Ethnosh visits the Calypso Mama Caribbean Café in northeast Greensboro | eat



Jerk chicken is served with rice, peas, and cabbage at the Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe on Phillips Avenue in Greensboro.



Ethnosh - Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe

The husband and wife of the Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe, Junior Nangoo and Donna Kellawan.



Ethnosh - Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe

Oxtail is slowly cooked in brown sugar with rice, peas and cabbage at the Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe. When serving a sample of the spicy pepper marinade, the owner Junior Nangoo made it a point to put the saucer on the table.



Ethnosh - Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe

Pepper prawns with cabbage, rice and peas in the Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe.



Ethnosh - Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe

Daughter Ameera at the Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe.



Ethnosh - Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe

Prepare the jerk chicken with marinade; The dish takes about 10 minutes as it is made to order. The taste is a combination of Spanish, West Indian and African inspirations and is best described as “sweet heat”.



Ethnosh - Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe

It takes a while to prepare the pepper prawns, it is made to order. The owner, Donna Kellawan, is the chef, and when her cooking skills caught the attention of friends and family, she first considered opening her own business.



Ethnosh - Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe

Jerk Chicken and Pepper Shrimp with house spices and homemade hot sauce in the Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe.



Ethnosh - Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe

Harold Walker (from left), Gwendolyn F. Gonzales, owner Donna Kellewan with her daughter Ameera, Assiyatou Saley and owner Junior Nangoo with his son Abel in the Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe.



Ethnosh - Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe

Jerk Chicken and Pepper Shrimp with house spices and homemade hot sauce in the Calypso Mama Caribbean Cafe.

From Lamar Gibson Special to News & Record

H.The owners of Usband and the wife of the Calypso Mama Caribbean Café, Junior Nangoo and Donna Kellawan, have their roots in Trinidad and Guyana respectively. Trinidad is an island nation in the Caribbean that shares statehood with Tobago. With African, Chinese, British and Indian heritage, it is a cultural melting pot where the effects of these myriad influences can be seen in all walks of life from religion and education to culinary styles.

Guyana is on the northern tip of South America, and due to its proximity to the Caribbean, the country has many of the same influences as the islands that primarily define the former.

The couple moved to Greensboro from Brooklyn, NY in 2005 after visiting relatives. Fascinated by the spring-like weather in early winter, they didn’t think twice about making Greensboro their home in the south.

On April 30th, Calypso Mama Ethnosh NoshUp, the international food adventurer, will be welcomed to showcase the cuisine and cultures of the Caribbean. At this NoshUp, you can meet Nangoo and Kellawan who bring all of this goodness to your city.

In just three years since it appeared on the Greensboro culinary scene, Calypso Mama has established itself as the standout Caribbean restaurant in the triad. The house’s colorful sign is on the west end of Phillips Avenue between a barber shop and supermarket, and it’s hard to miss from the street.

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