Culinary Tasting Event Celebrates Black-Owned Restaurants – Maryland Daily Record

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The PepsiCo Foundation, National Urban League and Greater Baltimore Urban League hosted the first Culinary Tasting Event Sept. 12 at the Baltimore World Trade Center building in honor of the Black Restaurant Accelerator Program (BRAP), a one-night event that showcased grantees of the program and highlight the program’s success stories. 

The accelerated program runs for eight to 10 weeks to help educate, enhance and sustain Black-owned restaurants in Maryland. The cohort consists of a series of workshops in addition to one-to-one personal coaching guidance from our expert consultants to support their growth and scaling their businesses. 

Since its inception in 2021, more than 1,000 business owners across the country have been served by the Black Restaurant Accelerator Program, leading to 26 new restaurant openings. In Baltimore, 24 restaurant owners participated in the programming, which created 96 restaurant jobs in the greater Baltimore area.

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Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, addresses the crowd during the Culinary Tasting Event. (Photo courtesy of Black Restaurant Accelerator Program)
Dante Davis, right, of Taste This, serves up some of the restaurant’s favorite dishes. (Photo courtesy of Black Restaurant Accelerator Program)
Aaron Scott, owner of Hot Spot Grilling Food Truck, serves up some of his classics with Nahleen Smalls, right, and Joe Parker. (Photo courtesy of Black Restaurant Accelerator Program)
Baltimore’s Dwayne Benbow, better known as The Funnel Cake King, shows off his certificate of participation in the Black Restaurant Accelerator Program. (Photo courtesy of Black Restaurant Accelerator Program)
Mastermind Quizine owner Brandie Dobson shows off her skills to promote her favorite catering dishes. (Photo courtesy of Black Restaurant Accelerator Program)
Codetta Bake Shop owner Sumayyah Bilal and her crew display her famous Baltimore baked goods. (Photo courtesy of Black Restaurant Accelerator Program)


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