“It’s an awareness campaign, that’s what we love about our project: We love to showcase that culinary talent,” says Derek Robinson, marketing director of Black Restaurant Week.
He, along with Warren Luckett and Falayn Ferrell founded the organization in 2016 in Houston with the goal of increasing awareness for black culinary professionals.
Since then, they expanded to other cities, going to Philadelphia, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Atlanta and the Bay Area.
Through Oct. 20, you can go to participating restaurants that have various offerings for Black Restaurant Week.
Participating restaurants include Da Munchies, Kookie Haven, Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Record’s Barbecue, Smokin’ J’s BBQ, South Dallas Cafe, The Daiquiri Shoppe, The Island Spot: Jamaican Kitchen and Bar, Vinetti’s and Krab Kingz.
“They were with us last year just as volunteers to get more experience in the culinary space, but they wanted to have a booth this year, so we said, 'Come on,'” Robinson says.
Black Restaurant Week will also donate a portion of proceeds from the showcase registration to Family Agriculture Resource Management Services. FARMS helps African American farmers with various aspects, including estate planning, healthcare and legal aid.
Black Restaurant Week in Dallas started Oct. 13 and runs through Oct. 20.