FEASTIVAL is known for celebrating the artistic and culinary scenes in Philadelphia’s massive cultural melting pot, therefore we want to use our platform to honor the diverse voices in Philadelphia that represent the culinary scene and highlight the work they do. Sharing resources with the community is something that has become widely important at this time, and we want to join the conversations. Below is a list of organizations, businesses, and resources to continue learning about the Philadelphia culinary world, and the impact race has on dining in America. 

 

Food Related Organizations Making an Impact

Broad Street Ministry  is an organization that helps Philadelphians living in deep poverty stabilize their lives through a unique offering of meals and social services that is welcoming to everyone.

Cooking for the Culture is primarily a collaborative dinner series featuring line ups of some of the country’s emerging Black chefs. They’ve also organized food drives to support those affected by COVID-19 + the recent uprising.

Everybody Eats is a food drive program created by Cooking for the Culture chef Stephanie Willis. In an effort to help the community during the BLM protests, Everybody Eats was created to support the Philadelphia residents with food from local restaurants and essential items such as toiletries. 

C-CAP empowers dis-empowered youth through the culinary arts. C-CAP is a curriculum enrichment program linking public high school culinary teachers and their students to the food service industry.

The Urban Creators is a grassroots platform for radical and collaborative imagination. Since 2010, they have used food, art, and education as tools to nurture resilience, self-determination, and equity in the community.

Soil Generations is a Black and Brown led coalition of growers in Philadelphia, building a grassroots movement through relationship building, honoring culture, community education, organizing, activism and advocacy.

Sunday Suppers enhances the overall health and wellness of families through the transformative power of family meals, serving low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia – a city with the highest rate of poverty and food insecurity among the 10 largest cities in the U.S.

MANNA uses nutrition to improve health for people with serious illnesses who need nourishment to heal. By providing medically tailored meals and nutrition education, they empower people to improve their health and quality of life.

Civil Eats is a daily news source that details the American food system through stories and conversations about sustainable agriculture to create socially just communities. 

 

Supporting Black Owned Businesses

Black + Mobile is the first Black-Owned food delivery service based in the country that partners with Black-Owned Restaurants. 

EatOkra is a mobile app that connects the user with local black-owned restaurants across multiple large cities in the United States. 

Eat Black Owned is a Black-Owned restaurant locator that features over 2000 cafes, diners, and restaurants nationwide. 

Kae Lani Palmisano’s Comprehensive List of restaurants features over 200 Black-Owned restaurants in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas. 

 

Articles to Educate on Race and the Culinary World

At the Hot Bread Kitchen Conference, Ideas for a Better Restaurant World

Dining While Black: Race and the Philly Food Scene

Why We Can’t Talk About Race in Food

How the rise of supermarkets left out black America

 

Books to Educate on Race and the Culinary World

Ending Jim Crow in America’s Restaurants: Racial and Gender Occupational Segregation in the Restaurant Industry

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South