This fall, Black Restaurant Week is headed to the nation’s capital.
Washington, D.C. will join Houston, New Orleans, and Philadelphia as cities on the Black Restaurant Week stop list. Black Restaurant Week celebrates Black talent in the food industry in various cities.
DMV Black Restaurant Week was established by partners Tate Erinn Tucker, a professor for Georgetown’s Master’s in Hospitality program, and Andra “AJ” Johnson, who will be publishing a book titled White Plates, Black Faces. The team combined their passions for entrepreneurship, hospitality, and education. The result: from Sunday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 11, DMV Black Restaurant Week will take over the capital.
In order to prepare, Tucker says they’ve done research into Black Restaurant Weeks in other cities, but says every food scene is unique and D.C. is no exception.
Don’t get confused, DMV Restaurant Week is about more than just grubbing on good eats; it’s about tackling the issues of diversity and inclusion within the restaurant business. It will bring Black restaurant owners, managers, chefs, caterers, leaders, and financiers to the table to discuss options for entrepreneurial ventures and continuing education. The DMV can look forward to a daily happy hour chat with a chef, ward pop-ups, a bartender competition, conferences and panels, food trucks, an after party and awards brunch
The full lineup of featured restaurants, bars, and food trucks, will be made available closer to the event date.