Food and drinks to order for shipping from black-owned companies
In addition to our black-owned restaurants list, we’ve put together a guide on food products and services in Los Angeles and across the country. If you have suggestions for others, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jikoni Culinary Creative Studio: Kiano Moju, a food video producer, has created a stunning space in the Arts District for photo and video shoots and offers accompanying creative services and prop rentals. The studio can be rented for events as well.
Southern Girl Desserts: Catarah Coleman and Shoneji Robison bring a taste of the South to L.A. with sweets including oatmeal raisin cookies, sweet potato bundt cake and pecan pie. Pick up in the Baldwin Hills store or get it shipped.
Milk + Brookies: Jovon English has answered the question of what to do when you can’t decide between a cookie and a brownie: Get brookies. Her OG fudge brownie with a chocolate chip cookie baked on top is a must-order.
Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies: You could go with classic chocolate chip or peanut butter, but add the bags of molasses and the cocoa spice to your cart too. Based in L.A., this family-run bakery uses organic fair-trade ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging.
Madeline & Pearl Sweets: While culinary training at Hinoki and the Bird and at Spago, Nosizwe Palesa Moleah, who goes by Chef Cici, launched her own pastry business. The cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls and pies are available in vegan options too and all can be shipped.
Lee Lee’s Rugelach: For more than 50 years, Alvin Lee Smalls has been baking buttery, flaky rugelach; apricot, raspberry and chocolate are all delicious.
Lloyd’s Carrot Cake: Lloyd Adams perfected his mother’s carrot cake recipe and, after he died, his wife, Betty, and children Brandon and Lilka have continued his baking legacy.
Ivan’s Cooking: The cinnamon-laced monkey bread from this fourth-generation Angeleno is great for brunch at home. The company also sells homemade candies; the soft and chewy pecan caramels and the crunchy toffee come with big buttery richness.
Thunderbolt Cookies: The German Chocolate Cake cookies are the wonder they sound like: sticky coconut walnut frosting slathered on chocolate disks. Chef Darnai Larue launched his online shop this year and his Triple Doubles loaded with chocolate and nuts are already a bestseller.
Mom in the Mail: Sharon Graves, the actual mom behind these mailed boxes of cookies, always has gluten-free chocolate chip on hand and other flourless options too, such as Lemon Cream Cheese and Cold Brew Chews.
Red Bay Coffee Roasters: You’ll want the stylish drinkware, apparel and brew gear created by founder and artist Keba Konte as much as the sustainably sourced and roasted beans.
BLK & Bold: The specialty coffees are micro-roasted and the loose-leaf teas carefully sourced at this company from Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson. They donate 5% of their profits to support at-risk youth.
Sage’s Larder: For a caffeine-free fix, Jovan Sage blends organic, fair-trade botanicals in her loose-leaf herbal teas. They’re soothing when served hot and refreshing iced. If you like to sweeten your tea, be sure to order her hibiscus elderberry syrup.
Longevity Wines: This boutique winery in Livermore comes from founder and winemaker Phil Long. He takes a hands-on approach to every bottle, from his bubbly blanc-de-blanc to a deep Cabernet Sauvignon.
JuneBaby: You can get a taste of chef Edouardo Jordan’s Seattle restaurant JuneBaby with his seasonal jams and granola. With his ancient grains pancake mix and red flint cornbread mix, you can cook like him, too.
Hotville Chicken Seasoning and Cayenne Hot Sauce: You can pick up Kim Prince’s sweet heat seasoning spice mix and cayenne hot sauce while getting a to-go order from the restaurant or have them shipped home if you’re not in L.A.
Jones Style BBQ Sauce: Slathering this tangy sauce all over ribs — or anything else — is like taking a trip to Kansas City. Leavy B. Jones Sr.’s daughters, Deborah and Mary, have carried on his smoked meat legacy with their family’s restaurant and this from-scratch sauce.
Lillie’s of Charleston: Thirty-five years ago, Hank Tisdale started selling his famous barbecue sauce through his South Carolina restaurant, the Rib Shack. Now, he and his three children offer spice rubs and BBQ and hot sauces.
Iya Foods: Founder and chef Toyin Kolawole sells a wide range of African ingredients, including spice mixes, flours and dried food powders.
The Spice Suite: If you ever have trouble deciding which spice blends to choose, order a Spice Box from Angel Anderson. She curates the boxes with her most popular blends, which sometimes include a Cajun coffee rub and one with citrus and sorrel.
Zesa Raw Sugar: Founder Michele Jean works with small-scale sustainable farmers in Haiti and Costa Rica for her line of raw sugar products, coffee and cocoa powder. The dark cane syrup tastes like a cross between honey and molasses but is even more full-bodied.
A Dozen Cousins Beans: If you’re tired of cooking (aren’t we all?), you want to tear open a bag of Cuban Black Beans, Mexican Cowboy Beans or Trinidadian Chickpea Curry for instant meals. Founder Ibraheem Basir also has launched initiatives to help eliminate socioeconomic health disparities.
All I Do Is Cook: What started as a blog by Tobi Smith has transformed into an online delivery business that ships cooked Nigerian dishes in the contiguous United States. You can get peppery smoked goat asun, spicy efo-riro greens with seafood and more.
NutFrusion: Founder Tahnohn Hayes upended his diet after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and created these snacks along the way. He now sells them to anyone craving nut and dried fruit blends. If you’re into spicy foods, be sure to get the Sweet Scorpion nuts.
TeaSquares Focus Bites: This Chicago company fuses snack bars with tea for an extra boost of energy. They come in small squares, so they’re easy to pop without getting your fingers sticky.
Cooking columnist Ben Mims contributed to this list.
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