|Credit: Carl Wilson/News & Record
Princella Ibrahim of Taste of the Caribbean in Greensboro.
Two women have brought their Caribbean roots and passion for their native cuisine to downtown Greensboro.
Princella Ibrahim and Julett Holness have opened Taste of Caribbean (114 N. Elm St., Suite 108, Greensboro; 271-4099) in the Piedmont Building. The space, formerly occupied by Poblano’s, sports the colorful yellow, blue and green of the West Indies and a menu to match.
“The Caribbeans are very colorful,” Princella Ibrahim says.
Steamed red bell peppers, carrots and cabbage are served alongside spicy jerk or curry chicken. Red beans cooked in coconut milk are tossed with rice — a weekend staple in the home when Ibrahim was growing up.
Ibrahim is originally from Panama. But it was the cuisine of her West Indies grandparents that followed her to the United States when she moved to New York City at a young age. She came to Greensboro in 1987 to attend N.C. A&T. That’s where she met her husband, Jimo Ibrahim , a farm safety, energy and environmental specialist with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and a staff member at A&T.
Julett Holness moved with her husband, Rickie Holness , from Jamaica to Greensboro about eight years ago. Rickie Holness is in applied research with the Cooperative Extension Service and on staff at A&T.
The men are as passionate about the menu at Taste of Caribbean as their wives. Rickie Holness can be found grilling the day’s jerk chicken, which is marinated overnight in a sauce made from Scotch Bonnet peppers. A researcher on growing chili peppers locally, he raises his own Scotch Bonnet peppers because they are hard to come by in these parts. And despite what many think, the readily available habanero is not an acceptable substitute for jerk seasoning.
“The flavor of a Scotch Bonnet is very unique,” Jimo Ibrahim says.
“You can just smell it,” his wife says.
Taste of Caribbean, Greensboro
The Taste of the Caribbean is a family owned and operated Jamaican restaurant located in the heart of downtown Greensboro, NC. Owners Princella Ibrahim and Julett Holness bring the flavors of the Tropics to our new & old friends. Visit us soon to savor a
Taste of Caribbean Mission StatementOur mission is to consistently provide our customers with high quality, freshness and delicious food and combines both modern-creative and traditional of Caribbean cooking. To provide a level of utmost service that will grow our businesses and good relationships.
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