Updated: Oct 15, 2022
The Caribbean region is rich in culinary traditions. It is well-known for its cuisine, ranging from simple fish to hundreds of rice and bean dishes, and spicy and piquant curries, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The cultural influence on Caribbean cuisine is so vast that it is much too difficult to capture here. However, it is this vastness that makes Caribbean food one of the most popular and loved cuisines in the world. Caribbean food is both familiar and different because it is the nexus from which many culinary influences flow.
Inhabitants and Settlers who Influenced Caribbean Cuisine:
The Caribbean was inhabited by the Taino Indians (Native) who were Arawak people. They were the first indigenous peoples of the Caribbean and Florida. At the time of European contact in the late 15th century, they were the principal inhabitants of most of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti), and Puerto Rico.
European Imperialist/Colonizers: The English, Dutch, French, Italian & Spaniards.
The African people who were forcibly brought to the islands by the Europeans They were from across the African Continent, but mainly West Africa.
The Chinese and Indian people (Asia) who migrated to the Caribbean as indentured servants.
Middle Eastern/Arab people who migrated to the islands in the early 20th century to escape economic hardships, civil unrest, and religious persecution.
Many foods served in the Caribbean today still reflect the influence of these cultures at one point or another. Conversely, Caribbean cuisine has influenced other cooking styles. Cajun seasoning, for example, hails from Louisiana, but Cajun seasoning is a great blend of Caribbean, Native American, West African, and French cooking. Today, Jamaican food is one of the most popular cuisines in the Caribbean. This can be credited to the famous Jerk and Brown Stew Chicken dishes, but we can assure you that all of the Caribbean islands offer something unique. There's no question that Caribbean food is influential and has taken the best from all these cultures and culinary traditions to make a beautiful menu that reflects the vibrancy and boldness of the Caribbean people and terrain.
Caribbean Catering Available in DC
Like you, we love traveling to the islands. But now, at least for food's sake, you don't have to! We are Avenues of the Caribbean (AOC), a boutique/drop-off catering service in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Our mission is to serve the richness and versatility of the Caribbean through a selective but well integrated menu. Our menu features authentic and fusion Caribbean dishes with a strong Haitian influence. With our offerings, you can give your guests the best Caribbean food experience!
Caribbean Catered Parties:
We cater to small to medium-sized parties (10–50 people), and with enough notice (2 weeks or more), we can take on larger parties (100 people+). As a small team, this extra time allows us to provide the incredible Caribbean food experience you are looking for. Many of our clients like to serve Caribbean food at their outdoor events, graduation parties, and corporate events, but Caribbean food is great for any occasion. As was mentioned earlier, we provide drop-off catering service. Therefore, our dishes are served in medium to large foil pans for a perfect buffet style event. Most of our menu items are meant to serve 10 people, but our premium and platinum catering packages can feed up to 20 to 50 people. Doubling your order size is feasible if it is suitable for your needs, or you can submit an inquiry here and we will reach out to you. To view our menu, scroll down, or browse here to see photos of our dishes!
Bachelorette & Bachelor parties
Catering/Food Delivery Service:
Our catering team will work closely with you to ensure that your special event is a success. Whether you need catering for a wedding, office party, or conference, our company will work diligently to prepare the perfect meal for you and your guests.
Our company provides catering delivery service directly to your desired address. We deliver all throughout D.C. and to neighboring cities like Silver Spring, Maryland & Arlington, Virginia. During the ordering process, you can view the delivery radius and cost. Pickup service is also available to our clients.
Hours/Time of Operation: Fri 12 PM — 5 PM Sat 12 PM — 7 PM Sun 12 PM — 4 PM
Caribbean Catering Menu:
Caribbean Catering Packages:
Standard/19 per person (a) One Base (b) One Topping (c) One Salad
Premium/21.50 (a) Two Bases (b) Two Toppings (c) Two Salads (d) One Extra
Platinum/24.5 per person (a) Three Bases (b) Four Toppings (c) Two Salads (d) Two Extras
Caribbean À la Carte Menu:
Salmon Caribe / 179 Thick and juicy salmon marinated and baked in a tomato based & citrus lemon butter sauce. Feeds 10 people.
Curry Shrimp / 135 Scrumptious shrimp cooked in a lightly spiced creamy coconut curry sauce. Best served with white rice. Feeds 10-12 people.
Stewed Oxtails / 145 Succulent bone-in oxtails and carrots in a delicious sweet and savory stew. Feeds 10 people.
Stew Chicken / 99 Our poule en sauce or stewed chicken is rich in flavor and prepared with mixed bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. Feeds 10 people.
Griot/ Pork Nuggets / 99 Marinated in a spicy & citrus infused blend, these tender pork shoulder nuggets (griot) absorb a lot flavor before they are fried to golden perfection and crunchy goodness. Served with Sauce & pikliz (spicy coleslaw) on the side. Feeds 10 people. HOT
Baked Ziti / 70 This ziti is baked in a four cheeses béchamel sauce forming soft cheese clusters that will melt in your mouth with every bite. Pan feeds 10-12 people. *Garners raving reviews from our clients.
Crispy Snapper / 197 Created with seafood lovers in mind, our crispy snapper is aromatic and denotes the bold flavors of the Caribbean. The dish is topped with carrots, green peppers and crunchy purple onions. Feeds 10 people.
Jerk Chicken Wings / 80 Add some zing to your life & game day with our finger-licking jerk chicken wings. Feeds 10 people. EXTRA HOT / *Most Popular
Veggie Medley / 140 Our legume is a vegetable medley comprised of chayotes (Mexican squash), cabbage, peas & carrots. The veggies are slow cooked to a soft consistency, then sautéed and seasoned to bring out their delicious flavor. Best served with white rice. Feeds 10 people.
Rasta Pasta / 90 Our Rasta Pasta is rich, savory and smooth! It is slow cooked with mild jerk spice, heavy cream, colorful bell peppers & a protein of your choice. You may not be in the Caribbean but you will be transported. Pan feeds 10-12 people.
Black Rice / 70 Black mushroom rice (riz djon-djon) is a traditional Haitian rice dish that is fragrant & flavorsome, often making it the star food item at every party. Pan feeds 10-12 people.
Rice & Beans / 45 If you’re a “bean” person, we can assure you, you’ll love our hearty, pinto bean rice! It makes a great base or side dish. Pan feeds 10-12 people.
Rice & Green Peas / 45 Fried with scallions, garlic and plum tomatoes, our rice and green peas will leave you wanting more. Pan feeds 10-12 people. *Preferred Dish
White Rice / 30 White rice shouldn’t be boring; that’s why ours is fried with green onions and coined “good rice” by our customers. Pan feeds 15 people.
Pasta Salad / 30 Add some color to your plate and palette with this tasty tri-color rotini pasta salad. Feeds 10 people.
Garden Salad / 43 Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and purple onions on a bed of greens. Served with dressing on the side. Feeds 10 people.
Steamed Jamaican Cabbage / 28 Enjoy the sweet and mild crunch of our steamed cabbage and carrots. It is a light but filling add-on to any dish. Feeds 10 people.
Fried Plantain / 20 Our green plantains are soaked in salt water before they are fried, making them crunchier on the outside and moist on the inside. Served with sauce on the side. Pan feeds 10-15 people
Pikliz / 5 Haitian pikliz is a very spicy slaw made with cabbage, carrots, shallots, scotch bonnet peppers pickled in vinegar and lime juice. It is best paired with green plantains & griot (pork nuggets) but goes well with everything. 4 oz
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