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‘Smoakring Smoakhouse’ BBQ in Oakland’s Dimond District Will Offer Free Thanksgiving Dinners




From left to right: 2 Star Market volunteer Clinton Givans and SmOakRing Smoakhouse owners Carlos and LaTisha Hernandez

Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday, 2 Star Market, located at 2020 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, fed nearly 700 Bay Area residents during their 17th Annual Thanksgiving Community Celebration.

This year’s 18th annual Thanksgiving meal will be vastly different because the coronavirus pandemic has prevented large groups of people from gathering. SmOakRing Smokehouse, a barbeque eatery located inside 2 Star Market, will be providing free meals, along with 2 Star’s usual Thanksgiving fixings, which will be ready and available for pickup only for anyone.

The community celebration will take place at 2 Star Market’s parking lot on Thursday, November 26, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. All attendees will be required to wear a mask as well as practice social distancing. Masks will be provided if needed. Meals will be pre-packaged for families of two or four members. There will be no seating available for guests.

SmOakRing specializes in drop-off office lunch and caterings of barbeque meals, and also serves take-out at 2 Star to walk-in customers. Their meals include ‘smoaked’ pork, salmon and BBQ chicken wings. In addition to the meats, SmOakRing provides BBQ-beans and ‘smoaked’ vegetables with take-out meals.

The husband-and-wife team of Carlos and LaTisha Hernandez who own SmOakRing Smokehouse wanted to do something special and help feed the hungry and less fortunate residents throughout the Fruitvale and Dimond districts. “As the holidays near, we are happy to be a part of the 2 Star Market annual holiday meal giveaway,” said Carlos.

“SmOakRing specializes in slow and low mesquite-smoked meats, brisket, glazed ribs and homemade sausage links that we take time, up to 14 hours, to cook. We carefully prepare and take our time when cooking and serving our meals because we want our customers to come back for more.”

“Our food is all about love for family, which includes my mom “Linda’s special potato salad,” and a (recipe for ribs) created by my late brother who passed in 2018,” added Carlos. “While growing up on 38th and Allendale, my family had to struggle, and people from this community helped us. This why it’s my responsibility to give back to the community and I feel blessed to be in a position to help others.”

“This Thanksgiving, SmOakRing will be donating whole smoked briskets to people, as well as macaroni and cheese. And our Cheesecake Dreams, from my sister’s line of homemade desserts, will also be donated. We are delighted that 2 Star Market has welcomed us with open arms and made us one family.”

Farouq Alawdi, manager of 2 Star Market, said he is excited to have SmOakRing help feed Oakland residents. “SmOakRing’s involvement in joining us this year is a tremendous support for our on-going annual celebration,” said Alawdi.

“It is part of our fabric and dedication to the community who, without them, we wouldn’t be here. It’s our way of thanking the community for their support and for patronizing us. We look forward to doing this every year and the meals we provide on Thanksgiving are free so the only thing residents need to bring is an appetite.”

For more information on the Community Celebration, contact 2 Star Market at 510-531-3576. To learn more about SmOakRing’s meals and catering service, call 510-585-4774 or visit

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