Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
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).
La Cocina serves as a resource for women of color and lower-income women who want to start a food business. Rosie Ortiz sure could cook, but she needed to learn business and other kitchen skills she didn't already have in order to get Mission Boricua off the ground.
In Part 2, Rosie talks about her experience in the La Cocina program, which she began three years ago. She hopes to launch her food truck later this summer. Oh, and Rosie's pop-up restaurant is open every Wednesday from 11 to 1 at Homey, 2221 Mission Street near 18th.
We recorded this podcast at Rosie's home in Richmond, California, in April 2019.