Born and raised in the Mission District, Rosie Ortiz learned to cook by watching her mother.
In Part 1, Rosie, the owner of Mission Boricua, talks about San Francisco back in the day. She says that, over the years, her love of cooking evolved to the point where she found herself making more and more Puerto Rican dishes (Rosie is half-Puerto Rican herself).
Bernadine Sewell has an alter ego: Pinky Winchester. When you meet this incredibly colorful woman, you know why.
She and her daughter went through the La Cocina program and opened their restaurant, Pinky and Red's, in the Berkeley Student Union building last summer. Part 1 is Pinky's story of growing up in Detroit, moving to California, going through La Cocina, and opening her own business, which, it turns out, is only the second black-owned business on UC Berkeley's campus since 1868.
Fernay McPherson grew up in the Fillmore of the '80s and '90s, learning to cook from and being inspired by her San Francisco family who had various Texas and Southern roots.
In this podcast, Fernay, who owns and operates Millie Bell's Soul Movement in Emeryville, talks about her childhood and the community she misses (she still lives in the Fillmore). Fernay is a graduate of La Cocina, "a nonprofit working to solve problems of equity in business ownership for women, immigrants and people of color."
Please support Fernay by eating at her restaurant. She celebrates her one-year anniversary on March 19, and trust us—it's really good!
Over the next few months, you'll hear from other women who've been through La Cocina's program. Stay tuned!
We recorded this podcast at Public Market Emeryville in February 2019.