Three DC residents are gearing up for Black Restaurant Week this winter aimed at highlighting “black culinary and bar talent as well as black-owned restaurants in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.” The organizers include Andra “AJ” Johnson, a bar consultant and the author of White Plates, Black Faces, Dr. Erinn Tucker, Georgetown University professor who has taught hospitality for 15 years, and Furard Tate, Inspire Barbecue organizer within the DC area.
The goal of the week is to put on events similar to that of Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s (RAMW) Restaurant Week, where restaurants can offer discounted lunch and dinner to customers for promotional and training purposes. The Week will take place from Nov. 4-11 and will include “events such as a bartender competition on Nov. 5; mixology classes on Nov. 6-8; a conference on Nov. 10 about entrepreneurship, financing, and other topics; and an awards brunch honoring local hospitality professionals on Nov. 11.”
According to the Washington City Paper, the “full roster of participating restaurants, bars, food trucks, and more will be announced closer to November, but the organizers are seeking the public’s help in identifying participants in D.C. and the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Allied restaurants, or those who want to show their support for the black community, are also invited to participate.”