The Shocking Truth About Abbot Kinney First Fridays

The Shocking Truth About Abbot Kinney First Fridays

Abbot Kinney First Fridays Getting Started- Food trucksThe Chronicles of Venice:
The origins of the AKFF blog were anything but typical.

AKFF started 10 years ago in Venice where things don’t go on the straight and narrow. See this post for the start of @abbotkinney1st.

Our Editor and Founder, Janet Gervers of Jagmedia in Venice was working with the Venice Chamber and the Venice Neighborhood Council at the time to promote Abbot Kinney First Fridays on Abbot Kinney Bl in Venice, when the attendance was a handful of people. 

Our Editor had the idea of creating a blog that promoted Abbot Kinney First Fridays. She discussed it with one of the Venice Chamber Board Members who was very supportive of the idea and it was launched in a short time in May of 2008 promoting First Fridays.  They both spread the word to Abbot Kinney businesses. There was opportunities for free and low-fee advertising, something needed to sustain blog. The Abbot Kinney First Fridays blog helped to sky rocket attendance within a year of starting which led to international prominence!

It was really shocking that an insidious email  was sent over the weekend making the blog effort akin to a crime by Carole Tantau, owner of Just Tantau on Abbot Kinney and a Venice Chamber Board Member,  directly familiar with the efforts of our Editor, who was actively promoting the event and volunteering on her own time for it. The email was sent to Board Members of the Venice Chamber and the Venice Neighborhood Council claiming that our Editor and a Board Member who was supportive of the idea were in some kind of nefarious collusion and did her best to try to shut the blog down. Fortunately, the majority who were emailed did not agree with her and the blog continued.

In fact no effort was made to open any kind of dialogue at any time past or present. It was really distressing and hurtful to our Editor to have these accusations made when she had put much effort into helping the community and something that would benefit the businesses on Abbot Kinney (and still does). While this is not intended to be vindictive in any way, the truth finally needs to be told.  This blog does NOT benefit from  food truck booking revenue, it’s a local merchant group. This blog has been an all-volunteer effort since the start 10 years ago and it exists via advertising revenue.  Our Editor is grateful to have had the support we’ve had from local businesses over the years.

Moving forward, the AKFF Blog is planning on putting the blog on the Patreon platform that will allow people to subscribe to get premium content and perks so we can continue our blog for you, our valued readers who appreciate what we do and love First Fridays.

The advertising models of the past don’t work as well and we hope that you will move forward with us and support us so that we can continue bringing content not only about First Fridays but also food, culture and events in Beach areas, West Los Angeles and beyond – plus perks only for our subscribers.

If there’s something else that you would like to see on our blog, make sure to click in the reply area below or fill out our contact form. We’d love to hear from you!

Photos by Janet Gervers:
Feature: 2014 First Fridays & Abbot Kinney BL Sign
2015 First Fridays & Abbot Kinney BL

Insider Look at First Fridays!

Insider Look at First Fridays!

abbotkinney1st-abbotkinney-bikes-foodtrucks-040218If you went to First Fridays on Abbot Kinney, you know how good it is with all the tasty food options from the food trucks! If you didn’t, we’ve got the inside scoop right here for you with highlights from April 2 2018, Abbot Kinney First Fridays in Venice!

abbotkinney1st-food-cousinsmainelobsterThis is a true delight from Cousins Maine Lobster.

More is more at First Fridays! Show us your snaps on Instagram @abbotkinney first or share on the AKFF Facebook page.


Food trucks lined the side street off of Abbot Kinney. We like the fun graphics on the Word of Mouth truck. Did you eat their food? If so, how did you like it? Let us know by replying to our post or on our social media.

abbotkinney1st-foodpasta-egg-chubbeemonkee040218Check this combo out! Fried egg on pasta…hmmm… from Chubbee Monkee. If you eat enough of it you might turn into one!

abbotkinney1st-foodtrucks-crowd-briglot-040218580x250The night was young at The Brig parking lot before the crowds got huge! See our feature photo at top of this post for our @abbotkinney1st crowd closeup.


Grilled cheese is always a fave at 1st Fridays! Seen here from The Grilled Cheese Truck and eaten shortly thereafter!

Check out more of our First Fridays photos and posts at our AKFF Blog Link.

Find out about how you can save on food trucks, shopping, fitness every day!

See our map of Abbot Kinney so you can plan for each and every First Fridays in Venice!

Food Truck Frenzy at Abbot Kinney First Fridays on April 6, 2018!

Food Truck Frenzy at Abbot Kinney First Fridays on April 6, 2018!

Share your pics with the hashtag #AKFF to share your photos of your delicious food with us!

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Food Truck List continued…

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Rice Balls of Fire
Ridges Churro Bar
Mexican Chuck Wagon Fusion
Mad Dumplings

Santa Clara – California

Rolln Lobster
Street Kitchen LA
Chanco’s Tacos
Steamy Bun Truck
Mess Hall Canteen
Okamoto Kitchen
Tender Grill Gourmet Brazilian Kitchen
The Fix on Wheels
Epikurean Truck
Pink Taco Truck
Love Bird
Creole City


abbotkinney1st-people-eating-food-030218The Brig Parking Lot

Baby’s Badass BBQ
Border Grill
Kogi Truck
+ more