This small San Francisco-based nonprofit organization partners with 40 food microbusinesses that are launching, growing, or formalizing their operations.
La Cocina (which means “the kitchen” in Spanish) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a platform for low-income and immigrant culinary entrepreneurs by providing affordable, shared commercial kitchen space, an array of industry-specific technical assistance and services, and access to market opportunities and capital. The organization’s vision is that program participants become economically self-sufficient and contribute to a vibrant and diverse economy doing what they love to do. Products from La Cocina entrepreneurs can also be purchased at their kiosk in the Ferry Building seven days a week. At their Ferry Plaza Farmers Market stand, La Cocina highlights a different small business each month. Examples include handcrafted miso and shio koji, hand-rolled grits, organic flavored hummus, and more.
The businesses in the incubator program source their raw ingredients from a range of producers. Ask about specific products to learn which source local and organic ingredients.
The food made at La Cocina includes everything from organic Mexican food to handmade truffles to slow-roasted tofu.
San Francisco, California
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