Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A lunch conversation with… Brian Uzzell

With Cayman Free Press Limited set to observe its 47th anniversary in October, it is fitting to chat with Brian Uzzell, its leader for the past 38 years, and to do so at the Lighthouse Restaurant, an establishment he’s been part owner of for 20 years in December.

Craft beers a growing trend in Cayman

It’s taken a while to catch on in the Cayman Islands, but Cayman Distributors Group is filling the growing local demand for well-made, flavorful and complex brews.


Innovation at the Ritz-Carlton integrates local arts, culture

Roger Ponce has been one of the motivating forces behind the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman's integration with local culture, working alongside Chris Christian from Cayman Traditional Arts.

A chat with Captain Marvin

Every island has its living legends and here on Grand Cayman, Captain Marvin Ebanks stands tall and proud as one of the most impactful in recent history.

Lunch express with… Peter Dutton

The Jacques Scott Group managing director for the past 11 years, Peter Dutton, sat down over lunch at Agua Restaurant to discuss Jacques Scott’s storied history, its founder and a chance discovery that led a wine revolution in the Cayman Islands.

The mystique around Six Eight Nine

The Napa Valley red wine blend Six Eight Nine is very popular in the Cayman Islands, but virtually unknown in the United States. Curtis McBride, the producer of the wine, explains why.

A dinner conversation with… Joey Hew

Joey Hew discussed some of Cayman’s pressing issues during a conversation over dinner at the Blue Cilantro restaurant.

Lunch express with Pilar Bush

After 15 years in the public sector tourism industry, Pilar Bush stepped away from government in 2008 to form AtWater Consulting Ltd. with her good friend Kathy Jackson. Four years and several controversial clients later, AtWater is thriving. The Journal’s Alan Markoff spoke with Bush over lunch at Casanova’s Restaurant and discussed, among other things, her company, the state of Cayman Islands tourism and how she was one Y chromosome away from being called Pele.

Vodka, Old World style

Stolichnaya Vodka Global Brand Ambassador Meagan Sacher, who visited Cayman in April to conduct two bartender training sessions on the brand, likens the difference in vodka styles to a wine-like Old World versus New World comparison, with Russia, Poland and the Baltic countries representing the Old World.

A dinner conversation with Sherri Bodden-Cowan

In the next segment of the Journal’s series of interviews with Cayman’s movers and shakers, we sat down over dinner at Camana Bay’s Ortanique Restaurant with Caymanian attorney Sherri Bodden-Cowan, who has been an integral contributor to the country’s immigration policy for more than a decade.

Street food in high gear

Nowadays, food trucks are the next big culinary “thing” to hit cities around the world, and they’ve made a big splash in Grand Cayman as well.

A dinner conversation with Michael Ryan

In the first of a new series for the Lifestyles section, The Journal’s Alan Markoff sat down with The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Dragon Bay developer Michael Ryan for dinner at Blue by Eric Ripert to enjoy fabulous food, wine and service while having a dinner conversation on a variety of topics.

Top employers in spotlight

Cayman's top employer of the year was seslected last month out of a strong group of organisation which all impressed the juedges in some form of other with their ability to attract and retain top staff and maintain a happy work environment. Some employees of Cayman's top employers tell us more.

High teacher turnover takes its toll

They come for the promise of year-round sun, tax-free salary and the chance to work in one of the most developed countries in the Caribbean, but expat teachers are increasingly finding life in paradise is not what they expected.

Pure Art a gallery extraordinaire

 Grand Cayman is blessed with a handful of professional art galleries.But one of the oldest and best known sits unassumingly at the corner of Denham Thompson Road and South Church Street in an historic waddle and daub Caymanian house.

Local artwork makes ‘Summer Memories’

Evocative images that speak of summer are currently on display at the latest art exhibition at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s Gallery, with paintings and photography submitted by a wide range of Cayman’s talented artists.

The wines of ‘garagiste’ Jonathan Maltus come to Cayman

Jonathan Maltus, an Englishman with an engineering background, has turned centuries of Bordeaux wine-making tradition on its head.

A dinner conversation with Truman Bodden

Former Cabinet minister and Leader of Government Business Truman Bodden is no longer in politics, but he still has strong opinions on what’s best for the Cayman. In the second segment of a new monthly series, The Journal sat down over dinner with the long-time politician at the Brasserie Restaurant to discuss Cayman’s state of affairs.

The terroir of Marchesi di Barolo

Jacques Scott’s wine professionals sat down over lunch at La Dolce Vita Ristorante with Anna and Valentina Abbona from the Marchesi di Barolo winery to discuss the family-owned vineyard’s wines in advance of their appearance at the 2014 Cayman Cookout.

Lunch Express with… Robert Hamaty

From commercial airline pilot to the head of rum cake empire, Jamaican-born Robert Hamaty has called Cayman home for nearly 34 years. The Journal’s Alan Markoff sat down with the Tortuga Rum Company owner over lunch at Bamboo Restaurant at the Grand Cayman Beach Suites to get his impressions on the changing times.
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