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Albertsons
www1.albertsons.com
Albertsons is the second largest food-drug retailer in the nation with approximately 2,300 stores and 200,000 employees. The philosophy of founder joe Albertsons was to "give the customer the merchandise they want, at a price they can afford, complete with lots of tender, lover care" and it continues to be the driving principals of Alberstsons today.

26 Beach
26 Washington Bl
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 821-8129
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11am - 3 pm, 5:30 PM -9:30pm
Sat and Sun 10 am - 10 PM
Riding the tide of success from the original location of 26 Beach in Venice, this new site opened in October of 2000. It is located half a block north of Lincoln, not far from the hub of activities in Marina Del Rey. Owner, Francis Mori, carries on the tradition his father started by serving "LA's Best Hamburger" as voted by the Zagat survey. With cool and balmy seaside weather, the option of outdoor, covered seating makes dining a fresh air experience

Berth 55
555 Pico Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
Hours: Mon - Thurs 10 am - 6 PM
Fri- Sat 10 am - 7 PM
Housed in a metal dock house structure, near the harbor where the charter fishing boats are anchored, the Berth 55 Fish Market and Seafood Deli attracts a diverse clientele. Eating in the restaurant/deli are deckhands, suit and tie types, policemen, and tourists. The owners, Patrick and Gail Maehara, have transformed this seaside market eatery into a favorite hangout for many. With lots of available parking and outdoor seating, the primary attraction is the fresh seafood.

Beverly Soon Tofu
2717 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Hours: Open Seven days a week 9:30 am - 10:30 PM
Beverly Soon Tofu is the place to dine if you're looking for deliciously prepared food and good service. Try their specialty dish "Soon Tofu" - a hearty meal made in a clay pot filled with broth, seafood, meats, and vegetables - and have it personalized to your preference. Or feast on the GhalBi barbecue beef.
 
Casa Heiwa After School Program
Casa Heiwa is an affordable income housing complex, built and managed by the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation (LTSC CDC). LTSC provides various services to Casa Heiwa residents, including counseling, child care, job training and youth programs. The After School Program, through the Aratani Computer Learning Center, provides mentorship, academic and enrichment activities for youth ages 5 to 11 and beyond. The After School Program is proud to to participate in this year's Tofu Festival, and all the proceeds will go towards sending he youth to an outdoor camp and field trips.
 


Chez Sateau
850 S Baldwin Av
Arcadia, CA 91007
626 446 8806

Enjoy fine dining with selections such as lobster saffron soup, oysters on the half shell, grilled filet mignon, bouillabaisse, roast baby rack of lab, and veal scallopini brandin. Meals come with a delicious contemporary pate and warm fresh bread. Elegant French dŽcor with cozy booths and tables provide an ideal place for a special occasion.

CAST

(The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking)

The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) assists persons trafficked to the U.S. for forced labor and slavery. CAST provides direct service to trafficked victims, conducts advocacy for their human rights, provides training for community and government agencies, and is engaged in action-based research. CAST staff and volunteers will be offering snow cones at this year's festival.

Cirxa Bistro
3719 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles,CA 90027
(323) 663-1048

Located in Silverlake, Cirxa is a neighborhood bistro that serves Creole and soul food and caters to the predominantly young, hipster denizens living in the area. As such, youÕre more likely to find that your food was cooked in olive oil than lard, along with several dishes for your vegetarian and vegan friends. If you love soul food but your arteries canÕt spare the excess fat, this is the place to dine.
 

Co-Opportunties & Salads Galore
1525 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 9040
(310) 451-8902

"This is an excellent natural foods co-op (started in 1974). It is open to all (not just members), and has about 3000 members. Sells organic foods (largest supply in Southern California), macrobiotic and special diets (wheat-free, salt-free, non-dairy), large bulk section, health and beauty aids. Cooking classes available to members. 3% discount to co-op members on all purchases. This is an essential asset to any west Los Angeles vegetarian!
 
