Every Tampa Bay restaurant participating in the first-ever Florida Black Restaurant Week

The event runs through Dec. 6, and a panel is set for Ybor City on Dec. 3.

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click to enlarge Jasmine Styles, who hosts a Florida Black Restaurant Week panel at 7th+Grove in Ybor City, Florida on Dec. 3, 2020. - Jasmine Styles/Facebook
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Jasmine Styles, who hosts a Florida Black Restaurant Week panel at 7th+Grove in Ybor City, Florida on Dec. 3, 2020.


Black Restaurant Week, which started last week and runs through Dec. 6, highlights Black-owned businesses, and for the first time, a Florida edition (Florida Black Restaurant week, FBRW) is focusing on venues across the Sunshine State—including nearly a dozen in Tampa Bay (see a list below).

But in addition to shining a light on Florida’s Black-owned kitchens—including restaurants in Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville—FBRW co-founder Derek Robinson told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that the event also features virtual events and conferences to help Black entrepreneurs expand their businesses.

“No one else is doing it and that’s exactly what we’re doing. There hasn’t really been a voice for the Black culinary space from bartenders to caterers,” Robinson explains.

On Thursday, Dec. 3, FBRW hosts “The Dish”, a panel conversation moderated by Jasmine Styles (pictured), an award-winning journalist and anchor/reporter for Tampa Bay’s WFTS affiliate.

Joining Styles at Ybor City’s 7th+Grove will be CL contributor Alexandria Jones (who also created the documentary, “A Soulful Taste: Exploring Tampa Bay’s Black-Owned Food Scene”), plus restaurateurs from Mr. B’s Café (Calvin Jefferson), Ava’s Lowcountry Cuisine (Ava Evans) and 7th+Grove (Khalilaa McDuffie, plus doctors Jamaris Glenn and Vondalyn Wright).

A press release says the panel will feature “a conversation on what it takes to own and operate a Black-owned business in the Bay area, corporate responsibility during times of civil unrest/racial injustice and their respective business journeys.” Because of COVID-19, a limited number of free registration spots are available to see the panel in person (a live stream will be available via @7thandgrove on Instagram).

Black Restaurant Weeks follow federal, state, and local COVID-19 rules and regulations. Delivery and/or pickup are highly recommended. You can find the complete list of Florida Black Restaurant Week via blackrestaurantweeks.com. Local restaurants participating in Tampa Bay and Orlando include:

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