Nashville, TN (TN Tribune) – Black Restaurant Week, LLC, hosts its inaugural campaign in Nashville. The national culinary and cultural campaign celebrates the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisine with a regional showcase in Nashville. Black Restaurant Week is also celebrating six years of service. Since 2016, 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 Nashville from Friday,May 14 to Sunday, May 23.
Founded in 2016, Black Restaurant Week began as a one-city food experience in Houston, Texas. To date, the culinary experience has expanded to 15 markets with involvement from more than 670 minority businesses and professionals nationwide.
Local participants: Kingdom Café, Minerva Avenue, Willie B’s, The Cupcake Collection – with a list of venues being added daily!
Black Restaurant Week has highlighted 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. Nashville 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 internationally with involvement from more than 670 minority businesses and professionals nationwide.
In 2020, the organization showcased 670 Black-owned culinary businesses across the United States and generated an average of 34% sales increase. Black Restaurant Week supports restauranteurs, bartenders, chefs, caterers, and food trucks.
“We had phenomenal success last year with the regional campaigns and wanted to continue that model to help businesses nationwide,” stated Warren Luckett, Black Restaurant Week Founder. “There were so many testimonials from restaurant participants of how this campaign helped keep their doors open.