Cookand
Little Tokyo Square, 3rd Floor
333 S. Alameda Street, 300A
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 437-0012
Located on the 3rd floor of Little Tokyo Square, this newly opened tofu house offers a myriad of options from Soon Tofu to burgers & fries. Their Soon Tobu comes sizzling hot with a variety of side dishes that include several types of Kim Chi, Namul (bean sprouts), Chop Che (noodles), Jon (Korean pancake) and more. They also offer several dining settings, which include their cyber cafŽ, a counter for a diner-like experience and a quaint library type setting with a big screen TV for your viewing pleasure while you dine. (Great for watching the Lakers three-peat!)
Curry House
123 South Onizuka Street #204,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0855
Mon - Thurs 11 am - 9 PM
Fri - Sun 11:30 am - 9:30 PM
For fresh food in a short amount of time, nothing beats the Curry House in Weller Court. With the menu prominently displayed on a stand outside the restaurant and sample dishes in the big picture window, one can quickly make up their mind on what to order. As soon as I passed through the doors at 11:55 a.m., on a Wednesday, I was directed to my table. Within two minutes a waiter appeared and our salads arrived five minutes later. Such fast service and they didn't even know I was there to review them.
 
DerrickÕs Jamaican Cuisine
8606 La Tijera Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90045
310-641-7572
For all you tofu lovers, you wonÕt be able to find "Jerk Tofu" on the menu of any other restaurant. DerrickÕs jerk tofu has been featured on NBC4 news and is a healthy and delicious alternative to jerk meat dishes. However, if you want delicious jerk chicken, they serve that as well as a menu full of other Jamaican favorites. DerrickÕs also offers a smoothie bar, catering and live music.
El Burrito Meixcan Food Products
P.O. Box 90125
Industry, CA 91715-0125
(626) 369-7827
Founders Mark and Grace Roth have made El Burrito into the largest Corn Masa distributor in Southern California. Their creation Soytaco, a fully-seasoned, easy-to-cook, meatless taco filling won the 1998 innovator Award from the California Restaurant Association. Spyrizo is a healthier soy alternative to the Mexican sausage. The latest addition to their line of foods is the neatloaf, a meatless meatloaf. All three soy products are low in saturated fat, cholesterol-free, high in protein and have no preservatives.
Fanta-Sea Grill
912 Fair Oaks Drive
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-5588
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9 PM
Closed on Sundays
What a find! Imagine a place serving the freshest available seafood and cooking it to gourmet perfection. The trendy Euro-Asian fusion dishes of lobster, crab, shrimp and fish found in elegant restaurants are half the price at Fanta-Sea Grill. Co-owner Grace Chai loves to cook. Her philosophy is to prepare and serve first quality food at a reasonable price. For her sandwiches, she experimented with 30 types of breads before settling on a baguette made by Vie de France. Each type of seafood has gone through at least five different methods of cooking. Only the best method, which intensifies the flavor of the seafood, whether it be grilled, broiled, sautŽed, seared or steamed, is selected.
 
Feast from the East
1949 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 475-0400
Mon - Sat 11 am - 9 PM
Feast From The East is a little cafŽ which recently expanded to three times its original size. After purchasing the Italian restaurant next door, owner, Suzanne Toji, gutted the place and set up dining tables and a coffee/dessert counter. Now customers can order their food from the wall menu and carry it to the next room for casual dining.
 
Follow Your Heart
21825 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 348-0291

Located in Canoga Park since 1970, the atmosphere is both comfortable and casual. Some have described it as a trip back into the, 1970s, but we prefer to think of "The Heart" simply as a place where people can be themselves. It's one of those places that begins to feel like home after a while, and many of our customers can be seen dining on a daily basis. A combination of a cafe and market will make you want to buy what you just ate.
House Foods America Corporation
7351 Orangewood Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92841
(714) 901-4350
House Foods America Corporation (HFA), one of the largest Tofu manufacturers in the United States is composed of three different operations. The core operation is the manufacturing and distribution of House Hinoichi Tofu, House Tofu, and other Tofu products such as Age, Natto, and Konnyaku products. The second operation is the importing of processed foods manufactured by its parent company, House Foods Corporation, Japan; one of the largest manufacturers of curry sauce mixes, spices, and processed foods. The third operation is the managing of a chain of six Curry House restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area serving a variety of Curry and Spaghetti entrŽes. House Foods America strives to provide the best quality products to consumers and customers, and bring the rich Japanese food culture to the United States.
 
