BLACK CUISINE, another successful festival for Bayview Hunters Point Dr. George Davis Multipurpose Senior Services, the agency’s main fundraiser, held the first Saturday in March. The food festival celebrates Black culture, soul food - neck bones, pigs feet, chitterlings, ham hocks, if you catch my drift! Not healthy eating, but survival foods.

Of course, I was on the scene Saturday afternoon, sat down in Big Mama’s Kitchen (inside the Senior center) with a plate filled with chitterlings, greens, candied yams, sweet tea -- why not, for one day go for it! Shared a table with Bayview icon DORRIS VINCENT, who enjoyed her barbecue chicken, greens and other palate pleasers.


CATHY DAVIS, Executive Director, and staff, work for weeks in preparation and planning. Black Cuisine, started in the late 80s, was the brilliant fundraiser idea of her late husband, Dr. Davis.

The streets on Yosemite and Lane, off 3rd St., blocked off, folks mingled, having a good time; some purchased items from various vendors; others ordered plates from soul food booths; listened to live entertainment on two stages, one, a youth and variety stage - an adult group danced the Electric Slide; AND smooth sounds heard from Ja’ye and Friends - impressed with Maestro Curtis touching rendition of “Grand Ma’s Hands,” popularized by Bill Withers; distinguished Ricardo Scales and ensemble closed out the all day event.

The Monte Carlo Restaurant and Bar, within the closed off area, packed with those desiring a cocktail or owners GARY Lynch’s finger-lickin’ barbecue, or Theresa’s Gumbo.

Dropping a few names - Senator MARK LENO always support the event with his presence; San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and son Theo; Dr. Espanola Jackson ( belated happy 80th Birthday to the Queen of Bayview Hunters Point - in sadness, condolences in the loss of one of her daughters);...

Sam Craig and members of Officers for Justice; Capt. O’SULLIVAN, Commander, Bayview Police station; POPCORN - Thurman Austin - ICON SKYCAP at San Francisco International Airport; Mr. Clarence Williams, owner Club Long Island, on Third Street - Antoinette Mobley, owner of an art Gallery, exhibited art from his club collection; Beloved J.J. - neighborhood mechanic - his shop, J’J’’S, next to the senior Center on Lane. The longtime businessman plan to retire in April - he will be missed!.

What’s so unique, over on Armstrong at 3rd, the large windows of The Bayview Senior Connection office, will capture your attention when driving or walking pass. Memorable large colorful screen mural pictures of 10 Bayview LEGENDS, that include: Dr. Arthur Coleman, Pharmacist Dr. Wayland Fuller; strong women leaders - Elouise Westbrook, Helen Carter, Mildred Armstrong - early pioneers of Black Cuisine, who have passed on.

CALENDAR NOTE --- Grammy nominated contemporary R&B ICON, beloved vocalist FREDDIE JACKSON debut Yoshi’s San Francisco next Thursday and Friday nights - should be a sellout! Remember Jackson’s soulful romantic ballads, hits of the 80s, 90s, swinging “Jam Tonight,” “You are My Lady,” “Rock Me Tonight,” - STILL hot on the jukebox at the popular Avenue Club on Ocean Avenue, near City College!

HEY, IT’S NICE TO BE NICE AND TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE...LOOK FOR ME...I’LL BE THERE...
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