The La Cocina Conference invites chefs, placemakers, and policy activists to gather around our table for a conversation about the role of food in inclusivity, equity, and economic justice. These conversations will happen by eating through neighborhoods, panels and conversations designed to inspire action within our communities and further abroad, and delicious, and occasionally uncomfortable, talks at our dinner tables.

Join us on April 16-18 2018 for this newest evolution of our conference.

If any of the below bullet-points speak to you, we think that you need to be here, to claim a seat at this table:

  • You are a chef, cook or consumer who believes that social justice must be a part of our dining culture

  • You believe that places can create equitable economic opportunity for everyone, and that food can be a vehicle for that opportunity

  • You are an academic, a city planner, government official, or policy maker with a professional interest in how food shapes our cities

  • You want the work that you do, in kitchens across this country, to have more impact and more meaning

  • You care and want to know more about how to shape communities into equitable cities

  • You want to learn from cooks whose voices are too frequently unheard

We can't wait to see you all! Our conference will begin on the evening of Monday April 16th with an opening reception at GitHub. On April 17th, registration and breakfast will begin at 9am and an opening plenary will kick off at 10am. We will have a full day of inspiring conversations in the Presidio. On Wednesday the 18th, we will host a full day of hands-on walking tours throughout the Bay Area, and working groups at ImpactHub San Francisco on April 18th capped off by a closing reception (to be finished by 7pm).

San Francisco is our home, and, we think, still one of the best food cities in the world. The amount of inspiration here can be overwhelming, and we look forward to overwhelming you on April 16-18!

We also have opportunities to volunteer at our conference. If you would like to offer some support with your time, please sign up here.

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