Trap Kitchen: From The Streets To Your Table

Looking for a feel-good story to kick off the holiday season?

How about a pair of ex-gang rivals joining together in the name of community empowerment and five-star food?

That’s the story behind Trap Kitchen, a California based start-up founded by Malachi Jenkins and Roberto Smith that is serious about giving back. It can be anything from hosting graduation barbecues for neighborhood youths to sponsoring high school students who can’t afford prom. True to their background, they also make it a priority to share their food and their story with kids involved in gang violence, visiting them in juvenile detention centers and youth programs.

The positivity has proven contagious, with the team at Trap Kitchen going from serving meals out of their grandmas’ backyard to catering to celebrities like The Game and Kendrick Lamar, all by simply showcasing food’s best trait ever, beyond any nutritional metric: its capacity to bring people together.

What better than a good reminder of it before sitting down for Thanksgiving?

Related: Eat Better, Eat Together!


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Victor Rivas

Victor is our Senior Producer and Editor. He is a film, soccer and literature junkie with a real passion for storytelling. Formally trained with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Production and throughout his time in the industry has offered his know-how and talent to companies ranging from network giants like MTV Networks and Telemundo to independent production companies. Besides his work in media, he is a published soccer analyst/connoisseur, as well as a fiction writer.