Black Restaurant Week Launches No Crumb Left Behind Campaign

National culinary event continues to generate economic and social support for Black-owned businesses with coast-to-coast and international market expansion

Black Restaurant Week LLC, the organization that celebrates the flavors of African American, African and Caribbean cuisine with a series of regional cultural events, aims to quell the closures of black-owned culinary businesses across the United States. Since COVID-19, more than 100,000 U.S.-based restaurants have shuttered.

Black Restaurant Week’s No Crumb Left Behind campaign will assist Black-owned culinary businesses with complimentary marketing support to boost awareness in their respective regions. The systemic barriers faced by Black-owned restaurants, such as disproportionate access to business loans, demonstrates the importance of the campaign. These disparities have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic; 41% of Black-owned businesses have shuttered since February 2020 compared to 17% of white-owned businesses. *

Black Restaurant Week’s market expansion includes Toronto, the Gulf CoastPacific NorthwestSoutheastCarolinas, and Southwest regions.

Black Restaurant Week was founded in 2016 by three friends: Warren Luckett, Falayn Ferrell and Derek Robinson. It began as a one-city food experience in Houston. The mission: celebrate African American, African, and Caribbean influences in the culinary industry, educate consumers on the abundance of cultural cuisines and dispel ethnic untruths. In 2020, the organization showcased 670 Black-owned culinary businesses across the United States and generated an average of 34% sales increase. Black Restaurant Week supports restauranteurs, bartenders, chefs, caterers, and food trucks.

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Amplify Africa, In Partnership With Chick-Fil-A & The Shade Room, Launches $5,000 Video Contest To Amplify Voices In Africa & The Diaspora

Videos Must Be Posted No Later Than Wednesday, Friday, 17, 2021, at 11:59 PM PST

In a partnership with Chick-fil-A and The Shade Room, Amplify Africa launches a $5,000 short video contest from February 1st through February 17th to amplify the voices in Africa and the diaspora. The Amplify Africa Video Contest is a way to celebrate and recognize the unique qualities and similarities that exist between African Americans, Afro-Caribbean’s, Africans on the continent and those who make up the international Black collective. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 26th, at 1 PM PT/ 4 PM ET via Amplify Africa’s IG page.

To enter into the contest, the content creator must follow Amplify Africa’s IG account, then post a 30 – 60 second video on his/her IG feed that showcases how he/she bridges the gap between the continent and the African diaspora. To finalize the submission, tag @amplifyafrica and use the hashtags #AmplifyTheDiaspora and #AmplifyAfrica. Video submissions must address the contest theme, “Bridging the Gap between Africa and the Black Diaspora.” The winning vote will be based on originality, so think outside the box.

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Barefoot Celebrates and Supports Black Female Business Owners with the Return of the #WeStanForHer Campaign

Barefoot amplifies Black women’s entrepreneurial spirit by investing in and committing to providing a larger platform for Black women-owned business founders

Barefoot announces the return of #WeStanForHer, a campaign launched in 2020 to celebrate and support Black women entrepreneurs. In partnership with the non-profit organization New Voices Foundation, Barefoot officially opens the 2021 New Voices Foundation + Barefoot #WeStanForHer Grant program to support emerging business owners in pursuing and actualizing their dreams.

Five Black women entrepreneurs will receive a $10,000 grant, as well as invaluable business coaching and mentorship to further their business endeavors. New this year, Barefoot also is pledging to devote its advertising platforms and resources to amplify the grant recipients’ businesses. Barefoot aims to provide the newest grant recipients the means to bring much-needed awareness to their own companies and brands. Continue reading

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The $5,000-$50,000 Mobile Food Challenge: A Pitchfest for Food Trucks and Mobile Food Entrepreneurs and Huntington Hill Ventures Announce National Business Pitch Competition Providing Financial Investment and Mentorship to Mobile Food Startups.

To help innovative mobile food entrepreneurs realize their dreams, Portland-based investor Huntington Hill Ventures is in search of the next great food idea. The “Five to Fifty” Mobile Food Challenge is a virtual event culminating in an online summit in which three finalists will pitch to a panel of angel investors on March, 31st for anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 dollars.

Brett Lindenberg, founder of says, “Angel investments like this are usually reserved for tech companies and not small food businesses that represent the backbone of American entrepreneurship. I’m thrilled we can help bring this opportunity to a group of deserving food entrepreneurs.”

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The 2021 International Winemakers Summit Honors the Contributions of Diverse Winemakers Around the World

Winemaking is a centuries-old profession originating in Old World France and yet, in 2021 little is still known about the rapidly increasing growth of diversity in the industry. With an estimated 80,000 wineries worldwide, the U.S. is 4th in the world in wine production. Often absent from the narrative are the independently run, Black-owned wineries with roots dating back as far as the early 1940s with John June Lewis, Sr. of Virginia. Serving as a vehicle to further increase awareness of the diversity in the wine industry, Urban Connoisseurs is partnering with Uncorked & Cultured a lifestyle media platform, to host the inaugural 2021 International Winemakers Summit (IWS), a virtual 3-day event highlighting some of the world’s most esteemed winemakers of African descent.

Placing an emphasis on diversity, the 2021 International Winemakers Summit sessions will educate consumers on varietals available in a virtual marketplace, informative panels moderated by world-class sommeliers and will feature 12 Black award-winning winemakers from around the world. The sommeliers will cover topics such as Wine Trends; Terroir and The Difference; The Diverse Aromas and Flavors in Wine; and so much more. The 3-day summit will educate everyone from the novice to the connoisseur and will take place February 19-21, 2021.

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