On Saturday, March 2nd, one of Bayview's longest-running and best-loved public events flooded several Bayview city blocks with sweet and savory eats, bluesy entertainment, local product venders, and hundreds of devotees attracted to the distinct fragrance escaping from barrel cookers and outdoor grills.
Black Cuisine, in and around the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center on Yosemite at 3rd, is a festival celebrating "Soul Food at its best," according to organizers at Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose SeniorServices. The recent event marked the festival's 33rd year.
In a neighborhood changing so dramatically, Black Cuisine is a bedrock celebration of Bayview Hunters Point historic strengths and rich culture.
Rika Kruse captured some moments from this year's Black Cuisine. Rika is a Bayview resident who grows vegetables at Quesada Gardens Initiative's Bridgeview Community Teaching and Learning Garden, all the while documenting the beauty of the place and its people with her pocket camera.