The Block is Hot: 10 Black-Owned Ice Cream Shops to Visit During the Summer Heat

Taharka Brothers Ice Cream | Baltimore, Maryland Founded in 2010, this Baltimore based company serves small-batch ice-cream flavors — vanilla and chocolate as well as some nontraditional flavors such as olive oil & sea salt, Honey Graham and cardamom. You can find Taharka Brothers ice cream in several locations across Baltimore. For more information on specific locations check out...

Marddy’s: How a Shared Kitchen and Marketplace is Preserving West Atlanta Culture and Helping Local Chefs Thrive

 Located in the west side of Atlanta, Georgia, is Marddy’s, a shared kitchen and marketplace that’s supporting small businesses in the neighborhood. Short for “Market Buddies,” Marddy’s is a licensed facility that provides a shared space for home cooks to prepare and sell their goods to customers. Participating chefs have access to a commercial...

OjaExpress Brings African and Caribbean Grocery Staples To Your Door With Its New Delivery App

Bronzeville resident Boyede Sobitan created OjaExpress with co-founder Fola Dada after he grew tired of traveling back and forth from the South Side to the North Side of Chicago for ingredients to cook Nigerian food. He soon found out that his group of friends and family had similar issues with finding African and Caribbean groceries conveniently. Out of frustration...

What’s Poppin: How An HBCU Graduate Created a Lucrative Gourmet Popcorn Company

Khadijah “Kay” Polly, owner of Kay’s Kettle Corn and author of “POPCOINS: How to Make a $500 A Month With a Home Based Popcorn Business,” has been in the business for five years but always had an entrepreneurial spirit.  The beginning of Kay’s business savvy started young when she made and sold bracelets as...

From Naval Officer to Chick-Fil-A Franchise Owner

I suspect many of us fell in love with Chick-fil-A after sampling their free nuggets in a local mall. Well, that’s exactly where Kevin Young’s journey to become a Chick-fil-A franchise owner started—he just didn’t know it. Young grew up in Maryland, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001, and eventually reached the rank of lieutenant in Nuclear Engineer,...

“The Green Book App” EatOkra Connects Customers to Black-Owned Restaurants Across the Diaspora

EatOkra is an innovative smartphone application that connects consumers with over 800 Black-owned restaurants in the United States. Co-Founder and Developer of EatOkra, Anthony Edwards Jr., released his app in response to a technology gap where he and his fiancé would find themselves directed to the same food spaces online and to preserve Black fellowship after racial profiling of Black...

Black and Mobile Delivers the Culture As Philly’s First Black Restaurant Delivery Service

Meet Aaron and David Cabello, Nigeria-born, Philly-based twins who started the Black-owned and operated delivery service, Black and Mobile. These two kicked off their business after noticing a lack of Black delivery services in Philadelphia, a city with a Black majority population of over 40-percent. It only seemed reasonable to start a delivery service that connects Black restaurants and eateries...

Heisman Trophy Winner Charles Woodson Launches New Line of “Intercept” Wines

Years after finishing his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, NFL champion Charles Woodson threw himself into winemaking and philanthropy. Having staked his own corner of the market with Charles Woodson Wines. Now, he’s spreading out in the vinification arts with his new label Intercept. Charles Woodson and 20 Years of Winemaking The former champion is no stranger to wines. Woodson...

New Orleans Native Debuts Authentic Seasoning Blends Passed Down by Generational #BlackGirlMagic

Imagine three generations of women in the kitchen cooking gumbo, caouanne soup and red beans and rice, and then sharing that with extended family — uncles, aunts, cousins, great aunts and great uncles each weekend.  For attorney, entrepreneur, food and lifestyle writer and New Orleans native, Kara Johnson, those weekly family gatherings in the...

Birmingham’s Beered Black Man Debuts New Brew

In my hometown of Birmingham, there are several bars and watering holes that feature craft beer prominently. In a city with an extremely large Black population, you’d think we’d a number of Black brewers, especially since we enjoy beer and we like to brew as well. Enter the Beered Black Man, Ralph Marion, a bartender and now brewer from...

FAMU Graduate Creates App To Find Working McDonald’s Shake Machines

Sometimes that craving hits when you want—no, you need—a frosty treat. Maybe a McFlurry or a shake from Mickey D’s. So, you put your order in at drive thru and wait. Then it happens: “Sorry, our ice cream machine is down.” It never fails and we’ve all run into this at least three times. Luckily someone made an app...

The Furlough Cheesecake Sisters Ink Sweet Deal with Walmart

Two Prince George’s County sisters behind ‘The Furlough Cheesecake’ will debut their famous desserts in stores across the DMV in partnership with the retail giant, Walmart. In an interview with WJLA 7, Howard could not contain her excitement. “We’re so very excited we’re able to share a little slice of smile,” said Howard. “Walmart! The Walmart! Our cheesecakes will be...

