Emiliana Puyana Shares How La Cocina Empowered Latin American Women in the Food Industry

Various cultures have different customs, traditions, tastes and preferences when it comes to food, cuisine, and dining in general. Mexican food and other food from Central America have been part of the plethora of cuisines in the US, particularly in San Francisco, but there came a time when the open-air kitchens serving these cuisines struggled. What helped them survive that period and even experience a boom was La Cocina.

Financial backing, business planning, moral support. La Cocina has worked now with dozens and dozens of ambitious, talented women and people of color in food, to get them the tools to make it in the Bay. Their grantees are, as Emiliana put it, are eating awards like candy.
Emiliana is incredibly well-suited to her role because she was there herself, a La Cocina grantee who took the love of food she got from growing up in Venezuela and turned it into a career, then a business, and now a calling. We drank Negronis and talked about it all.

(Image credit: La Cocina)

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