This week's Black History Month Spotlight is on Shane and Amy La Beet. Owners of Pepper Pot Island Cafe.
Here are some questions we asked them.
Q: What is the most important event or milestone to occur in your lifetime?
A: A very important milestone for us has been opening Pepper Pot Caribbean Foods, our hot sauce company in 2013. It all started by selling our culturally inspired West Indian Caribbean food and hot sauces during Goombay which has also led to the opening of Pepper Pot Island Café in December 2020.
Q: Who has been the most inspiring leader to influence you in your personal and professional career?
A: We have been inspired by our family’s styles of preparing meals in true West Indian tradition and have found a great joy and pleasure in introducing and sharing it with our Key West community.
Q: What is the most important conversation that the business community should be having?
A: Our business community should be discussing the support, networking and development of our community. Key West is a melting pot of different cultures and our business community could benefit from this cultural diversity.
Q: Do you have a favorite quote?
One of my favorite quotes by Edna Lewis, “One of the greatest pleasures of my life has been that I have never stopped learning about Good Cooking and good Food”
Q: Tell us a little bit about your business.
Pepper Pot Island Café is a small family-owned business located at 730 Emma Street, at the corner of Emma and Petronia. We are known for our authentic Caribbean cuisine. We specialize in Curries, Roties and sandwiches. On Saturdays we feature Trini doubles and aloo pies and VI beef pate, together with a daily special. Island Café offers its in house sorrel juice and tamarind ice tea drinks. We cater for all events.
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