Deh Abroad Village hosts Caribbean American Restaurant Week | Way of life

The Caribbean is so much more than sun, sand and sea, says Dominic Christopher, co-founder of Deh Abroad Village, a New York-based organization that focuses on building a network for wealth creation and cultural awareness.

“Our region is tasty – the people, the cultures – part of that is the food,” said Christopher the gleaneradding that the United States is home to more than 500 Caribbean-owned restaurants, “with so many different offerings.”

“I don’t know much about entertainment, but I’m a foodie. I can tell what ingredients people are putting in their food from the first taste and nothing beats our flavors. The food and drink aspect of culture is underestimated, but we have people who travel to the islands just to experience it.

Always thinking one step ahead of ways to showcase island culture while supporting the diaspora, Deh Abroad Village has partnered with the Caribbean American Restaurant Association (CARA) to host an epicurean experience for Caribbean Heritage Month. Caribbean American Restaurant Week kicks off its second edition this weekend with restaurants from New York, Florida and California adding to the table of offerings June 12-18.

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CARA is a grassroots organization whose objectives are to advocate on behalf of Caribbean hospitality and nightlife businesses, particularly with respect to government policies that disproportionately impact small Caribbean restaurants and hospitality businesses. .

“Most restaurants struggled – and barely described the challenges – during the pandemic. Working collectively to understand the challenges and resources or lack of resources that these restaurateurs faced, allowed us to see what needed to be done,” Christopher said of the reasoning behind the week-long event. . In an effort to provide greater exposure to the Caribbean business community and showcase the cuisine as part of the region’s vibrant culture, he said the organizations have focused on marketing the event in a way that allows greater exposure to each participating restaurant. , and although he never experienced Jamaica Restaurant Week, conceptualized by the late Stephanie Scott, he said his concept was inspirational.

“Jamaica plays a central role in the idea. About 53% of immigrants come from the Caribbean, and among English-speaking countries, Jamaica has the highest number,” Christopher explained. “The idea for our restaurant week is similar as we have managed to plan with restaurants to offer discounts [so] that consumers can enjoy a multi-course meal. This restaurant week is special to me because it gives our community the opportunity to come back stronger and spread our culture to people who will absolutely fall in love with our food.

Those interested can access the list of restaurants on www.caribbeanrestaurantweek.us.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams supports Caribbean American Restaurant Week. “The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt many restaurants in New York financially, but supporting Caribbean American Restaurant Week is a step forward in helping them recover,” Adams said.

MP Yvette Clarke shared the same sentiment. “Not only will there be a myriad of delicious dishes to choose from, but this is also an opportunity to showcase Caribbean-owned small businesses and support their economic recovery from the devastating effects of COVID-19,” said said Clarke. “As a Jamaican-American woman, I am very proud of my heritage and understand the illustrious legacy of how black and Caribbean culture has contributed and continues to contribute to the culinary identity of this country. Our people took leftovers and undesirable and created delicacies. We have created art from ugly food and grown from deprivation. This is why weeks like this are so important; we must not only support our Caribbean restaurants, but also preserve the rich cultural heritage that is our food.

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