Deadline nears to sign up for celebration of African-American food

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is looking for food partners to participate in its inaugural Juneteenth Foodways Festival on Friday, June 17. The event’s special focus is on engaging and celebrating Black-owned restaurants and caterers celebrating the intersection of the American presidency, the history of Black entrepreneurship and some of our country’s favorite cuisine. 

To be staged from 4 to 8 p.m., the interactive food experience will highlight – from the perspective of African-Americans – the hidden history of diverse Hoosiers from the 1860s to the 1890s. The event will share Black foodways contributions to American culture with a focus on Dolly Johnson, the White House chef hired by President Harrison. 

 Participating restaurants and caterers are encouraged to offer distinctive menu items that speak to the cultural heritage and contributions of Black foodways on American culture.

Interested food partners can apply now through 5 p.m. March 31. Participating restaurants/caterers will receive a $300 stipend and for those who feature or recreate a menu item of White House chef Dolly Johnson approved by and shared with the Presidential Site in advance, will receive an additional $200 stipend. 

One hundred percent of the proceeds of food purchased at the event will go to the participating restaurant/caterer. 

For additional information, contact Special Events and Marketing Manager Whitney Ball at 317-631-1888 or Selected partners will be notified by April 15.

The Juneteenth Foodways Festival is made possible through the generous support of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and presented by the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. 

PHOTO ABOVE: The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is located at 1230 N. Delaware St. in The Old Northside.