The pineapple – a symbol of hospitality and YUM!

The pineapple, that sweet delicious fruit most often associated with Hawaii and the tropics has been a symbol of hospitality for ages. Yet when pineapples were first discovered, they were often too expensive to eat. In fact, people would rent pineapples for use in their party displays, because they couldn’t afford to purchase one themselves, let alone eat the delectable fruit.

But why did the pineapple become such a symbol of hospitality and welcome? Well, the first documented encounter with a pineapple took place in November of 1493, when Christopher Columbus made his way ashore to inspect a deserted Caribbean village. His crew came upon piles of freshly gathered vegetables and strange fruits, hidden among dense vegetation and wooden pillars carved with serpents. The sailors learned how to crack open the pineapple, and proceeded to eat, enjoy, and write about the sweet fruit.

As both refined sugar cane and fresh fruit were pricey rarities in Europe, the pineapple became an instant hit. But it took quite some time before Europeans cracked the code on how to grow the pineapple – almost 200 years. Eventually they were able to develop a hothouse growing method that was suitable for the tropical plant. And though pineapples were becoming more common, they were still rather rare to a large degree, and as such, the pineapple became a perfect gift item. And to have received a pineapple as a gift was considered quite the honor indeed.

Today, pineapples are used for fun and yum

As farmers and organizations have learned how to perfect the art of growth (Dole Plantation in Hawaii) for the pineapple, the symbol of hospitality has remained. Companies like Williams-Sonoma have even incorporated more subtle uses of the pineapple into their brand image, as a secondary way of demonstrating their welcome to their valued customers. And of course, oodles of companies have been formed in the last 100 years specific to creating pineapple-based concoctions.

At A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality, we have our own take on the pineapple and have turned it into an array of delicious adult-beverages, upside-down cakes, and even as an adornment to our whole roasted pigs (a This Little Piggy Catering specialty). One of our best crowd-pleasers is our fruit tree, which is designed to sit on the top of your buffet table. The tree is constructed using the shell of the pineapple and is then adorned with a variety of fresh fruit including watermelon, strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe, kiwi, and of course, pineapples. We also add some large marshmallows to the mix. This display is a delight for adult guests and children alike, and our caterers are always sure to replace fruit as it disappears throughout the event, ensuring that the fruit tree can be enjoyed as long as you want it to.

This Little Piggy Catering’s crowd pleasing fruit tree

Today, Americans and Europeans alike love creating new and interesting pineapple-based concoctions. “Aside from the traditional pineapple upside-down cake (which is always a winner), if you are looking for something on the savory side, Mexican-style pork tacos (Tacos Al Pastor) leverage both pineapple juice and pineapple rounds to create a unique juxtaposed savory-sweet taste,” shared Cassie Pipo, one of A’BriTin’s food and beverage experts. “I love the simplicity of chicken and pineapple skewers, made on the grill,” shared Ann Bloomquist Jarema, vice president of marketing and sales.

For those looking to sweeten their adult beverages, there are an array of excellent choices. “I love a good pineapple mojito. Made with fresh chunks of pineapple, white rum, lime juice, club soda, and lightly packed mint leaves for garnish, it’s a popular drink in the summer and all year long,” shared Carlos Massaquoi, A’BriTin’s bar manager.   Jordan Feist, A’BriTin’s director of bar operations shared that “our guests enjoy pineapple rum punch, but the Blue Hawaii cocktail is definitely a favorite.

A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality is ready to bring the fruit tree or your favorite pineapple cocktail to your next event 

A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality is the premiere catering provider for Minnesota businesses and residents looking to celebrate their most important occasions. Our mission is to listen to our clients and treat them like family to provide a meaningful, trusting, and lasting relationship.

We have the right brand for any catering need and bring experience in all types and sizes of events. Whether it be buffet style, a formal sit-down dinner, or a series of stimulating and tantalizing food stations, you and your guests will be amazed by the core values, colorful food arrangement and display, and professionalism of A’BriTin Catering & Hospitality from beginning to end. Our ultimate goal is to complement your important day with a meal and service that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Our Brands:

  • Apples to Apples Catering offers an ethical farm to table catering concept using healthy ingredients fresh from local farms across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • This Little Piggy Catering is a premiere outdoor catering solution that has been creating lasting memories since 1979. Our specialty is creating fantastic pig roasts, including delicious and colorful Hawaiian Luaus and traditional German-style pigs with all the fixings.
  • At Distinctive Catering & Events, we align impeccable service with incredible food for all of your important events. Throughout the planning process, our Food & Beverage Coordinators are here to guide you with their kindness and trusted experience. Our chefs have the capability of customizing your appetizers, food stations, meals, desserts, and late-night snacks, making them truly distinctive to your occasion. 
  • Hitch & Sip is a fully licensed and insured liquor catering business. Our services are completely mobile, and we provide all the equipment needed to create your bar experience.

To learn more about our various brands and our unique and professional approach to catering and bartending in Minnesota, please contact us at 612-339-0222 or via email at You can also request a quote. We can’t wait to hear from you and help you create an event to remember.

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