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About
the La Cocina
Gift Bazaar:

La Cocina, San Francisco’s first non-profit incubator kitchen, is delighted to invite you to the Fourth Annual La Cocina Gift Bazaar. The La Cocina Gift Bazaar brings local entrepreneurs who produce food or food related goods together to celebrate and promote locally made products, entrepreneurial spirit and the Bay Area’s vibrant small business economy. It's the ideal place to get all of your holiday gifts for you and all of your food-loving friends.


About
La Cocina

La Cocina’s program is 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, 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



La Cocina was born out of a belief that a community of natural entrepreneurs, given the right resources, can create self-sufficient businesses that benefit themselves, their families, their community, and the whole city. The food that has come out of this kitchen since 2005 reflects that aspiration and, quite simply, tastes amazing.








Vendors
  • Initially, Azalina (who trained as a pastry chef) expressed no interest in making her native Malaysian food; it was something that she took for granted. After a successful career as a pastry chef, Azalina moved around, cooking in Singapore, Japan and several other countries before finally moving to the United States something she had always wanted to do. It was here in San Francisco that Azalina rediscovered her love of her Malaysian cuisine and culture, after being unable to locate any of her favorite foods locally and having a yearning for her home country cuisine.
    www.azalinas.com

  • "Maria Schoettler is an Oakland-based artist and illustrator who has been known to paint pictures of her food before she eats it. Several years back, after making her weekly pilgrimage to her neighborhood farmer's market, Maria got inspired to make a fun-to-look-at guide of what fruits and veggies were in season each month. From this, grew her annual tradition of creating of an 'Eat Local' Calendar which eventually bloomed into a California Native Plants Calendar, featuring plants that are in their prime according to month. She has contributed to Edible San Francisco and currently works in collaboration with Ambatalia Textiles for a non-disposable life. mariaschoettler.com
  • Everything in my shop started as an original artwork, hand drawn and painted my me. I spend a lot of my time researching cuts of meat, butchery, and even some non-meat items, to provide accurate, crazy awesome, sometimes funny, and always 100% original diagrams for you. I adore food and hope that my artwork can make you, or the food-loving chef/butcher/homesteader/super talented home cook in your life happy.
    www.drywellart.com


  • "Alicia Villanueva came to La Cocina with a dream: to start her own tamale cart, as a means to spread her own Mexican traditions and customs. For Alicia, the best tamales are stuffed with love, and the best people are stuffed with her tamales. She’s been making delicious tamales for her family and friends for years, and finally decided that it was time to let the rest of the world in on her amazing food.
    Tamales los Mayas made its debut at the 2010 San Francisco Street Food Festival and Alicia’s spent the months since perfecting her business. Luckily for San Francisco tamale enthusiasts, Alicia’s Tamales los Mayas launched at Justin Herman Plaza in October 2011, where it’s now stationed five days a week.
    www.aliciatamaleslosmayas.com
  • Jarred specializes in making all kinds of delicious pickled fruits and vegetables using the best, local, organic and sustainable products around. We are very proud to offer you a product that is incredibly tasty. At Jarred we pickle anything that we can get our hands on; to do this when the ingredients are at the peak of their season and to get the product to you ASAP. Save it! Eat it! Gift It! Do as you please... whatever the case, we simply hope that you enjoy our pickles as much as we enjoy making them.
    jarredsf.com
  • Kika’s Treats is an artisanal company based in San Francisco, CA, which handmakes premium pure chocolate-covered confections. Our main commitments are: * To use the finest quality ingredients; * To create unique flavor profiles; * To source locally, from ingredients to packaging, as much as possible; * To leave as few footprints in our environment as possible; * To be a socially-responsible company.
    Treat yourself and feel good about it!"
    www.kikastreats.com

  • Clairesquares handcrafts unique confections and baked goods derived from traditional Irish recipes using only premium and all natural ingredients. "
    www.clairesquares.com

