Celebrating Culinary Excellence: Recap of the February BEI Procurement Roundtable

Business Equity for Indy (BEI) hosted its much-anticipated Procurement Roundtable in February, sponsored by Salesforce and EatHere with support from Regions Bank. This event, held quarterly, serves as a cornerstone in BEI’s mission to bolster the launch, growth, and success rates of Black-owned enterprises in Central Indiana—and this month, our procurement and supplier diversity partners truly enjoyed a few locally-made tasty treats. 


At the February roundtable, the spotlight shone brightly on Indy’s diverse culinary scene as treasured, Black restaurateurs and chefs from across Central Indiana fed the room and graced the stage. It was a celebration of culinary excellence, showcasing the robust flavors and talents that enrich our community, while simultaneously serving as a strong call to action. As companies look to cater for staff meetings, board meetings, and community-wide events, they can support Black restaurateurs and chefs by utilizing their services. 


Hosted at Martin University, the atmosphere was electric as attendees first savored premier small bites and beverages from each vendor. From delectable soul food to innovative fusion cuisine, each dish was a testament to the creativity and passion of its creator—a passion that shined as each chef took the stage to pitch their business. Featured February participants included:



Through the Procurement Roundtable, Black-owned businesses can access a platform to connect with corporate procurement and supplier diversity professionals—forging partnerships and opening doors to new business opportunities. By removing barriers to access, the Procurement Roundtable is able to support relationship-building that leads to greater innovation, collaboration, and investment in Black-owned businesses. 


“The BEI Roundtable event gives Black-owned businesses the opportunity to be heard by so many that may not be in touch with what the local Chefs have to offer,” shared Chef Paul Dickens, founder and CEO of Paul’s Kitchen. “We’re always grateful to network with individuals who have never had the opportunity to try food from our kitchen, Paul’s Kitchen.”


The support and sponsorship of Salesforce and EatHere underscored the importance of corporate collaboration in driving meaningful change. Their commitment to fostering equitable outcomes in the business world is truly commendable and sets an inspiring example for other companies across the Indy region to follow.


“As the co-founder and CEO of EatHere, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to sponsor the Procurement Roundtable,” said Bradley Houser. “Our mission at EatHere is centered around connecting food and drink producers, promoting diversity, and enhancing sales. This event provided the perfect platform to showcase our new tech product launch and highlight the consumer and business benefits that EatHere offers as a vital link to local restaurants. Partnering alongside Salesforce was a significant brand win for EatHere and has opened up exciting collaboration opportunities. Thank you for this opportunity!”


The Procurement Roundtable takes place quarterly, with the next event scheduled to take place on May 16, 2024. To learn more and register to attend, please sign up for the Procurement Newsletter here. Details will be shared soon!

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