Written From Source News First Publish on Caribbean Life Author Nelson King
It is not unusual for St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves to hail, in a very special way, Vincentians at home and abroad who are doing well generally.
But it is even more extraordinary when the nation’s leader takes time out to personally pen a letter commending the Vincentian-born owner and head chef of a restaurant in New York that has been ranked no. 1 by the illustrious New York Times.
“It is with great pleasure that I learnt that your restaurant, Food Sermon, was rated by The New York Times as the top place in New York City ‘to eat well and cheaply in 2015,’” wrote Gonsalves in a letter to Rawlston Williams, owner of The Food Sermon Restaurant in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.
“I am most impressed with your entrepreneurship, management and culinary skills,” Gonsalves added. “You are a splendid example of our nationals in the Diaspora who have done well in their adopted homes.
“The next time that I am in New York, I would find myself in one of your ‘pews’, enjoying ‘the Food Sermon’,” he quipped.
“Please do not forget St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Gonsalves continued. “Please keep in touch. All the best to you, your family and staff! May Almighty God continue to bless you!”
An elated Williams, 38, who migrated to New York, when he was only 10 years old, told Caribbean Life, in an exclusive interview, that the prime minister’s gesture “goes a long way.
“It speaks of the type of person he is – that he will take the time out to reach out,” said Williams, as he hustled, at the same time, to prepare meals and serve customers in his small but very busy restaurant, located on 355 Rogers Ave., at the corner of Sullivan Place. “It’s a human gesture, and he didn’t have to do it; but I’m glad that he did.
“In addition to that, it even more solidifies my love for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the people there every day,” Williams added. “Every day, all I do is think of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It’s what gets me up every day — makes me work harder.”