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Black restaurant week is about diversity.

By MisterLefty following x   2018 Nov 4, 4:29am 203 views   1 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    

D.C. To Host Black Restaurant Week in November
The event spotlights black culinary and bar talent and seeks to shape the next generation of black business owners.

Three Washingtonians are launching a first-of-its-kind Black Restaurant Week this fall to highlight black culinary and bar talent as well as black-owned restaurants in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Imagine it like Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's Restaurant Week, where restaurants offer discounted lunch and dinner prix fixe meals, but with an ambitious slate of programming from Nov. 4-11 designed to empower up-and-coming talent.

"We're bringing in people from all over to come and talk about the issues plaguing this industry and more specifically this city with the lack of [black] ownership here," says Andra "AJ" Johnson, one of the three co-organizers. She's a bar consultant and the author of forthcoming book White Plates, Black Faces. The book addresses the African-American experience in local restaurants and the lack of pipelines to help service industry workers graduate from employee to employer. "I think five or ten years ago a Black Restaurant Week wouldn’t have existed at all," Johnson adds.

Johnson is collaborating with Dr. Erinn Tucker, a professor at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. She's been in the academic space for 15 years teaching hospitality and was the one to bring the idea into fruition. "There is such a large opportunity for food and beverage jobs that are a huge part of the local economy," Tucker says. "It's a seven-day opportunity to expose African American and allied businesses and help them promote their business to the city by inviting in customers throughout the week."

Tucker highlights some of the events, such as a bartender competition on Nov. 5; mixology classes on Nov. 6-8; a conference on Nov. 10 about entrepreneurship, financing, and other topics; and an awards brunch honoring local hospitality professionals on Nov. 11.


1   Tenpoundbass   ignore (11)   2018 Nov 4, 6:15am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Nope I'm not eating there! I wouldn't want to be accused of appropriating Black Culture by eating Fried Chicken.

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