LA WOC-Owned Food Businesses
Family-owned vegan Ethiopian restaurant and caterer which grew out of a family tradition of gathering every Sunday for a meal and Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
EDUCATION, MEDIA, WRITING
SalviSoul documents the foodways of Salvadoran cuisine and the stories of women who migrated from El Salvador to the United States. Founder Karla Vasquez is a journalist, chef, and food historian who offers demos, classes, and workshops.
CATERING, EDUCATION, POP-UPS
Todo Verde is a woman-owned catering business inspired by Latin American roots. The Todo Verde team is working to create lifestyle shifts in healthy eating and self care through awareness and access to naturally good food. As they continue to learn about the health benefits of nutrient dense food, they offer knowledge of healthy living with the community through workshops, food demonstrations, and speaking engagements.
Healthy Hyna was created in early 2018 by health/lifestyle influencer Lorena Ramirez. She represents vegans of color in a white-dominated industry, showing communities of color how to make authentic vegan Mexican cuisine to inspire and encourage a plant-based diet. Healthy Hyna offers demos, classes and workshops throughout the L.A. area.
Experience the Philippines in ice cream form! Cheeri Cheeri Ice Cream boldy and unapologetically aims to celebrate Filipino native/street foods and flavors. Their ice cream uses fresh and organic ingredients to create homemade ice cream batches from scratch.
CATERING, EDUCATION, POP-UPS
Cocina Manakurhini is an Indigenous and earth-based food project. They host pop-up dinners, facilitate workshops, and provide consultation and private catering services. The offer high frequency foods that are locally sourced, gathered, foraged, and/or grown by tribal community cooperatives, local farmers, and gardeners.
Caterer and restaurant offering Senegalese cuisine. Brought up on the rich flavors of southern soul food cooking and having mastered the traditions of Senegalese culinary arts, owner and lead chef Khadijah Diop unites the two worlds with an assorted selection of tantalizing favorites from both regions, introducing new flavor-notes to every palate seeking to explore the vastness of the African Diaspora.
Vegan Street Fair is an annual vegan food celebration where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants come together to serve bite-size portions of vegan eats all in one place. All bite-size portions are $4 max. The event attracts nearly 30,000 attendees and features over 200 vendors.
Jessie Nicely, creator of Compound Butter magazine founded this pop-up offering her interpretations of traditional Burmese dishes throughout L.A.
Surfas has been a mainstay for culinary supplies to chefs and the general public for decades. Owned by a POC wife and husband team since 2018, they continue to offer staple and speciality ingredients, catering and restaurant supples, test kitchen, community events, restaurant build out consulting, and a cafe.
Cocina House is a creative cooking project specializing in nutrient dense foods inspired by seasonal produce and Latin American cuisine and ingredients. Cocina House offers pop-ups, workshops, demos, and event curation/organizing.
FOOD TRUCK, CATERING
The Jackfruit Cafe food truck travels around L.A. to prepare and serve some of the city’s favorite vegan cuisine using the amazing Jackfruit along with other fruits and veggies.
Kathy’s Kitchen L.A. offers Raw vegan juices and smoothies made with fresh, local, organic produce. You can catch their fresh juices every Saturday at the Crenshaw Farmers’ Market.
Michelle is a caterer who advocates zero waste and conscious eating (eating local and farming sustainably) while creating magical, one-of-a-kind events. Through her company, she also teaches these practices in home educational cooking classes.
RESTAURANT, COFFEE SHOP
Capuyo Café is a Latina-owned business in Boyle Heights offering coffee, specialty drinks, aguas frescas.
Miso DTLA produces traditional yet locally-minded miso paste and products. Small batch sizes, unhurried fermentation times, and attention to detail allows them offer a masterful miso.
COFFEE SHOP, RESTAURANT
Cruzita’s Deli & Cafe is a family owned business dedicated to offering an alternative to fast food while serving wholesome ingredients to the Southeast Los Angeles community and beyond.
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITING, MEDIA
Oriana Koren is an editorial photographer and writer whose work is anchored in food culture and travel. Some of her clients include The New York Times, Lucky Peach, and The California Sunday Magazine.
Nidia is a prop stylist and artist based out of NYC and Los Angeles. She mixes colors, texture, and found objects to create a unique dialogue of shape and form in her styling and photography. Clients include The Standard Hotel, Food Network, Delta Airlines, New Castle, Goop, and Food52.
CATERING, EVENTS, EDUCATION
de Porres is a Los Angeles based dinner series and catering company. Their menus feature savory dishes inspired by Pablo Osorio's native Peru and desserts from Danielle Bell's American South. You can find them at the Hollywood Farmers Market every Sunday from 8am to 1pm
Sheila Govindarajan founded Rasa Veda healing, which offers Ayurvedic consultations to determine your Constitution, Prakruti; Cleansing/Detox, PanchaKarma; Meditation, Pranayam; as well as to teach one how to administer daily Self-Care therapies, Dinacharya.
Operating weekly Süprmarkt provides 100% organic produce to make great health and healing available in the communities which need it most. Since its inception in July 2016, SÜPRMARKT has provided more than 25,000 pounds of organic fruit, veggies, and seeds affordably in South LA, a community which has 1.3 million residents but only 60 grocery stores.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION, RETAIL, GROCER
The Village Market Place Food Hub consists of South LA’s first “Beyond Organic” produce market, The Village Market Place Store, the SoulFul Café, a commercial kitchen, and a developing urban farm. The Village Market Place Food Hub is available for rental.
Hood Herbalism is a community based herbal education project for people of color based out of Lynwood, CA and the San Gabriel Valley, CA. It is a space where people learn useful herbal medicine making skills that can help support their health and the health of those around them.
Chef Maite Gomez-Rejon offers workshops, demos, and classes that combine art and world history with food. Art Bites has provided classes at institutions such as La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, MOLAA, LACMA, and The Huntington Library.
CATERING, PRIVATE CHEF, POP-UPS
Chef Denise Vallejo invokes the sacred power of ancient Mesoamerican gastronomy through catering, pop-ups, and private chef services.
Cocobella Creamery is the full expression of its founders’ belief that everyone deserves a delicious scoop of ice cream. Whether you are allergic to dairy or gluten or simply choose not to consume these common allergens.
Compton Health Bar is a health and wellness store in the city of Compton that specializes in healing superfoods and natural, holistic health products
EDUCATION, EVENTS, POP-UPS
Guayaba Kitchen offers pop-ups, workshops, and classes, and provides hands on classes for youth throughout the San Fernando Valley.
Dear Mama L.A. was founded to serve the community delicious Mexican plant-based food and to aid in feeding single-parent families. They have provided free meals to over 200 Angelenos.
La Huesuda Tacos is a vision amongst friends to bring varying facets of their culinary heritage from Mexico to Los Angeles. Combining their ideas and flavors, they created a menu of tacos that merges traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern touch.