Member
Your donation supports our high-quality, inspiring and commercial-free programming.
Support Icon
Discover all the ways you can make a difference.
Support Icon
The Leadership, Advancement, Membership and Special Events teams are here to help.

Meet the Inspiring People Reshaping L.A.’s Food Scene in ‘Broken Bread’

Olympia Auset of SÜPRMARKT| Still from "Broken Bread"
Olympia Ausset of SÜPRMARKT carries a box of organic produce. Ausset launched SÜPRMARKT in 2016 to eliminate food deserts in her community, South L.A. | Still from "Broken Bread"
Support Provided By

In "Broken Bread," restaurant entrepreneur and social activist Roy Choi takes viewers on a journey through L.A. to showcase the inspiring people who are working to fix broken food systems in their communities. Learn more about the individuals and organizations who are using food as a platform for activism and a catalyst for change.

Homeboy Industries

Founded in 1988 by Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries serves over 10,000 former gang-involved and previously incarcerated people, providing a wide variety of training and support from workforce development through their numerous social enterprises to tattoo removal and parenting classes. The first of Homeboy Industries’ social enterprises, the Bakery employs dozens of Homeboy Industry trainees and supplies products for Homeboy Farmers Markets, Homeboy Diner, Homegirl Catering and several restaurants and cafes around Los Angeles.

Learn more about the ways Homeboy Industries brings opportunities to the formerly incarcerated in this clip from "Broken Bread."
Homeboy Industries - From a Life of Crime to Croissants

Stay up-to-date on the latest at Homeboy Industries. Visit the Homeboy Industries website and connect on social media:

Dough Girl Pizza

Dough Girl Pizza was founded by Mar Diego, an ex-convict, chef and philanthropist, with a mission to create inspiration and rehabilitate troubled youth and adults. Located in Sylmar, the pizza shop offers unique menu options with original recipes like their animal style pizza, a traditional cheese pizza topped off with French fries and sea salt. Read more about Mar Diego's motivation behind launching Dough Girl Pizza.

Meet the youth working at Dough Girl Pizza and hear about how their time with Mar Diego has changed their lives in this clip from "Broken Bread."
Food - A Catalyst for Change

Check out their eclectic menu. Visiting Dough Girl's website and connect on social media:

Ron Finley

In 2010, Ron Finley set out to fix South L.A.’s food desert problem by planting vegetables in neglected dirt patches by sidewalks. He was swiftly met with a citation from the City of Los Angeles for gardening without a permit. But Finley, along with fellow green activists, fought back and won. Today, Finley continues his mission of providing gardening education to his community and transforming food deserts into food sanctuaries one block at a time. Read more about how Ron Finley built a gardening movement in his community.

Ron Finley | Still from "Broken Bread"
1/7 Ron Finley, left, converses with "Broken Bread" host Roy Choi, right. | Still from "Broken Bread"
Ron Finley walks through his garden. | Still from "Broken Bread"
2/7 Ron Finley walks through his garden in South Central Los Angeles. | Still from "Broken Bread"
A peek into Ron Finley's garden. | Still from "Broken Bread"
3/7 A peek into Ron Finely's garden. | Still from "Broken Bread"
Ron Finley's garden | Still from "Broken Bread" Access
4/7 An overhead view of Ron Finley's garden. | Still from "Broken Bread"
Ron Finley gardening | Still from "Broken Bread" Access
5/7 Ron Finley tends to produce in his garden. | Still from "Broken Bread"
Ron Finley tending his garden at the parkway. | Still from "Broken Bread" Access
6/7 Ron Finley tends to his garden at the parkway. | Still from "Broken Bread"
Pots and plants in Ron Finley's garden. | Still from "Broken Bread"
7/7 Pots and plants in Ron Finley's garden hold various kinds of produce. | Still from "Broken Bread"

Stay up-to-date with Ron Finley's mission and find ways to get involved. Visit Ron Finley's website and connect on social media:

SÜPRMARKT

SÜPRMARKT believes everyone deserves great food. On a mission to shatter long-standing barriers to health in low income communities, SÜPRMARKT supplies low cost organic produce to low income communities in L.A. Since its founding in 2016 by L.A. native Olympia Auset, SÜPRMARKT has provided over 70,000 pounds of organic produce and has plans to open South Central’s first organic grocery. Read more about how SÜPRMARKT is supplying South L.A. with organic produce.

Take a walk through South L.A. with SÜPRMRKT founder Olympia Ausset in this clip from "Broken Bread."
A Walk Through South Los Angeles with Olympia Auset

To find out how you can support SÜPRMARKT and their mission to end food deserts, visit SÜPRMARKT's website and connect on social media:

Earle’s Hot Dogs

Earle’s Hot Dogs started as a hot dog cart peddled up and down Venice Beach by founders and brothers Cary and Duane Earle in 1984. In 1992, the humble cart upgraded to a brick and mortar. Two relocations and 31 years later, Earle’s is a restaurant and full-scale catering company located in Crenshaw Square. Earle’s menu has changed over the years, now with expansive plant-based offerings. But one thing stays the same: their commitment to “the empowerment of Black and brown people, supporting people from the Crenshaw Community and their hard work and dedication to quality food and superior service.” Read about Cary and Duane's journey as chefs and entrepreneurs.

Duane and Carey Earl | Still from "Broken Bread"
1/4 Duane and Cary Earle, co-founders and co-owners of Earle's, sit in their brick and mortar shop in Crenshaw Square. | Still from "Broken Bread"
A truck and hot dog cart outside of the most recent Earl's location on Crenshaw Boulevard. | Still from "Broken Bread"
2/4 A truck and hot dog cart outside the Earle's current location on Crenshaw Boulevard. | Still from "Broken Bread"
Duane Earl smiles as he works behind the counter at Earl's. | Still from "Broken Bread"
3/4 Duane Earle smiles as he works behind the counter at Earle's. | Still from "Broken Bread"
Fries and hot dogs served at Earl's. | Still from "Broken Bread"
4/4 Fries and hot dogs served at Earle's. | Still from "Broken Bread"

Check out Earle's expansive menu consisting of meat and plant-based options. Visit Earle's website and connect on social media:

Vegan Hooligans

Vegan Hooligans is a pop-up food truck in L.A.’s Eagle Rock, making classic American diner food out of plant-based ingredients. Launched by vegan Jose Meija, the plant-based eatery is well known for its riffs on comfort American diner food like milkshakes and patty melts as well as fast food hits like the Carl’s Jr. Western Burger. Read more about Jose Meija's journey into plant-based diets and launching The Vegan Hooligans.

Jose Mejia is the man behind the Vegan Hooligans.
1/4 Jose Mejia, founder of The Vegan Hooligans. | Still from "Broken Bread"
Vegan Hooligans - Banner
2/4 Jose Meija, right, and a The Vegan Hooligans staff member hang up a banner. | Still from "Broken Bread"
Vegan Hooligans
3/4 Plant-based burgers on the griddle at The Vegan Hooligans. | Still from "Broken Bread"