La Cocina is proud to present the 2013 Food & Entrepreneurship Conference. It will be a jam-packed day exploring the theme of "Women, Work & Food"
La Cocina’s Food & Entrepreneurship Conference is a space to think about the place of food and entrepreneurship in urban and economic development. It is a celebration of the faces, spaces, policies and technologies and the way they all come together to create a vibrant environment where food businesses can grow and thrive - bringing economic development and jobs to our communities.
Conference Date: Sunday August 18
Themes/Topics: This year, we’re collaborating with the Southern Foodways Alliance to explore a theme of: Women, Work, & Food.
- Celebrating Food Entrepreneurship
- Women Business Owners
- Diversity in Food
- Building Communities
- Leveraging Technology
- Economic Development and Job Creation through the Food Industry
- People who currently own or want to begin food businesses
- The people who help make it possible - employees of nonprofit economic development organizations, city government officials, policy makers, and food enthusiasts in general
- Other nonprofits working specifically within the food industry on job creation
Location: SoMArts (934 Brannan Street SF, CA)
- Food Heritage of the American South Brunch (10:00am -1:00pm) $75
- Food & Entrepreneurship Conference (12:00pm-6:30pm) $100
- Brunch + Conference (10:00am -6:30pm) $150
Scholarships are available to the Food & Entrepreneurship Conference to anyone who demonstrates economic need. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Schedule: This schedule is still tentative and subject to change
BRUNCH* - $75
10:00AM – (includes a 1 hour panel discussion with the chefs moderated by SFA)
"Southern Foodways Alliance in San Francisco": A Californian Celebration of the Food Heritage of the American South
- Helen Turner – Owner, Helen's BBQ in Brownsville Tennessee
- Fernay McPherson – Owner of Minnie Bells Soul Movement
- Dionne Knox – Owner of Zella’s Soulful Kitchen
- Chiefo Chukwudebe – Owner of Chiefo’s Kitchen
- Maria del Carmen Flores – Owner of Estrellita’s Snacks
- Alicia Villanueva – Owner of Alicia’s Tamales los Mayas
- Olivia Velazquez - Owner of Eleganza Catering
CONFERENCE $100 (scholarships available! email email@example.com)
12:00 – 1:00PM: Oral Histories – Southern Food and its Culinary Heritage
*Brunch tickets include this panel discussion
Moderator: Amy Evans, Southern Foodways Alliance, Oral Historian
Panelists: (the chefs listed above)
Track A: Food Industry Entrepreneurs and those interested in starting a food business (all Track A sessions will be translated into Spanish)
Track B: Public Sector and Economic Development – Urbanization and Food, Creative Solutions for encouraging business development
Track C: Nonprofits and Food: Staff of Nonprofits working in the food industry
Session One 1:15 – 2:15
A) Food Writing for Business Owners - Saveur Magazine, Cookbook Authors, freelance writers
B) Urban Food Access - SPUR, other orgs TBD
C) Setting Up Shared Use Kitchen Spaces- La Cocina
Coffee Break + “Blink and You’ll Miss Them” Talks: 2:15 – 2:30
Linked In for Business Growth
Women & Entrepreneurship
Session Two 2:35 – 3:35
A) Financing a Food Business - Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Sensiba San Filippo, Finance for Food
B) Revitalizing Neighborhoods Through Food - Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Minnie Bells Soul Movement, Urban Solutions, Bumzy's Chocolate Chip Cookies
C) Facilitating Real Estate Opportunities - 331 Cortland Marketplace, La Cocina Staff and Entrepreneurs
Coffee Break 2 + “Blink and You’ll Miss Them” Talks: 3:35 – 3:50
Love Your Farmer
Session Three: 3:55 – 4:55
A1) How To: Specialty Food – The Specialty Food Association
A2) How To: Mobile Food – Liba Falafel
A3) How To: Sustainable Restaurant - Farm 255 and FarmBurger
B) Technology & Food (Sponsored by General Assembly) - Good Eggs, Food+Tech Connect, Hampton Creek Foods, Cosemble
C) Corporate Good: Creating Nonprofit & For Profit Alliances - Bi Rite Market & 18 Reasons, Whole Foods Market
5:00 – 6:30 Specialty Food Association Happy Hour: An opportunity for conference attendees and panelists to wind down and have informal conversations over snacks provided by members of the Specialty Food Association and drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic).
*Scholarships are available for those demonstrating economic need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors: The conference and brunch are made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: The Southern Foodways Alliance, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Sensiba San Fillipo, the Specialty Food Association, General Assembly and The SF Bar Association.
When & Where
La Cocina is a ground-breaking business incubator designed to reduce the obstacles that often prevent low-income food entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses. By providing affordable, shared, commercial kitchen space, an array of industry-specific technical assistance and services, and access to market opportunities and access to capita, La Cocina works with entrepreneurs as they launch, grow, and formalize successful food businesses. We focus primarily on women from culturally diverse communities and immigrant communities. Our vision is that our program participants will become economically self-sufficient and contribute to a vibrant and diverse economy doing what they love to do.