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Jamaican catering in London
Rich in exotic flavours, Jamaican cuisine is enjoyed in London and across the world. And like English food, today’s authentic Jamaican dishes are a mishmash of various cultures. Africans, Europeans, Chinese and Indians all left their mark on Jamaica, and that includes its culinary collection. Perhaps that is why there seems to be a special bond between British palates and Jamaican food. This is evidenced by the increasing numbers of Jamaican catering professionals in London.
But it’s not only foodies that benefit from Jamaican caterers and restaurants in London. Regardless of venue or guest list, Jamaican cuisine can ensure an exotic touch to any social event’s food and drink. From team-building lunches to deluxe dinner parties, let CATERWINGS take care of your island-inspired buffets and platters.
CATERWINGS Jamaican catering options in London
Putting customer convenience and cuisine versatility first, CATERWINGS has designed a single platform for event planners. This is where we combine some of London’s most esteemed catering pros specialising in a wealth of cuisines. And it certainly includes Jamaican.
• Since jerk is a Jamaican-style cooking method, you'll have to try the Jerk Wings Platter from Souldeliciouz.
• And for a Caribbean Vegetable Curry served with Quinoa & Chickpeas, have a look at what Peppercorn can conjure up.
The history of Jamaican food in London
The ancestors of modern-day Jamaicans were known as the Tainos or Arawaks. Inhabiting the island of Jamaica, they feasted on over 40 types of fish such as sturgeon, shark, lobster, and crab. But their protein diet also included small birds, iguanas, and conies. For extra flavour, they cultivated a wealth of vegetables and fruits including chilli pepper, sweet potato, guava, and pineapple. They are also known for preparing their food with the barbacoa, which was used for spit-roasting fish and meat. It was the ancient version of today’s barbecue grill.
The Spaniards were the first Europeans to inhabit Jamaica. Arriving in 1494, they introduced new flavours like banana, sugar cane, ginger, cattle, and pigs. In return, they exported pimento, naseberry (sapodilla) and coco, thus slowly introducing Jamaican flavours to Europe.
When the British captured Jamaica in 1655, they ensured their own influence. Breadfruit, mangoes, turmeric and coffee were added to the natives’ food, as well as rich pastries. Today, Jamaicans are still known to enjoy British Easter buns, Christmas pudding, marmalade and pancakes.
Jamaicans have been part of Great Britain since early 20th century, with the biggest influx occurring after World War II. During the suffering of Britain’s economy in the 1950s, the UK Government requested help from its overseas colonies. Jamaican, Caribbean, African, and South Asian groups settled in the UK to fill job vacancies. Greater London was the favourite spot for the majority of Jamaicans, and with them they brought their native traditions. This included their exotic cooking methods and island spices.
The earliest Jamaican immigrants found diet differences and food availability a challenge. But as the community evolved and food imports became available to all, more grocers started specialising in Caribbean produce.
Modern-day London presents a rich selection of catering professionals specialising in Jamaican and Caribbean cuisines. And some of the more prominent ones are right here on CATERWINGS.
Jamaican catering made easier with CATERWINGS
If Jamaican cuisine is on your mind, CATERWINGS can ensure it’s on your event’s menu. Simply book your catering service through our platform to ensure all meals arrive on time and in perfect condition.
1. Enter the date, time, and delivery address of your business/private event. That will allow you to browse the CATERWINGS site to see our extensive range of cuisines, caterers, menus and dining options. We also include serving sizes, price, and allergy info.
2. Select the menu items you want to include, add them to your basket, and continue browsing or proceed to checkout.
3. Your order will be sent to the relevant catering team to prepare the food according to our superior specifications. Once ready, delivery will happen at the specified address and time.
and cutlery, or even service staff for social events. For any last-minute changes to your orders, simply contact CATERWINGS via email on [email protected] or phone 020 3308 9144.