Indo Cafe
10428-1/2 National Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 815-1290
Indo CafŽ has received many enthusiastic reviews from food critics such as Jonathon Gold of the LA Times who commented, "Hands down, the best of the entire Westside" and Merril Shindler who indicated that Indo CafŽ has "... the best fried rice in the world." Specialty dishes include the Spiced Coconut Beef, and Indonesian Fried Rice. They also cater parties and special occasions.
 
JACK's F.D.C.
22641 South Normandie Avenue,
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 320-0771
Started in 1988 as a producer of Umeboshi (pickled plum), JACKÕs is a producer of healthy snacks which include sweet potato, taro, bagel and brown rice chips. At the festival, they will be featuring one of their newer products, "Soy Jerky", a healthy alternative to beef jerky, which can be purchased by mail order.
JFC Foods
4353 Exchange Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90058
(323) 587-3900
JFC is proud of its roots that date back to the early 1900s. After being formally established in 1958, JFC has broadened and enhance its 8,500-item product line, which includes the names of familiar household cooking products such as Hime, Hapi, Botan, and Dynasty. They are also the maker of Tama Nishiki premium rice.
LA Thai CafŽ
4356 Fountain Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(310 666-5993
Open Daily from 11 am - 9 PM
Chef/owner Cookie comes from a family with a long history of Thai culinary tradition. LA Thai Cage offers fresh stir fry vegetables and tofu, chicken satay, pad Thai, curry dishes, Mongolian glass noodles salad, and chow mein. For tofu lovers, Cookie recommends the Prig-king (stir fried curry with tofu and green beans) and stir-fried eggplant with tofu in spicy sauce. Dinner specials include an entree, friend rice, egg roll, and egg soup.

 

Lee Kum Kee
304 S Date Ave
Alhmabra, CA 91803
Lee Kum Kee founder, Mr. Lee Kam Sheung starts his sauce production business in Nam Shui Village in Guangdong Province, China. Right on the South Sea coast, where oysters are in abundance, Mr. Lee seizes on this advantage to produce an oyster sauce that becomes very popular. Thus, Lee Kum Kee is born.
Maison Akira
713 East Green Street,
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 796-9501
Tues - Thurs 11:30 am -2 PM; 6 PM - 10 PM
Fri 6 PM - 10 PM
Sat 5 PM - 10 PM; Sun 11 am - 2 PM; 5 PM - 8 PM
closed mondays
Maison Akira, a casual French restaurant with a Japanese flair, is definitely a rare gem in the heart of Pasadena. I had not expected such a treat as I raced through the LA traffic on a hot summer-like day to make my lunch appointment at the restaurant, conveniently located just west of Lake Ave., and just south of Colorado, right near the Pasadena Playhouse.
Melissa's
5325 S Soto St.
Vernon, CA 90058
Melissa's is the leading importer and distributors of exotic fruits, Asian vegatables, certified organic produce, and soy-based meat alternative products in the U.S. Melissa's products can be found in the produce sections of most major supermarkets and specialty stores.
 
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)
1145 Wilshire Boulevard, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 250-9888
The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civil rights advocacy organization that provides a national voice for Chinese and Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) in the United States. OCA's headquarters are in Washington D.C. giving it a unique ability to speak to issues of national importance, ranging from hate crimes legislation to the Wen Ho Lee case, to the creation of the Chinese New Year's stamp. The OCA-Greater Los Angeles chapter was established in 1989 to address local, state and national issues that affect our communites. Throughout the year, OCA-GLA organizes educational forums on issues such as racial profiling, immigration & employment, community service projects (Habitat for Humanity Days & Chinatown Clean-up Days) and networking events for its members.

