Howard County Restaurant Weeks - July 12-25
This week from July 12th to July 25th will be the 2021 Howard County Restaurant week. These two weeks are dedicated to appreciating the restaurants in Howard County, raising awareness to Howard County’s diverse culinary offerings.
This year’s Restaurant Week includes a partnership with the AAPI community as well. Many AAPI owned businesses will be participating, bringing awareness to minority-owned restaurants in Howard County. The organizations behind this initiative hope to encourage more small restaurants to join in and attract more customers.
On February 11th 2021, the new Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workgroup was kicked off with Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan, Howard County executive Calvin Ball, and many others in attendance. The newly formed group promotes positivity and vibrancy between individual cultures that helps brand Howard County as an inclusive and vibrant place to reside, work, and play in.
“We are so excited to be partnering with the AAPI community. It's something we’ve been wanting to do for some time,” Visit Howard County Executive Director Amanda Hof says. They hope that through this initiative, there will be an increase in awareness towards the AAPI-owned businesses in Howard County, and continue to encourage diversity and inclusivity in the community.
Some previous actions that have been taken to increase accessibility for all include implementing translations of different languages onto their websites. This allows for smoother communication with different restaurants, and shows its results in a large increase of participants in Restaurant Week.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that all our residents feel safe, respected and treated with the dignity that we all deserve,” Howard County Executive Calvin Ball says. “Today, we’re taking an important step toward a more inclusive community by launching our Asian American and Pacific Islander Workgroup.”
The workgroup is a part of a larger movement towards more AAPI representation in Howard County. It is launched in the hopes of incentivizing more diversity throughout the community, allowing for a safe place where everyone feels equal.
“We want to help bring the community back together through this program,” Hof says. “To show that we, as a community, embrace all of the cultures within.” The 2021 Restaurant Week ends on July 25th. Make sure not to miss out on the variety of vibrant cultures present in these plates!