NY: Jamaican celebrity chef and contemporary gourmet guru Patrick Simpson will turn up the heat in New York on Sunday March 10. The chef’s creativity will be on display at the next edition of Blue & Bougie, a lifestyle reggae party that takes place at the Wainwriight House, a sprawling, lavish chateau-style stone mansion in Rye, New York, overlooking the waters of the Long Island Sound.
The Wainwright house is not without a star-studded history, and American icons like John D. Rockefeller, J.C. Penny and Dwight D. Eisenhower have been connected with the private hideaway during the last century. Chef Patrick Simpson will write a new chapter in the mansion’s history when he dazzles a few hundred discerning reggae guests, all dressed in various shades of blue, with gourmet temptations from a specially created menu.
Blue & Bougie is an early evening event, from 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM so the fare is heavy hors d’oeuvres and dinner platters. Among the options are Guinness glazed Chicken skewer, fish taco, tomato bruschetta, truffle macaroni and cheese square, jerk pork steamed bun and mini chop salad.
Chef Patrick, as he is known around New York, hails from the garden parish of St. Ann in Jamaica where he attended Marcus Garvey Technical High School. He later joined the staff at Club Caribbean in Runaway Bay, and his remarkable skills took him to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Red Lobster, BB Kings Blues Club & Grill (NY) as well as to Negril Restaurant in New York. In 2016 he launched a line of seasonings and sauces, and last year he made debut appearances on The Cooking Channel.
Music for this Blue & Bougie party will be provided by DJ Madout and DJ Dubbmaster Chris of Irie Jam radio. Formal attire is required- any shade of blue- and guests are urged to avoid hoodies, sneakers, gym clothing and shorts.
“Great food, premium entertainment, an elegant ambiance and reggae-loving guests are a big part of the success of Blue and Bougie. Each party has its unique flavor and is entirely different from the last and the next, and we are certainly looking forward to the culinary magic that Chef Patrick will being to Rye, New York,” Jerry McDonald, one of the Blue & Bougie directors said.