Go for lunch, stay for the civil discourse.
A New Orleans pop-up restaurant is billing itself with just that theme at Roux Carre outdoor food court until March 4, using its meals to highlight the racial wealth disparity in New Orleans and nationwide, according to a report from Eater.
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The story was originally published on "Civil Eats," a news outlet that bills itself as a "source for critical thought about the American food system." The story details the eatery called SAARTJ, which serves vegetarian Nigerian dishes that call back to chef Tunda Wey's upbringing. The popup has been running since the beginning of February.
Roux Carre was created in 2015 by the business development nonprofit Good Work Network. Its overarching goal is to make the economy of New Orleans more inclusive for women and minorities, and the food court gives that mission a culinary lens.
Wey said in the report that after customers order at his eatery, which bears a sign "this is more than lunch ... this is an experiment," he offers statistics on racial wealth disparity locally and across the nation.
new project: all through the month of February, started Feb. 2, I'll be at @rouxcarre using delish Nigerian food to address racial wealth disparity. racial wealth disparity is probably the single most influential reason for poor life outcomes in communities of color, and while systemic fixes are necessary, concomitantly, as individuals we can make personal choices to either exacerbate or ameliorate this gap. that's a lot of fancy words just to say "come through/ pull up!" (link in bio)
Wey then gives guests two options: White customers can either pay $12 for lunch or $30. Black customers are charged $12, with the option to collect the $18 as a form of wealth redistribution.
“So, how much do you want to pay?” asked Wey in the report, which notes that the concept is one of many ways he has used food to illustrate social issues.
For the full report, click here.