, and Mark as an executive chef. The company actually took shape several years ago, but was relegated to secondary status as the brothers continued sharing their skills with other organisations.

However, they had been taking jobs in the interim and have done several events over the years.

Recently though, Andrew gave up his job at the convention centre in Montego Bay to focus on the company and getting it to another level.

They have forged links with several other entities and now offer a package that includes all event-related services.

"We do weddings, corporate functions, fun days, cocktail parties, engagement parties, just about anything that requires food," explained Andrew.

"We can cook and deliver straight to your house, we offer intimate dining for couples, the scope is very, very wide."

"We provide food, staff, equipment, including glassware, plates etc. We provide bartenders, decor, music, photography, and videography. We have a team that works together, name it, and we can create it for you."

The brothers were supported by a team of professionals that included executive chef Dennis McIntosh, along with David Kay, Albert Palmer, Philbert Marshall, and Carlton Cox, with Nadia Howlett, Devon Wilson and Jason Scott doing serving duties.

Guests were delighted with the evening's happenings and high standard all around.

Conrad Allen of Cover Me Up Tents travelled from Montego Bay with his wife, Tamara, for the occasion and was blown over.

"He (Andrew) invited us down for this event and it has been superb. It has been over the top," Allen told Rural Xpress.

"It has made me and my wife start thinking about different types of events that we could probably put on in Montego Bay, just based on the quality of service that is here tonight and the quality of the food and the experience.

"It's something we haven't experienced in Montego Bay where you can put a group of 20, 30, 40 friends together and have an incredible night. When you go home, you're still talking about the experience. It's totally superb."