Help Others While Helping Yourself!
$1,000 Quarterly Drawings
Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw makes it easy for you to Eat at Local Restaurants, Shop at local retail stores and Play at local destinations. It can also help you win $1,000 in cash! .
How To Participate
Entering the Quarterly Drawings couldn’t be easier. From your cell phone, tablet or computer, submit photos of receipts from participating businesses by clicking “Take the Pledge/Submit Drawing Entry” at Metro’s website. It’s that easy. So take the pledge to Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw today and help your neighborhood while helping yourself!
Pledge Cards and Drawing Entries may also be picked-up and submitted in-person at Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Field Office, 3699 Crenshaw Bl, Los Angeles CA, 90016.
Receipts must be $25 or more to qualify. Each qualifying receipt gets a new Drawing Entry, so the more often you spend dollars locally, the greater your chances are to win!
Taste of Soul is back upon us! This Saturday, October 19, 2013 one of the largest street festival, if not the largest in Los Angeles, will descend upon South Los Angeles. Last years turnout exceeded 300,000! Taste of Soul brings out over 400 vendors supplied with good food and a variety of other merchandise along a 1.1 mile radius of the Crenshaw Blvd. From 10am to 7pm ‘TOS’ will be in full swing. Taste of Soul is FREE and so are all the performances! Just be sure to bring plenty of spending money for all the great FOOD and get to the stages earlier to see your favorite performers! Avant, Mario, RaVaughn, and Glenn Lewis are just a few of the many performers set to grace the stage.
7th Annual ‘Taste Of Soul’
The West Athens Victory Garden, which takes its name from the World War II-era campaign that encouraged thousands of Americans to grow their own food, has replaced an empty lot that was once blighted the neighborhood. The garden features 30 raised garden beds, which residents applied for, it boasts fruit trees, a play structure for children, a walking path along the entire perimeter and a rainwater cistern, that will catch as much as 1700 gallons of water annually—enough to provide water for most of the fruit trees that have been planted in the garden. Much of the garden was built for kids.
Victory Gardens in West Athens
Every fourth (4th) Friday Radio Free KJLH and a couple other affiliates will host Food Truck Fridays in Downtown Inglewood! I attended the first one this past Friday and it was awesome! It was cool just seeing the community out indulging in Downtown Inglewood. I think this is the first step of seeing my dream Market St. Promenade come true, picturing what Market St. would look like as a pedestrian only street. I also got to see how I and you can help save Downtown Inglewood’s Historic Fox Theatre. Created by Lil Pee Wee, a radio voice at KJLH, Food Truck Friday’s allows local food trucks to setup in Downtown Inglewood creating a food court of authentic and unique cuisine. Trucks in attendance last Friday consist of The Fry Girl, The Melt Bus, Me So Hungry, Greasy Wiener, My Delight Cupcakes, King Kone Ice cream, Cousin Maine Lobster, SistaSoul, Ragin Cajun & The Postcard. So from now on every 4th Friday until further notice head out to Downtown Inglewoods Market Street for some good eating and family fun.
Food Truck Fridays
Radio Free Kjlh
Save the Fox Theatre
New Orleans comes to Southern California! It’s the 20th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival. Serving seasoned Cajun Crawfish dinners, prepared to mouth-watering perfection in the world’s largest crawfish pots. Crawfish meals include succulent red baby potatoes, buttery corn on the cob and creamy and a delectable remoulade dipping sauce.
LB Crawfish Festival
BlackNLA Crawfish Festival Link
Congrats Ladies of Southern Girls Desserts (fellow HBCU Alumni) on all your accomplishments, from opening your second shop in Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to winning Cupcake wars now to your new tv show!
E!’s original special LA Sugar explores one of Hollywood’s hidden passions – stylish sweet treats – and the well-connected, creative people who craft them. With endless parties and premieres, the competition is fierce and the stakes are high. Every party planner worth their salt wants to feature attention-grabbing desserts that will have guests talking and leave them wanting more. When there’s a craving for delicious sweets and only the best will do, celebs and civilians alike turn to the go-to teams known to cater to any whim and deliver above and beyond their clients’ expectations. Taking viewers inside the competitive and always sweet worlds of Charm City Cakes West founder and Chef Duff Goldman; Jackie Sorkin of Hollywood Candy Girls; Rachel Crystal and Kassandra Workman’s Sugar Babies Cupcakery; and Shoneji Robison and Catarah Hampshire of Southern Girl Desserts, LA Sugar premieres Tuesday, July 30 at 9:00pm ET/PT on E!
LA Sugar Reality Show
South LA gains another Farmers Market. Heritage @ Vermont Village at 7901 S. Vermont, Los Angeles Now, every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents and others can enjoy the Crenshaw Christian Center Farmers’ Market, off of Vermont Ave. in the heart of South L.A. The market is funded by the US Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant and lead by community partners Heritage Education Group, Charles Drew University, and Crenshaw Christian Center.
New Farmer’s Market Pops-Up In South LA
Chipotle has blessed SouthLA with its presences by opening up shop at the Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall over the weekend in its new 2,200 square-foot digs located adjacent to the Albertson’s parking lot next to Buffalo Wild Wing. The new Chipotle will be open daily from 11am to 10pm. On the menu are a variety of Mexican favorites with a healthier spin, including burritos, tacos, salads and more. As part of the opening celebrations, the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw mall is holding a contest to win free Chipotle burritos for a month. Participants must “Like” BHC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crenshawplaza by January 31st to be entered to win.
B & R’s Old Fashion Burgers has to be one the best burger places located in the South Bay, and strong contender for SouthLA’s Best burger. I actually even did a EatSouthLA on B & R’s sometime back boasting their burgers. However in that same post I acknowledged a couple of other items that were brought my attention as I waited double the amount time that was presumed when I made my phone order which was that B & R’s needs to invest in either their customer service or their establishment. And now as B & R’s approaches year 20, yes in 2014 B & R’s will now have been in business for 20 years. Well guys if I could make a recommendation as a loyal customer, its time to dress up our appearance. People wait in a shabby waiting room/dining area for anywhere between 15-30 minuets for our food and only to feel if we’ve been sucked into a time wharp and sent back to the 90’s while our food is prepared. I mean this post in no disrespect, I think the food there is amazing, however i think its time for a make over.
They got the Pac Man Game in there?
Better late than never, but SouthLA would like send a huge THANK YOU to Danny Bakewell Sr. and the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and all other affiliates for putting on the 7th Annual ‘Taste of Soul’. With a crowd exceeding 300,000 I think I can definitely say this was more than successful and TOS is truly becoming like no other event in Country! If you some how missed this amazing event, over 400 vendors supplied good food and a variety of other merchandise to more than 300,000 people along a 1.1 mile radius of the Crenshaw Blvd. corridor for approximately nine hours at the 7th annual ‘Taste of Soul’ Family Festival last Saturday, October 20th.
“Taste of Soul” has become the largest assembly of Black Businesses in Los Angeles. The event has become such a phenomenon that local Black businesses are emerging from booth renter to employer and large established corporations, like Chevy and Broadway Federal Bank and government agencies, such as Metro Transportation Authority (MTA), are providing jobs to those who were once collecting unemployment.”
Photo Courtesy of Leimert Park Beat, CBS Los Angeles, and The Subway Joyride Blog
Thank You Letter From Danny Bakewell Sr.
The Evolution of ‘Taste of Soul’