Starting Thursday, September 5 at 1 pm (Jamaica time/2 pm EST), food lovers across the globe will be able to explore and enjoy great Jamaican cooking in the comfort of their homes, with the Jamaica Tourist Board’s (JTB) launch of its Island Potluck Series.
Created by sisters Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau, the 12-part series will run every other Thursday on the JTB’s YouTube channels.
The series highlights different elements of Jamaican culture and cuisine as the women travel across the island. They showcase well known as well as new cuisine options, personalities and places – all part of Jamaica’s melting pot of culture.
“The Jamaica Tourist Board is happy to partner with the Rousseau sisters on this initiative which showcases the cultural diversity of our destination,” said John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Our hope is that this series will entice and engage visitors with an interest in Jamaica’s rich culinary heritage, which has been heavily influenced by our multicultural legacy.”
The Rousseau sisters, who serve as hosts of Island Potluck, have worked in catering in Jamaica for the past 19 years. Michelle and Suzanne have served up their creative meals to a plethora of persons including the Prince of Wales, as well as catered private dinner parties and diplomatic functions. With an emphasis on using traditional local ingredients in unconventional ways, they put a fresh spin on authentic Jamaican food.
A number of online activities will be planned to coincide with the series. A trailer has been released and is now available for viewing at Island Potluck.
Island Potluck viewers will see the landscape of Jamaica like a dinner table, with dishes unique to each corner of the island. They will also learn about the history of the island’s food, and how Jamaica’s beautiful multi-ethnic mix of people contributes to an even richer blend of foods.