National Week of ‘Super Horny’ Caribbean American Restaurants

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Dominic Christopher, the Jamaican-born president of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Restaurant Association (CARA), called his organization “super excited” about organizing the first-ever National Caribbean American Restaurant Week in person.

The historic event kicked off Sunday at the popular Suede Restaurant in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Christopher said CARA has also hosted participating restaurants in more than 17 states and 30 cities across the United States in honor of National Caribbean American Restaurant Week.

“As we also celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month, let us all remember to do everything possible to frequent our restaurants not only here in New York but also across the United States,” said Christopher. Caribbean life.

“Our restaurants have been hit hard by business closures related to COVID-19, so CARA will remain focused on our mission to fully support our members,” he added.

Christopher said that National Caribbean American Restaurant Week featured “exceptional Caribbean dishes, premium Caribbean drink blends and a unique experience for our important guests and clients.”

He said Sunday’s celebration kicked off extended Restaurant Week, “which is helping as many restaurants as possible to recover and restore their businesses’ financial health from the devastating losses caused by the pandemic. of COVID-19 “.

Christopher said one of the goals of National Caribbean American Restaurant Week is to help generate local support for restaurants affected by the pandemic in New York City and across the country.

Sunday’s launch was also hosted by Oliver Samuels, the legendary Jamaican actor, performer, comedian, director and producer, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday in cultural entertainment.

“Whenever Jamaicans and the Caribbean come together, I am very proud to be a part of the gathering,” Samuels said. Caribbean life during the event. “We are thought to be the most fragmented people, and it is a manifestation that we are not. The idea of ​​this event is great.

“I feel very honored and very special to be here,” added Samuels, who came from Jamaica especially for the event. “What I would like is for it to get bigger and bigger. And I hope that the peoples of the Caribbean will support it and give it their support, so that it becomes an annual event that is part of our heritage. “

Chaka Bomani, St. Lucia-born co-owner of Restaurant Suede, said the restaurant was “proud to host the first-ever National Caribbean American Restaurant Week.

“As a proven sponsor and community partner, we are happy to do our part to raise awareness for such a critical business,” he said. Caribbean life. “COVID-19 has devastated many of our restaurants. So doing our part is essential.

“We look forward to next year, and the year after, to help make it even bigger,” he added.

The first-ever National Caribbean American Restaurant Week was blessed by New York’s First Lady Chirlane McCray, who traces her roots back to Barbados and St. Lucia.

“I am proud of my Caribbean heritage and. Along with thousands of New Yorkers, I’m thrilled to support the first-ever National Caribbean American Restaurant Week.

“Caribbean restaurants are the heart and soul of New York City neighborhoods and the country,” she added. “They bring the warmth of a culture that celebrates family and community with mouth-watering traditional dishes and the familiar flavors of home.

“Like so many other small businesses – especially in communities of color – our Caribbean restaurants have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” McCray continued. “Now, as we focus on a fair and inclusive recovery, it is up to all of us to support these companies in their recovery. “

US Caribbean Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke said, “As a Jamaican-American woman, I take great pride in my heritage and understand the illustrious heritage of how Black and Caribbean culture has contributed and continues to contribute to the culinary identity of this country.

“Our people took leftovers and junkies and created delicacies,” said the Jamaican immigrant daughter, who represents the 9e Brooklyn District of Congress. “We created art from ugly food and cultivated from deprivation. That’s 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,” added Clarke. “Happy Caribbean American Heritage Month and Happy Caribbean Restaurant Week.”


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