Wed | Sep 18, 2019

JHTA dinner – an elegant affair

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer
From left: Shawn Moses, Royalton Blue Waters; Kerry-Ann Quallo Casserly, Royalton; and Marlon Honegan, GM, Royalton White Sands.
Launa Alvaranga, Options, and Hopeton Ridgard, JMMB.
From left: Daniel Schweizer, executive chef, GCG Catering Group; Richard Burke, Amstar DMC; Ravi Anne, Jewel Dunn’s River; Steve Sowa, Hilton Rosehall; and Gregory Shirley, director of JMMB.
Detective Sergeant Rodrick Reid and Deputy Superintendent of Police Sharon Beeput.
Anika and husband Dr Christopher Daley.
From left: Alicia Mullings, director of rooms; Oral Heaven, area director of sales; and Charmaine Deane, director of marketing, Hilton Rosehall.
From left: John Miles, GM, Jewel Runaway Bay; Nadine Reid, Hilton Rosehall; and Daine Golaube, hotel manager, Hilton.
From left: Amanda Carter, Dorianne Darmand and Venesha Williams.
From left: Tashyana Jarrett, Julia Gordon and Teisha-Ann Pinnock.
Keneisha Henry (left) and Judith Schweizer.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Torrential rainfall threatened to derail the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) 7th annual Fine Cuisine and Wine Festival at the Rose Hall Great House in St James, but the Lord would not allow it.

As late as 5:30 p.m. last Saturday, all indications pointed towards a cancellation, but the man behind the successful event, Delwin Rochester, said: “No way, we are not cancelling; the rain will stop by 6:30 p.m.”

Obviously, the rain heard his words, because by 6:30 p.m. the only water that showed signs of not going anywhere was what soaked the grounds of the historical great house.

The Montego Bay chapter outdid themselves yet again, this time expanding the layout to accommodate the largest food and beverage booths and pay homage to the incredible support by Montegonians, who far outnumbered last year’s event.

Staged in order to sustain JHTA charities, president of the association, Omar Robinson, said this year, House No. 10 at the SOS Children’s Village; the Save the Child Programme; the Montego Bay Learning Centre, a school for the physically challenged; and the Home for the Deaf will benefit from the event.

The dream team behind the event included Nadine Spence, Mary Chambers, Robin Russell, Doris Morgan and Claudeth James, all members of the JHTA Montego Bay chapter.

Party band, PACE, gave patrons one of the most amazing evenings possible and literally had a dancing audience under their command.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com