Urban Swank's founders Shanna Jones and Felice Sloan are teaming up with Houston Black Restaurant Week (HOUBRW) to support the much-anticipated event and its goal to increase the awareness, support and patronization of black restaurants and chefs in the Greater Houston area.
Returning for its second year of flavorful festivities, HOUBRW will offer prix-fixe dining menus for brunch, lunch and dinner at participating restaurants from April 17-30. Expect to see many of your favorites join the cause including newcomer Kitchen 713 along with Holley’s Seafood, Boogie’s BBQ, The Isles Eatery & Rum Bar, Live Oak, Cool Runnings Jamaican Bar & Grill, Dolce Lounge & Bistro, OGUN Art & Wine, Phil & Derek’s, Prospect Park, Scrappy Brown’s, Sunshine’s, Etta’s Kitchen, Ray’s BBQ, Cafe Abuja, Reggae Hut, Esther’s Cajun Cafe, D’Marco’s Pizzeria, and Lucille’s (additional restaurants to be announced soon).
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In conjunction with the restaurant showcase, HOUBRW will host a series of special events including:
AROMA – a three-course dinner/discussion at Live Oak Bar & Grill with a panel of the restaurant industry and business leaders who will share their knowledge about entering the franchise restaurant business.
NOSH – a culinary showcase and competition featuring best bites from black caterers and chefs to honor the contributions of those who do not have a brick and mortar restaurant, but equally deserve to have their cuisine highlighted.
SOUNDBITES – a food truck music festival with live music and some of Houston’s hottest DJs.
ART OF FLAVOR – a five-course pop-up dinner with wine pairing featuring jazz music and the amazing cuisine of Chef Jonny Rhodes of “coming soon” restaurant, Indigo.
POWER OF THE PALATE – a bartending battle to celebrate the end of Houston Black Restaurant Week.
Over 40 caterers and chefs will participate in the NOSH Culinary Showcase serving up their best appetizers, entrees and desserts.