Tuesday, May 29, 2012
'Why Are African Americans Not Participating in Chicago's Vibrant Dining Scene?'
That was a question a reader posed to me over the weekend, and he went into detail:
"I am a married African-American man in my late 40's who has been in Chicago since the early 1990s. My wife and I have been dining out in the city since moving here. Over past 5 years we have become more adventurous with our dining options, trying many of the new and established mid priced restaurants (i.e. avec, Davanti Enoteca, xoco).
"Lately, I have become more sensitive to the fact that A.A's are largely absent from the fine dining scene. What I have noticed is that it is not just a Chicago issue. I have traveled across the globe (NYC, London, Paris). It seems to be worldwide. I didn't expect to see it in Asia because many blacks don't live or travel there.
"I am not naive or saying that this is a major problem, nor I'm I trying to push my values on others. I also know that economics, tradition and history has a role to play (not feeling welcome). I'm just wondering if more can be done by the industry to entice A. A's. to participate in this wonderful culture."
Interesting! What do you think?!