It's happened in cities including Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago for years — and now, Black Restaurant Week has come to Seattle.
Black Restaurant Week, happening from Feb. 19-28, is a national campaign celebrating African American, African and Caribbean food and supporting Black-owned businesses — including, but not limited to, restaurants, food trucks and bakeries. The week allows food lovers to enjoy prix fixe brunch, lunch and dinner menus from participating restaurants.
The culinary movement was founded in Houston in 2016 and has since expanded to multiple cities. This year, for the first time, it's happening in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
According to the Black Restaurant Week website, participating restaurants in the Seattle area include Delish Ethiopian Cuisine, Nana's Southern Kitchen, Altha's Louisiana Cajun Seasoning & Spices, Cheech 'N Changas and Grandma's In Da Kitchen.
This year's emphasis is "reviving and saving the Black restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform also serves as an educational tool to help show consumers the abundance of cultural cuisines in their local community and dispels ethnic untruths."
According to a press release, Black Restaurant Week highlighted nearly 700 Black-owned businesses in the food and hospitality industry with an average 34% increase in sales across the country in 2020.
"We are adding more activations and working with additional partners to present programming to serve our full audience of restaurants, bakeries, caterers, chefs and food trucks," said Derek Robinson, marketing director for Black Restaurant Week. "The No Crumb Left Behind campaign is to ensure that we are helping as many culinary businesses stay afloat as the world recovers from the pandemic."