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La Cocina's Food & Entrepreneurship Conference 2013

La Cocina

Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

La Cocina's Food & Entrepreneurship Conference 2013

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
"Full Meal Deal" (Brunch + Conference Pass) Ended $150.00 $8.49
"The Southern Foodways Alliance in San Francisco" Brunch Ended $75.00 $4.74
Conference Pass Ended $100.00 $5.99

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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

Target Attendees:

  • 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 conference@sfstreetfoodfest.com to apply.

Schedule: This schedule is still tentative and subject to change

BRUNCH* - $75

10:00AM – 1pm (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

This exciting mix of chefs will be setting up stations and making Southern Brunch favorites including: Freshly griddled pancakes, BBQ Pork, Andoille Sausage and Farm Egg Casserole and much more. 

Plus bottomless mimosas & bloody marys and espresso drinks & tea

All proceeds from the brunch benefit La Cocina's Incubator Program

CONFERENCE $100 (scholarships available! email conference@lacocinasf.org)

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)

Breakout Sessions

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 FoodThe 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 conference@lacocinasf.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.

La Cocina's Food & Entrepreneurship Conference & Brunch is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center’s Affordable Space Program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to nonprofits. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund.
The mission of SOMArts is to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, please visit www.somarts.org.
Have questions about La Cocina's Food & Entrepreneurship Conference 2013? Contact La Cocina

When & Where

934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

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La Cocina

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 capital, 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.

For more information visit www.lacocinasf.org.

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