Thursday, 10 November 2016

CULTURE VULTURE: National Youth Month gets ‘energized’ + MODA turns 5 + Restaurant Week spices up the menu

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD: Whatever your taste and your budget, there’s something for everyone at the restaurants taking part in this year’s iteration of Restaurant Week! But the best piece of news is that the feast has spread from the confines of Kingston & St. Andrew to now encompass eateries in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Mandeville and even Alligator Pond and Treasure Beach. While the “Morning Bites” specials will offer discounted breakfast meals, the amusingly named “Nyam & Scram” will provide lunch specials at pocket-friendly discounts. The “Tasty” deals start as low as $2800, while the “Delectable” and “Epicurean” specials offer menu prices commencing at $3800 and $4300 respectively. To get much more info on this year’s leg of the “Eat In, Dine Out” extravaganza, including a range of menu options, log on to or

GENERATION NOW: “The theme of this year’s Youth Month, E=MC2 – Energizing Youth, is a call to awaken and fuel our youth into action. Thus declares Education, Youth & Information state minister Floyd Green, as he recently outlined the roster of activities that his team has devised for this year’s observance. High on the list of what promises to be an action-packed series for November: the re-introduction of the Youth Parliament on Nov. 14 and the launch of the Youth Advisory Council, with details to be announced shortly. Jamaica will also join in the global observance of International Student Day on Nov. 17; youth clubs will suit up for a six-a-side football and netball competitions, with finals set for Nov. 27 in Treasure Beach; and a series of “Around the Table Talks” are set to connect aspiring entrepreneurs with professionals and experts in their respective fields. Get details on all these activities and more at

TO MARKET, TO MARKET: Elements of fashion, art and the high-gloss lifestyle will combine for a sizzling mix, when this year’s MoDA Market, Business Talks and Runway Show unfold inside the Spanish Court Hotel’s Worthington enclave from Nov. 19-20, bringing together designers, artists and artisans from across the island, the Caribbean and the United States. Now in its fifth year, the glam-friendly event will showcase elite collections from the likes of Cesar Galindo, Lisu Vega, Carlton Jones, Carlton Brown, Courtney Washington, Jehan Jackson and Carmichael Byfield, among others, while re-introducing to local fans former Project Runway stars Irena Shabayeva and Karto Momolu. That’s just a sample of what’s in store for the 2016 MoDA series. Check out their Facebook page for a lot more.

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