Derek Robinson, Falalyn Ferrell and Warren Luckett, founders of Black Restaurant Week
Within Philadelphia’s robust and eclectic food scene lies the rich culinary culture of African American, African and Caribbean fare. Show your support for minority-owned restaurants and explore new flavors with these events. Black Restaurant Week (Oct. 16-25) the cultural movement pioneered by Warren Luckett, Falayn Ferrell and Derek Robinson, has made its way to Philadelphia.
“From the increased exposure for Black-owned restaurants on our new national website to the professional business guidance gained from the educational events, Black Restaurant Week helps businesses expand its customer base and receive resources for ongoing success,” says Robinson.
The showcase has reached 11 cities and collaborated with over 500 minority-owned businesses. Black Restaurant Week Philadelphia has 19 participating restaurants spanning across the city including Aksum Cafe, Alena’s Cafe, Ummi Dee's Burger Bistro, Booker’s Restaurant and Bar and Angry Deekin Ribs (blackrestaurantweeks.com/philadelphia-directory).
Also taking place is the Black Food and Dessert Expo (Oct. 16-18). Now in its eighth year, the event is dedicated to showcasing the skills and talents of Black small-business owners. Expo Founder and owner of The Kupcake Bar, Aneesah Smith-Ward, started the event to empower and support local minority bakers and chefs. Dine on desserts, dishes and drinks from over 30 different vendors (blackfoodanddessertexpo.com).