Black Restaurant Week Comes to the Bay Area

Inaugural culinary celebration brings something new for local foodies to munch on

(San Francisco, CA) –Black Restaurant Week is coming to the Bay Area October 23-November 5, 2017. Sponsored by Bacardi, the two-week culinary experience will celebrate the Bay Area’s best black-owned restaurants and chefs, offering special prix-fix menus – from soul food, to barbeque, to vegan and fine dining – in addition to other flavorful festivities. A portion of the proceeds from each meal purchased during Black Restaurant Week will be donated to Farms to Grow in San Francisco or the Oakland Food Pantry.

“The Bay Area has been recognized as one of the top food cities in the country for years, and that dynamic industry includes the African, African-American, and Caribbean restaurants we have participating in this inaugural Black Restaurant Week,” said Fred Clark, Bay Area Chairman, Black Restaurant Week  “During this two-week event, we want to bring greater awareness to some of those hidden and not-so-hidden gems while also bringing money back into our communities and stimulating growth in the industry.”

During Bay Area Black Restaurant Week, foodies, culinary influencers, out-of-towners and community locals can take advantage of prix-fixe dining menus for brunch, lunch and dinner at participating restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco, including Hazel’s Southern Bar and Kitchen, Miss Ollie’s, Kingston 11 Cuisine, Home of Chicken and Waffles, and more. Diners can enjoy these two- and three-course menus for $35 or $45.

In conjunction with the restaurant showcase, Black Restaurant Week will feature a series of special events including a culinary showcase and competition, a special dinner with Bay Area private Chef Terry Braggs, and a restaurant panel discussion presented by Operation Hope for aspiring restaurant owners.

Black Restaurant Week has been attracting thousands of attendees in its originating city of Houston since it began in 2016. Due to its overwhelming success, organizers expanded to Atlanta and the Bay Area in 2017. In addition to Bacardi, other sponsors include Fade Media, Branwar Wines, Operation Hope and EGO Entertainment LLC.

“At its core, Black Restaurant Week is all about supporting the local community by shining a brighter spotlight on black-owned businesses so that we can help them with their bottom line,” said Warren Luckett, founder of Black Restaurant Week. “With an area like the Bay, where the #1 tourist activity is visiting restaurants, we wanted to do our part to draw more awareness to the black culinary scene among the local community and tourists alike.”

To learn more about Bay Area Restaurant Week and to see a list of participating restaurants, visit For sponsorship opportunities, please email


Black Restaurant Week, LLC  is committed to the education and awareness of the Black Culinary Industry in the United States of America. Using a combination model of awareness and education event, Black Restaurant Week will stimulate growth of African American owned culinary businesses and farms across the United States. To achieve its mission of growth in the culinary industry, Black Restaurant Week aims to create experiences that will cater to a diverse culture of tastemakers, professionals and are foodies looking for exposure to delicious food and exquisite wines


Derek Robinson

Press Release

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