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Danny J. Bakewell. Sr. & the Taste of Soul Team Visit Food Vendors
By E. Mesiyah McGinnis, Staff Writer
Published September 24, 2020

Owner, Cynthia Hawkins and TOS Founder, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. at Hawkins House of Burgers. Photo E. Mesiyah McGinnis / LA Sentinel

Taste of Soul, one of the largest one-day food and music festivals in the world, won’t be happening this year due to the health risks of the pandemic, but TOS Founder, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. and his staff felt it was critical that the festival reached out to those vendors who’ve been supportive and committed to the festival and community for the 15-year run, as well as supporting new upstart restaurants run by business-savvy Millennials.

Owner, Cynthia Hawkins and TOS Founder, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. on a tour of at the Hawkins House of Burgers. Photo E. Mesiyah McGinnis / LA Sentinel

On Saturday, September 16, Bakewell visited Sip & Sonder coffee house in Inglewood, Hawkin’s House of Burgers in Watts, Chef Marilyn’s in the Crenshaw District, and Mel’s Fish Shack in the Jefferson Park area, to show moral and financial support, despite the festival producers’ decision to cancel the massive event, opting for a safer, virtual concert experience.

TOS Founder, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. visits Sip & Sonder owners, Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas, share coffee and business advice.  Photo E. Mesiyah McGinnis / LA Sentinel

“We are following the guidelines of our city and health officials told keep the Taste of Soul nation safe,” said Bakewell. “But that doesn’t relieve us of our responsibility to support the businesses who support the festival and community.”


Mel’s Fish Shack owner, Georgette Powell, TOS Founder, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., Powell’s niece, and Ayanna Harris, as Mr. Bakewell can’t resist taking a bite. Photo E. Mesiyah McGinnis / LA Sentinel

So, with no festival to plan for, there was an opportunity to catch up with some of the most unique, and maybe even overlooked, food and beverage experiences in inner-city L.A. They represent small business owners who make a living by selling their unique cuisine and brand in urban communities. TOS is reminding consumers to be safe, wear masks, and patronize the restaurants in their communities.

TOS Founder, Danny J. Bakewell, Sr and Chef Marilyn on Crenshaw Blvd. Photo E. Mesiyah McGinnis / LA Sentinel

Additional Photos E. Mesiyah McGinnis


Owner, Georgette Powell preparing food in Mel’s FIsh Shack.

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