#WeSeeYou: Black Chicago Eats Week Unites Community Around Supporting Black-Owned Restaurants
It’s going down in Chitown!
On the heels of African American communities across the nation taking part in #BankingBlack, Chicago follows up with Black Chicago Eats Week (BCEW), asking the community to put their money where their mouth is. In recognition of Black Business Month and to celebrate the official launch of www.BlackChicagoEats.com, the event running from July 29 – August 12 provides local foodies and tourists the chance to explore the Windy City’s rich, culinary diversity.
Organized by Toure Muhammed, veteran journalist and publisher of the independent newspaper Bean Soup Times, Black Chicago Eats Week was born out of challenge given to him last summer. “I’ve always been an advocate for patronizing Black owned businesses and I was challenged to produce a list of Black owned restaurants by two readers of my other website, BeanSoupTimes.com,” Muhammed tells BlackDoctor.org.
The initial list created a lot of buzz. To many Chicagoans’ surprise, the list featured a whopping 95 Black-owned places to eat. Even more shocking to Muhammed was the amount of messages he received from eateries upset they had been excluded from the list. According to Muhammad, that interest was enough to keep it going.