The Brooklyn Borough President Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition, International Food & Wine and Tasting (BNRC) began in 2015, and has fast become the place for popular restaurants and connoisseurs to showcase their talents and brands to the Brooklyn community.
On Monday, June 24, was a fitting example of the success of the event, when BNRC Coordinator, June Persaud, welcomed scores of food and wine lovers alike, to the JLoft on 45th Street, Brooklyn, to sample delicious fare from some of the Borough’s top Caribbean eateries.
From Jerk Pork to Mac & Cheese, Pasta, Curried Goat, Baked Salmon, Peas and Rice, and a Yuka dish, Cod Fish Fritters, Veggie Roll, enticed foodies to pile plates with the delectable servings from the islands.
BNRC, whose mission, is to improve relations and dialogue between bar and restaurant industry stakeholders, the communities in which they operate, and the City of New York, recognized business owners, with BNRC Awards Certificates, and Certificates of Achievements, from the Office of New York State Senator, Kevin S. Parker.
Persaud, Brand Manager of Guyana’s finest, XM rum, also courted top sponsors, Bartenura Product of Italy, and Royal Wine of New Jersey, to ensure guests sipped, as they enjoyed an evening of entertainment.
Persaud presented Lorna Welshman-Neblett of Lorna’s Lip Smacking Peppersauce with the Women Owned Business Award, Kelly Ann Daniel’s KA Cakes, received the Newest Business Award, Suede Restaurant received the Best Franchise Award, the Ambiance Award went to Caribbean Social, and Oxygen Nation Cocktail Lounge received the Most Improved Award. The Most Creative Business Award went to Funbash USA Entertainment.
Persaud, who celebrated her birthday on the day of the event, in turn received a Certificate of Appreciation from the office of NYS Senator, Kevin S. Parker.
Other awards went to JLoft for Business of the Year, Caribbean Life Contributing Writer, Tangerine Clarke, received the Media Award, while the Longevity Award went to Pelican Reef, for being in business for 25 years and Tasty Delicious, honored with the Community Award.
An Indian dance performance by Marcia Hamilton-Castillo, and costumes displayed by T&T Boys Int. Costume Band throughout JLOF, and Love Life Sounds, showcased the organization whose membership encourages businesses to open an establishment that holds a Department of Health Food Services establishment license or an on-premises liquor license, distilling, or brewer license.