Otafuku USA, Inc
377 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 1208
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 787-8000
Japanese Sauce and vinegar manufacturer Otafuku Foods first gained notoriety in the U.S. through speciality retailers, distributiors and operators. But as the popularity of sthnic and regional-ethnic foods continues to grow here in America, Otafuku sauces are quickly becoming the condiment of choice for many. Try their delicious asces with some tofu today!

 
Paul's Kitchen
1950 South Atlantic Boulevard,
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 724-1855
This Chinese American restaurant is the local hang out for Japanese Americans growing up in the LA area serving up dishes such as Egg Foo Young, Almond Duck, "Pak Kai (sweet & sour pork) and "Hom Yu", a traditional Japanese favorite which is a rare find these days. They have been catering to the Japanese community for over 60 years and they have been in their current location for 25 years. Their Char Siu (BBQ Pork) is a specialty and can be purchased by the pound Ð great to pick up on the way home for dinner or to take to a potluck. PaulÕs Kitchen has a full bar, banquet facilities and karaoke on Thursday and Friday nights. Lunch specials are served from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm daily with full dinner served all day.

 

 
Relaxtation
11301 Olympic Blvd. #103
West Los Angeles, CA
(310) 473-3668
Got Boba! We do! Thanks to your wonderful support, Relaxtation has continued to supply the westside with the best boba for over 3 years now. We've even made it easier for you to satisfy your craving by expanding to three locations! Now visit us at our original West LA location, our two-story flagship Westwood Village, or our newest UCLA campus location in Ackerman Union. Come try our tasty lunch and dinner dishes in our Westwood location.

 
Ryugakusei
   
A project of Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), Ryugakusei has been supporting Japanese-speaking students by providing information and referral service since 1994. They will be serving Uji-Kintoki snow cones.

Sante LA Brea
345 North La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-0412
Open Daily 8 am - 10 pm
Many of us are on restrictive diets limiting fats, cholesterol or sugars. Now there is a special place for the health conscious eater. The Sante La Brea offers an alternative cuisine where the absence of dairy and fat does not compromise the taste or richness of any recipe. It is located half a block north of Beverly Blvd. This little eatery has a European cafŽ dining appeal. There is an espresso bar serving coffee, herbal teas, imported beers and wine. Indoors, the dining area has a large picture window, flooding the room with soft light. The outdoor dining area is intimate due to a large wall of pink bougainvillea growing on lattice, providing privacy from the neighboring building.

 
Senor Fish
422 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0566
Open Daily 10 am - 8 pm
Occupying the old space of the former landmark Atomic Cafem Senor Fish continue the tradition of bringing eclectic food to Little Tokyo. Serving fresh Mexican food using a variety of seafood, they offer combination plates of scallops and fish sauteed in garlic butter, grilled trout charboiled fish and vegetarian enchiladas. Dishes come with french fries or rice and beans.Don't forget to try their excellent guacamole.

Soul Folks Cafe
714 Traction Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 613-0381
Mon - Fri 7 am - 5 pm
Sat - Sun 8 am - 3 pm
The Soul Folks CafŽ is the place to go enjoy soul food in a funky, cool, laidback atmosphere. ItÕs a tiny place, with only a few tables, so you may find that it is a bit crowded, with patrons lining up to enjoy whatÕs billed as "the finest African American Cuisine in the Downtown Los Angeles Area."

 
Southern California Cuisine
812 East 12th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 745-1777
Primarily a catering company, Southern California Cuisine is a reliable, professional, creative and delicious food service with many affiliated restaurants. They offer a wide range of hors dÕouevres, bento boxes, and full-course meals from fresh Californian, to Mexican and unique Pan-Asian cuisine. As a sample of their cooking, Southern California Cuisine prepared a hearty dairy-free tofu lasagna loaded with tender fresh vegetables including broccoli, yellow squash and carrots. The lasagna packed a kick with its generous use of freshly ground pepper within its light tomato-based sauce. This home-style meal was quite substantial that vegetarians and meat-eaters can both embrace and enjoy.

