Photo credit: Eat Black Charlotte
A group of bloggers, photographers, and influencers from Charlotte came together to raise US support for their city’s black grocery stores Hashtag #eatblkclt aka Eat Black Charlotte.
Erique Berry, Shay Jackson, Lorri Ashly Lofton, Amber Owens, Ryan Jones and Cory Wilkins put their influence and skills together and gained thousands of impressions in just a few months. After seeing the positive response to the day, the group decided they needed to do more. They then turned to curator Jenelle Kellam and writer / editor DeAnna Taylor for help.
Welcome to Eat Black Charlotte Week 2021.
“2020 has been a tough year for companies worldwide, especially the food and beverage industry,” said the team. “As we are starting to rebuild and recover, especially here in Charlotte, we wanted to curate this event to bring more visibility to the black food and drink business in the city. We were all avid supporters of these places and this was the perfect way for us to give even more back. “
The event runs from June 4th to June 12th and features over 35 of Charlotte’s black food and beverage companies, including popular favorites like LuLus Maryland Style Chicken and Seafood, What the fries, and Detour coffee bar. Participating restaurants / businesses will offer pre-set menus between $ 5 and $ 15 during the weeks. Customers are asked to simply support as many companies as possible.
To finish things off on a high level, the group will host a food, brewing and culture festival on June 12th from 11am to 3pm at the Unknown Brewing Company. While the brewery is not black-owned, they are an ally of black companies. The Food, Brew and Culture Festival will have several black-owned food trucks on site, including: Another food truck, Q is culinary Dare, Mrs. Didis Caribbean cuisine, Made from scratch NYC, Ve-Go, and Jimmy Pearls. There will also be a special cocktail for collaboration.
For those not ready to end the day, there’s a desserts and drinks event on June 12th at 2pm to 4pm 1501 South Mintwith black-owned local liquor brands and dessert makers.
“We couldn’t have done this without the help of our sponsors, who really believe in our vision. A very special thank you to: Charlotte City Center Partners, Crafted, Rachel Sutherland Communications, Snack N Fun Box, South End Partners, SPGBK Watches, the LEPR Agency, Visit York County, Yelp Charlotte and our title sponsor OrthoCarolina. With their help, we are confident that this will be a great event. “
Tickets are not required for the event. You can review the events website or Instagram page for the festival schedule and the full list of participants.