Dine Diaspora Opens Nominations for 2021 Black Women in Food Honors

It’s been a year of uncertainty, yet Black women have been resilient and steadfast in their contributions within the food and beverage industry around the world.

It’s time to honor their efforts from kitchens to boardrooms. During Women’s History Month in March, Dine Diaspora honors 31 dynamic Black women in the food and beverage industryNominations are open for you to submit accomplished Black women along the 6 categories of Game Changer, Innovator, Trailblazer, Creator, Culinarian and Amplifier.

Nominate by January 8, 2021 by going here.


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Nominate Someone Making A Difference For Jersey Mike’s Sub Abover Grants

Know someone who’s going above and beyond to make a difference in your community? Nominate them for a $5,000 Sub Abover Grant from Jersey Mike’s Subs to help them make an even bigger impact.

From now through January 6, 2021, go to BeASubAbove.com to nominate an individual who is making a difference. As a reward, Jersey Mike’s will send you a coupon good for $2 off any sub.

“Every day, individuals and organizations are making a big difference in our local communities,” said Rich Hope, Chief Marketing Officer, Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc. “Jersey Mike’s is presenting these grants to help community leaders expand their important work at a time when they are challenged more than ever due to the pandemic.”

For the fourth year, the company will award five Sub Abover Grants. Last year’s winners were selected from nearly 7,000 nominations from across the country (Meet the Sub Abovers). The 2021 award-winners will be named in February 2021.

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Founder of Black-Owned Food and Beverage Solutions Provider Wins $25k Grant

Samia Bingham, founder of Flavors, a member-based, commercial kitchen and workplace incubator with a focus on elevating culinary entrepreneurs in underserved minority communities, has been awarded a grant for $25,000 by American Express and IFundWomen of Color. “We feel especially grateful this holiday season to be recognized by IFundWomen of Color and American Express. This grant will help Flavors to get that much closer to executing on our vision to open our culinary complex while supporting the hardest-hit industry due to COVID-19 which is food and beverage,” Samia says.

In 2021, Flavors will open their first shared commercial kitchen space as a service to food entrepreneurs large and small throughout the Washington DC region. The Flavors concept blossomed from Samia’s real estate career and her husband’s love for the culinary arts and his shift to a plant-based lifestyle.

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BTB Spotlight: Raymond Paul Lewis, RP Lewis & Associates


Raymond Paul Lewis

Pictured: Raymond Paul Lewis, RP Lewis & Associates

Raymond Lewis is a business mogul in the truest sense of the word. This Harlem native is charismatic, sharp, professional and a jazz lover who never forgets a name.

Lewis’ larger than life persona is what draws so many to his events. He says he was not always this way, sharing, “ I was shy.”  It’s hard to believe that this multi-hyphenate strategic relationship professional once identified as an introvert.

Lewis is from Brooklyn with roots from Eleuthera, Bahamas and South Carolina. His ability to bring people together is an invaluable skill he learned from his maternal grandmother. She was the “center of everything” in the Lewis family, a star at entertaining and hosting family, friends, and important members in the community as he was growing up in New York.

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Cooper’s Hawk Scholarship for Black American Wine Professionals

Deadline: November 15

This scholarship is to assist Black Americans who are passionate about pursuing a career in the wine industry. Scholarship amount is $1000. Whether you are pursuing an entry level or higher level program, this scholarship is open to all applicants. In addition to the scholarship, Cooper’s Hawk Master Sommelier, Emily Wines, will offer personal mentorship to each recipient. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on demonstration of need and merit.

One scholarship has been awarded. An additional nine scholarships will be awarded in December. If you have already applied for this scholarship, your application will automatically be entered for consideration for the December awards.


  • Must work and reside in the United States
  • Cooper’s Hawk team members are eligible to apply, but must disclose the relationship with Cooper’s Hawk in their application.

To apply, visit Cooper Hawk’s website.

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