The 5th Annual DMV Black Restaurant Week 2022 will be held from Sunday, November 6, 2022 – Sunday, November 13, 2022, with a Food, Music, and Fashion Kickoff at Anacostia Sandlot on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Curated by co-founders, Dr. Erinn Tucker-Oluwole, Furard “Chef” Tate, and Andra “AJ” Johnson, this annual, week-long event promotes the knowledge and awareness of black-owned food and beverage businesses in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area.
The theme for 2022 is “Reshaping our Community through Ownership and Luxury”. Dr. Tucker, Co-Founder says, “There has been an explosion of black entrepreneurs expanding their brands to underserved communities while simultaneously purchasing luxury hotels, co-founding private clubs, and starting luxury products within the DMV region. Business owners and operators focused their strategy on intentionality these last two years and we are now seeing the outcomes.”
As in previous years, DMV Black Restaurant Week will have the R. R. Bowie Cocktail Competition showcasing the best bartenders in the DMV will kick off the week but new this year is incorporating their 5th Annual Business of Food and Beverage Education platform as snippets of education within each event and bring hands-on tools, knowledge, and tips for participants to take can implement in their work and/or business. All business owners and aspiring owners in the industry are invited to participate, including hospitality, app creators, food bloggers and writers, chefs, cafes, tea and spice curators, food trucks, farmers, caterers – everyone.
“We have intentionally focused on our partnerships with organizations and resident-owned businesses in Wards 7 & 8 including Anacostia Arts Center with Wacif and food experience company Flavorture. They are still creating, still serving and still providing the best hospitality money can and can’t buy,” says Co-Founder and Chef Furard Tate. “New for 2022, we will have programming focusing on the interception of beverage and community and intentional discussion on what black luxury is in our regional space.”
DMVbrw is an advocate for the growth of the community as the bulwark of social enterprise. Our mission is to increase the awareness of local black-owned restaurants and food and beverage service providers by creating an ecosystem that supports and sustains the community.
DMV Black Restaurant Week (DMVbrw) is the brainchild of TEAJ (Tate, Erinn, and AJ). They bring their passion for entrepreneurship, hospitality, and education together to help businesses continue the legacy of dining in the region. DMVbrw mission is to celebrate and support black hospitality, food, and beverage entrepreneurs and employees through awareness, professional development, external resources, and events.
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