Black Restaurant Week—Nashville serves up heritage with No Crumb Left Behind campaign

Pictured (l to r): Derek Robinson, Falayn Ferrell and Warren Luckett.

Black Restaurant Week, LLC, is currently hosting its inaugural campaign in Nashville. The national culinary and cultural campaign celebrates the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisine with a regional showcase in Nashville. Black Restaurant Week is also celebrating six years of service. Since 2016, Black Restaurant Week has developed its multi-city culinary movement of community and culture as it relates to supporting Black-owned businesses and talent within the food and beverage industries. The palate-pleasing showcase goes through Sunday, May 23.

Local participants include Kingdom Café, Minerva Avenue, Willie B’s, The Cupcake Collection, and more.

Black Restaurant Week has highlighted culinary businesses across the nation including Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and Atlanta. The organization will continue their efforts to support as many businesses as possible this year by highlighting Black restaurants, food trucks and bakeries.

The campaign this year is putting an emphasis on 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.

During Black Restaurant Week, foodies, culinary influencers, locals, and guests are being treated to prix fixe brunch, lunch, and dinner menus at participating restaurants within the area.

This year, in a time of financial uncertainty and with the unfortunate escalation of racial injustice incidents, Black Restaurant Week has waived the financial participation fee for all restaurants.    Nashville is recognized as a leading culinary destination with flavors from the African diaspora making a significant contribution to the local food scene. On behalf of local restaurant owners, executive chefs and catering companies, Black Restaurant Week savors every moment in highlighting each participant’s legacy.

Founded in 2016 by three visionaries, including: founder, Warren Luckett; and co-founders, Falayn Ferrell and Derek Robinson. Black Restaurant Week began with a one-city food experience in Houston, Texas. To date, the culinary experience has expanded to internationally with involvement from more than 670 minority businesses and professionals nationwide.

In 2020, the organization showcased 670 Black-owned culinary businesses across the United States and generated an average of a 34% sales increase.    Black Restaurant Week supports restauranteurs, bartenders, chefs, caterers, and food trucks.

“We had phenomenal success last year with the regional campaigns and wanted to continue that model to help businesses nationwide,” said Warren Luckett, Black Restaurant Week founder. “There were so many testimonials from restaurant participants of how this campaign helped keep their doors open.”

This year’s corporate partners include Pepsi, Grubhub, Maker’s Mark, Stella Artois, and Bacardi. For more information about Black Restaurant Week, its events and participating restaurants, visit <blackrestaurantweeks.com>.

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