Local Event Organizers Unite to Support Historical Community Center
November 3, 2016
Houston Black Restaurant Week presents its fall culinary series, Harvest the Block. For three days, Houston will experience the true farm to table cycle, featuring Black Farmers from around the south.
Houston Black Restaurant Week seeks to support the growth of Blacks in the agriculture industry. Using its successful model of culinary experiences, Houston Black Restaurant Week will stimulate growth in Black Owned Farms from across the region.
Join Houston Black Restaurant Week (HBRW) as they “Harvest the Block” Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th. Harvest the Block (brwhrvst) is set to be a jam packed, three day lineup of events that reflect the importance of agriculture in the Black community. Funds raised during the November series will benefit Blue Triangle (formally the first branch of Houston’s YWCA), a certified-Texas Registered Historical Site in the Third Ward Community.
Blue Triangle grew out of the pressing need for a central meeting place where women and girls of color could safely meet, learn and recreate. The center has a long history of providing programs and activities for children and adults in the Houston community. Blue Triangle was “the social spot” for Houston’s people of color and in an effort to restore that vacancy, proceeds from the three-day event will go towards the renovation of the center’s community commercial kitchen.
Harvest the Block represents symbols of hope and renewal. Its goal is to continue to plant seeds of hope and renew pride in the Black community.
“It is important that we tell the Black farmers’ story. They’re an integral part of our
community and the culinary cycle,” explains Warren Luckett, Houston Black Restaurant Week’s Chair. “Through our fall series, we hope to showcase their work and create an ongoing relationship between farmers and the local community.”
The weekend kick-offs with “Kitchen Konversations: Cooking Experience,” Friday, November 4th. A culinary demonstration at the grand opening of Etta’s Table led by Chef Shakti Baum. Guests will then dine with a three course, farm-to-table meal. Saturday, November 5th, Houston Black Restaurant Week debuts its signature fall event: “Harvest the Block.” A fall street festival that will include a classic farmer’s market, a pop-up bar, and a one of a kind block party in Houston’s historic Third Ward neighborhood.
HBRW’s inaugural partnership with UberEats will provide mobile produce delivery from the
farmer’s market. Using the UberEats app, Houstonians can “harvest the block” from the
comfort of their home; a pre-arranged produce basket is simply delivered to one’s doorstep. This is a great way to show your support should you be unable to attend.
The weekend concludes with a Reunion Community Dinner presented by UPS at the Blue
Triangle Community Center. An annual dinner created to connect members of the community through fare and fellowship. Chefs Yolanda Henry and Javani King continue the storied tradition by preparing a family-style feast utilizing select ingredients from local farmers .
For more information about Harvest the Block, visit https://houbrw.com/, or contact the event
coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT HOUSTON BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK
Black Restaurant Week 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 events, Black Restaurant Week aims to stimulate growth of African-American and African-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 area foodies looking for exposure to delicious food and exquisite wines.