Seventh Slow Food Night- Spicy Floribbean Cuisine, will come alive at the Governor’s Roof Top at Mount Lavinia Hotel on January 16.
Florida plus Caribbean equals spicy fusion cuisine, states Chef Leo, Head of the Slow Food Chapter in Sri Lanka and Senior Sous Chef of Mount Lavinia Hotel. Enjoy yourself, and in my view experimentation with recipes is how this wonderful cuisine came to be in the first place. There will be many dishes for you to try and once you have the taste of it you will crave for more. The complexity of the spices and soft fruit and citrus flavors can be a bit daunting at first, but then again, no great dish was loved on the first taste.”
‘What on earth is Floribbean Food?” The answer ties back into the wonderful melting pot of cultures found in the city of Miami. Floribbean is generally a mingling of culinary influences from Caribbean islands like The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti and Jamaica.
‘These island cooking styles have mixed with Miami’s proximity cities including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and creation style unlike anything else in the world’ added Chef Leo.
In addition Miami, like New Orleans, could lay claim to being “fusion” cuisine before “fusion” became a hot buzzword. Both places incorporate the best of a variety of culinary traditions and this is beautifully expressed in the food you will find at the 7th Slow Food Night.
Key elements of the Floribbean style food include spices, citrus (like intense Key limes) and other fruits like mamey (a tropical fruit with a flavor something like a cross between peach and apricot), mango, and papaya are very common.