The Black community’s ties to food is the stuff of legend. We don’t just eat it.
We experience it.
We come from a people who turned throwaway pig parts into enough sustenance to keep entire families fed. The same people who took food scraps and created gumbo, bring comfort to those in mourning through repasts, and fellowship through Sunday dinners and Friends-giving parties.
And drinks. Goodness, we can’t forget drinks. Libations make the world go ‘round.
In a city that prides itself on culture and its experiences surrounding brunches and happy hours, it only makes sense that we set aside time to celebrate the members of our community that make those things possible.
Black Restaurant Week is doing just that by launching the Dallas-edition of its celebration of African-American, African and Caribbean cuisines. Originally established in Houston, and with stops in Philly, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New Orleans, Black Restaurant Week focuses on celebrating and spreading awareness about the Black culinary industry from restaurants to catering companies to farms.
Interested in getting in on the action? GoodCulture’s got you covered with the layout below:
October 14 – October 21
Visit one of the following restaurants and request something from their signature Black Restaurant Week Menus (and tag us in your pictures!):
Elaine’s Jamaican Kitchen
Kessler Baking Studio
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles
Peace.Love.&Eatz Smoothie Bar
The Island Spot
October 16 | 6 – 8 p.m.
October 18 | 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Attend the all-you-can-eat NOSH Culinary Showcase sponsored by Verizon, and the Power of the Palate Bartending Competition at The Empire Room Dallas. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite businesses and bartenders. The showcase includes:
Fresh Art Foodie
Heavenly Kreations Pastries & Treats
Le Rouge Cuisine
Seasoned by Spiffy Catering
Chef T Caldwell’s Louisiana Soul Kitchen
Tickets for the showcase are $45 ($40 with the code NOSH18), but GoodCulture is partnering with Black Restaurant Week to give away a pair of tickets so that you can get your life (and get full!) for a good cause. Interested in winning? Listen to the GoodCulture podcast on Monday for your chance to scoop them up!
When it comes to the culture, food—like Dallas—is an experience. Whether you eat at one of the partner restaurants, attend the Aroma Culinary Panel or NOSH Culinary showcase, or you donate to F.A.R.M.S., let’s support our own this week, and “follow our forks” to some of the best Black culinary experiences the city has to offer.
To everyone trying to win tickets: May the odds be ever in your favor.
For volunteer opportunities and more information on Black Restaurant Week, visit their website, or find them on Twitter or Facebook. In addition to spreading information about the Black Culinary Industry, Black Restaurant Week also supports F.A.R.M.S., a nonprofit that assists small, rural farmers of color, and provides scholarships and internships for people interested in agricultural work. To Donate to F.A.R.M.S., click here.
Lauren Whiteman is from Dallas, she eats Rudy’s, it’s been a while since she’s been to Big T though. She has a couple of degrees from the University of Oklahoma and is now an educator in the Dallas area. Lauren’s work focuses on advocacy, student development, and the miseducation of Black and African American students in higher education. She’s a TEDx presenter and hopes future generations never forget what to do for the 99 and the 2000. For her twitter shenanigans, visit @itsmewhiteman.