The return of Black Restaurant Week in L.A.

Black Restaurant Week

National Restaurant Week support black-owned food businesses returned to Los Angeles from August 19 to 28, tapping local business collective DineBlackLA to help sort out the listings. Culinary celebrations of the Caribbean and African countries attract the attention of dozens of bakeries, soul food spots, bars, juicers, sandwich shops and other culinary professionals across the region. Participants include Big Chicken in Glendale, BlaqHaus in North Hollywood, Baba’s Vegan Cafe in South LA and Sammiche Shop in Inglewood. The aim is not just to gather support for Blacks-owned restaurants in LA for a week; The annual event hopes to raise awareness year-round. Warren Luckett, who founded Black Restaurant Week in Houston in 2016, told The Times last year: “We want to know your favorite black restaurant just like knowing your favorite sushi place or Your favorite Italian restaurant. To that end, Black Restaurant Week offers a growing directory of black-owned businesses in LA and beyond. Follow @blackrestaurantweek on Instagram for event updates.

Different locations, blackrestaurantweeks.com

TenderFest

The food festival dedicated to all things chicken will return on August 20 with unlimited fried chicken from dishes like Dino’s, Raise Cane’s, Willie Mae’s, Go Go Bird, Delilah and others , along with the “conTENDER” competition will feature famous chefs such as Nobu Matsuhisa, Nyesha Arrington and Timothy Hollingsworth for the championship. General admission ($75, or $50 for early bookers) includes unlimited chicken, chips, and dessert, plus two drink tickets; VIP admission ($175, or $120 for early bookers) includes exclusive dishes, merchandise, and access to the VIP area and waiters. TenderFest will be held at the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center, with two time slots available: noon to 4 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.

9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, instagram.com/tenderfest

A photo of a plate of Empanadas decorated with a purple orchid.

The vegan-friendly Pachamama is now open with windows going up along the Venice Boardwalk, near the skate park. Among other dishes, it serves empanadas with beef, chicken, spinach and cheese.

(Jakob N. Layman / Pachamama)

Pachamama

A casual, South American-inspired restaurant run by former tennis player and model Maria Victoria “Vick” Vannucci is now open along the Venetian boardwalk. Pachamama debuted in San Diego in 2019 before closing in 2021. Vannucci, who made headlines a few years back after pictures of her on a safari in Africa, recently announced move to Los Angeles; Now, she raises money for animal rights organizations through her restaurant. Pachamama’s menu of tacos, empanadas, sandwiches, ceviche, aguas and coffee is informed by Vannucci’s upbringing, as well as flavors from Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru and more. The dishes, available through an open window, are mostly organic ingredients and rarely any animal products; Most of the menu is vegan. The grand opening party is held on August 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pachamama is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

1425 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, whoispachamama.com

A photo of the many new wine racks in the Open Market.

The corner store Koreatown Open Market has shifted its focus to become a half liquor store, with a monthly liquor club and ongoing tasting events.

(Stephanie Breijo / Los Angeles T)

Koreatown Liquor Club at Open Market

You can still find crisps, crackers, spreaders and other locally made pantry items at Community-oriented open market, but the shop and cafe on the corner of Koreatown has expanded its focus and is now also a liquor store. Additionally, known as the Koreatown Liquor Club, has brought in dozens of bottles of international natural wine with a focus on small winemakers, along with regional craft beer, soju and craft sake . Starting in winter, a wine program kicks in, offering monthly discounts; The group plans to organize wine tastings and events such as pair dinners. The Koreatown Liquor Club is open in the Open Market from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Follow @koreatownwine on Instagram for updates.

3339 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 232-3851, openmarket.la

Fat Sal’s Deli

Fat Sal’s, the local chain known for its piled-up sandwiches, is now open in Marina del Rey, just a few blocks from Venice Beach. The sixth LA-area location sells the brand’s heroes and its signature “fat” sandwiches – served on extra-wide bread – in addition to burgers, wraps, salads, shakes and potatoes full fried. The newest Fat Sal’s is open daily from 11am to 3pm

37 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, (855) 682-4373, fatalsdeli.com

https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2022-08-10/the-return-of-black-restaurant-week-in-la The return of Black Restaurant Week in L.A.

Russell Falcon

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