NYC: Golden Krust Launch Event

On May 25th, Team Kitty Bradshaw had the pleasure of being invited to the Jamaican Consulate to celebrate the launch of Golden Krust Condiments. The brand has created 4 new sauces that will soon be available in GK restaurants, local grocery stores, and chain stores around the country. The new sauce flavors include: Hot Pepper Sauce, Jerk Sauce, Island Flavored Ketchup, and Honey Barbecue Jerk Sauce.

On hand to kick off the festivities was The Honorable Genevive Metzger, Consulate General of Jamaica, who discussed the importance of hard work and determination when building a business.

Also on hand, Golden Krust CEO and Founder, Lowell Hawthorne, who along with his other siblings opened their first location in The Bronx back in 1989. Golden Krust currently employs over 1000 employees and operates 125 stores in nine states, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Maryland, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Florida.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers with Lime Coleslaw

Makes 6 burgers

2 lbs. ground beef
2/3 cup Golden Krust Jamaican Style Jerk Sauce (can substitute other prep. jerk sauce), divided use
Salt and pepper
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
¾ teaspoon sugar
2 ½ cups thinly sliced green cabbage
Vegetable oil for brushing the grill
6 hamburger buns
Golden Krust Island flavored Ketchup (can substitute regular ketchup)
  1. Mix the ground beef, 1/3 cup jerk sauce, ½ teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in a large bowl. Form the meat into 6 equal patties.
  2. To make the lime coleslaw, whisk the mayonnaise, lime juice, and sugar together in a bowl. Add the cabbage and toss to combine. Season the coleslaw with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium high heat and brush the grill rack with oil. Place the patties on the grill and cook 4-5 minutes on the first side. Flip the patties over and baste the cooked side with the remaining jerk sauce. Cook another 4-5 minutes until patties are cooked through then remove them from the grill. Lightly toast the buns on the grill for 1-2 minutes.
  4. To serve, place the burger patties on the toasted buns and top with a mound of lime coleslaw. Serve burgers with ketchup.
Recipe courtesy of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill

New York Event: McDonald’s First Taste

On May 11th, McDonald’s launched several new items during their, “First Taste Event” in Chelsea, NYC.  Guests were introduced to health conscious items including their Asian Chicken Salad, Mango-Pineapple Smoothie, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and several new sauces: Sweet Chili, Tangy Honey Mustard, Hot Mustard, Creamy Ranch, Chipotle Barbecue, and Spicy Buffalo sauce.  My personal favorite is the Sweet Chili sauce, which taste exactly like the dumpling sauce you may find in a Thai restaurant.

In addition to sampling the food, media had the opportunity to interact with top McDonald’s brass and grill (no pun intended, lol) them on the menu additions and their plans to help parents plan out a healthy diet for the family. During the event, Chef Dan Coudreaut (the most powerful chef in the US) did a cooking demonstration to show guests that frying is not all that bad; when using in-season ingredients don’t overwhelm your main ingredient with a bunch of supporting ingredients, and keep a close eye on the food during the process.  The Chef also pointed out to not forget the passion…. Food tastes better when you enjoy making it.

On a personal note, I want to point out how friendly the McDonald’s team is.  I spoke with Ivonne Loza, Head of Beverages, and Elizabeth Campbell, Head of Poultry and Salads.  I enjoyed talking to them both about how addictive the Sweet Tea is, and how McDonalds should fire the person who decided to change the Apple Pie recipe, lolll. As a treat, Ms. Loza introduced me to the already launched, McDonald’s frozen Strawberry Lemonade, which has been my new addiction for the last 7 days. Nathan (NY Photographer) and I commented on how especially tasty the chicken McNuggets were during the event.  I swear Ms. Campbell had someone in the kitchen frying up chicken McNuggets from scratch and presenting them to guests 6 at a time lmaooooo.  I saw one person take a whole plate of 6, and consume them by herself.  I missed the opportunity to speak with Rick Wion, Director of Social Media, an all around awesome guy!  I’ve been trying to hire him to work for, but he is playing coy, lolll.

My overall impression? I like the new additions. I think McDonald’s is really trying to shape into a place where families can order a quick, healthy meal without the guilt and added pounds.  To be quite honest, although I don’t eat at McDonald’s as much as I did while in college…. They are still my go-to food chain when in need of something fast and tasty.  I usually order the Chicken McNuggets or a Filet ‘O Fish.  I am happy with the small changes they have made for the greater good of waist lines across America.

P.S. It was great bumping into,,,

Note: I received a gift bag which contained 2 candles, a lavender eye-mask, a gift card, a super cute tote, and something else that I can’t remember at this time.  The bag is currently laying in my swag bag graveyard and has no way influenced this article, lolll.