  • SAL DE VIDA Gourmet offers a delicious line of Flavor Infused Culinary Finishing Salts, Rim Salts and Instant Rice Dishes and desserts that help the professional and amateur cook alike to enhance the flavor of their home cooked meals in short order. SAL DE VIDA Gourmet Culinary Finishing Salts and Instant Rice dishes are also made available in unique pairings presented in tasteful gift baskets.
    www.saldevidagourmet.com
  • "OUR MISSION To provide delicious fast food that is healthy, convenient, and sustainable.
    OUR VISION To expand nationwide, contributing to America’s move toward better eating.
    OUR STORY We created “Healthy, Handy, and Delicious!” ONIGILLY in 2007, with the goal to bring Japan’s favorite comfort food, onigiri, to the US. With help from La Cocina’s incubation program, we began operations as a street food cart in 2010, and in September 2012 we opened our first restaurant in San Francisco Financial District."
    www.onigilly.com

  • Our mission is to grow and provide the San Francisco Bay Area food connoisseurs with a sensual, artisan chocolate experience.
    We make chocolate-based, artisan confections with a “twist”. Currently we offer an unshelled chocolate truffle we call “The hearts of chocolate truffles” made with high-quality, local ingredients.
    www.neococoa.com

  • "McEvoy Ranch extra virgin olive oils are a result of a mindful and passionate dedication to excellence, from orchard to bottle. Certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), our olives are grown, harvested, milled, blended and bottled entirely at the ranch.
    Inspired by the integrity of our oil and beauty of the land, McEvoy is a constant evolution. From olive oil soaps and cured olives to organic produce, plants, flowers and small-batch estate foods, we strive to reflect every facet of growth, abundance and beauty at the ranch in all that we do."
    www.mcevoyranch.com
  • "Sabores del Sur ( "" Flavors from the South "" ) is the Bay Area's premier South American catering company. Chef-owned and operated, Sabores del Sur uses only the freshest ingredients. We emphasize free trade and locally grown products. We take great pride in ensuring each dish is ""made with love""—a philosophy Chef Guisell H. Osorio inherited while cooking with her grandmother during her childhood in Chile. Our signature products, Empanadas and Alfajores, are a favorite of all our clients, especially those craving an authentic taste from South America. They are bursting with flavor while offering the familiar warmth of South American cuisine."
    www.saboresdelsursf.com
  • is a creative endeavor in which we explore the intersections between cultivating communities and nourishing the heart. We bake sweet and savory biscotti using an old family recipe, with flavors that vary seasonally, using local and organic ingredients. We strive to operate a sustainable business, caring for the environment and sharing resources with the community. We love to experiment, explore, and celebrate, and we hope others will join us on this journey.
    www.saintandolive.com
  • Maité Catering & Events is a catering company in the San Francisco Bay Area that specializes in Colombian Cuisine. Offering a wide variety of small handmade bites, using the freshest ingredients available. In all our dishes, you will find a combination of flavors from around the world, making each of our artisan products unique.
    www.maitecatering.com

