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June 18, 2020
Ways To Celebrate Juneteenth In Seattle
A list of food-related ways to celebrate and honor Juneteenth.
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Friday, June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth, commemorates the end of slavery for all African Americans. This day has been celebrated since the 1800′s, and is also referred to as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Juneteenth Independence Day.

There are many ways to honor Juneteenth, including but not limited to supporting Black-owned restaurants and donating to organizations that benefit the Black Lives Matter movement. Here’s a list of spots around the city participating in this year’s commemoration.

  • Support a Black-Owned business today - and always. Check out our full list of restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops, bars, and bakeries.

  • For the entire weekend, Junebaby is honoring Juneteenth through the deep symbolism and significance of the color red. They’re incorporating red items throughout their takeout menu - like beets, raspberries, red potatoes, bell peppers, red velvet cake, strawberries, rhubarb, red beans and rice, hibiscus, and pomegranate. You can check their website for availability, and visit their Instagram to learn more.

  • Omabap, a Korean spot located on Capitol Hill within the CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) enclosure, is collaborating on Friday, June 19, with Mike’s Shave Ice to serve Korean street tacos and dessert from 5-8pm. All proceeds are going to the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter. You can learn more information on Omabap’s Instagram.

  • On Friday, June 19, Moe Vegan, a Black-owned, plant-based food truck that serves everything from gumbo to lasagna, is reopening for one day only. They’ll be parked just outside Kush21, a cannabis shop in Burien, from 12-8pm. Check out Moe Vegan’s Instagram page for updates.

  • Catfish Corner, a soul food spot in South Seattle, is hosting a community healing space with two youth outreach groups (Community Passageways and the Boys & Girls Club Of King County) at the Rainier Beach Safeway. They’ll be serving fried catfish and hush puppies - learn more on their Instagram.

  • The ACLU Of Washington opened $300 tabs at many Black-owned cafes and restaurants across Seattle and other parts of the state. All you have to do is mention the ACLU when you stop in, and your order will be completely paid for (up to $10). In Seattle, those spots are Café Avole, The Station, Boon Boona, and more. You can check out the full list here.

  • Mamnoon is participating in Bakers Against Racism, a worldwide virtual bake sale raising money to fight racial injustice. They’re selling rose and strawberry-filled donuts as well as their tahini chocolate chip cookie dough. You can place your order online and pick it up on Saturday, June 20, between 11am and 1pm. Their proceeds are going to the National Black Food And Justice Alliance, a coalition of Black-led organizations that work to build Black food sovereignty. If you can’t show up to pick up your order, the cookie dough (not the donuts) can be shipped. Just email sam@mamnoonrestaurant.com with your address and add the shipping charge to your online order.

  • The Pastry Project, an organization that provides free baking training to those with educational and employment barriers, is also participating in Bakers Against Racism. They’re hosting a virtual Pop-Tart workshop on Saturday, June 20, for $50 a ticket. Those ticket proceeds will go directly to the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter.

  • For the entire month of June, Homer is donating 10% of all proceeds to various organizations benefiting the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s a terrific reason to grab some pita, hummus, roast chicken, and a cup of salted strawberry soft serve. Check out their menu here.

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