(MADISON, Wis.) –Area residents can help build recognition for local Black-owned restaurants by voting for the best in each category during the seventh annual Madison Black Restaurant Week, taking place Aug. 14-21.

“I invite everyone to savor the flavor and explore culinary diversity from our fabulous and hard-working Black-owned restaurants, caterers, food trucks, dessert makers and more,” Camille Carter, president and CEO of the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce, said. “This year we are ramping up the community engagement to have folks vote for who they enjoyed the most.”

Voting will run from Aug. 14-21 on the Chamber’s website. Patrons can vote for their favorite experiences in the following three categories: restaurant, food cart and caterer or dessert vendor.

New participants this year include MacMade Delights, Jolly Rancher Margarita’s, Propa Jerk & BBQ Jamaican Gourmet, among others.

Also, the Food Tasting Jamboree is back for its third year, taking place from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 in the FEED Kitchens parking lot(1219 N. Sherman Ave.). The event will feature $5 samples from caterers, food carts and specialty food service providers, and attendees can vote for the “Favorite Taste Award” at the event. Tasting tickets can be purchased on site or in advance for additional convenience. The advanced tickets, called “Jamboree Express,” can be picked up at the will call booth.

Pre-orders, which take place between Aug. 14-18 on theBlack Restaurant Week edition of the Soul Food Sunday Marketplace, can be picked up from 1-3 p.m., Aug. 21 at the Jamboree. Contactless pickup is also available.

For further details, volunteer opportunities and a full list of participants, visit https://www.madisonblackchamber.com/black-restaurant-week-2022.

About Madison Black Chamber of CommerceThe Madison Black Chamber of Commerce is a group of community members working to empower the greater Madison Black community by growing and sustaining Black businesses through education, advocacy and developing Black wealth by promoting the power and impact of Black business.