The Mission is certainly one of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhood, known for is its community of immigrants, many of them women, who produce the food and crafts that are at the very heart of the Mission’s identity. Supported by NFPs like La Cocina and the Women’s building, many of these women are able turn their artisanal skills into micro-businesses, enabling them to support their families and share their handiwork. The SF Chronicle recently put so well when they said that “amid a changing landscape”it is organizations like these that may “prove to be the key for San Francisco to remain San Francisco.”
La Cocina, which focuses “primarily on women from communities of color and immigrant communities” explains their mission this way,
“To cultivate low income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities.”
While the  Women’s Building is a women-led community space that advocates self-determination, gender equality and social justice
This Sunday,December 11th, you’ll get a chance to support them both while you shop, sip and savor as  La Cocina teams up with the Women’s Building to bring you El Mercado, a pop-up holiday market. Enjoy holiday shopping from over 20 small businesses selling locally produced artisanal food products, handcrafted jewelry, screen-printed textiles and a selection of dishes from every corner of the globe including Noodle Girl’s Vietnamese noodles, Estrellita’s Snacks’ Salvadoran pupusas and El Pípila’s Guanajuatan pozole. Wash it all down with festive drinks from Calicraft Brewing Co., Lagunitas, Hard Frescos and wine sponsored by The Henry Wine Group. Enjoy unlimited food and drink during the holiday party from 6-8pm with a VIP wristband.

In the morning, you’ll also have the opportunity to join the city’s tamale queens as they work their masa magic. Learn how to make your own tamales and then take some home to share with friends at your own holiday parties! Class sizes are limited so be sure to sign up ahead of time.

Finally, when you shop for gifts at the La Cocina Retail Booth, we’ll ship them wherever they need to go. You can even include a personalized note for the lucky recipient and let us know when you want them to arrive.
And be sure to bring the kids: they’ll even have a kids station where our youngest supporters can get crafty.

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