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Down De Aisle: Sugar & Spice

I am a Caribbean girl so I may be a bit biased, but who doesn’t love a good Caribbean kick to their menu.  And even if you don’t want an all Caribbean dish you can make slight touches to your favorite foods to give it a good’ole island kick.   If this is what you are looking for just think Sugar and Spice. What do I mean:

Sugar
Mangoes are a very common staple amongst many of the Caribbean islands. There are so many kinds or mangoes and the fun is trying to taste them all ( good luck with that). They are great as a free standing fruit or as an added touch to your favorite dish. Ways to incorporate Mangoes into your event:
  • Salads/Salad dressing
  • Mini burgers: yes call it an island burger and add a mango salsa topping
  • Ice-Cream/sorbets: Offer an ice-cream/Sorbet bar at the end of the night 
  • Beverages: Not just for your soft bar. Have you ever had a mango martini – yummmm. Don’t forget to add a small sliver of mango to the glass
  • Cake Flavor or Filling

Spice
The islands are all about the rich and potent spices. Take Jamaica for instance, we jerk everything… and you can too. Your spice can vary depending on how tame or potent you want it to be. I for one love spicy food so I can take it like a man but your wedding guests may NOT be so spice friendly. Speak to your caterer or venue director and keep it medium or offer an array or spices so your guest can add what they please. Ways to add spices:

  • Any plated meat for your main course: chicken, beef, pork
  • Seafood: This is where having individual dipping choices may come in handy. Try grilled shrimp on skewers and have 3 choices of jerk dipping sauce (little spice, medium spice and so help me God)
  • Mini Sliders: Jerk burgers are may favorite and it can be a really great addition to your hors d’oeuvres ( or as an extra treat at the end of the night)
  • Mini Patties can also be a great addition to your hors d’oeuvres. you can offer chicken, beef or even veggie ( with little spice or  very spicy)
See how easy that is. Add a bit of Sugar and Spice and eeeeeverything will be nice.