Vegan chef Wo’se Kofi, also known as “Pattyman,” founder of Baba’s Vegan Café, was born and raised in South Los Angeles and studied business at California State University--Dominguez Hills.
As a young man, Wo’se grew up in an environment where vegan choices were slim. Most of the food available to inner city residents was unhealthy fast food and pre-processed “foodstuffs” found in corner store markets. However, from selling candy in elementary school to vending salads at lunch to fellow employees at a Hollywood candy factory, Wo’se knew he would own his own business someday; he has always been an entrepreneur.
After high school, Wo’se founded Crystal’s Cakes, where he baked pastries and vended at events throughout L.A. and in Black creative mecca, Leimert Park. Wo’se also prepped food at “Mr. Wisdom’s Health Food Store” for 5 years, and he currently serves as sous chef at the popular Inglewood vegan eatery, Stuff I Eat.
In 2013, Wo’se created Baba's Café, which is a vegan vending and catering company known as a pop up shop, located in the historic Crenshaw District’s hub for African Diasporic culture, Leimert Park. Offering a wide array of vegetarian dishes, they specialize in Vegan Veggie Patties.
Now Wo’se needs your help to expand Baba’s Vegan Catering “Pop Up”, into Baba's Vegan Café in 2017, to develop a space that would offer not only healthy food, but also a space for healing to the community, with classes such as yoga and meditation.
“So far we have crunched the numbers and our start up costs would be $15,000. We would like to secure at least 4 months rent, so we aim to raise $20,000- $30,000 in order to open by August 1, 2017.”