Baba's Café is a vegan vending and catering company with a pop up shop, located in the Historic Crenshaw District, a hub for African Diasporic culture. Offering a wide array of vegetarian dishes, we specialize in Vegan Veggie Patties.
Baba's Cafe started in 2013 as Wo'se's Gourmet, and expanded into Baba's Vegan Cafe Catering in 2014 in efforts to get a brick and mortar space to offer more.
Why Vegan Cafe?
South LA is a healthy food desert, over saturated with fast food restaurants, liquor stores, and grocery stores that offer non-organic, genetically modified produce.
Veganism is about more than what you choose to consume; it's about a humanitarian approach to life that goes beyond what meets the immediate eye.
Baba’s café directly provides a solution to this problem by offering healthy, affordable and accessible food to the community at large.
In turn we are committed to raising the level of health consciousness in our community and improving the access to life affirming services.
We believe when you align with your higher self, you align with the heart of the community; serving your purpose, ultimately, benefiting all.
MEET THE OWNERS:
Wo'se Kofi (Owner)
Wo'se Kofi (Afi-Shabaka) is a culinary artivist, Los Angeles native and community activist with a passion for inspiring others to aspire to healthier living. Born vegetarian turned vegan after high school has lived the daily vegan dilemma of living in a healthy food desert. A place where the only options for the average income person were fast foods restaurants.
10 Plus Years Experience In the kitchen:
Mr. Wisdoms health food store (Sous Chef)
Stuff I Eat (Sous Chef)
Sticky Candy Factory (Candy Maker)
Crystals Cakes Vegan Catering (Baker)
Wo'se's Vegan Gourmet Catering (Head Chef)
Non-profit org : Anani Cultural Healing Arts Center
Leimert Park Art Walk
Overcoming life's obstacles growing up in the inner city, he continues to play a role in his community. Wo’se Kofi has been instrumental in the conceptual development and establishment of the Leimert Park Art Walk, a community-driven monthly event featuring local artists and their artwork, allowing local (and non-local) community members to connect around art, music and cooperative economics.
Wo’se Kofi studied business management at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, has established a successful vegan catering company, Wo’se Vegan Gourmet, and provides valuable consultation around fundraising, fund development, marketing and promotions (with particular expertise around social media) to local businesses and non-profit agencies.
Wo’se believes the first step to upliftment of the community is through the enhancement of our diet. His mission is to enlighten people on nurturing a vegan lifestyle, "One mouth at a time".
Yogi Wolley Ross (Partner )
Lauren Wolley Ross is a culinary healer, yogi, Bay Area Native, with a passion for food justice and healing families through food and culture. Growing up in the Bay Area, she pin points the seed that blossomed her love for food and family through a weekly Sunday feast where family, friends, and random guests from all over the world would stop in, to break bread. This weekly ritual established the idea of healing, through community and food.
Lauren turned vegan in 2009, after long talks with an OG vegetarian, and watching her grandfather die from organ failure due to constipation.
Since birth Lauren struggled with obesity, skin issues, and low self-esteem. Raised on the typical SAD(Standard American Diet), she had to make a choice to do better for herself. 100 pounds lighter, happier, and healthier, she credits her vegan lifestyle to the success of her overall physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual growth and well-being.
LWR studied World Arts and Cultures/African American studies at UCLA, learned the basics of psychology and Marriage and Family Systems at Southwest Community College, and received a certification of Rehabilitation from Cal State Dominguez Hills. After 5 years working in community settings, doing advocacy and mental health work, she came to the understanding that the real work was in food.
“We eat everyday, multiple times a day; it is the staple in our lives, and brings many of us together. If we are to not correct our diet, the foundation of our day to day, our lifestyle will remain the same: sick, full of mucus, and not experiencing all that life and food has to offer.”
In 2012, LWR worked with Chef Sistah Modupe who trained her in raw vegan soul food cuisine. After meeting Kofi in 2013, and wanting to make a shift to the food-healing world, she decided to join Kofi, and collaborate their resources together to expand their mission of healing their community through food justice and holistic living.
“Being vegan isn’t just a “diet”, or a “fad”, its lifestyle rooted in the movement for higher living. Being Vegan is one of the most radical acts of self love, one can do.”
When LWR is not vending, catering or cooking, she is teaching yoga
Donation based class @ Green Tree Yoga and Meditation center
(8227 S Western Ave LA, CA)
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LEIMERT PARK VEGANS for vegans around the world on facebook.