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.
La Cocina (pronounced la co-see-nah, meaning “The Kitchen” in Spanish) was inspired by its current home, San Francisco’s Mission District. This ethnically diverse and economically vulnerable neighborhood that thrives in part due to the many small informal businesses that serve the community. Food lies at the heart of this community, and you don’t have to look far to find hidden entrepreneurs in the kitchens of many homes.
If La Cocina were classified as a Bay Area "restaurant group," they would be (by far) the largest: more than 20 La Cocina restaurants and cafés are currently successfully operating in the Bay Area. They cultivate low income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, support and access to market opportunities.