One of Oprah’s favorite things is coming to Culver City. “Southern Sweet Maker to the Stars” Dr. Shica Little is bringing her signature Southern sweets and custom creations to Dr. Shica’s Bakery,   her permanent location at Westfield Culver City today.

For the past year, Little has been selling her red velvet cake and “Almost Famous” brownies at a pop-up shop on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. A Doctor of Education and college professor in the educational services industry, she was laid off from her corporate job during the pandemic and pivoted to sweets. Her cookies and gourmet dessert boxes soon caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey and ended up in the top three on Oprah’s Favorite Things out of 15,000 entries.

Dr. Shica Little (Jakob Layman)

Signature cookies including Sprinkle Delight, Hot Chocolate, Gigi’s Chocolate Chip, Vegan Chocolate Chunk and Lemon Drop will be in the case as well as Debra’s Red Velvet Cake, Almost Famous brownies and a full line of vegan desserts. A variety of custom and seasonal gourmet gift boxes are also available. 

Spire 73 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown rooftop is raising funds and awareness for Stop AAPI Hate by featuring a special dish created by Chef Kevin Tien of the Moon Rabbit. This promotion builds on Tien’s success with “DC Chefs Stopping Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Hate,” which included 45 chefs in the DC area hosting special events and selling pre-packaged meals to raise awareness and funds. To date, the effort has raised approximately $150,000. 

The special dish, a Kampachi Crudo, which features Hawaiian Kampachi sliced into six sashimi pieces and laid atop segments of cara cara orange slices, will be available to Angelenos through Monday, May 31. A portion of the proceeds from the dish will be donated directly to Stop AAPI Hate.

 Lobos 1707 Tequila & Mezcal launches Tacos Tuesdays with Lobos 1707 today by delivering tacos and tequila pairings via a custom-wrapped taco truck. Offerings will include taco and tequila pairings and specialty Lobos 1707 cocktails. Taco and tequila enthusiasts will be able to enjoy these specials on Tuesdays throughout the summer at Hyde and Mercado in Hollywood, Javier’s in Century City and Baja Cantina in Marina Del Rey through August 2021.

Baby back ribs (Courtesy Holy Cow)

Holy Cow BBQ is celebrating their new El Segundo location with a “Meat Up” on Saturday, May 22 from 2 – 5 p.m. with a variety of free samples of several menu items including brisket and bbq chicken packs which come with two sides and a roll.

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