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12 Black-owned food and drink businesses you can support right now

The events industry is built upon the passion and determination of independent business owners. One of the most direct ways to support Black-owned businesses in your community is to buy from them. Below we’ve highlighted 12 of the incredible Black-owned businesses we’re lucky enough to work with at Feast It and how you can support them right now. You're still able to book all of these suppliers for your future events but for now, they’ve all had to be versatile to keep their businesses running during the Covid-19 pandemic by pivoting to offer deliveries of meals and products.

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Cally Munchy

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Cally Munchy

Founded in 2015, Cally Munchy fuses together flavours from all over Africa with the rest of the world to create mouthwatering and unique street food dishes. Firm favourites include their Cally Chicken and award-winning jollof rice, a marriage of recipes from Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. Based in South East London, their stall has quickly become popular across the Capital and has been recognised as one of the leading Afro-fusion street food businesses in the UK. This has led the team to cater for the likes of Peabody, Vans, Beavertown and Cisco, to name a few.

You can order home deliveries every week of Cally Munchy’s delicious meal pots or even a jar of Shituan Oil, their famous African chilli sauce. Find out more and place an order on their website.

Choco Fruit

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Choco Fruit

Choco Fruit has mastered the art of covering just about anything in chocolate. They’ve been perfecting their range of chocolate treats at events, South Bank and Brick Lane markets since 2015. Think fresh fruit, marshmallows and popcorn smothered in melted white, milk and dark chocolate. The team do this all from a nifty portable cart that can be decorated to your brand or theme.

Right now, you can get their sweet treats or fresh fruit platters delivered to your home or office. This includes chocolate covered strawberries, Belgian waffles, banana boats, fruit skewers, tiffin bites, and much more, as well as deliveries of huge boxes full of fresh fruit and vegetables. Send them a DM on Instagram to find out more and place an order.

Liquid Mobile Bar

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Liquid

Liquid Mobile Bar was founded in 2017 by Keshell with the simple aim of serving the best quality drinks across the UK, wherever an event may take them. The team serve from a choice of two lovely horseboxes, a gazebo or an indoor bar that all look amazing at any venue. Their extensive and eclectic range of drinks includes cocktails, milkshakes, juices and smoothies.

Liquid are still booking for social distancing parties in 2020 and for events next year too. Until then, they’re busy doing home deliveries of their bottles and hampers, which you can order on their website here. Milkshakes and juices can be delivered to your door in Bedford, Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. Cocktails and mocktails are posted UK wide.

Livity Plant Based Cuisine

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Livity

Twins and professional chefs, Kareema and Kaleema, launched Livity Plant-Based Cuisine together to showcase Ital food - completely vegan, whole-food Caribbean favourites. You can expect slow-cooked, rich curries, hot scotch bonnets and sweet plantains. Normally they’re feeding their deliciously healthy food to the public and event guests but they’ve certainly kept busy during lockdown with weekly home deliveries, an online product shop, and an e-book full of recipes!

To find out more and order a weekly home delivery head to Livity’s Instagram and to read about all the other ways to support them click here.

Artel's

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Artel's

Artel’s is an event catering company putting a British spin on classic Jamaican street food using family recipes handed down through generations. Their founder Joel wants to celebrate these age-old Jamaican recipes with a modern approach, presenting Caribbean food in a different light. In Joel’s words, their ‘approach to Caribbean cuisine is simple. Everyone is invited’. Their menu consists of Jerk chicken, pork and halloumi, as well as curries, awesome sides, Jerk burgers and fries.

Artel’s have seen widespread success since their launch and are developing the company further to spread knowledge, education and wealth not only via food but also through music and events. Design brand, A-COLD-WALL*, recently selected Artel’s as a recipient of their Black business grant alongside 11 other exceptional Black-owned businesses to receive funding to help their businesses continue to grow. In addition, Artel’s are planning to collaborate with a design studio to create a t-shirt to raise money and awareness for Black Minds Matter.

They’ve been one of the top suppliers on Feast It since we began and both Artel’s food and service has always been a hit at all events. You can check out their profile, get a quote and chat to them about your next event here.

Little Baobab

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Little Baobab

Bringing Senagalese cuisine and culture to London in an explosion of flavour and fun, Little Baobab was created by Khadim after the triumph of his Senagalese pop-up food events with live music. Little Baobab is now famous for their monthly, three-course Sengalese dining pop-ups at various venues across the city with some of London’s finest African musicians. The team also have extensive experience as a trader at large festivals and are available to hire for weddings and private events. Not only that, but Little Baobab has a booking agency for their roster of some of the best UK-based African music acts and they also sell their fresh, hot chilli sauce online, made using Chef Khadim’s mum’s recipe!

You can buy Little Baobab’s Chilli Sauce on Amazon here and Chef Khadim is also set to release a cookbook soon, so keep an eye out for that on their Instagram or website.

