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Local Restaurants & Breweries Participating in National Initiatives Supporting Racial Justice

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Restaurants and breweries are finding ways to do what they do best while supporting racial equality. Central Ohio business owners are participating in two national campaigns that are helping to raise awareness of the systemic inequities facing communities of color and to support those standing on the front lines in the fight for equality.

Black is Beautiful

Breweries across the country are banding together for the Black is Beautiful campaign. With a goal to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face on a daily basis and a mission to show the brewing community as an inclusive industry for people of color, breweries are creating stouts to showcase different shades of black.

San Antonio-based Weathered Souls Brewing Co. is providing the base stout recipe which each brewery will put their own spin on. The collaborative asks three things of beer-makers participating in the event:

  • Donate 100% of the beer’s proceeds to local foundations that support police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who have been wronged.
  • Choose their own entity to donate to local organizations that support equality and inclusion.
  • Commit to the long-term work of equality.

Nearly 750 breweries across all 50 states an in 13 countries are participating in the effort. Currently 20 Ohio breweries are part of the campaign including six in Central Ohio – BrewDog, Dankhouse Brewing (Newark), Hoof Hearted (Marengo), Land-Grant Brewing Co., Nocterra Brewing Co. and Seventh Son Brewing Co.

Imbibers should check in with each brewery to learn more about their stouts and when they will be released. As a part of the campaign, Black is Beautiful is providing a label design to easily identify the participating beers.

For more information, visit blackisbeautiful.beer.

Food Industry Action

Particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, many restaurants are facing immense financial challenges and have not been able to donate to causes supporting racial justice as they typically would. Food Industry Action will bring restaurants across the country together to help small donations make a big impact.

On Saturday, June 27, participating restaurants are asked to donate 5% of their sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. A number of Columbus restaurants have already signed up to be a part of Food Industry Action including:

  • Ambrose and Eve
  • Antiques on High
  • Fox in the Snow
  • Global Gallery Coffee Shop
  • G Michael’s Bistro
  • Hot Chicken Takeover
  • Jeni’s Ice Creams
  • The Joint
  • Kittie’s Cakes
  • The Lox
  • Marcella’s
  • The Pearl
  • Pistacia Vera
  • Seventh Son Brewing
  • Simply Rolled Ice Cream
  • Sweet Carrot
  • Watershed Distillery

For more information, visit foodindustryaction.com.

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