YPT's 2014 Giving Voice Award Gala
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Honoring Andy Shallal
Founder, Busboys & Poets
*A portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible. You will receive a tax receipt for your purchase after the event.
Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Busboys and Poets and Eatonville Restaurant. Both restaurant concepts create an environment where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted. Spaces to feed the mind, body and soul and where art, culture and politics take center stage and collide. With 4 locations in the Washington Metropolitan Area, Busboys and Poets has become home for progressives, artists and intellectuals including such notables as Howard Zinn, Cornel West, Alice Walker and Nikki Giovanni to name a few.
Shallal’s businesses are members of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a national restaurant worker and owner association that focuses on sustainable business and employment practices. Busboys and Poets and Eatonville Restaurant have been at the forefront of environmental stewardship being one of the first businesses in Washington DC to be 100% wind powered and are at the cutting edge of the local/sustainable food movement winning many awards and recognitions locally and nationally. Shallal has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award, Employer of the Year from the Employment Justice Center and the Mayor’s Environmental Award.
Shallal has founded or co-founded several peace and justice organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous others. He is on the board of trustees for the Institute for Policy Studies and the Co-Chairman of Think Local First DC, a local business association. He also sits on the board of several arts and peace organizations including The Anacostia Community Museum and the Washington Peace Center and continues to strive to make his hometown of Washington DC a more livable community.