Catering in Charleston : The Taste of America
by Holy City Catering March 6, 2013
Catering in Charleston – The Taste of America
America is a vast continent knitted together by a rich tapestry of different cultures. This makes it a food lover’s dream. Nowhere is this diversity more acute than in America’s southern states, which are the home to Appalachian, Cajun, Creole and Floridan cuisine.
With an exciting combination of Spanish, African-American, Native American, Caribbean and European cultures, this vibrant mix of influences combines to create some tantalizing taste experiences. There are very few places on earth where travelers can experience such a diverse range of cuisine. So if you’re planning a trip to America, let’s take a look at some of the classic dining experiences that the Holy City Catering in Charleston, SC have to offer.
Barbecue is the quintessential southern style of cooking and involves the slow roasting of meat and vegetables over a low heat so that the smoke from the fuel infuses with the food. Woods such as hickory and oak are used to infuse the food with a smoky flavor. It has links to both Native American and Spanish culture and is so popular in America’s southern states that a whole subculture has sprung up around it, with clubs and prizes for the best barbecue constructions and the best chefs. The popularity of grilling has led to the establishment of many “shacks” or restaurants, specializing in serving the traditional barbecued produce. Pork is the most popular of the barbecue meats and was first introduced by Spanish settlers. It is usual that the ribs of the pig are served accompanied
by specialty sauces. Barbecue shacks are famous for their specialty rib sauces, the ingredients of which are closely guarded secrets that are passed down from generation to generation.
Although made world famous by “The Colonel’s” secret recipe; traditional southern fried chicken is nothing like its fast food equivalent. There is evidence that exists that chickens were fried in 17th century Scotland. However, fried chicken is thought to have developed in West African cuisine as a street snack. Traditionally, broiler chickens are cut into quarters, marinated and coated in a delicious mix of flour, salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. Traditional fried chicken is a staple of southern cuisine and traditionally served with corn on the cob, creamed potatoes or potato salad.
Jambalaya is a creole dish from Louisiana. It started life in the Caribbean, but displays influences of Spanish and French cuisine. It is very close to the Spanish dish of paella, but has a fiery blend of spices and a kick that is typical of the region. Many believe that it comes from settlers’ attempts to make paella in the New World without the traditional saffron spices, which were not readily available. As tomatoes were abundant, they became the substitute for saffron. Jambalaya is normally made with chicken, sausage, rice, tomatoes, celery and spices. Many variations on the standard recipe exist, but most advise the meat to be fried in the traditional “trinity” of celery, peppers and onions. The vegetables and tomatoes are then added, along with rice and stock. The spicy Jambalaya is left to simmer for up to 90 minutes and sometimes even baked before serving.
Southern foods are great and delicious. The delicacies listed above are only some of the foods that the best catering in Charleston offers.
Simon Parker is a seasoned traveler and frequent visitor to America. He writes extensively about his travels for numerous websites, such as Grandamericanadventures.com.