Julie Hoffer (left) in Long Island, Bahamas, sourcing product

Plantation Hill seasoning spices, blended here in The Bahamas by local entrepreneur Julie Hoffer, will be featured in the preparation of Caribbean inspired dishes being presented by Chef Larry Forigone and his son Chef Marc Forigone at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival taking place this weekend (9-12 December).  

It’s an interesting story how Chef Larry and Julie met down one of the many busy aisles at the Summer Fancy Food Show, at the Javitts Centre years ago.  Julie said, “Chef Larry had one of the more popular booth’s, it was constantly swamped with people at the show and so I waited until he took a bathroom break and just accidentally bumped into him, on purpose,” she quipped.  They struck up an enduring friendship that Julie has continued to nurture over the years, dropping in to see the Forigone family whenever she visited New York on her travels.  Chef Larry owns a restaurant in New York called an American Place. 

The menu that will be served at the PBFWF21 is “Potcake Rice”, a crispy, spicy dish created with the Plantation Hill spice blends, with Smoked Duck, marinated in Plantation Hill’s mango papaya jam glaze.  “Potcake Rice” emanated from stories that Julie shared over the years about the tasty, cakey residue left on the bottom of a pot of Peas ‘n Rice, with the name ascribed derived from our family dogs which belong to an unusual breed of loyal mutt known as the Royal Bahamian Potcake. 

This special breed of dog has also been the inspiration for an elegant Pinot Noir called “Potcake Saga” produced from grapes grown on the estate called Potcake Farms in Dundee Hills, Dayton, OR.

Wearing her International Culture Wine & Food Festival Chairman hat, Janet Johnson, CEO/Executive Director, Tourism Development Corporation expressed utter glee that an enterprising Bahamian entrepreneur has broken through in this way.  “Julie casually mentioned to me that she was going to the festival this week and that her spices were being featured in this way, and I am so excited for her and to see tourism linkages manifested in this way”, Ms. Johnson said, “it’s amazing what creativity and perseverance will do.” 

“This is a quantum step forward for Bahamian entrepreneurs,” said Sen. James R. Turner, Chairman of the Tourism Development Corporation.  “Bahamians are demonstrating their culinary prowess, blending seasonings that have universal appeal and showcasing the range of their capability of producing world class products that are being sought after and used in recipes by world class chefs,” said the new TDC Chairman.

Plantation Hill products are sold in Super Value and AML’s Fresh Market stores and their Pasion Tea brand and the range of jams, jellies and sauces are carried in some of the fine dining restaurants in Nassau and Paradise Island as well as hotel gift shops throughout the archipelago.
Plantation Hill’s Pasion Tea brand and spices are also being featured in the retail store at the Bahamas Pavillion at the World’s Fair, EXPO2020 Dubai, taking place from 1 October 2021 – 31 March, 2022. 

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