When I first came across a press release in my inbox declaring that, White Men Can’t Jerk, I smiled wryly to myself, and my first thought was what a great name! Before, ‘outraged of Tunbridge Wells’ decides to send me furious emails, I need to point out that the ‘white men’ behind this relatively new pop –up; Steve, Harry and Dave can indeed ‘jerk’ and the name of their venture is clearly a humorous take on the classic film, White Men Can’t Jump. For our American readers I need to point out that jerk is in reference to a popular Jamaican seasoning often used on chicken, not a certain solo act of pleasure!
Funny name aside, White Men Can’t Jerk are all about producing high quality food inspired by both the Caribbean and Britain, a curious amalgamation, think: Curried Mutton Shepherd’s Pie with a sweet potato mash topping, Red Stripe poached Fried Chicken Wings or the signature Jerk Chicken cooked on the infamous WMCJ custom made smoking grill, ‘Tallulah.’ Vegetarians are not neglected with dishes such as: Jerk Bean Burgers, Jerk Halloumi and Tobago Casserole.
The Caribbean influence does not end with the food, White Men Can’t Jerk, love a good party and have popped –up at various venues over the last year; The Victoria Mile End, Dalston Roof Park, and Turntables . White Men Can’t Jerk events are characterised by great music, nice vibes and of course good jerk.
White Men Can’t Jerk have taken up residency in East London’s The Star of Bethnal Green from Monday –Sundays until the end of May.