Black Restaurant Week, the nation’s largest black-owned eight-city food celebration, will seduce thousands of foodies with Houston’s hottest restaurants, food trucks, executive chefs and mixologists from April 14-28 while calling attention to the inequalities for minorities in the food and beverage industry.During its two-week run in Houston, BRW will partner with local, black-owned restaurants to offer prix fixe menus for customers. In addition to the restaurant offerings, BRW will host a variety of culinary events, including pop-up dinners, informational and expo-style events designed to expand awareness and increase support for black culinary professionals.“There is still more work to be done when it comes to inclusion in the food and beverage industry. African-Americans make up only eight percent of restaurant owners and managers in the U.S.,” Black Restaurant Week founder Warren Luckett said. “Food is what connects us all. It’s the common ground we can all embrace to continue our call for inclusion.”The 2019 lineup features some of Houston’s best spots, which includes James Beard-nominated restaurants like Indigo and hidden gems like Ate Kitchen. Other participants include:Ate KitchenAlfreda’s Soul FoodB’s Wine BarBurns Burger ShackBurns Original BBQCafe 4212Cool Runnings Jamaican GrillEsther’s Cajun Cafe & SeafoodEsther’s Signature DishEtta’s KitchenThe French Fry HouseHouston’s This Is It Soul FoodIndigoKultureLucille’sMikki’s CafeNeyow’s Creole CafeOgun Art + WinePhil and Derek’s Restaurant and LoungePoitín Bar & KitchenProspect Park Restaurant South (Galleria)Ray’s Real Pit BBQ ShackReggae HutSoul Food VeganSugar’s Cajun CuisineSunshine’s Vegetarian DeliTaste Bar & KitchenTaste of NigeriaTropical Smoothie Cafe (Woodlands)Turkey Leg Hut“It may be our fourth year, but feeling the love and pride from the community and small business owners when we put on these events will never get old,” Black Restaurant Week founder Warren Luckett said. “Whether it’s discovering a new love for West African pepper soups or finally sourcing the perfect caterer for your wedding, we really strive to ensure our events are diverse and have something for everyone.”This year’s schedule of culinary experiences includes:APRIL 16, 6-8 P.M. | AROMA: CULINARY PANEL DISCUSSIONThis educational panel will discuss culinary product placement and share best practiceson successfully navigating distribution to stores, restaurants and the like.Learn More: https://houbrw.com/event/aroma-2019APRIL 19, 7-10 P.M.| ART OF FLAVOR: POP-UP DINNER WITH CHEF KENNETH TEMPLEAn event for the refined foodie, this exclusive, intimate dinner will feature four gourmet courses from Food Network’s Chopped champion, Chef Kenneth Temple. With a special curation of award-winning South African wine pairings, exotic cocktails and live entertainment, Art of Flavor is a supreme culinary experience not to miss.Learn More: https://houbrw.com/event/art-of-flavor-pop-up-dinner-2019APRIL 24, 6-10 P.M.| NOSH: CULINARY SHOWCASE & POWER OF THE PALATE, A BARTENDING COMPETITIONIn this spirited mashup featuring top-talent chefs, bartenders and mixologists, guests are invited to taste and rank a menu of inspired cocktails and endless delectable bites from over 40+ vendors.Learn More: https://houbrw.com/event/nosh-culinary-showcase-2019APRIL 27, 7-10 P.M. | SOUNDBITES: FOOD TRUCK FESTIVALReminiscent of a neighborhood block party, Soundbites will feature a fleet of diverse food trucks and vendors, along with the bumping beats of DJ sets and entertainment fit for the whole family.Learn More: https://houbrw.com/event/soundbites-food-truck-fest-2019The vibrant celebration ends on a high note, with a portion of Black Restaurant Week’s proceeds going back to the heartland of the black culinary community— the farmers that sustain the industry. The organization will make a donation to Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) in support of its efforts to provide legal and technical services to farmers of color.During its 2019 tour, Black Restaurant Week will visit: Houston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland and Dallas. Black Restaurant Week Houston is proudly sponsored by Verizon, Jack Daniel’s, Branwar Wine Distributing Co., Visit Houston, Houston First, Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, Emancipation Park Conservancy, Booked Design Space, ChefWear, Fade Media and the African-American Mayors Association.For more information including participating restaurants, tickets and much more, visit houbrw.com.ABOUT BLACK RESTAURANT WEEKBlack Restaurant Week LLC is an annual, multi-city culinary movement celebrating the flavors of African, African-American and Caribbean cuisine nationwide. Black Restaurant Week partners with black-owned restaurants, chefs, caterers and food trucks to host a selection of culinary experiences aimed to expand awareness and increase support for black culinary professionals. The organization was founded in 2016 by entrepreneurs Warren Luckett, Falayn Ferrell and Derek Robinson. Connect with Black Restaurant Week on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.