Whatcha Doing This Weekend? How About La Cocina's Conference and the Urban Epicurean Fest?


Don’t miss the La Cocina Food & Entrepreneurship Conference this weekend. Photo from Facebook.

On Sunday November 8th, ~LA COCINA~ is hosting its fifth annual Food & Entrepreneurship Conference from 9am-6pm. The day of workshops, conversations, and panels on food entrepreneurship includes some of San Francisco’s finest small food business owners, including Robyn Sue Fisher (Smitten Ice Cream), Catherine Trujillo (Rubicon Bakery), and Amy Brown (Marla Bakery). Topics include conversations on making fair labor practices work, sustainability, and how small brands can grow while keeping their soul—peek at the whole schedule here.

Tickets to the conference are $150 per person and include breakfast, lunch, and admission to all panels and discussions. Small business owners are eligible for a 50 percent discount on the cost of admission; apply via email. It’s all happening at The Village. 969 Market St. at 6th St.

In addition to the conference, La Cocina is hosting a bus tour of the city on Saturday November 7th from 8am-3:30pm. Riders will visit various businesses in San Francisco with La Cocina director Caleb Zigas and learn about the many steps in growing a food business, beyond the facade. Of course, each stop includes plenty to eat, and you’ll get the chance to taste delicious food at all stages of business development. Tickets are $100 per person and include the tour and food at each stop. You can also get tickets to both the conference and the bus tour for $235 per person.

Saturday and Sunday November 7th and 8th, get crafty and started on your holiday shopping with a visit to the ~URBAN EPICUREAN FESTIVAL~ at Fort Mason. The festival runs from 11:30am-6:30pm and includes all kinds of locally crafted food items, as well as great workshops on creating your very own DIY items. You’ll find goods from Three Babes Bakeshop, Kika’s Treats, Sonoma Spice Queen, and Sonoma County Distilling Company, along with fun workshops including one on kimchi making, cheesemaking, and crafting cocktails at home; check out the list of workshops here. The Urban Epicurean Festival is free to attend, with items available for purchase. Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. at Laguna.