Local Foodie Urges Chicagoans to Explore Black People’s Contributions to City Diverse Culinary Arts Scene
CHICAGO—Launched by Toure Muhammad, Black Chicago Eats Month 2017 is the first-of-its-kind recognition that highlights the contributions of black restaurateurs, chefs, pastry chefs, cooks, caterers and more to Chicago’s rich food scene.
Launched in 2016 after a dare, BlackChicagoEats.com, showcases the diverse offerings of Black restaurants, bakeries and more with a blog and directory that reveals many hidden gems that will make any foodie lick their lips.
“Two BeanSoupTimes.com readers dared me to produce a list of 100 Black Owned restaurants in the Chicago area,” said journalist and foodie Muhammad. “I was not sure it could be done, but we ended with a list of more than 100, and after more research I have discovered we have more than 200 Black owned restaurants and bakeries in the Chicago area.”
The amazing thing is the diversity of restaurants we found. Of course, you find traditional soul food and Jamaican restaurants, but you can also find vegan, cajun, creole, Belizean, Haitian, Mexican, various African, and Italian themed restaurants. You can also find frozen yogurt and homemade ice cream, bakeries, donut shops, burgers and more.
Black Chicago Eats Month encourages consumers to visit BlackChicagoEats.com’s directory, choose a Black owned establishment to patronize, post a pic with the hashtag #BlackChicagoEats2017 of experience and repeat until August 31.
Black Chicago Eats Month includes several events and encourages consumers to visit Black owned restaurants. “This is about not only food itself, but this month we are encouraging people to explore a new restaurant in a new part of Chicago that they have never been. This month, let’s get to know our city a little better and remove some of the fears we have of each other,” said Muhammad.
One event is the Taste of Black Chicago which will be held August 19 at 7351 S. Stony Island from 2pm to 6pm. The event will include food vendors, food demonstration, a children’s area and more.
“Black people spend a good portion of our disposable income on dining out. Now it’s time to redirect more of that money to Black restaurants so that we can give our local economies a boost,” Muhammad added.
For a list of Black Chicago Eats Supported Events, click here.
Vendors confirmed includes:
Imani’s Original Bean Pie
Lauren’s Sweet tooth
Nicole Jordan Catering, LLC
Dan’s Soul Food
The Cultured Vegan
Egg Rolls Etc.
Kee – Ki’s Culinary Delights
Jamaican Me Crazy Vegan Food
Cooking With Curves