Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
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.
Bernadine (aka, Pinky Winchester) opened her restaurant, Pinky and Red's, last summer in the UC Berkeley Student Union building. It was the culmination of a long journey—she and her daughter (Red) took courses with La Cocina, the San Francisco non-profit that cultivates "low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses."
In Part 2, Pinky talks about that first year running her restaurants. Highlights have included a student-led petition that got more than 1,200 signatures, helping Pinky and Red's to stay in the Student Union building after it was threatened with removal. She ends with her thoughts about following your dreams.
We recorded this podcast at the Berkeley Student Union in the MLK Building in April 2019.