“We’re the first female-run food hall in the country, which you know is a huge, huge success in itself,” said Naomi Maisel, food justice advocacy manager at La Cocina. “And then when you think about how we’ve opened during a pandemic, it kind of shows the resilience of the people we work with here.”
From Algerian and Salvadoran options to Californian Creole, this food hall is a foodie’s paradise that doubles as a place of economic opportunity.
Nurturing low-income food entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses, La Cocina provides affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance, and access to unique market opportunities.
“Being part of La Cocina is amazing,” said Los Cilantros owner Dilsa Lugo. “We have the opportunity through La Cocina to open a restaurant in Berkeley. And now, through La Cocina, we have this incredible opportunity to be in this municipal market.”
“I’ve always wanted to start a business, it’s always been a passion of mine since I was a teenager. It’s very inspiring to be among other female entrepreneurs that I can learn from,” described Tiffany Carter, owner of Boug Cali.
La Cocina strives to create an inclusive, equitable and welcoming space for the community.
“You see this market on the corner of Hyde and Golden Gate, you walk in, it’s beautiful, it’s clean, it’s welcoming,” Teranga owner Nafy Flatley said. “Let’s make this place successful and replicate it in other cities across the United States as well. Let’s do it.”
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