AboutApril 28, 2022 2022-09-30 11:35
A taste of the Caribbean, based in the Pacific Northwest
Hiiiiiii! My name is Abby, and I’m the owner and baker at Trini Plate. I’m originally from Trinidad, but I’ve lived in various parts of the US, before eventually settling in Tacoma, Washington, where I’m currently based. I started cooking and baking as a child, and since then it has been a passion of mine. I absolutely love sharing Caribbean food and culture with people who may be unfamiliar, and seeing them fall in love with flavors and dishes I’ve known all my life. Trini Plate was born out of that love of sharing and wanting to make people happy with the food I make.
I come from a family of cooks, bakers, and food entrepreneurs. So, it’s only natural that I would end up starting my own food business! Trini Plate has been a dream of mine for a long time. It has been many years in the making, and has taken lots and lots of research, planning, and trying to overcome all the hurdles that life has thrown my way.
Trini Plate is heavily inspired by my mom, Gail, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 42. My mom is the main reason I started cooking and baking. I used to stay up late at night helping her to cream butter and sugar by hand, because we didn’t have fancy mixers or equipment. Yet, our cakes always turned out excellent. Without my mom’s influence, Trini Plate would not be possible.
My dad is one of the best cooks I know, and along with my mom, encouraged me to start cooking at the age of 7. I also have to mention my siblings, who kindly served as willing testers for my early cooking and baking experiments. They always gave me honest feedback, even when I made stuff that didn’t turn out quite right. Like that one time I made a disasterous callaloo soup – yikes. I’ve gotten a lot better since then, I promise!
And, of course, I have to thank my country of Trinidad and Tobago, whose multi-cultural and diverse cuisine is reflected in everything I make. I’m soooo proud to be a Trinbagonian!
I have big plans for Trini Plate and for the future. I plan to do pop ups at local businesses and markets. I’m also currently writing a cookbook, and working on recording cooking videos. The end goal is to have my own bakery and restaurant some day. All of this will require support from my community and neighbors. I truly hope you will join me on this journey, and help me make my dreams a reality.
Thanks for reading! <3