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Meet Patricia Kiernan of Stir It Up Cuisine in Weymouth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patricia Kiernan.

Patricia is a native Jamaican, born with a love of great cuisine! She was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She developed a passion for Caribbean cuisine from a very early age using family recipes that were passed down to her through several generations. She was inspired to cook using all the indigenous spices, tropical fruits and bold peppers of her native country.

Patricia moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend Boston College and was intent on bringing her Jamaican culture with her. In 2006, she started her catering company, “Stir It Up Cuisine”, a full-service catering company offering incredible Caribbean cuisine, as well as traditional cuisine using her Caribbean flair with customized menus, a personal touch and impeccable service. Stir It Up Cuisine caters weddings, holiday parties, family reunions, Caribbean theme parties, anniversaries, and birthday gatherings. We also cater corporate events.

Patricia – where does this story start?
Founded in February of 2012, Stir It Up Retail, a division of Stir It Up Cuisine Catering was created. Stir It Up Retail is seizing the opportunity to be the thought and brand leader for Caribbean/Jamaican influenced consumer packaged goods. Stir It Up’s Retail Division’s primary strategy is to bring to market several all-natural SKU’s of “Sweet Heat Pepper Jelly – kissed with scotch bonnet.” Stir It Up Retail now has three flavors of Sweet Heat; original, Orange/Mango and Lime Zest. Upon successful launch of the jellies, there are plans to market other signature product offerings leveraging the Stir It Up Cuisine brand across several categories. Our pepper jelly’s point of differentiation is that it is the only locally produced pepper made with locally grown sweet peppers and imported scotch bonnet peppers. The scotch bonnet pepper is an elegant premium pepper known for its well-balanced and powerful flavor. It has an excellent taste with an incredible balance of heat and sweetness using all natural ingredients.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not exactly, it has been somewhat of a struggle. The biggest struggle was getting my name out there so people knew about our company, but without huge marketing dollars, it is a day to day struggle. We are now after many years finally people are beginning to know who we are, but still we have not been able to break into the corporate catering which is what we would like to do most.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We specialize in Caribbean food. Just trying to bring the flavors of Jamaica and the Caribbean to this part of the world by making real, authentic, home-made meals. We make everything from scratch, and we pride ourselves in the fact that we are really picky and want our food to stand out, and taste like homemade.

What were you like growing up?
Grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, one of six kids, and we were all very creative, and all had our own businesses. I left at 19 to go to school in Boston, and have been here ever since. I am a determined person with a vision and a goal and I never give up. My father started the music business in Jamaica so I love to sing and dance, but my creativity comes in food.

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