On Saturday January 17, 2014 Ihsan Munir, the Islandboy, owner of Islandboy Spices and Catering joined a few customers in a cross-country throw-down. The idea was that all participants would make a dish or dishes using one of the Islandboy Spices blends.
A key component of the event required the participants to show before and after pics and to explain how they made their masterpieces. The event featured Kelley Ferrell of Arizona, Tom Pelton of Arkansas and the Islandboy in Glendale, California and they did not disappoint.
Kelley started things off by sharing a picture of her beer-butt chicken that she seasoned with two of the Islandboy Spices blends – Beach Bum Rub (which is her favorite and blend of choice) and Rock Roast Rub. This was an interesting combination of flavors and one that we were interested in finding out how well they would mesh. Knowing Kelley’s favorite is Beach Bum Rub, the team at Islandboy Spices were surprised to learn of the blending of two spices. However, it was a throw-down and she was bringing her A-Game to the lab (kitchen).
Shortly thereafter, Tom Pelton in Arkansas tweeted @islandboyspices a picture of his wild boar chops thoroughly rubbed down with the 340 Boxing Blend. Most people at Islandboy Spices
pride themselves on being carnivores and seeing what was happening to the chops definitely had them salivating.
Kelley then came back with a surprise dish…lemon infused shrimp, seasoned with the Sea Breeze Seafood Rub. She kept that one up her sleeve and didn’t tell us she was making it. It looked awesome and according to our sources, there were some very happy people in Arizona on Saturday.
Tom’s chops were accompanied by Arkansas mashed taters and bacon pasta salad. It looked like a plate of awesomeness and we wish we were there to share in the bounty.
Rounding out the day, the Islandboy Ihsan Munir, who was slated to make conch with rice and peas, had to make a last minute menu
change due to the unavailability of conch at the local market. Instead, he made Chilean Sea Bass, seasoned with the Sea Breeze Seafood Rub and Whelks and Rice, seasoned with Tradewinds All-Purpose Blend. Whelks and rice is an authentic Caribbean dish that is enjoyed by islanders all year round.
We are extremely proud of the job that everyone did to make this first cross-country event successful, and want to thank Kelley and Tom profusely for joining in and sharing their masterpieces with the rest of the Islandboy Spices fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We look forward to having another event and the awesome #CustomerCreations that are sure to come. Thank you, Tom and Kelley!!!