Over the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed a major reckoning across the country following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as protesters have taken to the streets and monuments have toppled. These events have shifted the food media landscape, too, as revelations about the toxic culture for BIPOC at national publications such as Bon Appétit have come to light, inspiring calls for a long overdue effort to diversify the coverage at food and drink publications. At Feast, we decided to use this as an opportunity to look inward – to recognize our own blind spots and explore ways we can make our coverage of food-and-drink establishments across the region more inclusive.
In an effort to show solidarity, diners across the country have doubled down on supporting Black-owned businesses, and we were, frankly, blown away by the response to our lists in St. Louis and Kansas City. We heard from dozens of readers sharing memories of their favorite Black-owned restaurants, from the standout breakfast at Jenny’s Diner in Chesterfield, Missouri, to the burnt ends at Jazzy B’s Diner in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. It quickly became clear that we can – and should – use our platform to support these businesses in a more impactful way.
We know that doing so requires much more than making blanket statements or sharing a hashtag. With that in mind, we’re taking concrete steps to expand the diversity of our coverage – starting with a new digital series spotlighting Black-owned restaurants and business owners across the region – while also more intentionally integrating these businesses into our overall coverage. Through these stories, we hope to amplify these voices in our community, from line cooks and restaurateurs to pastry chefs and pitmasters, and perhaps encourage you to try somewhere new or revisit an old favorite.
Black-owned businesses need our support perhaps more than ever, and one of the most powerful ways to do so is with your dollar. Today and every day, we hope you will join us in doing so.
We want to hear from you, too: If you have a story idea or a recommendation for coverage, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.