La Cocina (pronounced la co-see-nah, meaning “The Kitchen” in Spanish) was inspired by its current home, San Francisco’s Mission District. 

Food lies at the heart of the Mission, and you don’t have to look far to find hidden entrepreneurs in the kitchens of many homes. Recognizing a need to formalize these food businesses, 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.

our Services

Zenaida Merlin from  D'Maize , Fernay McPherson from  Minnie Bell's Soul Movement , and Reem Assil from  Reem's California .

Zenaida Merlin from D'Maize, Fernay McPherson from Minnie Bell's Soul Movement, and Reem Assil from Reem's California.

  • Kitchen incubator to help formalize food business. The program provides access to market opportunities, technical assistance and the use of our certified commercial kitchen, which is available for rent to our program participants at a subsidized rate.
  • Commercial kitchen space for rent for those who do not qualify for the incubator program.

Our Office

2948 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 824-2779


Featured clients

What entrepreneurs say about La Cocina

I thank god every day for La Cocina... but it was momos that saved my life.
— Binita Pradhan, Bini's Kitchen
If you are an entrepreneur, you are in your own world and you never know if you’re on the right track. This is definitely a community you can bounce ideas off of. And if they don’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does.
— Jill Litwin, Peas of Mind

Contact La Cocina

Emiliana Puyana
Program Coordinator

(415) 824-2729 Ext. 303


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