“Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud” – James Brown
The 4th Annual culinary expo for Houston Black Restaurant Week took place recently. Over 30+ premiere Black chefs, caterers and bartenders showed up and showed out! If you missed this spectacular, all black affair then I really need you to get your head in the game and do better next year! You missed a hell of a treat.
I have been participating in Black Restaurant Weeks since its conception back in 2016. I actually participated the first year. Although my booth was a bit lackluster, I was honored to be in the building among my beautifully melanated peers. In hindsight I realized that back then I was in the middle of a huge transitional period in my life. Teeter-tottering on just what my career in catering would look like. I hated catering, but continued to do so at the request of my community.
Houston Black Restaurant Weeks and I have a long and very loving relationship. I have its founders to thank for assisting me in standing firm in my decision to no longer cater. Though my previous statement may sound negative, it’s totally not. Houston Black Restaurant Weeks opened my eyes and thrust me into focusing on what truly inspires me. I found my new passion in food blogging.
In 2017 I volunteered as a greeter for NOSH! During my stint as a volunteer I met another pivotal person who propelled me into my next phase of blogging. In 2018 I participated as a guest chef for a cooking competition. I was able to work closely with the founders and got a chance to be on TV which took my brand to the next level. This year I was a guest judge. I was happy to see you that three of the four of my choices won this year!!
I am so proud of the Black Restaurant Weeks founders, participants and everyone who makes this vehicle run. It continues to grow and evolve every year. I am honored to have been a part of such an amazing event that means so much to my community.
Every year Black Restaurant Weeks showcases Houston’s black-owned restaurants. NOSH, their culinary showcase, is my favorite event. NOSH highlights Houston’s premiere Black chefs, caterers and bartenders!
Black Restaurant Weeks stimulates growth of African American 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.
Events lineup (most have passed):
Aroma: Culinary Panel
Art of Flavor: Pop up dinner highlighting a local chef
Nosh & Power of the Palate: Culinary Expo
Sound Bites: Food Truck Fest Sat April 27th 2019
NOSH took place at George R. Brown Convention Center. Which in my opinion was the perfect venue. This annual event has continued to grow each year .The space and event organization was stellar. The level of detail that went in to ensuring that guests had room to move around and breath was outstanding. Given the 30+ vendors in attendance, being able to navigate the space comfortably was priceless. The fact that this event has grow speaks to how tremendous this event is and it’s ever growing potential.
As an official Judge this year. The three feelings I left with this year were: HAPPY. STUFFED. PROUD.
Here are a few of my favorites from Nosh 2019
Let me tell you boo loves… their jumbo shrimp and crab legs were Bomb!!! They know BLACK FOLKS love good crab legs!! They played no games this year!
Is a wonderful caterer who I have been following for years. His take on food is amazing as well as his aesthetic eye. He always comes to show out. He featured a bao with smoked chicken and a savory aïoli
My favorite new featured chef for NOSH. His braised beef and risotto dish was delicious. He also offers sensual cooking classes.
Cooking with a twist features cooking classes that are perfect for parties and date nights. They’ve recently added vegan cooking classes hosted by my good friend @theveggieguyj
Craft Burger always constantly pleases my soul. One of my favorite food trucks recently found a new home inside of Finn Hall, Downtown Houston’s Premier Food Hall. Their burgers, fries and shakes are worthy of all the praise.
I absolutely love Target Plus for a quick grab and go look. I wore one of their black city chic dresses with gold studs. I paired this LBD with my favorite black leather combat boots for the win.
Did you attend NOSH? Let me know what you think below in the comments.