Tambra Raye Stevenson, MPH

Black businesses in the United States continue to persist and leverage their ingenuity to rise above the systemic oppression in the food and beverage industry. From farmers to retailers, local food businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic in the DMV region, but Black entrepreneurs — largely shut out of federal PPP loans — have struggled the hardest facing a syndemic of COVID-19 and structural barriers. Local media have been highlighting the local Black-owned food businesses around them and encourage guests to support them. As a fourth-generation Oklahoma native, our featured speaker Tambra Raye Stevenson knows the resiliency of Black businesses and cooperative economics from stories of her grandfather’s life in Boley, Oklahoma. As a champion for racial equity in the food system, Tambra will discuss the state of the black food economy in the metro Washington area. Tambra is a Mayoral appointee to D.C. Food Policy Council serving as the food systems and nutrition education chair. Having worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, Tambra knows the value and struggle that black businesses face in America and will provide insights and resources to pivot and thrive during this pandemic. She brings her academic training, professional experience, and public service in grounding this conversation.

WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture

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*Pre-order your meal from your favorite participating Black-owned restaurant. 
*Join us on our Zoom event
*Listen, learn, connect and celebrate our local Black business community! 

Date: Saturday, February 27,2021
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Zoom Interactive Online Experience

To participate in the Community Brunch:
1. Register your household.
2. Pre-Order meals from your favorite Black-owned restaurant.
3. Join us VIRTUALLY for fun, laughter and the business of food! You will receive the meeting link after you register for the event. 

Members: $15 per household Community at large: $20 per household. Register Here


11:00 a.m.
Welcome/ Get Started
Sheila Dixon & Corey Holeman
11:30 a.m.
Understanding the Food Chain
Steven Jones
To Eat or Not to Eat? Breaking Down Your Relationship with Food
Tambra Ray Stevenson
12:30 p.m.
Politics & Food
Derrick Wood
1:30 p.m.
Building an Empire in the Food Industry
Warren Thompson

FAQ's & Tips
1. Please contact the restaurants for delivery in your area. 
2. We recommend ordering from restaurants a day in advance of the online event.
3. NVBCC is not held responsible nor liable for food delivery from any of the restaurants listed.
4. General registration is required for the event. Proceeds benefit work of the chamber's future programming efforts.
5. If you do not want to order food, we welcome you to register for interactive participation.
6. If you know of black owned restaurants or caterers, let us know and we can add them to our current list.

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