Vegan chef Wo’se Kofi, also known as “Pattyman,” founder of Baba’s Vegan Café, was born and raised in South Los Angeles. Also known in the Inglewood area where he attended high school. He studied business at California State University--Dominguez Hills for 3 years until life took him on a different course.
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. He also made his name after spending a few years in the late night reggae scene at the dub club, as "The Patty Man". Selling vegan pockets with many different fillings.
Every year since providing food for the vendors of the Pan African Film Festival, because they did not want the food that was offered currently.
2019 experimented having our patties in different locations. Also did starting menu for the brand new cafe in Leimert Park, Hot and Cool Cafe.
Keeping up with the high demand and not having the kitchen space let us know we were ready to expand.
Now Wo’se needs your help to expand Baba’s Vegan Catering “Pop Up”, into Baba's Vegan Café in 2021, to develop a space that would offer not only healthy food, but hopefully a space for healing to the community, with classes such as yoga and meditation. His partner Lauren Anu Wolley is a certified Kemetic Yoga Practitioner.
We currently hosts Pop Ups for the people of the community to have access to our food.
We hire artists and upcoming entrepreneurs from the community, as they grow we grow. It is a learning space for the youth of the community as well.
During this time people need healthy vegan options.
We took a break from fundraising for the space, focussing on our growing family.
“So far we have crunched the numbers and our start up costs would be around $50,000. We would like to secure at least 4 months rent, so we aim to raise at least $30,000.
Tables / Chairs
Patty Expenses $21,600 yearly monthly $560
Oven - Imperial IR-6 Gas Range w/ 6 Burners, 36"
Counter Top Commercial Convection Oven $575.00
Labor- average 12 direct labor hours per day at $8.50 an hour
Overhead (rent, utilities, taxes and building maintenance)
4 Months Rent at $2,000/ mo
License and Permits
By Café we mean, the “Patties” spot, for everyone who has been waiting for the brick and mortar to come into manifestation. We would love to be able to provide you with all of the items you love by us.
With our first fundraiser, we raised about $10,000. With that we were able to buy new equipment for the upcoming shop.
We still hold our Pops Ups in Leimert Park.
A big thank you.
Come by our pop up and get a complimentary DOZEN PATTIES on Sunday.
Vegan Fever $500 plus
This is because you are anxious to have vegan cuisine in the neighborhood, and because you believe in our cause. We thank you. Please stop by anytime and say hello have complimentary lunch and a veggie patty on the house.
-Secure a meal prep plan, or 2 dozen patties for the week.
-Baba's Vegan Cafe T Shirt.
-Bring Wo'se Kofi to talk to a group about veganism and his journey.
For the Eighties Babies $800 plus
At a time where the youth grew up in the inner cities with liquor stores and fast food on every other corner, the crack epidemic was also a major issue. Many were not well versed on the importance of health food and health education. We are working to educate as well as feed people, therefore helping in the healing process.
-Baba's Vegan Café T-shirt
- Bring Wo'se Kofi to talk to a group.
-"Patty Out" your next birthday party with vegan veggie patties.
-Lets talk Weekly Meal Prep
-One on one with #PATTYMAN, about my journey and life as a vegan growing up. DETAILS, " THE UNTOLD STORY".
The Centenarian $1000 plus
Life expectancy has increased but we are not living out the whole quality of life in our last years. Make this donation for those who are over 100 years old. With this donation we can keep feeding people of the community. They say when you are healthy you can live the last of your years instead of being sick and back and forth to the doctors. Help us provide a better quality of food to the inner cities of South Los Angeles, as we get high quality organic produce.
-Meal Prep for a week plus patties
-Complementary Lunch, or recipes for lunch.
-Baba’s Vegan Cafe thank you T Shirt
-One on one with #PATTYMAN, about my journey and life as a vegan growing up. DETAILS "THE UNTOLD STORY".
-"Patty Out" your next birthday party.
The Chili Maker $1,400
With this donation, we are able to make 4 batches of chili. Remembering the year being outside the Dub Club serving patties and vegan chili cheese fritos for late night hungry vegans and people who wanted a healthier option!
-Meal prep plan for a week plus patties.
-Thank you T Shirt
-"Patty Out" your next birthday party.
-Cooking Class for 2-5 people
Every dollar counts. More perks will be added.
Our mission is to demonstrate that veganism is about improving our health, increasing our health awareness and thinking progressively about how we spend our dollars within the community.
Help us to make this dream a reality, to provide economic development within the Los Angeles community by partnering with various community organizations in the area to ensure that our work reaches all channels of holistic living such as culinary and self-uplifting workshops, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, healing arts, crystal technology, Afrikan dance and drumming.
We give thanks for your support.