After 10 years of helping low-income immigrant women launch food-based businesses, La Cocina did a little celebrating last night. The incubator hosted a massive fundraising dinner at Square, and a cozier get-together at the Hall, where its graduate business El Pipila has a space and provided refreshments.

La Cocina has helped launch some 40 businesses in its time, created more than 100 jobs per year, and generated more than $4 million in revenue. Many La Cocina graduates now have brick-and-mortar locations throughout the city or sell their wares in  We asked guests what drew them out to support the nonprofit, and gathered some frivolous ideas for new potential food businesses.

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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