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Over the past week, the country has erupted in protest over the unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many other Black Americans. Many Americans have turned to supporting the Black community in every way they can, from joining protests, educating themselves by reading anti-racist literature, donating to bail funds and Black Lives Matters organizations, and having tough conversations with family members about how to change and thwart the racial discriminatory actions we see everyday. 

Along with these very important and necessary actions, one of the best ways to directly support the Black community is by actively shopping at Black-owned businesses—right now and continuing to in the future. We’ve gathered together a list of some of our favorite culinary-forward businesses around the country, which can be supported even during the coronavirus pandemic through online shops, and takeout and delivery options.

Related Reading: Support These Black-Owned Bars & Restaurants in Major U.S. Cities

Basbaas

Basbaas

Somalia-born Hawa Hassan escaped the civil war in her country before moving to America, and now she pays homage to the flavors of her motherland with her collection of hot sauces. “Basbaas” comes from the Somali word for chili, so it only makes sense that her hot sauces and chutneys are flooded with spices, fruits, and herbs (think coconut cilantro chutney and tamarind date sauce).  

Trade Street Jam Co.

Trade Street Jam Co.

Ashley Rouse founded Trade Street Jam Co. in her teeny apartment in North Carolina, which has since evolved into a company crafting small-batch jam geared toward swirling into cocktails, salad dressings, BBQ marinades, and pan sauces (or simply smeared on a piece of toast). Jam flavors run the gamut from smoked yellow peach to plum & rose and blueberry lemon basil, and if you’re in need of inspo for ways to use up your jam, Ashley posts a slew of recipes online. 

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Sage’s Larder

Sage’s Larder

Shop tea blends, healing elderberry syrups, farm fire cider, and other immunity-boosting serums from Sage’s Larder, a pantry-cum-herbalist destination from Jovan Sage, a herbalist and food alchemist. 

Jones Bar-B-Q

Jone’s Bar-B-Q

Even if you haven’t watched season three of “Queer Eye,” where the fab five gave the founders and Kansas City restaurant a makeover, you’ll want to get familiar with the BBQ joint. The restaurant offers a famed sweet and tangy barbecue shop, available for purchase online, and if you happen to be in the Kansas City area, the team is also still doing BBQ takeout. 

Db Manba 

Db Manba

Following a trip to Haiti where Stanely Dumornay and Jason Delis revelled in the complexity of traditional, spicy Haitian peanut butter, the pair decided to bring the spread back to Montréal. The duo infuses roasted peanuts with Scotch Bonnet peppers, crafting a smooth, yet fiery, spread that can be swiped onto sandwiches or baked into cookies. Choose from flavors like classic creamy or spicy crunchy.  

Brutus Bakeshop

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Lani Halliday has proven you don’t need flour to make an excellent baked good. The professionally trained pastry chef shares her gluten-free treats, and her accompanying distinctive stencil work, in glamorous cakes and cookies.  

Crust by Mack

Crust by Mack

Amanda Mack usually dishes up hand pies, pastries, cookies, and cakes in her Baltimore bakery, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, the baker has resorted to baking her specialities and offering them for pick-up (think strawberry buns with cream cheese frosting and chocolate chip cookies). 

Essie Spice

Essie Spice

Essie Spice draws on traditional West African cooking processes and spices, along with influences from Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and South America to craft a range of sauces and spice blends. Add the likes of TamarindOH! (a blend of tamarind, guava, ginger, and vanilla) and a mango chili medley to your pantry. 

Justice of the Pies

Justice of the Pies

The Chicago-based bakery Justice of the Pies was founded by Maya-Camille Broussard, who bakes a host of pies and quiches. And while Chicago locals normally flock to the bakery for a chance to nosh on blueberry banana pudding pie, these days the team has pivoted to delivering meals to frontline workers and have even launched a cooking subscription service called Justice for All, where Maya teaches weekly cooking classes. 

Partake

Partake

Partake, a cookie company that boasts investors like Jay-Z, bakes up sweets that are gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly. Those with allergy restrictions don’t have to worry about biting into these cookies, as they’re free of nuts, eggs, dairy, and soy, among others. Grab a bag online or at Target in flavors like crunchy carrot cake and ginger snap cookies. 

