Guyanese-American business-leader Bihari Lall, To Be Honoured at 29th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards

Guyanese businessman Bihari Lall to receive award

Institute of Caribbean Studies

Release Date

Thursday, October 27, 2022


Bihari Lall, the Franchise Owner of Denny’s Brooklyn and Jackson Heights will receive the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award at the prestigious 29th Annual Caribbean-American Heritage (CARAH) Awards Gala scheduled to be held on Friday, November 18, 2022, at the JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC.

Mr. Lall is also owner of two businesses in the Brooklyn Terminal Market, the Blue Water Seafood Company, which is an importer and distributor of seafood from the Caribbean and the Americas, and the Gitto Farmers Market, a retail and wholesale supermarket that specializes in Caribbean and African Food products. Additionally, a member of the Key Food Stores Cooperative, he rounds out his food service holdings with Caribbean Depot, a Cash & Carry Wholesale distributor that sells to restaurants, wholesalers, distributors, grocery stores, and green grocers, and Total Products Distributors, a USDA-approved meat packing facility. Mr. Lall, other business interests include investments in the medical cannabis industry and real estate development.  

Mr. Lall is an active member and volunteer of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA) a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Queens, New York, founded in 2008, to provide support to the underserved Indo-Caribbean and South Asian enclaves of South Queens. The Richmond Hill Lions Club, an affiliate of Lions Clubs International, an organization committed to service worldwide is stronger because of members like Bihari Lall. As a community outreach leader and a Lion Club member, Bihari has given back in many ways. A member of the Harmony Lodge No. 241, Lall has donated thousands of dollars of healthy groceries to community distribution sites and delivered free meals especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. He is the unsung hero of the challenging Covid-19 era.

Bihari Lall

ihari Lall’s journey began as part of a father/son duo at Ramela International, a specialty food distribution company his father started. His success was built over the last two decades of hard work and a strong desire to help the less fortunate to which his 280 employees can attest. He is mentor to many young entrepreneurs. Bihari Lall was born in Manhattan to Guyanese parents, who he credits for the values that made him successful.

The other 2022 Honorees include: Professor Carole Boyce Davies of Trinidadian heritage; Dr. Trisha Bailey, philanthropist and entrepreneur of Jamaican heritage; Ainsley Gill, Trinidadian business executive; Josanne Francis, Trinidadian steelpan performer and arts educator; Eric Adolphe, AI expert of Haitian heritage; Stacey Mollison, Guyanese business woman; Dwight Thanos Smith, Jamaican tech wizard.

The CARAH Awards Gala which is held under the distinguished patronage of the Caribbean diplomatic corps, has come to be recognized as the premiere celebration of the Caribbean American community, when Caribbean Americans and Friends of the Caribbean come together to celebrate all that is good about who we are and where we come from. The CARAH Awards honors and celebrates individuals of Caribbean heritage and Friends of the Caribbean who have been standard-bearers of excellence, and who have made positive contributions to the American landscape. 

Former CARAH Attendees and Honorees have included: Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada; Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony of St. Lucia; Prime Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados; Earl Graves, Founder of Black Enterprise (of Barbadian heritage); Garth Fagan, Tony Award winning Choreographer (of Jamaican heritage); the legendary Cicely Tyson (of Kittitian heritage); Rita Marley, Reggae Icon; Jamaican Bert Mitchell, Founder of the top black-owned accounting firm Mitchell & Titus; Monty Alexander, of Jamaican heritage; Barbados-born Dr. Velma Scantlebury, Kidney Transplant Surgeon; and Edwidge Danticat, Author, of Haitian heritage.


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