As part of Black History Month, Uncle Nearest whiskey has launched the Uncle Nearest HBCU Old Fashioned Challenge, where locals can drink Old Fashioneds at some of LA’s top bars and restaurants to help raise $1 million for Black colleges and universities,  which have been historically underfunded by at least 12.8 billion over the past 30 years. The brand has pledged $1 for every Old Fashioned cocktail sold through the end of Women’s History Month in March. Participants include Etta in Culver City, 1 Hotel West Hollywood, Blaqhaus in North Hollywood and King’s Row gastropub in Pasadena. See all partners HERE.

On Saturday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Prosperity Market returns to the California African American Museum  for a one-day event to conclude Black History Month and commemorate the last two years of its popular pop-up markets showcasing Black farmers and entrepreneurs across Los Angeles. 

Co-founders Kara Still and Carmen Dianne have assembled more than 30 Black-owned local businesses for an outdoor celebration at CAAM. Vendors include Farmer Ken (an organic farmer bringing food equity to under-resourced groups through independent farming), California Coffee Company (ethically sourced, California-roasted coffee), Gloria’s Shito (Ghanaian pepper sauce), IGH Gardens (a veteran-run farm growing produce for the unhoused), and Chef Brandi Biggles (Certified Nutrition and Integrative Health Coach who will demo and sell her vegan pizzas). 

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Courtesy Prosperity Market

There will be cooking demonstrations, a pop-up coffee shop experience, photo booth, kid’s corner, and a DJ. Attendees also will have an opportunity to receive prizes and “Prosperity Bucks” — free money to spend with any of the vendors at the market. CAAM also is hosting wellness activities on-site, including a healing sound bath and group meditation by Sol & Sound (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and yoga by Constance Hartwell (11 a.m. to noon). 

Starting today until Tuesday, March 7 for National Cereal Day, Randy’s Donuts is teaming up with breakfast connoisseur Captain Horatio for a limited time breakfast inspired doughnut – the Cap’n Crunch Crunch Berries doughnut. The sweet and golden crunch cereal that families have come to love since 1963 has now made its way on top of a  fluffy vanilla iced doughnut with pink drizzle at its Inglewood, Santa Monica, El Segundo, Torrance, Downey, Pasadena, and Costa Mesa on Harbor Boulevard. On National Cereal Day, March 7, Cap’n Crunch himself will make his way to Inglewood from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for special giveaways and prizes to celebrate the cereal’s 60th anniversary.

On Wednesday, March 1, Randy’s Donuts will kick-off the annual Make March Matter month-long campaign with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). The CHLA Donut, a raised vanilla iced doughnut with colorful sprinkles, will be available through March 31 at participating Randy’s Donuts locations (Inglewood, Santa Monica, El Segundo, Torrance, Downey, Pasadena).

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The CHLA Donut (Courtesy Randy’s Donuts)

And speaking of Make March Matter, throughout the month of March, Eataly Los Angeles will host seven different cooking classes in partnership with CHLA and will donate 20% of the sales from the events to the hospital. Cooking class attendees will learn how to make Italian staples from pasta sauces, popular pasta dishes and pizzas, including their signature Pizza alla Pala’. 

 Make March Matter is a month-long campaign where culinary, fashion, fitness, beauty brands and other businesses in Los Angeles rally together to raise money and awareness for the lifesaving care at CHLA. Over the last seven years, the campaign has raised more than $10 million for CHLA, worked with over 275 partners, and hosted more than 150 events.  

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