Houston Black Restaurant Week (HBRW) kicks off its first annual fall series, Harvest the Block, Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th. African-American farmers make up less than two percent of the nation’s agricultural community, and only account for less than 1 percent of total agricultural sales. This inaugural affair aims to stimulate growth between black-owned farms and the local Houston economy.
“It is important that we tell the Black farmers’ story. They’re an integral part of our community and the culinary cycle,” explains Warren Luckett, Houston Black Restaurant Week’s Chair. “Through our fall series, we hope to showcase their work and create an ongoing relationship between farmers and the local community.”
The three-day event commences with “Kitchen Konversations: Cooking Experience,” a culinary demonstration at the grand opening of Etta’s Table led by Chef Shakti Baum. Utilizing produce from HBRW’s featured farmers, the interactive experience affords guests the opportunity to learn how to prepare a Mediterranean meal and old fashion cocktails. Guests will then dine with a three course, farm-to-table meal ($80).
Saturday, November 5th, Houston Black Restaurant Week debuts its signature fall event: “Harvest the Block,” a fall street festival which starts with a classic farmer’s market and ends with community-centric block party in Houston’s historic Third Ward neighborhood. The family-friendly event showcases black-owned farmers’ fall harvest alongside health and wellness screenings, gardening classes, and a bevy of children’s activities.
HBRW’s inaugural partnership with UberEats also provides mobile produce delivery from the farmer’s market. Using the UberEats app, Houstonians can “harvest the block” from the comfort of their home; a pre-arranged produce basket is simply delivered to one’s doorstep.
The afternoon continues with a heated food challenge — a battle that determines who truly runs the block. DJ Big Reeks and DJ Shanté provide sounds for the afternoon, while local sports bar Prospect Park sponsors a pop-up bar stocked with cocktails available for purchase. Patrons can sample bites from various culinary vendors (Cajun, barbecue, food trucks, desserts, and more), then cast their vote for the best of the block ($25).
The weekend concludes with a Reunion Community Dinner presented by UPS at the Blue Triangle Community Center. The historical landmark serves as the beneficiary for a portion of the weekend’s proceeds. The night’s festivities are inspired after Blue Triangle’s past time — a annual dinner which connected members of the community through fare and fellowship. Chefs Yolanda Henry and Javani King continue the storied tradition by preparing a family-style feast utilizing select ingredients from local farmers ($40).
Proceeds from the Harvest the Block fall series will benefit the renovation of the Blue Triangle communal kitchen.
ABOUT HOUSTON BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK
Black Restaurant Week is committed to the education and awareness of the Black culinary industry in the United States of America. Using a combination model of awareness and education events, Black Restaurant Week aims to stimulate growth of African-American and African-owned culinary businesses and farms across the United States. To achieve its mission of growth in the culinary industry, Black Restaurant Week aims to create experiences that will cater to a diverse culture of tastemakers, professionals, and area foodies looking for exposure to delicious food and exquisite wines.
ABOUT BLUE TRIANGLE MULTICULTURAL ASSOCIATION
Blue Triangle (formally the first branch of Houston’s YWCA), was founded during World War I. The organization grew out of the pressing need for a central meeting place where women and girls of color could safely meet, learn, and recreate. The center has a long history of providing programs and activities for children and adults including daycare, bible class, art, drama, and dance classes for the Houston community. The location was certified as a Texas Registered Historical Site in May 2002 and continues its legacy to thrive as an asset to the Third Ward Community.