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We Are La Cocina

  • The Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

Caleb Zigas, Executive Director, La Cocina; Author, We Are La Cocina(Forthcoming)
Veronica Salazar, Chef and Owner, El Huarache Loco
Reem Assil, Chef and Owner, Reem's California; Chef and Owner, Dyafa
Lamees Dabhour, Chef and Owner, Mama Lamees

La Cocina started in San Francisco, one of the nation’s most competitive food industries, as a grassroots organization in the Mission District. It has grown into the best-known kitchen incubator in the United States. La Cocina provides support and resources to help women, people of color and immigrants formalize and expand their food businesses to create a more diverse and equitable food industry.

Caleb Zigas, executive director of La Cocina, built the original infrastructure of the incubator program. This program now supports nearly 40 growing businesses and continues to break down barriers and strengthen communities. For the first time, get a glimpse of this life-changing work with We Are La Cocina, a new cookbook that offers over 40 stories of women pursuing economic freedom and includes over 120 of their recipes, bringing a taste of that success into your own home.

Join Zigas and La Cocina graduates live at INFORUM as they share inspiring stories featured in the cookbook and reflect on their journeys to entrepreneurial success as they progress toward increasing diversity and equity in the food industry.

Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program