Launched in 2010, the monthly “Farm Dinners” are a collaboration between Jakes and Liz Solms, an accomplished chef and local sustainable agriculture expert. The program supports the small independent farmers of Pedro Plains, the “breadbasket” of Jamaica. Held at sunset on the Saturday closest to the full moon, the dinners feature organic dishes prepared and served on-site at local farms, with wine pairings by Caribbean Producers Jamaica.
Despite the rustic setting, the dinners are quite chic: Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a cocktail whipped up using fresh fruit from that very farm. The table is elegantly set with white linens in the middle of a working field, with lanterns hung from curling rows of yam vines. Dinner is cooked table-side, from a rotating menu incorporating seasonal local produce and 100 percent organic ingredients. Mouthwatering dishes, such as penne with lime basil, goat cheese crostini, and chicken with dill yogurt sauce, are served-up family style. The dinners also feature tastings by local honey experts and wine sommeliers.
FARM DINNERS FYI
• Open to the public
• Rates are US $95 per person, including transfers
• Reserve as spot by calling Jakes at (876) 965.3000