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The new cookbook "We Are La Cocina" showcases women food entrepreneurs

Photos from "We Are La Cocina" by Eric Wolfinger
Left: Tina Stevens. Right: Aileen Suzara



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll hear from women who are building their own culinary businesses through the San Francisco-based incubator program La Cocina, which is out with its first cookbook.

La Cocina is dedicated to supporting working class food entrepreneurs, primarily immigrant women and women of color. We’ll hear from a baker who started out by making a showstopping cake for her own wedding, and a Filipino American building a food business that will give back to her communities. How are women developing culinary ventures with social impact?


Emiliana Puyana, program manager at the San Francisco based food business incubator La Cocina

Tina Stevens, owner of A Girl Named Pinky, where her passion is to create custom cakes and desserts that delight

Aileen Suzara, owner of Sariwa, a business currently in incubation at La Cocina

Web Resources:

F&B: Voices from the Kitchen, June 6 in San Francisco

We Are La Cocina, June 17 in San Francisco

HealthyIsh: Aileen Suzara Is Flipping the Script About 'Unhealthy' Filipino Food

Publisher’s Weekly: Be Our Guest: New Cooking and Cocktail Books for 2019

Eater SF: La Cocina Alums Are Slowly Taking Over Emeryville’s Public Market

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.