Augusta Eats Local at Jamaica Way

Augusta Eats Local at Jamaica Way

Feb 3, 2019 | Augusta Eats Local, Where To Eat

Chef Sharon of Jamaica Way restaurant on Tobacco Road in Hepzibah started her career in hair design. Eighteen years later she found herself changing careers because of her love and passion for cooking her native food.

A Taste of Jamaica

Jamaica Way has all the comforts of home and yet offers food that may be unusual to some Augustans. My favorite was the savory and delicious oxtail stew with cabbage. My husband’s favorite was the highly flavorful and tender jerk chicken. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed the curried chicken, and ginger sorrel tea as well. It’s hard to go wrong with Chef Sharon’s delicacies.

Chef Sharon studied culinary arts at our own local Helms College where she found out how important locally sourced food is in her cuisine. Kim Hines of Augusta Locally Grown teaches a semester-long course in Culinary Horticulture at Helms College where Chef Sharon and the other students tended the garden at the nearby Vineyard Church as part of the 55-hour curriculum. Now Chef Sharon has her own garden behind her restaurant where she grows sorrel and ginger for her amazing sweet and spicy ginger sorrel tea.

She also grows okra and sweet potatoes for many of her dishes.

When asked if she would like to expand her use of locally sourced produce, Chef Sharon replied with a resounding “Yes!”. She sees the appeal that weekly Farm-to-Table specials would have for her customers. And she thought that just having the benefit of locally grown cabbage sounded wonderful for my favorite oxtail stew dish!