Houston Black Restaurant Week (HBRW) kicks off its first annual fall series, Harvest the Block, Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th.
African-American farmers make up less than two percent of the nation’s agricultural community, and only account for less than 1 percent of total agricultural sales. This inaugural affair aims to stimulate growth between black-owned farms and the local Houston economy.
The three-day event commences with Kitchen Konversations: Cooking Experience, a culinary demonstration at the grand opening of Etta’s Table led by Chef Shakti Baum. Utilizing produce from HBRW’s featured farmers, the interactive experience affords guests the opportunity to learn how to prepare a Mediterranean meal and old fashion cocktails. Guests will then dine with a three course, farm-to-table meal ($80).
Saturday, November 5th, Houston Black Restaurant Week debuts its signature fall event: Harvest the Block, a fall street festival which starts with a classic farmer’s market and ends with community-centric block party in Houston’s historic Third Ward neighborhood. The family-friendly event showcases black-owned farmers’ fall harvest alongside health and wellness screenings, gardening classes, and a bevy of children’s activities.
HBRW’s inaugural partnership with UberEats also provides mobile produce delivery from the farmer’s market. Using the UberEats app, Houstonians can “harvest the block” from the comfort of their home; a pre-arranged produce basket is simply delivered to one’s doorstep.
The afternoon continues with a heated food challenge — a battle that determines who truly runs the block. DJ Big Reeks and DJ Shanté provide sounds for the afternoon, while local sports bar Prospect Park sponsors a pop-up bar stocked with cocktails available for purchase. Patrons can sample bites from various culinary vendors (Cajun, barbecue, food trucks, desserts, and more), then cast their vote for the best of the block ($25).
The weekend concludes with a Reunion Community Dinner presented by UPS at the Blue Triangle Community Center. The historical landmark serves as the beneficiary for a portion of the weekend’s proceeds. The night’s festivities are inspired after Blue Triangle’s past time — a annual dinner which connected members of the community through fare and fellowship. Chefs Yolanda Henry and Javani King continue the storied tradition by preparing a family-style feast utilizing select ingredients from local farmers ($40).
Proceeds from the Harvest the Block fall series will benefit the renovation of the Blue Triangle communal kitchen.