Jamaican fest at PB Catch: conch souse and reggae in the house

PB Catch's summer "shack" jams to Jamaican flavors and sounds Saturday. (Courtesy: PB Catch)
PB Catch’s summer “shack” jams to Jamaican flavors and sounds Saturday. (Courtesy: PB Catch)

The spirit, sounds and flavors of Jamaica will bounce through the lounge at PB Catch Palm Beach Saturday night. That’s when The Shack, the lounge’s summer pop-up series, turns its focus to spicy bites and laid back island music.

Jamaican style conch is on the menu at PB Catch's "The Shack." (Credit: Cheryl Blackerby)
Conch is on The Shack’s menu. (Credit: Cheryl Blackerby)

On the menu at this “Jamaican Seafood Fest:” conch souse (marinated conch with citrus, chili, cilantro, $16), crispy whole yellowtail snapper (with braised callaloo and spiced sweet potato, $34), Jamaican banana fritters (with Blue Mountain coffee and crème fraiche, $10), among other a la carte items.

In the backdrop: a reggae band playing live tunes.

Each summer, the seafood-centric restaurant turns its lounge into a beach-themed “shack” that serves as a backdrop to island-y sips, bites and tunes.

PB Catch’s Jamaican Seafood Fest

When: Saturday, from 5 p.m. to midnight

Where: “The Shack” lounge at PB Catch, 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach; 561-655-5558; PBCatch.com

 

Meet Yelp’s goddess of Greenacres. Her Jamaican dishes lure the world.

Althea Drummond owns Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
Althea Drummond owns Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

Once you’ve met Althea Drummond, you’ll understand why her tiny Jamaican restaurant, one of a handful of popular spots tucked into a busy Greenacres strip mall, consistently ranks as the No. 1 restaurant in all of Palm Beach County, according to Yelp, the online dining guide.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

And Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant was the only eatery in the county to earn a spot on Yelp’s “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.” list last year.

To her regulars and fans, Drummond is more than your average restaurant cook – she’s a legend. No exaggeration. Beyond the online world of restaurant ratings and recommendations, the Negril native has been immortalized in Palm Beacher James Patterson’s 2015 Alex Cross novel, “Cross Justice.”

"I did not say that," says Althea as she pauses over this page in one of her many guest books. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
“I did not say that,” says Althea, pausing at this guest book page. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

Her customer testimonials fill more than 20 guest books.

The come from near and far, her Yelp-enticed customers.

Yelpers: A trio of newcomers to Kersmon enjoy Althea's island dishes. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
Yelpers: A trio of newcomers to Kersmon enjoy Althea’s dishes. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

READ THE FULL STORY HERE.