Enjoy Pasta with a Purpose at Pasta Supreme
 Image: Janko Ferlic (Unsplash)

Image: Janko Ferlic (Unsplash)

I know you love pasta just as much as I do and if so, Pasta Supreme is just the event for you. The premium, all-inclusive pasta experience will afford its patrons the option to choose from 20 pasta dishes, including a wide range of meat and vegetarian options, by ten of the best caterers on the island. The experience includes a soup bar, seafood station, kebab grill, a salad and fruit bar, bread baskets, a dessert station, beverage and wine bar, and a wellness lounge. We’ll be digging deep into our carb-heavy haven this Saturday (June 23rd) from 5 to 11 PM at the Festival Marketplace, Kingston Waterfront.

Dominic McDowell created Pasta Supreme to fill the ever expanding epicurean taste of the people here in Jamaica. The event was conceptualized after being inspired by an observation that most restaurants and caterers in Jamaica almost always seem to have a pasta dish as part of their menu offerings but these dishes were of sparse diversity, and so a premium experience for pasta lovers was born. At Pasta Supreme patrons will find a wide range of non-traditional or not as conveniently accessible pasta offerings which, complimented with other menu items, will be sure to be a gastronomic delight.

Another element of the concept was to use the attention that food generates and divert said attention to charitable causes each year. The inaugural staging in 2016 saw both the Sickle Cell Support Foundation of Jamaica and the Palliative Association of Jamaica benefiting from the event, and in 2017, the beneficiary was the Diabetes Association of Jamaica. This year, the focus is on mental wellness, an often underestimated topic in Jamaican culture. The beneficiaries chosen are the Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network and MENSANA Jamaica, whose missions are to provide support for those who may be suffering from mental issues and to advocate for more resources to be put in place to address some of the inadequacies of how mental health is dealt with locally.

The aim for the event is to be one of Jamaica's premiere culinary events and to gain international appeal as a recognised pasta festival, while using #PastaWithAPurpose to make a lasting social impact. This is the third staging of Pasta Supreme, and it is expected to surpass the 960 attendees that supported the cause in 2017. Patrons should expect a more ambient experience as the organizers welcome a new venue for the event—the Kingston Waterfront at the Festival Marketplace on Ocean Boulevard—as well as an improved menu offerings, that make Pasta Supreme both food and drink inclusive.

The caterers of the pasta stations are Akafe Catering, Great House Caterers, Sky Dwellers Lounges, Terrace Bar & Grill , Macau, Veggie Campus Jamaica, Lasagna Lovers, Steakhouse on the Veranda, Mama's Pasta & Grill, and Pizza Please. Eatopia Jamaica will provide the fruit and salad bar, 876 Bistro May Pen will prepare the soup bar, Crayfish Wendaze will provide the seafood station, dessert stations will be via DAM Good Brownies, JF Mills, Skittles, and the kebab grill by Yeaah Dawg.

If the diverse caterer listing isn’t convincing enough, purchase a ticket in aid of the Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network and MENSANA Jamaica, and come out to the Festival Marketplace at Waterfront on Saturday, June 23rd and eat to your heart’s content.

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Rashida Grant is a Jamaican-born writer, currently residing on the island. She's a Journalism student at university, and a lifestyle blogger on her three year old site, 876Lover. On her blog she brings a piece of Jamaica to the world, through event reviews, music reviews, and other literary pieces.