Food Entrepreneur Chef Ron Freeman is Bringing Healthier Ramen to Prisoners

Ron Freeman, creator of Mama Pat’s Foods is creating healthier ramen options after his incarceration led him to reflect on ramen’s nutritional content and its market value for prisoners. Before Freeman’s arrest and subsequent incarceration due to a drug bust, he ran a hot dog cart in Los Angeles. While feeding nearby patrons in the Gardena neighborhood in southwest Los...

Jay-Z and Usher Invest in Culinary Incubator

J’s Kitchen Culinary Incubator. The endeavor allows local cooks and chefs to practice and concoct culinary marvels with the “shared kitchen” concept. While she did get clients and orders for some of the meals provided—that German chocolate cake on the catering site looks delicious—she needed some extra umph to really bring in clients. Enter...

Deep Cuts: How a Black Craftsman Started Making Amazing Custom Knives for Chefs

What’s a chef without their knives? Knives are an extension of a chef’s body—a tool that shapes, crafts and manipulates ingredients to produce an expression of their creativity and an appetizing meal for customers. Without quality knives a chef could be rendered useless. This where expert bladesmith Quintin Middleton of “Middleton Made Knives” shines. In an interview with Francis Lam,...

Coffee With A Cause: 10-Year-Old Black Winston-Salem Native Serves Up More Than a Cup of Coffee

10-year-old Camden “Cam” Myers, the young entrepreneur of “Cam’s Coffee” opened his then pop-up style coffee shop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to build his confidence. Now, Cam’s Coffee is a thriving business that employs people with disabilities. Cam’s drive to empower himself through his coffee business and give back to people in need is why young Cam won a...

Putting the Yum in Yummy: Four Brothers Bake Up Creative Cookies Kickstarting their own Cookie Empire

Four brothers in Atlanta are baking and making money all with a simple cookie recipe. What started as a convenient snack, turned into a serious business idea when the young entrepreneurs realized everyone loved their cookies. “Everybody would say that our cookies are really good. So, we were just thinking we could make a living off of selling cookies,” Joshua said....

Kwame Onwuachi & Bryan Furman Selected For Food & Wine’s 2019 Class of Best New Chefs

Being recognized on this list has historically been a launch pad to recognition and business success for many chefs. Past recipients included famous chefs like David Chang and Tom Colicchio of Top Chef Fame. This year Food & Wine selected two established black culinary superstars who have been excelling for years in two different shades of our culinary foodways. Congratulations...

Looking For A Black-Owned Restaurant in Chicago or Atlanta? Check Out This New Directory- Black People Eats

Instagram is definitely the best stop if you want you want to gander at food and drink on social media. Because of this, tons of accounts have popped up for this purpose. Earlier this month we highlighted one such account in the Beered Black Man. Jeremy Joyce’s Black People Eats served the same purpose of highlighting eateries throughout the...

Top Chef Finalist Eric Adjepong Is Bringing Jollof Rice to the Masses

Chef Eric Adjepong has been busy since leaving as one of the most memorable Top Chef finalists. Adjepong’s demand is high in the culinary world, but for a long time the average person could not taste his food. In a partnership with Territory Foods, Adjepong sold chicken jollof rice to D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco and Los Angeles for a...

P.R.E.A.M (Pizza Rules Everything Around Me) HBCU Grads Expand Pizza Chain in South

When you think pizza, you might think the big chains or cities like New York, Chicago, or Detroit. Yeah, Detroit where a few chains were formed. You might not think “Man, Nashville has some great pizza.” No, Nashville is ribs and chicken but now you can add pizza to that thanks to Slim & Husky’s PizzaBeeria. Pizza Rules Everything Around...

Omari McQueen Makes Magic: 11-year-old CEO of Dipalicious Makes Boss Moves As The Youngest Award-Winning Vegan Chef

Omari McQueen, an 11-year-old restauranteur is the youngest three-time award-winning vegan chef in the UK and is the CEO of his company, Dipalicious — a plant-based Caribbean restaurant. Omari’s popup restaurant ran from Aug. 17 – 24 at Boxpark Croydon and while there were no details on what he served, it is clear that he is passionate about plant-based food....

He Owns 12 McDonald’s Franchises In Wisconsin. Here’s How He Uses Them To Help The Community

Originally published in Black Enterprise. Republished with their permission. Growing up, if you had told Robert Pyles, one of nine children raised by a single mother in a small town outside of Anniston, Alabama, that he would own multiple McDonald’s locations, he probably would have chuckled. While he knew service was his calling, restaurant ownership wasn’t at the top of...

11 Black-Owned Chocolate Businesses That Will Satisfy Your Cravings. Who Needs Hershey?

If you are reading this, clearly you love chocolate. But did you know there are Black-owned chocolate businesses across the globe waiting to serve you the premium chocolate you crave? No matter the occasion, chocolate is a great buy and buying it from Black-owned businesses is even better. Let’s look at 11 Black-owned chocolate Businesses. Online Purchase Available Harlem Chocolate Factory...