Rose Smith (Coach Smith) birthed the idea of the Authentically East Austin Food Tour as a result of the work and legacy left behind by so many business owners and community advocates of these historic neighborhoods. Her father-in-law (Charles Smith Sr. – Founder of Blackland Neighborhood Association) was determined to fight the University of Texas’ attempts to buy land in the Blackland neighborhood. And, as an East Austin resident, Smith says that she and her husband (Charles Smith Jr.) have watched gentrification from their front porch.
As the CEO & Founder of Black Women In Business and her desire to support black owned businesses, the East Austin Food Tour just made sense. Her partnership with Ashley Stevenson, Owner of Foodie Foot Tours, was definitely a match made in heaven.
Smith and Stevenson will make history as they debut the first food tour in Austin to feature black owned restaurants. Sam’s BBQ, Country Boyz Fixins, Roland’s Soul Food and Fish and Mr. Catfish & More will provide each tourist with the food that has kept them in business for decades!
The first tour is scheduled Saturday, August 11th from 2:30pm-6:30pm. Tickets must be pre-purchased online at the link below. The cost is $85, and includes food from all restaurants, bus transportation and gratuity.
Come join us for a “taste” of Authentic East Austin!