We talk about the foodie scene in Houston quite a bit. In fact, we are foodies. We sprinkle our Instagram and Facebook feeds with the delectable meals and places where we might be on any given day and time in the Houston and surrounding areas, and there is no doubt our waistlines are showing the fact that we love the Houston food scene! Whether it is food trucks, oldies but goodies or restaurants that you might not have tried, we want to introduce you to all that Houston has to offer your palate. We are excited to introduce you to the first annual Houston Black Restaurant Week, which runs from April 3 through April 10, 2016, and not only features some amazing black chefs, owners, and caterers but also will have incredible events for the public to attend. Part of the proceeds benefit an unbelievable charity, Change Happens, which is a local charity that helps the kids and adults in our community.
Houston Black Restaurant Week – The History
Sitting down to dinner one night at Davis St., Warren Luckett started to talk to Ashley Wyatt about an idea he had for the city of Houston. As the notion for highlighting the diversity and cultures of the various black owned and black chefs that add so much to the culinary landscape of our city grew, they realized that the idea of a one-night offering wasn’t going to be enough, so they decided to have an entire Houston Black Restaurant Week. But, the idea for this goes even further, as they didn’t want to leave out the caterers and the bartenders that give so much value to the Houston food scene, so they decided to introduce events throughout this week that would highlight not just restaurants, but bartenders and caterers as well.
The inaugural year for Houston Black Restaurant Week is going to be epic. The menu’s from the various restaurants will be Prix-fixed, with dinners running from $35 – $45 per person and Breakfast/Brunch and lunch running from $20 – $25 per person. The dinners will be a three-course meal, and the lunches will be a two-course meal, and don’t forget that part of what you are paying goes to Change Happens.
Warren Luckett, a native Houstonian, is the CEO of Branwar Wine Distributing Company. Branwar Wine is an importer and wholesaler for international wine distribution across the state of Texas, specializing in South African wines and also carrying wines from the United States, Chile, Argentina, Italy, and Spain. Before Warren moved back to Houston to run the wine business with his father, he was on Wall Street, working for Morgan Stanley for a couple of years after graduating from college, but Houston was home, and he loves a good glass of wine.
Warren is warm-hearted, warm spirited and warm natured. He has an easy smile and laugh, and he is very involved in the community. His passion lies in wine, food and giving back to the community and the city where he grew up.
Houston Black Restaurant Week isn’t just about showing the diversity of the restaurants that are black owned or the catering companies that are black owned, but also to introduce different types of foods to the community that they might not have tried. We have vegetarian, Ethiopian, Barbecue, Soul Food, Carribean, Nigerian and Cajun, just to name a few. But, it’s also to get people to the various parts of our city that they might not have visited and show them the different neighborhoods and the diversity of the city in that way as well. Houston is a fantastic city with so many facets. We have a Greek Festival, an Italian Festival, and so many others, why not a Houston Black Restaurant Week? It just makes sense, and we have built an amazing team, and we are already planning some amazing things for next year as well. This is just the beginning of what will surely become a Houston event that the city will enjoy for years to come.
J-Vibe is thrilled to be partnering with Houston Black Restaurant Week, and keep an eye out for articles highlighting many of the restaurants that will be participating and events that will be happening! Happy Eating!!