Where to Support Black-Owned Food and Drink Businesses in Dallas
Buying a meal from a black-owned restaurant – or from a food truck, bar, or pop-up – could feel tiny in the grand scheme of systemic injustice and racial discrimination. But it is something. (Hopefully it belongs to a myriad of things.) It’s immediate too. That one purchase directly affects a local business, and the great thing is that you can do that one little thing over and over again.
Food has always been political. The pandemic has exposed the way some of the most vulnerable in our communities work in the food sector: the people who work in meat processing plants in close proximity; the millions of former guest workers, waiters, bartenders, cooks; those who pluck fresh vegetables from the ground that will eventually nourish someone; the food banks face unprecedented demand and hunger; small businesses looking for grants and partially forgivable government loans. As pleasant as it is to believe otherwise, it erases all the complex layers of our food system.
And yes, they can be such delicious layers. To do this, we’ve created a table of black-owned food and beverage companies that we’d like to support now and in the future.
Here is that list of Black-owned food company in the Dallas area. (It’ll also cover shopping, beauty, fitness, home and weddings, and arts and entertainment as we update it later this week.)
If something is missing from this list, please send me an email at [email protected] (for food and drink), editor Emily Heft ([email protected] for shopping, beauty, fitness, at home and weddings) and FrontRow editor Natalie Gempel ([email protected]for cultural or entertainment options).