Lime Hut

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Lime Hut

Founder Fi quit her finance job in the City to create Lime Hut. The most significant part of Fi’s family life was the Sunday Caribbean dinners but as an adult, she became aware of the dietary health issues facing the Afro-Caribbean community. As Fi became more and more health-conscious, she wanted to develop a way to really enjoy healthy food and that’s where Lime Hut comes in. Lime Hut is a modern take on Caribbean food that uses traditional flavours cooked in a healthier, lighter way. Lime Hut began as a supper club and then broke into the Soho street food scene before expanding to also cater weddings and events. There’s also their incredible mentorship program that’s in its fourth year, ‘Lime Hut Helps’.

You can catch Fi in a brand new online cooking series on Lime Hut’s Instagram.

Big Apple Hot Dogs

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Big Apple Hot Dogs

Now in their tenth year, Big Apple Hot Dogs’ mission is still to bring you the best hot dog experience of your entire life. Beginning as a New York-style hot dog cart on Old Street, BAHD has since won British Street Food Awards, traded at festivals and major sporting events, catered for Tom Cruise and even supplied Heston Blumenthal. Recently their main business has been the wholesale of their amazing sausages to hospitality companies across the UK and beyond but this was immediately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a result, Big Apple Hot Dogs have created an online shop so you can still order their unbeatable sausages! Spreading the word of their online shop is now their main focus. Bringing BAHD sausages to your garden BBQ this summer is sure to cement you as the best BBQ host amongst your friends!

Spinach & Agushi

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Spinach & Agushi

Spinach & Agushi have been a famous fixture at Broadway Market since 2004! The team are all about bringing the exciting flavours of Ghanaian and African food to the masses and have spread the word through their supper club. Their first being 10 years ago, Spinach & Agushi are now well known on the London supper club scene for their innovative dishes. You can also book the team for a private or corporate event with their delicious stews, sides, salads and canapés.

At the moment, you can order Spinach & Agushi’s fridge filler menu direct to your door! Their menu comprises a choice of delicious sauces and stews that can be accompanied by Jollof Rice, Black-Eyed Beans, Suya Chicken Wings and their Hot Pepper Sauce. Bestsellers include Chicken and Groundnut, Beef Stew and Coconut Chicken. Place your order here.

Mama's Jerk

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Mama's Jerk

Independent street food business, Mama’s Jerk, took Mama Charlotte’s original Jerk recipe and love of good quality ingredients to create exciting Caribbean flavours in a new and modern way. Mama Charlotte’s secret recipe was developed by experimenting with the fresh ingredients grown on her own farm to put her twist on the Jamaican classic. Her Jerk Marinade recipe was so tasty it was used on just about anything and very fortunately passed down generations.

Due to major popularity, Mama’s Jerk now has three permanent sites in Deptford, Brixton and Canary Wharf, as well as continuing their street food service at pop-ups and festivals. Not only that but the team also have a huge amount of experience in catering for offices, private events and weddings!

To sample Mama’s Jerk for yourself, you can order on Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat or buy their incredible homemade sauces via their website. Imagine using Mama’s Jerk’s very own Jerk Spice Rub, Jerk BBQ Sauce or Mama’s Pepper Pickle in your very own kitchen!

Juici Jerk

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Juici Jerk

Combining their British and West-Indian heritage with a love for food, Juici Jerk is spreading a new age taste of the Caribbean by offering a fresh take on this cuisine. From the taste to the experience, Juici Jerk is not your typical Caribbean food spot with their array of dishes to suit the modern diner, but without forgetting their roots.

It all began in 2017 as a small family business operating from their home kitchen in South West London. Founded by brothers, Jarrell and Troy, they’ve chased their passion for cooking and unique dining experiences. Their phenomenal menu has an extensive range from jerk wraps, burritos, bagels, burgers and salads to so many vegetarian options, seafood dishes and sides. Juici Jerk was named in TechRound’s Top 10 Food Start-ups to Watch in 2018 and they’re often normally serving the public at Boxpark and Mercato Metropolitano.

Luckily, for now, you can still enjoy Juici Jerk’s food by ordering on Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat. To find out more and start salivating, click here.

Dookies Grill

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Dookies Grill

Dookies Grill began in 2014 from Sean’s ambition to start a family-owned catering business serving unique dishes using flavours from his Caribbean roots combined with ingredients from different cultures, all accessible in London. Sean loved Caribbean food growing up and before long he was in the kitchen too. Being in London means that a lot of Dookies Grill’s food is influenced by the style of street food but they can also adapt their menu to a more formal wedding service.

The team is currently selling Jerk BBQ meal box kits to your door every week made of delicious chicken or rib combos. As if that wasn’t enough, you can also purchase Dookies Grill’s signature premium Jerk BBQ sauce from their website. A sweet but spicy BBQ based sauce made with scotch bonnet chillies and other authentic Caribbean ingredients, this sauce can be used as a condiment or jerk glaze to chicken, fish, lamb or pork.