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Published:Friday | October 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Timothy Spencer (left), a member of Olympian Yohan Blake's management team, exchanges pleasantries with the sprinter and designer Angelie Martin Spencer during last night's launch of The Gleaner-sponsored Restaurant Week at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Restaurant Week 2012 launched at The Pegasus

Restaurant Week (RW) 2012 - 'One Love, Eat Up, Live Up' - was officially launched yesterday in an idyllic garden setting at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

The culinary extravaganza, organised by SSCo Event Management and The Gleaner Company, takes place from November 9-17 and promises to be the best-ever food event in Jamaica.

Guest speaker Douglas Orane, non-executive chairman of GraceKennedy Ltd, lauded the organisers of RW, now in its eighth year, and embraced the celebration of food as a cultural event.

"Restaurant Week allows us to indulge in the joys of eating well. All great cities in the world have great restaurants, and the emergence of celebrity chefs worldwide is being recognised," Orane said.

"We are all looking forward to November and a mushrooming of these activities."

The Gleaner Company, apart from its commitment to RW, will this year be celebrating food in a wider context.

"We have dedicated the entire month of November as Food Month. We have slated a number of exciting features and activities which will spread across our media platforms - print, online and radio," said Nordia Craig, The Gleaner's advertising operations manager.

Stephanie Scott, of SSCo Event Management, said this year's RW promises to be the most exciting marriage of cuisine, culture and entertainment.

"Over 40,000 diners in Kingston, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios will be afforded the opportunity to experience culinary adventures at 30 per cent discounts at 77 participating restaurants," Scott said.

"Following on last year's inclusion of New York-based Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily's, this year famed Jamaica-born, London-based culinary master Collin Brown, whose restaurant is the toast of local cuisine in the bustling city, will participate in RW," Scott revealed.