Black Restaurant Week Comes to DC


Get your calendars ready, and your stomachs emptied because the DMV is set to host Black Restaurant Week November 4-11. Focused on highlighting culinary cuisines from Black chefs, as well as cultural events and informative workshops and sessions, this year‘s restaurant is like none other held in the DMV area before.  Check out RankTribe’s list of 80 Black-owned restaurants in DC.

Culture. Education. Good Food.

DMVBRW will bring black restaurant owners, managers, chefs, caterers, thought leaders and financiers into one room to discuss options for entrepreneurial ventures and continuing education. Because we are a global city, black restaurants week will be inclusive with allied partners. The week not only promotes restaurants, with your help we desire to go further to recognize existing restaurants and close the gap that exists in knowledge by hosting a conference and panel discussion on Saturday featuring black-owned food trucks and an awards brunch on Sunday spotlighting owners, managers, politicians, tastemakers and non-profit organizations that are blazing the trail and supports the community 365 days a year. 

This is not the first time groups have come together to organize a version of a Black Restaurant Week in the nation’s capital. In 2015, the millennial blog site I Don’t Do Clubs put together it’s own version of a Black restaurant week, as did ABlackLife, LLC, reportedly.

Obviously there is a need for this type of event in an area that has been commonly known as ‘Chocolate City’ – alluding to the growth, strength and influence of the Black community in the DMV area. Public support for this event – and others like it – continues to grow.

Andra “AJ” Johnson, Dr. Erinn Tucker and Furard Tate are listed on the DMV Black Restaurant Week website as founders/collaborators for the event.  When the AFRO reached out to the group, they did not respond for comment.

For more information about DMV Black Restaurant Week, go to

By Lauren E Williams, Special to the AFRO

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