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Blackened grouper with rice and peas at Holley's, a participant in Houston's first Black Restaurant Week.

Houston, Texas, launched its first Black Restaurant Week yesterday, with 20 restaurants crafting special menus to honor the impact of African-American chefs, restaurant owners and caterers on the city’s culinary landscape, and to encourage restaurantgoers to challenge their usual dining-out habits. Following in the footsteps of a similar weeklong event in Memphis, Houston has planned a packed lineup of events where diners can sample lunch, brunch and dinner dishes from places serving a diverse array of cuisines, including African, North African, Caribbean, Cajun, soul food and barbecue, plus wine and cocktail pairings and themed happy hours.

Houston-area food enthusiasts can book tickets to the week’s various events, including a pop-up dinner at the Houston Museum of African-American Culture, via the BRW website. This year’s participants include:

  • Lucille’s, 5512 La Branch St.
  • Café Abuja, 15015 Westheimer Rd., #C
  • Etta’s Little Kitchen, food truck
  • Gatlin’s BBQ, 3510 Ella Blvd.
  • Ray’s Real Pit BBQ Shack, 4529 Old Spanish Trail
  • Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 3201 Louisiana St.
  • Calabash Island Eats, 1515 Pease St.
  • Reggae Hut, 4814 Almeda Rd.
  • Esther’s Cajun Café, 5204 Yale St.
  • d’Marco’s Pizzeria, 11102 S. Highway 6, Suite 106, Sugar Land, TX
  • Davis Street at Hermann Park, 5925 Almeda Rd.
  • Prospect Park, 17776 Texas 249, #28b
  • Crave Seafood, 5887 Westheimer Rd.
  • Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant, 6800 Southwest Freeway
  • Unwine on Almeda, 4420 Almeda Rd.
  • Scrappy Brown’s, 4830 Almeda Rd.
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Organizers are donating 15 percent of the proceeds to Change Happens, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of support programs for Gulf Coast communities.