 

Soyburg, U.S.A
1010 S Arroyo Parkway, Ste7
Pasadena, CA 91105
626-403-5605

SoyBurg, USA soy products are the fruits of love and labor of a Professor of Medicine, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory Scientist, and a team of renowned chefs who began research in 1998 with a single mission: to create the tastiest and the highest quality soy food that will delight meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Their products include Soy Burgers, SoyClassics Meals, Soy Loafs and Soy Drinks and are 100% vegan - containing no animal or dairy products. They are simply delicious

 

 

 

 
Starbucks
www.starbucks.com
Starbucks purchases and roasts high-quailty whole bean coffees andsells them along with fresh, rich-brewed, Italian style espresso beverages, a variety of pastries and confections, and coffee-related accessories and equipment, primarily through its comany-opertated retail stores. Check out their website to find the Starbucks nearest you, and to learn more about their products.

Tofutti Brands
50 Jackson Drive,
Cranford, NJ 07106
(908) 272-2400
Established in 1982, Tofutti Brands provide alternative products for dairy-conscious and health-oriented individulas. Some of their specialty items include Tofutti, cookies and non-dairy desserts. Tofutti products are soy-based, contain no butterfat or lactose, and are avaulable at your local markets.

 
Unique Catering
15019 Via Tesoro
Chino Hills, CA 91709
(213) 727-0012
Unique Catering, founded in 1995 by owner Paul Tran, specializes in Japanese, Chinese, and Continental Cuisine. The Unique taste can be found at corporate grand openings, weddings, private parties, as well as events for non-profit organizations, schools and churches.

 

Vegan Express
3217 Cahuenga Blvd
West Los Angeles
(323) 851-8837
Enjoy a great vegan meal at this restaurants that serves everything from Asian dishes that include pad thai and chow mein to American favorites such as burgers and steak sandwiches. Their dishes are made with no animal by-products, preservatives, refined sugars or artificial colors and flavors. Breakfast is served all day and they also provide catering.

 

Vegan Terra
28901 S. Western Ave. #123
Rancho Palos Verde, CA 90275
(310) 833-7977
Come to the Tofu Festival and see what they have to offer.

 
Wah King Noodles
2201 E. 7th Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 268-0222
Located just east of Downtown Los Angeles, Wah King Noodle Co. has been a producer and distributor of Asian dry noodles since 1994. Many restaurants throughout the Southern California area have enjoyed using Wah King's noodles with a variety of vegetables and meat in making chow mein, soups, salads and many other Asian noodle dishes. Come by and taste some delicious noodles with tofu!

White Wave, Inc.
1990 North 57 Court
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 443-3952
Looking for soy foods that will help you get your 25 grams of soy protein every day? Try White Wave Silk Soymilk. It's organic, lactose-free, cholesterol-free and dairy free. There are seven delicious flavors to choose from - plain, vanilla, chocolate, chai, mocha, coffee soy latte and spice soy latte. Its exceptional flavor has a smooth texture and creamy fresh taste. Plus it's vitamin- and calcium-fortified and has 5 to 7 grams of soy protien per serving Wite Wave Silk Soymilk is pacaged in easy-to-use-gable top cartons and cane be found n the dairy case of your local supermarket.

 
WholeSoy
www.wholesoycom.com
The WholeSoy Company is founded on research into dairy-like soy based products performed in Sweden in the early 1980Õs. The WholeSoy Company in California uses a proprietary process to manufacture soy cream from whole soybeans and from this cream produces a range of soymilks, yogurts or "creamy cultured soy", and Glace, the premium dairy-like soy cream frozen dessert. The company is dedicated to using only natural ingredients and organic raw materials when available. The companyÕs research and development division strives to incorporate the latest nutritional findings in the composition of its product formulas while retaining a dedication to superior quality and taste. Stop by the WholeSoy booth for some Drinkable Cultured Soy, Glace and Frozen Cultured Soy all in a variety of flavors to choose from. All WholeSoy products are Vegan as well as 100% casein and gluten free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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