All-inclusive parties fall short on food
Some peeved party patron(s) ought to call on the Fair Trading Commission to investigate misleading advertising by the organisers of several so-called 'premium inclusive' parties. Patrons are being bamboozled left, right and centre as they are reeled in by the 'premium cuisine inclusive' tag at a premium price, only to find that the fare on offer is nothing but fried chicken and curried goat.
One case in point is the recently held Daydreams all-white soirée at Solaris Estate in St Thomas. Admission price tag for this wallop stood at a whopping $4,000 per person, with only little curry goat, chicken and white rice on the menu. Surely, such modest provisions could not have been the 'premium' smorgasbord promised by the Daydreams ads.
Even those parties which would typically roll out a spread fit for a king have, in recent times, been scrounging. For instance, over the just passed holidays, party promoters had a field day. While not as gross as Daydreams, the Absinthe party held at Temple Hall, in Stony Hill, also failed to live up to its usual menu choices. And, patrons are still griping about being short-changed at the summer edition of the Osmosis party.
Yes! Yes! It's a cheap quarrel over food, girt notwithstanding. But it's the principle involved that is at stake. Persons should not be allowed to enrich themselves by taking others for a ride. It's cheating to set tickets at $4,000 and upwards with promises of lavishness, then in reality supply the basics. For those inclusive parties that offer the bare essentials, ticket prices are usually much lower, as they should be.
The solution lies in the practice employed by some whereby entire menus are advertised on fliers and in radio ads.
Then, there is the other sticking point - that practice where enough is not provided and supposed inclusive parties run out of drinks and meals in short order. An all-inclusive party set at a premium admission price should be stocked with enough provisions to last all night, especially since most patrons arrive late.
Prior to the recession, premium-inclusive parties used to be mini-food festivals. But the worldwide economic downturn has led to scrimping in every corner. All the same, this new emphasis on the cuisine at parties is robbing the events of the dancing that should be at the centre of activities. Stuffed stomachs offer impetus for lousiness (commonly called 'niggeritis') rather than inspiration for dancing.
Movies, jerk and Portland
Hollywood was recently in Portland, Jamaica filming a major Fox movie,
Knight and Day
, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. It's the first movie shot in our movie-making capital after a prolonged drought.
Remember when Port Antonio threatened to become the Hollywood of the Caribbean? What went wrong? Why has Portland been left to rot when the place is so ripe for the picking? Between jerk and movies, the eastern tip of our island could be teeming.
From the early days of movie-making, Port Antonio was counted among the choicest of locations for shooting feature-length films. But, over time, the Jamaican state has failed to respond with enough incentives, and productions have been lured away by other more responsive governments. Jamaica Trade and Invest should lead the way in getting Portland back on the movie-making map.