Berry Bissap

Berry Bissap

Instead of opting for your regular can of kombucha, grab a bottle of Berry Bissap, a West African spiced hibiscus tea, brewed from ethically sourced hibiscus, spices, and organic fruit. The caffeine-free tea gets its roots from Senegal, but has emerged as a staple in much of West Africa, and now you can find it in the States, infused with other fruits like pineapple and cinnamon citrus.

Golde

Golde

Trinity Mouzon Wofford founded Golde with wellness, superfoods, and good vibes in mind. The brand straddles the intersection of health and beauty, toting items like turmeric latte blends, make-your-own matcha kits, and face masks made from edible superfoods like spirulina and mango juice. 

Sol Cacao

Sol Cacao

Three brothers from Harlem are the brains behind these single-origin chocolate bars, with cacao sourced from countries like Peru, Madagascar, and Ecuador. Bars can be purchased from the online store or found at a host of grocery stores in three states.  

EXAU Olive Oil

EXAU Olive Oil

EXAU is run by husband-and-wife team Giuseppe and Skyler, a 3rd generation olive producer and 3rd generation Californian, respectively. The company brings the olive groves in Calabria to the terroir of California, offering an assortment of extra virgin olive oils and recipes to boot. 

Theopolis Vineyards

Theopolis Vineyards

Theopolis Vineyards is set in the bucolic area of California’s Anderson Valley. If you can’t make it into the vineyard, you can, instead, shop a selection of wine online, from pinot noirs to sirahs. 

Lotus Scoop Ice Cream

Lotus Scoop Ice Cream

There’s a whole lot of soul in Lotus Scoop’s ice cream, blended with ingredients that are distinctly Caribbean and Latinx. Expect flavors like Meet Met at Sunset (pink guava and honey) and Platanos Maduros (sweet plantains and vanilla). Although the ice cream is only currently local to New York and New Jersey, the team has plans to bring pints to Florida and Georgia next year.  

Brooklyn Braised 

Brooklyn Braised

Founder and executive chef Christa Lynch runs the operations at Brooklyn Braised, a catering-cum-events platform in Brooklyn. Along with full-scale event and design production, as well as customizable catering, Brooklyn Braised also partners with local shelters and organizations like City Harvest to bring food to those who need it most.  

Good Cakes & Bakes

Good Cakes & Bakes

Detroit’s April Anderson is the owner and pastry chef at Good Cakes & Bakes, a bakery specializing in American comfort food sweets, like gooey butter cakes and cinnamon rolls slathered with cream cheese frosting. Anyone in the Detroit area can order items ahead of time, to be delivered or picked up at the bakery. 

Ivy’s Tea

Ivy’s Tea

Tea lovers and those fascinated by herbalism will want to flock to Ivy’s Tea, an online boutique specializing in loose teas, honey, and dainty mugs and matching saucers. 

Just Soul Catering

Before the COVID-19 crisis, Just Soul Catering dished up soul food staples like sweet candied yams and fried catfish. But due to the closures of many restaurants and catering businesses, Just Soul Catering has pivoted to cooking and delivering free weekly meals to frontline workers and domestic violence shelters in N.Y.C, and these efforts rely entirely on donations. 

Maison Noir Wines

Maison Noir Wines

A former sommelier at Per Se, André Hueston Mack turned to wine production with his company Maison Noir Wines. The 11 varieties of Oregon wine can be shipped to 31 states, along with his collection of wine-inspired T-shirts. 

Green Garden Bakery

Green Garden Bakery

Green Garden Bakery, powered by a group of young entrepreneurs in North Minneapolis, grows vegetables in a community garden that are then baked into healthy, vegetable-forward desserts and sold at a slew of farmers markets. For the moment, the team is offering only a few products through the online store, but have plans to be back at markets by July 2020. 

Black lives matter. Text DEMANDS to 55156 to sign Color of Change’s petition to reform policing, and visit blacklivesmatters.carrd.co for more ways to donate, sign petitions, and protest safely.

Header image courtesy of Essie Spice.

Amy Schulman is an associate editor at Chowhound. She is decidedly pro-chocolate.
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