caribbean food
Lauderhill Commissioners Howard Berger and Richard Campbell (far left); Constituent Service Representative, City of North Miami Nadia Assad (center left); Lauderhill Mayor Ken Thurston (center right); and Retired Lauderhill police officer Debbie Banner. | Photo: RJ Deed

From your grandma’s dutch pot to the classic mortar and pestle used to grind spices, Caribbean food has evolved thanks to these iconic tools of yore. Now foodie fans can explore this overlooked culinary history at the Caribbean Culinary Museum and Theater Exhibition. This show runs until Saturday, March 16th at the Lauderhill Historical Museum.

The exhibition surveys a broad collection of artifacts and memorabilia from Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti, Barbados and the Latin Caribbean islands. At the “Culinary Theater,” guests can also watch actors on-screen demonstrate on-screen techniques and discuss shared culinary cultures. The show also includes traditional spices and produce from the region.

The show seeks to become “a great teaching tool to let all of the history come to life,” noted Scarlette Clarke from Yellow Cab of Broward. “This effort of love for our community transcends culture and people. It brings a level of understanding that demands kindness and compassion.”

“So nice to see all of these artifacts, and to see the similarities between different cultures. We are a united fold in so many ways,” shares visitor Jacqueline Lorber of the South Florida Symphony.

City commissioner Howard Berger and the City of Lauderhill co-present this landmark exhibit. The project was conceptualized by Calibe Thompson, David Muir, and Marsha McDonald. Respectively, they are the producers of “Taste the Islands” culinary and travel TV series, “The Taste the Islands Experience” food and drink festival, the “Reggae Reel” and “Pieces of Jamaica” photo exhibitions, and the “Diversity in Design, Art and Architecture” artist talk series.

Guests can enjoy this family-friendly installation free to the public. The show opens on  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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