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).
Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
Bernadine Sewell (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 this podcast, 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.
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.