  • Wise Sons Deli was started as a pop-up by Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman, who missed the comfort and tastes of the Jewish delis of their childhood. After a year of testing and tasting, steaming and baking, they opened up their own deli in the heart of the Mission District where they give the food, atmosphere and comfort of their childhood to any and all looking for a tasty meal.
    www.wisesonsdeli.com
  • The Love & Hummus Co. | Organic Mediterranean Food Love Just Tastes Good!
    The Love and Hummus Company is a San Francisco based artisan food company that is passionate about creating delicious hummus that is all organic, lovingly handmade, and scooped into earth-friendly packaging. Every batch of hummus we make is a perfect blend of premium ingredients & slow cooked too ensure each jar will taste fantastic!"
    www.loveandhummus.com
  • We are inspired by the Indo-Malay communities in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Our products are made in San Francisco, using the formula and techniques of our ancestral grandmothers in Central Java, Indonesia,. We are committed in preserving and honoring what was handed to us. Look our for our new exciting products in the market.
    sajenjamu.com
  • "ALL EDIBLE ARTISTIC GELATIN DESSERTS. At the young age of five, Rosa Rodriguez discovered her artistic passion, falling in love with the great works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. In her gelatin treats, Rosa is able to combine her passion for art and love for Mexican culture. Now, with the help of La Cocina’s business incubator program, Rosa is serving her artistic gelatin desserts across the Bay Area.
    “We want to share artistic expression with the community while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Our gelatin desserts are a healthy alternative designed to inspire children and adults to slow down, savor every bite, and value their health.” www.sweetscollections.com
  • Isabel Caudillo's El Buen Comer welcomes you into the warmth of a Mexican home kitchen. Born in Mexico City, Isabel cooks the food she was raised with, the richly flavored dishes of her childhood.
  • "Tina Produce celebrates the abundance of year-round fresh produce available in California through its handmade functional art; reusable napkins, kitchen towels, totes and tees. Not only do the products compliment the ever present foodie culture of America, they are cleverly packaged in the very berry containers you find in the produce section and at farmers' markets, a perfect presentation for gifting. Within the next year she hopes to add a line of stone fruit designs to the mix."
    www.tinaproduce.com

  • Cook your way around the world with our ethnic cooking kits (non-perishable ingredients + cooking instructions).
    GlobalGrub.com
  • Friends Jenny Moore and Sara Leana decided to combine their passion for food and art into a foodie inspired kitchen wear shop Add a Little Lemon. Sara Leana is a Los Angeles based food blogger (addalittlelemon.blogspot.com) and writes original recipes based on seasonal and local ingredients that illustrator Jenny Moore translates into creative and practical works of art for food lovers.
    addalittlelemon.blogspot.com
  • "Growing up, Elvia Buendia, owner of La Luna Cupcakes, would buy and try different pastries. Nonetheless she was disappointed when she saw very pretty cakes but they would taste very sweet; or at times the cakes would not have gorgeous decorations, but the bread would be tasty. After following and trying some of the best cupcakes, Elvia found the right combination of decoration and sweetness.
    Elvia uses locally grown and fresh products to bake all sorts of recipes so the final product won’t be too sugary but tasty according to flavor."
    www.lalunacupcakes.com
  • Chiefo's Kitchen is a woman-owned and operated catering company bringing the best of West Africa to the Bay Area through food, drink, laughter, community, music and culture. When it comes to professionalism and service, our standards are exceedingly high with an emphasis on freshness, creative presentation, and attentive customized service. We believe that using high-end ingredients is crucial so our customers can taste Africa, the sun, the vibrancy, the flavors.
    www.chiefoskitchen.com

  • El huarache Loco brings the vibrant flavors of Mexico City's celebrated street food scene to the Bay Area through authentic dishes that reflect owner and Chef Salazar's deep roots in Mexico's capital. Her much sought after catering services and a beautiful new restaurant at the Marin Country Mart are her unique ways of honoring Mexico's rich culinary tradition using only the freshest organic and high-quality ingredients.
    www.huaracheloco.com

