Indianapolis Hosts Its First Black Restaurant Week

Black Restaurant Week (@blackrestaurantweek) is a multi-city culinary movement celebrating Pan-African cuisine. In addition to spotlighting amazing food from Black owned restaurants, the movement supports FARMS (@f.a.r.m.s), an organization that seeks to help protect aging Black farmers from abusive practices and relieve hunger in rural communities. With the National Urban League hosting its summer conference in Indianapolis this week, it just made sense to team up with Black Restaurant Week to give Indianapolis its first taste of what this movement is about.

The first ever Indianapolis Black Restaurant Week is taking place July 21-28 and will showcase 15 restaurants with specially priced menus. Indianapolis joins 7 other cities currently engaged with this movement. Those cities include Houston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland and Dallas. The food is certainly exciting but according to Co-Founder Warren Luckett (@w.luxe), this movement is much bigger. Their support of Black farmers through the FARMS organization is critical. Black farmers represent the most essential building block of Black people’s efforts to sustain ourselves, as a community. Further, the Black Restaurant Week movement has successfully worked with restauranteurs, caterers and other culinary entrepreneurs to expand their businesses through procurement and various other contracting opportunities.

This movement is bigger than food — it’s about Black entrepreneurs being able to sustain themselves and the community. Food is essential to life. It is also a huge driver of jobs and the larger economy. Agriculture, the grocery business and restaurant industry are responsible for millions of jobs and untold fortunes. Black people must get our share of it all, if we are to compete and create wealth. The Black Restaurant Week movement is connecting Black farmers to Black restauranteurs. Soul Food Market is opening a Black owned grocery store with all Black products. We are living in an era of unbridled possibilities, for Black people. What can’t we do? Let’s make sure this movement lives beyond a week or even one city, let’s make this a lifestyle.

13 comments
  1. Jeanette
    Jeanette
    July 24, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Please let us keep this momentum going. It’$ about time we support each other. I love my people. United We Stand!

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  2. Perry Smith
    Perry Smith
    July 24, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    What about Las Vegas?

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  3. Shamika
    Shamika
    July 24, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Please don’t forget about Chef La’s Fish Fry in Atlanta Ga!!

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  4. Willliam Martin
    Willliam Martin
    July 24, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    I am very happy about these events,and I am looking forward to be @one of them.thank you.

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  5. Kathy Tolbert
    Kathy Tolbert
    July 25, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Please email me the information on Black Restaurant Week for Los Angeles

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  6. Joy Nash
    Joy Nash
    July 25, 2019 at 6:00 am

    This is a great concept.
    I live in Tacoma Wa.
    There is a vegan restaurant calked Quickie Too on 18th and MLK Jr. Way.

    The food is ABSOLUTELY amazing!
    Especially the hush puppies😋.

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  7. La Toya
    La Toya
    July 25, 2019 at 6:03 am

    I am here for it! thx brother!

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  8. Geraldine Parker
    Geraldine Parker
    July 25, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    GL Parker

    When will an event like this take place in Cleveland, OH

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  9. Adrienne D Wilson
    Adrienne D Wilson
    July 25, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Please come to st Louis! We have several black owned but isn’t being recognized. We even have our 1st chic file a. I’ve never eaten there for obvious reasons, but now I do just for this sister. And I only heard about her thru my daughter. Never in the papers or news. We need you to get the word out about so many eateries that ate black owned here. Thanks in advance

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  10. Danielle
    Danielle
    July 25, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    I’m a big foodi and we need this in Detroit, Michigan. Our city is going through a massive gentrification overhaul. And I would like to support our own. Please try to put Detroit on the list for 2020.

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  11. Mrs. Bonita Hightower
    Mrs. Bonita Hightower
    July 30, 2019 at 12:19 am

    This is very awesome. I am here in Georgia’s Rural South with my Restaurant Bonita’s Carry-Out, LLC on Hwy 280East/West with a great vision that is comprised of creating jobs hiring the local(s) with multiple food stations that feed the traffic on this Hwy. Our Motto is: Cooking from Scratch, Cuz We want you Back!

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  12. Robin
    Robin
    August 10, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Wow I am so proud of our community stepping up to our own proverbial dinner table, providing nourishment, delicious food and creating wealth as we exchange with one another. You young folks give me great hope for the future,

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