Eat Black Charlotte Week And Festival Coming June 4th-12th

Charlotte, N.C. (News Release) —  The Eat Black Charlotte team (@EATBLKCLT) is proudly gearing up for its inaugural week and festival this June. Eat Black Charlotte Week, powered by OrthoCarolina, is a celebration of Charlotte’s Black food culture.

The team of local bloggers, food photographers, and curators is excited to celebrate and highlight Charlotte’s Black food businesses and entrepreneurs. Erique Berry, Jenelle Kellam, Lorri Ashly Lofton, Cory Wilkins, DeAnna Taylor, Ryan Jones, Shay Jackson, and Amber Owens— are all passionate food enthusiasts who want to see local entrepreneurs get the recognition they deserve.

“2020 was a tough year for businesses worldwide, but especially the food and beverage industry,” the team said. “As we begin to rebuild and recoup, specifically here in Charlotte, we wanted to curate this event to help bring more visibility to the city’s Black food and drink businesses. We have all been avid supporters of these places and this was the perfect way for us to give back even more.”

Eat Black Charlotte Week will feature prix fixe menus from over 20 participating businesses, June 4-12— including popular favorite What The Fries. The celebration will end with a Food and Brew Fest at The Unknown Brewing Co. on June 12, from 11a- 3p. Confirmed food trucks and carts for the food and brew fest are: Another Food Truck, Q’s Culinary Cart, Ms. Didi’s Caribbean Kitchen, Made From Scratch NYC, Dawg’On Vegans, and Jimmy Pearls.

A special collaboration cocktail and Unknown beers will be available for purchase, too. The night will end with a dessert and drinks “after party” at 1501 South Mint from 4p-6pm, featuring local dessert businesses and bakers.

To help aspiring and new food business owners take things to the next level, the team will host a series of web classes on topics ranging from marketing and branding your business, transitioning from a food truck to brick-and-mortar, and using social media for your brand— to name a few. The classes will be led by local community members including Google Partner Latesha Byrd of Byrd Career Consulting, Chef Michael Bowling of HotBox NC, and social media professional Asha Ellison.

The great thing about this week is that it will also highlight speciality food businesses, including but not limited to Black-owned mobile coffee and dessert brands.

“We couldn’t have done this without the help of our sponsors who truly believe in our vision. Extra 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 this will be an amazing event.”

VIP and general RSVP tickets for the food and brew fest are now available here. Any food businesses wishing to participate in the prix fix week can register by April 30, 2021. All info on requirements and fees can be found here.

*Note: The event will follow state and federal guidelines for COVID-19 safety and protocols.