Winston and Denise Dear hosted well-wishers, supporters and friends of Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett at a reception last week Friday at their Reading, St James home.
Renowned for her culinary prowess, especially her tasty stamp-and-go, Denise added a new favourite - roasted beef - to the offerings provided for the intimate group that turned out for the victory celebration.
Her spread also included marlin pinwheels, callaloo quiche, stuffed mini potatoes and Stanley's cocktail patties and cocoa bread. These were only some of the delicious finger foods available.
The tourism minister was 'in his ackee', so to speak, as he outlined an ambitious five-pillar plan to take Jamaica's tourist arrival figures to double digits. In acknowledging the team he said was responsible for his victory at the February 25 polls, Bartlett singled out some young men and women among a seasoned group of supporters.
He had just returned from a visit with the country's public relations and marketing agencies in the United States and was happy to report that the "touch points" Jamaica had going for it were "food, music and love".
He expressed love for those in attendance, and the evening went on with great conversations and good vibes.