Black Chicago Eats, the group that promotes restaurants in predominantly African-American city neighborhoods, is trying to expand its reach by organizing two new events for next month. On Aug. 25, they’ll hold the Everybody Eats Foodie Awards aims to celebrate black-owned restaurants with 36 categories including “Black Chef of the Year,” “Best Black-Owned Place to Eat,” and “Best Black-Owned Franchise.” They’re looking for nominations, and interested parties can submit them here.
The event is receiving an assist from The Bean Soup Times and will take place at Salaam Restaurant, 706 W. 79th St., in Auburn Gresham. Organizers are still working out the details of the event’s flow and figuring out which chefs and restaurant owners will attend. Meanwhile, the group also plans to hold the first Taste of Black Chicago on Aug. 19 at 7351 S. Stony Island, home to The Nation of Islam’s Chicago headquarters. They’re looking for vendors of all persuasions to come on out. Brown Sugar Bakery is one of the committed vendors.
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SOURCE: Eater Chicago