BLACK Restaurant Week Returns to Philly for Year Two
As a Philly native & black girl with an appetite for delicious food, I’m so excited to hear that Black Restaurant Week has returned to my hometown for the second year in a row.
An event that started in Houston, TX back in 2016, Black Restaurant has now reached eight major cities across the U.S. Similar to its more widespread counterpart, Restaurant Week, BLACK Restaurant Week offers food and drink specials from each city’s black owned restaurants.
Here, in Philly, a total of eleven restaurants will be taking part of this year’s festivities. The two-week long affair, beginning June 9th and lasting through June 23rd, will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner specials from the following food hot spots:
48th Street Grille
Aksum Mediterranean Kitchen
Bistro 870 Restaurant & Lounge
Blu Diamond Juicery
Booker’s Restaurant & Bar
Haute Restaurant & Lounge
Just To Serve You
Rhythm & Brunch Cafe
Rose Petals Cafe
Philly Black Restaurant week will also be composed of several big ticketed events. The first, which occurred on June 11th, was Aroma: Culinary Panel Discussion, an open conversation where attendees learned tips and tricks from leading culinary experts. Chef panelists included Charisse R McGil of Lokal Artisan Foods LLC, Jason Brooke of Drexel University, and Christopher Smith and Jerome Seeney of Bon Appetit Management Company. The conversation focused on vairous aspects of the culinary industry, including successfully distributing culinary products to stores and restaurants, raising capital, and business operation strategies, and preparing recipes for mass distribution.
The next event, hosted on June 20th, is Power of the Palete, a bartending competition where folks can sip and vote for their favorite cocktails concocted by local mixologists. The event is 21+ and tickets are only $25. Tickets can be purchased online here.
The final of event of the Black Restaurant Week engagement is Art of Flavor Pop Up Dinner. Hosted on June 21st at 7 pm, Art of Flavor invites diners to enjoy of night of art, food, and CBD infusion. That’s right, food that gets you lit! Chef Eli Milligan, a fellow Philly native, will present a delicious 4-course meal, accompanied by select South African wine pairings, and live entertainment. Tickets for this event are $85 and can be purchased online.
In addition to bringing support and awareness into the black community of Philly, this year Black Restaurant Week Philly has partnered with Family Agriculture Resource Management Services. F.A.R.M.S is a non-profit organization that supports farmers of color by providing free legal and technical services. The F.A.R.M.S to Food Bank project helps communities facing food disparities.
My goal is to visit at least two restaurants during Philly Black Restaurant Week. Stay tuned to see my write-ups of where I visit. If you’re in Philly, I hope you get a chance to step out and enjoy some wonderful food from our brothers and sisters. If you happen to catch me out, don’t be shy. Say hello and take a selfie!