[hr gap=”null”][hr gap=”null”]For Houstonians, a wide range of varying DELICIOUS cuisines is nothing new.

Only recently has the rest of planet Earth caught on to the magic that is the food mecca of the fourth largest (soon to be third largest) city in the United States; as the recently recognized most diverse city of the US of A, why wouldn’t a melting pot produce pots and pans and woks and cast iron skillets worth of delectable foods?! Speaking of food excellence in Houston, shout out to 2016 James Beards finalists, Hugo Ortega of Caracol and Justin Yu of Oxheart!

The beauty of being a foodie in Houston is that good food is not reserved for the top 1%. From food trucks to fine dining, there are plenty of opportunities to experience new and exciting foods at affordable costs. One of the ways in which Houstonians explore food as well as have the added bonus of helping the city is with Houston Restaurant Week. In late summer around August/ September, 100% of the proceeds from the scheduled menus at participating restaurants in in Harris, Galveston and Montgomery Counties partner for the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank– everything is bigger in Texas!

For the first time ever, highlighting a sub-sector of just one of the numerous cultures influencing the diversity of Houston food, April 3rd through the 10th will be Black Restaurants Week. Similarly to Houston Restaurant Week, for $45, you can score a 3-course prix-fixe dinner at any participating establishment, or two-course lunch for $20 as well as brunch options where available. Gatlin’s BBQ, Reggae Hut, Esther’s Cajun Cafe & Soul Food, Etta’s Little Kitchen and other African, Caribbean, and Black owned establishments will participate in Black Restaurant Week.

Black Restaurant Week‘s proceeds will benefit Change Happens!.

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Change Happens!, formerly known as Families Under Urban & Social Attack, is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, community-based organization. We provide a variety of programs that reflect our mission to empower people to help themselves. Active programs include ACA Marketplace Navigator Program ensures that Texans in the Gulf Coast Region are able to access high quality, affordable health coverage in the market place, Changing Pathways designed to help women with trauma, HIV Prevention using street and community outreach and individual counseling, homeless supportive services to individuals and families in more than 20 shelters, HYPE 2.0 (Helping Youth Prevent Engaging in Risky Behavior) specializing in the educational empowerment of African American teens ages 15-19, Positive Pathways designed to provide opportunities for young offenders to enhance their educational and career goals and Rescue Youth Program created to prevent youth involvement from self-destructive activities.

It doesn’t take much for me to justify purchasing food, especially if it’s
Creole, Soul Food, Caribbean, Nigerian, Ethiopian, South African, Cajun fare, and the chance to patronize Black-owned restaurants for the greater good of Houston’s youth? SIGN ME UP!

What are some of your favorite Black-owned restaurants in the greater Houston area? Are they on the participating lists for Black Restaurant Week? Which establishments would you like to see participate during Black Restaurant Week next year?

For more information on participating restaurants and events and Black Restaurants Week, click here.

All media courtesy of Black Restaurant Week’s webpage and Facebook.