SANF - August 2015

Affinities

Andrea Powell 2015-07-20 04:21:52

Around the World in 20 Plates When pioneering kitchen incubator La Cocina throws the seventh annual San Francisco Street Food Festival this month (August 15–16), vendor Bini Pradhan will be ready. “The first year, I cried because it was so stressful,” says the single mom from Nepal, whose momos (traditional Nepalese dumplings) have become a festival favorite. “This year, I can see the market, and I know what my clients want.” La Cocina, which turned 10 years old in May, works with up-and-coming local chefs—most of them women, over half of them immigrants—to help them grow their business through low-risk, low-capital opportunities. Formerly a one-day affair, the festival will be an all-weekend event this year, held at a new location on San Francisco’s Pier 70. More than 20 La Cocina vendors will be on hand, serving everything from cheesecake to man’oushe, a traditional Levantine flatbread. Says man’oushe queen Reem Assil, “Food is always better when it comes to you from the person who made it.” TOP ROW, FROM LEFT: Bini Pradhan of Bini’s Kitchen, Reem Assil of Reem’s, Veronica Salazar of El Huarache Loco, Antoinette Sanchez of Endless Summer Sweets BOTTOM ROW, FROM LEFT: Charles Farrier of Crumble & Whisk, Mariko Grady of Aedan Fermented Foods, Stephanie Fields of Sugarfoot, Shani Jones of Peaches Patties

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