  • Don Bugito, based in San Francisco, is a food project born at La Cocina. Don Bugito offers tasty edible insect foods and treats which are super healthy for both people and the planet. Inspired by pre-Hispanic and contemporary Mexican cuisine Don Bugito features a creative use of edible insects, a food that is grown organically and naturally right here in California.
    www.donbugito.com
  • We are a local fruit preserves manufacturer located in San Francisco. We focus on making upscale artisan products for the mass market.
    The owner , Coco Guilhem, had a fruit preserve company in France for 10 years and uses French recipes made in SF.
    The jams are cooked in small batches in a copper kettle. They have low sugar content and a light texture so that the taste of the fruits comes through very well.
    The ingredient list is reduced to the minimum : fruit , sugar , pectin, flower. Absolutely no citric acid or corn syrup or other preservatives. They have a unique emotional appeal since the fruits are mixed with flowers . There is nothing like that on the market at this stage.
    www.maisondemonaco.com
  • Nana Joes was built on the premise that fresh out of the oven, baked, crunchy granola can be purchased from your local store. Working at the Farmers Markets on the weekends has opened my eyes to the possibilities of out of the box flavor combinations. Using organic ingredients, maple syrup and hand picked fruits and nuts that are mixed by hand and toasted in small batches every week. We deliver only what is sold per week to the each local store so you get fresh granola every time!
    www.Nanajoes.com
  • Endless Summer Sweets exists to revive the kid in you, bringing back memories of the neighborhood fairs with family and friends. We make gourmet funnel cakes with unique fun toppings, sweet and salty kettle corn, hand-dipped corn dogs, and fresh spun cotton candy are other fun treats made on the nostalgia driven menu.
    www.endlesssummersweets.com
  • Hella Vegan Eats specializes in innovative treats, festive fare, and whimsical creations to promote the countless benefits of vegan cuisine. Beginning with just a few items back in 2009, Hella Vegan Eats has since been incubating at La Cocina SF and now offers an expansive menu for any occasion. Catch them at the Marin Country Mart Farmer's Market, Pop-Up Dinners at Dear Mom SF, or drop them a line and have them cater your next event.
    www.hellaveganeats.com
  • Brian and Julie of Wooden Spoons in Berkeley have been making rillettes and other spreadable delicacies for years for friends and family and are now pleased to offer them for sale. We use the very finest and most flavorful locally and sustainably raised meats and organic produce we can find in season. Our handcrafted rillettes are marinated, cooked slowly, and shredded by hand. Looking for a treat? Pull a jar out of the fridge to spread on toasted baguette when friends stop by or when you're wanting a special appetizer.
    www.woodenspoons-sf.comm
  • Knish (קניש) is a Yiddish word that was derived from the Ukrainian Книш "knysh", meaning "a kind of bun." Effectively meaning Knish = Bun-ish. It is a baked or fried dumpling made of flaky dough with filling. The first knish bakery was founded in New York in 1910. A knish consists of a filling covered with dough that is either baked, grilled, or deep fried. Knishes can be purchased from street vendors in urban areas with a large Jewish population, sometimes at a hot dog stand, or from a butcher shop.
    Knishes may be round, rectangular or square. They may be entirely covered in dough or some of the filling may peek out of the top.
    www.kingknish.comm
  • Hey Honey! Artisanal Lemonade is 100% sweetened with California wildflower honey, made with organic juices & herb extracts. There are no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or added sweeteners!
    Mission... Creating a quality line of Artisanal Lemonades to enjoy as a versatile drink for all seasons!
    Values... As a small family business we value the importance of organic and sustainably grown foods on our health, environment and the farmers who grow them. Know with every sip of Hey Honey! you too are supporting a sustainable farmer!
    www.heyhoneyartisanals.com
  • Back to the Roots was founded by Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora during their last semester at UC Berkeley in 2009. they came across the idea during a class lecture of being able to potentially grow gourmet mushrooms entirely on recycled coffee grounds. Inspired by the idea of turning waste into wages & fresh, local food, they experimented in Alex's fraternity kitchen, ultimately growing one test bucket of tasty oyster mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. With that one bucket, some initial interest from Whole Foods & Chez Panisse and a $5,000 grant from the UC Berkeley Chancellor for social innovation, they decided to forget the corporate route, and instead, become full-time urban mushroom farmers! www.backtotheroots.comm
  • La Cocina Comics, a full-color comic book anthology celebrating the remarkable lives and delicious food of various participants of the La Cocina program, was created by students from the California College of the Arts. This was the result of a class coordinated by the ENGAGE at CCA program, which builds project-based courses with community partners. Come check out some tasty comics of well-drawn food!
    center.cca.edu



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