The first Black Restaurant Week began in 2016 and is now in 11 different cities. Florida Black Restaurant Week debuts November 26-December 6 in Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. I spoke to co-founder Derek Robinson and got all the deets and what it’s all about:
“This year has seen a lot of civil unrest nationwide due to injustices against the Black community. From pesky Karens not minding their business to a myriad of protests bringing attention to police brutality, sometimes it’s good to escape from the craziness and take a few moments to feed the soul with some good food.
Black Restaurant Week was founded in April 2016 by friends Derek Robinson, Falayn Ferrell, and Warren Luckett in Houston, Texas to highlight the flavors of the African, African American, and Caribbean cuisines. Originally a week-long experience, it was extended to two weeks after overwhelming support from the Houston community.
“Houston is a huge melting pot of flavors. There’s so much to offer here and the city is one of the most diverse campaigns for Black Restaurant Week,” Robinson tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.
The restaurant weeks became a hit and expanded to Atlanta and the Bay Area (San Francisco/Oakland) in 2017. Now, Black Restaurant Week is in 11 different markets across the U.S.—including Tampa Bay where it’s making a Florida debut from Nov. 27-Dec. 6. Participating cities include Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale.”