On Thursday, May 4, OFN colleague Max Gritzuk and I attended The Enterprise Center’s (TEC) annual Eats for Equity fundraiser at TEC’s Center for Culinary Enterprises (CCE) in West Philly. CCE supports established and start-up food businesses and processors needing commercial kitchen space and technical assistance.

An OFN Member since 2015, TEC, which provides access to capital, capacity building, business education, and economic development opportunities to high-potential entrepreneurs of color, hosts the popular event to raise funds for the CDFI’s community programming.

Max and I often explore new restaurants when our lunch hours coincide, so it made sense for us to network with CDFI stakeholders while sampling amazing food from local chefs. We tried everything from crab cakes and shrimp & grits to baby-back ribs and jerk chicken wings, followed by some of the best desserts we’ve ever had. The vibe was celebratory and friendly, with a large, diverse crowd of TEC supporters, stakeholders, clients, and employees. We’ve always known TEC finances high-potential small businesses; we can now happily report these businesses are as creative—and food as delicious—as they are enterprising.

Try out these tasty Eats for Equity food vendors—you’ll be glad you did:

Oink and Moo

Bright Yellow Creamery

Birdies Biscuits

Happy Hippy

Darnel's Cakes & More

Desserts by Dana

Big Daddy Crab Cakes

The Global Dish

Take It Home

JADE Jamaican Grill

Yours Exclusively Desserts

Rio Brazillian

Get Real Get Raw

Sweet Nina's


Side of the Road Jerk Chicken

LuluBang Burgers & Wangs



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