La Cocina: Cultivating Food Entrepreneurs

La Cocina: Cultivating Food Entrepreneurs

Based in San Francisco is La Cocina, an incubator for home chefs that helps guide and turn them into businesswomen and entrepreneurs, through food.

I love this idea. Both my parents are entrepreneurs and I’ve been working in startups since I graduated from college.

Based in San Francisco’s Mission District, La Cocina provides commercial kitchen space and technical advice to their attendees, largely low-income women who have immigrated but want to start their own food business. This helps tie together the local economy, create more jobs and allow these women to do what they love. A beautiful circle if you ask me.

There are currently 30 up-and-coming businesses at La Cocina. The food representation is vast and includes catering, specialty products and farmers market stands. You can learn about some of the businesses and women represented here.

I’m touched by non-profits like this. Food binds us together and sometimes all you need is a little support and a push in the right direction.

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