JFDKitchen takes palates in flight with Destination Cocktails
What do food, drink and travel have in common? An exciting and culturally awakening experience! Jamaica Food And Drink Kitchen (JFDK) delivered that and more as invited guests soared to flavourful heights at Flight Destination Cocktails last Friday night.
The weekend was off to a rainy start but this didn’t stop palate-pleasing passengers from making their way to the JFDK ‘Airport’ with their boarding passes in hand. The journey, set to be spectacular, gave a taste of what is to come at the upcoming JFDK Food Festival.
Once the plane was ready for take off, flight and crew members swiftly flew off to the ‘muy caliente’ (very hot) country of Mexico.
Roger Suarez and Melissa Ruelas of the Taco Spot did a live demonstration of how to prepare tacos al pastor. The first bite was surprisingly refreshing, further enhancing the sensory experience. Additionally, they offered delicious options like quesadillas and tatemados.
From there, the selected few made their way to the Mediterranean, where they sank their teeth into the scrumptious delights of the Moroccan couscous with seafood and chermoula, mini Greek-style lamb pita sandwich with garlic mint yoghurt, along with spinach and feta phyllo cigar rolls.
But, the culinary delight didn’t end there. Orchid Thai Restaurant treated taste buds to the tantalising street-style Thai dumplings, crab rangoon and chicken satay, complete with the choice of sweet and chili or peanut sauce.
Plus, no one could miss the unforgettable Japanese spread. Passengers enjoyed a wide selection of sushi, from the vibrant rock and roll to salmon nigiri and tuna nigiri. For those who preferred cooked options, Rainforest Seafoods offered delicious choices like the shrimp tempura roll or dynamite roll.
The fourth and final destination on the food flight was Italy. And, who can resist a delicious pizza? Chef Dominic Pearson introduced us to his Detroit-style pizza, Sicilian-style pizza and stromboli.
Of course, no savoury journey is complete without some sweets and Seprod and Leanna’s Sweet Tooth had that covered. White Russian panna cotta, tequila sunrise cupcakes and Jamaican brownie mousse bars made a smooth landing into Destination Cocktails.
Captain DJ Nova blasted speakers with a continuous stream of hit songs while passengers took off once more, exploring the delightful six sipping sites.
Worthy Park Select offered a selection of rums in the form of Vale Punch, Worthy Park Swizzle from Trinidad and Tobago and Gal-Hattan from the Big Apple. For those who fancied white rum, and love creamy cocktails, Seprod Limited’s Bybrook Mudslide delivered pure delight to their taste buds.
If are are a fan of gin or tequila, CPJ was the place to be. You could pick from options like the Cali Baby, the Stoke, or the Laverstoke for gin enthusiasts. Tequila lovers, on the other hand, could savour the flavours of Cabo, Cancun, and Tulum at midnight.
Providing top-notch Scotch, Johnnie Walker took passengers to Scotland with a Whisky Berry, China with Black Peach and London with the Top Hat. And, Select Brands fused Vodka and wine to create an Absolut Garden, Absolut Candy, Coronation Peach and a Sassy Sangria.
And because this flight emphasised responsible drinking, Highland Spring Water provided both still and sparkling water options to ensure passengers stayed safe.
Capturing the essence of the event, lifestyle, travel and wellness influencer, Chantal DaCosta, had this to say, “The food was sublime, the drinks were refreshing and the music and vibes were next level. I was overwhelmed at how the theme was seamlessly integrated into the entire experience from invitation to entry and exit.”