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Patti LaBelle heads for land of wood and water - Jamaica Epicurean Escape to feature Lady Marmalade star

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Patti LaBelle and her Lady Marmalade line of sauces. - Contributed
Erin Mitchell (right) waits to be served by Sandra Leslie during the Jamaica Epicurean Escape earlier this year in Cherry Gardens. - Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer

International Superstar and legendary music icon Patti LaBelle will make a special appearance at the Jamaica Epicurean Escape, being held on December 1 and 2 at Richmond Estate.

LaBelle, widely regarded as the queen of rock and soul music, has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

Her achievements have been recognised by her induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. She has also earned the prestigious Legend Award from the World Music Awards.

LaBelle received acclaim for many of her songs, including Lady Marmalade, When You Talk About Love, and New Attitude.

She began her career as part of the Ordettes in 1959, who became The Bluebelles in 1961. She began her solo career in 1978.

LaBelle was diagnosed with diabetes 12 years ago. Since then, she has become a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, and published three best-selling cookbooks, LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About, Patti LaBelle's Lite Cuisine, and Recipes for the Good Life targeted at people with diabetes.

Known affectionately in the food world as Miss Patti, she has always been a whiz in the kitchen, appearing on such programmes as 'Oprah' and 'The Martha Stewart Show'.

Her hit Lady Marmalade, which peaked at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice - in 1975 and then 26 years later in 2001, inspired a signature line of healthy barbecue sauces, marinades and hot sauces called Lady Marmalade.

Miss Patti's input is integral in the development and final taste of the sauces which are made with all natural ingredients.

Patti LaBelle's appearance at the Jamaica Epicurean Escape will feature her in two areas. She is scheduled to make a guest appearance at the event's after-party on Saturday, December 1 in the Luxury lounge. Patrons in this area will be treated to some of her hits.

She will also be appearing on the main stage on Sunday, December 2, where she will attend a cooking demonstration with one of Jamaica's top chefs, who will have created a unique local recipe utilising one or more of the Lady Marmalade sauces.

Dream come true

"We are so excited about being able to have Miss LaBelle on our programme," said Marcia McDonnough, team leader for the Jamaica Epicurean Escape.

"It's a dream come true, and all we can say is that it was our destiny to have her. There is no other explanation. Her appearance here will certainly put us on the map as a true international event, and we are extremely grateful to our partners Island Voice Inc in New York and her management team for working so hard to make this happen."

The songstress' appearance is something everybody at the Jamaica Epicurean Escape wants to share with the country, and as such, the organisers are inviting everybody, ensuring tickets are already on sale.

"We invite everyone to come out and share this wonderful experience with us. We have limited Luxury Lounge tickets, which include the after-party, and the tickets will be presold only," affirmed McDonnough.

The Jamaica Epicurean Escape will take place from December 1 to 2 at the Richmond Estate in Priory, St Ann, and will feature 40 or more top local and international chefs, plus seminars, demonstrations and live entertainment.

For more information, visit Tickets are available online and at ticket outlets in Kingston at Petcom Dunrobin, Xtras Mall Plaza and Manor Park, Bookophilia; in Ocho Rios at the Shell gas station; in Mandeville at Heaven's Texaco; and in Montego Bay at Best Care Pharmacy, El Paso Sam Sharpe Square and Baywest Shopping Centre.