THE INAUGURAL FREDERICKSBURG BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK
By Sarai Butler & Ernisha Hall
September 8, 2020
Across the country, restaurant weeks have become increasingly popular. It's similar to a food festival with a twist. A food festival usually has a bunch of restaurants gathered in one venue to give patrons a small sample of their best dishes. However, restaurant weeks are a bit different. Restaurants do not convene in one place. The customer actually goes to the restaurant in the given area to dine on a specifically chosen food item or meal that best highlights the restaurant's cuisine. Both are paradise for foodies.
During Black Restaurant Week, black owned restaurants are given a phenomenal platform. Not only are Black Owned Restaurants participating in showcasing their exemplary culinary skills, they are introducing their businesses to the community and continuously strengthening their community ties. And, Black Restaurant Week is not just for restaurants anymore. It has expanded to include caterers, bartenders, food trucks and all food
and beverage related industries. For those unknown black owned restaurants in your area, this is a grand announcement. And for those familiar black owned restaurants in your area, this is a warm welcome back.
In your younger years, I hope you have had the experience of going to your grandmother's home for Sunday dinner or a holiday feast. Remember how excited and comfortable you were to walk through the door knowing something great to eat was on the other side. The nostalgia you felt about your favorite dishes that you knew your grandmother could make in her sleep. The love you felt from your grandmother because you know she seasoned everything just right. Black Restaurant Week is exciting, comfortable, familiar and nostalgic. Just like your grandmother's house, it's the ultimate celebration of our heritage and the love we give through food!
This year Ernisha & Tracey Hall, the founders of the VA Black Business Directory successfully started Fredericksburg Black Restaurant Week (FXBGbrw), which occurred September 1 – September 7, 2020. The event planning and management team included Nyesha Wilson, Marlon Wilson, Tortica Anderson, Michelle Riddick & Joshua Cole, together this team launched the inaugural FXBG Black Restaurant Week and Food Truck Festival.
During the week, the Stafford, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania community members supported and frequented: Big Bad W Pit BBQ, Souls Grill, Community 1 Market, Ann’s Lobster Rolls, Jerks of the Caribbean, All A’s Cakes, Family Food Palace, Taste of Trelawny, Wild Flour Confections, PEERAMIDZ Restaurant and Lounge, Refuel, Pimenta, Better 4 You Juices, Katie’s Cakes, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Jus Pop’n Gourmet Popcorn, Long Family Markets, and Piggy’s Baby Cakes.
Following an amazing restaurant week there was a Food Truck Festival on Sunday, September 6, 2020, which included: Big Bad W Pit BBQ, Ribinator, Soulific Seafood, All A’s Cakes, Taste of Trelawny, Wadder Ice, Micah’s Ice Cream Truck, Better 4 You Juices, Katie’s Cakes, Jus Pop’n Gourmet Popcorn, Long Family Markets, Color Puff Candy, Joeffi’s Philly Grille and Piggy’s Baby Cakes. There were well over 1000 people in attendance, including democratic congressional candidate Qasim Rashid, Delegate Joshua Cole and Stafford Board of Supervisor Tinesha Allen. Ernisha & Tracey credit their top sponsors, the VA Black Business Directory, Virginia Partners Bank, Nyesha & Marlon Wilson, Stafford Virginia EDA, and AKRE Consulting Group with helping to fund the marketing and promotion of such a historical event.
With the help of community partners, the vision is to expand Black Restaurant week throughout Northern Virginia and eventually to encompass the entire state. To learn more visit FXBGbrw.com, sign up for the email list and be notified of the next event.