Black Restaurant Week, LLC, hosts its inaugural campaign in Philadelphia. The national culinary and cultural campaign celebrates the flavors of African American, African and Caribbean cuisine with a regional showcase in Philadelphia. Black Restaurant Week is also celebrating five years of service. Since 2015, Black Restaurant Week has developed its multi-city culinary movement of community and culture as it relates to supporting black-owned businesses and talent within the food and beverage industries. The palate-pleasing showcase begins in Philadelphia from Friday, October 16 to Sunday, October 25.
Black Restaurant Week has highlighted over 250 culinary businesses across the nation including Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and Atlanta. The organization will continue their efforts to support as many businesses as possible this year by highlighting black restaurants, food trucks and bakeries. The campaign this year is putting an emphasis on reviving and saving the black restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform also serves as an educational tool to help show consumers the abundance of cultural cuisines in their local community and dispels ethnic untruths.
During Black Restaurant Week, foodies, culinary influencers, locals and guests will be treated to prix fixe brunch, lunch and dinner menus at participating restaurants within the area.
This year, in a time of financial uncertainty and with the unfortunate escalation of racial injustice incidents, Black Restaurant Week has waived the financial participation fee for all restaurants. Philadelphia is recognized as a leading culinary destination; with flavors from the African diaspora making a significant contribution to the local food scene. On behalf of local restaurant owners, executive chefs and catering companies, Black Restaurant Week savors every moment in highlighting each participant’s legacy.
Founded in 2016 by three visionaries: founder Warren Luckett, co-founders Falayn Ferrell and Derek Robinson, Black Restaurant Week began with a one-city food experience in Houston, Texas. To date, the culinary experience has expanded to eleven markets with involvement from 500 minority businesses and professionals nationwide.
“Supporting the entire culinary industry, from farm to table, is necessary for providing more opportunities for the whole community to thrive,” Luckett said. “From the increased exposure for black-owned restaurants on our new national website to the professional business guidance gained from the educational events, Black Restaurant Week helps businesses expand its customer base and receive resources for ongoing success.”
For more information about Black Restaurant Week, its events and participating restaurants, please visit: blackrestaurantweeks.com