We all know conferences can be boring.
Endless panels with homogeneous speakers clicking through uninteresting power points. But we don't have to live that life. The 8th annual La Cocina Conference, presented by Whole Foods Market, will expand and force some intentional, exciting and considerate conversations around food as engines for economic development in our communities.
On April 16-18, La Cocina invites chefs, placemakers, policy activists, writers, academics and consumers who believe that social justice must be a part of our dining culture to gather at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio.
Think less chefs' coats, chafing dishes and wine glasses worn around your neck and more explorations of hard-to-find flavors, hidden entrepreneurial corners of cities and hard conversations about who leads our community and what our food industry can accomplish.
A limited run of early bird tickets ($325) are on sale now. Tickets include access to the full conference programming, meals and happy hours. Regularly priced tickets will be on sale for $400.
Scholarships and fellowships are available for food entrepreneurs and Bay Area restaurant workers funded by The James Irvine Foundation, Knight Foundation and OpenTable. For more information about scholarships and fellowships, please contact Megan ([email protected]
The conference will kick-off on Monday with an evening reception followed by a day of thought provoking conversations, storytelling, and food from La Cocina’s chefs. On Wednesday, attendees will eat their way through neighborhoods and learn about the challenges and triumphs of local chefs and business owners through guided walking tours in San Francisco and Oakland. There will also be facilitated workshops focusing on a range of topics, with actionable takeaways to shift theory into practice.
We invite you to join us, to dream with us and to build more equitable cities alongside us.
Day 1: Keynote/Welcome
April 16, 6pm — 9pm
Cocktails & Food
Day 2: Conference Program
April 17, 10am — 6pm
Panels, presentations and workshops exploring a new future for the food industry by listening to the voices of labor, immersing ourselves in Bay Area foodways, understanding placemaking and how race and gender inform questions of access, ownership and leadership. Be inspired and fill up on thought-provoking meals from celebrated chefs.
Day 3: Walking Tours, Expo and Team Challenge
April 18th, 10am — 6pm
Explore the city on foot and learn about local economies led by people of color, innovative labor models, how immigration shapes place, how nonprofit developers are leading innovation and more.
Find more information at lacocinaconference.org.