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Our Mission

We are a hub and event series centering self-identified women/femmes/transwomen and gender-non-conforming People of Color who do food-based work. We create safe spaces for community building and exchange. We hope to generate and support thriving, socially responsible food centered organizations, businesses, and cultural practices.

Our  series of skill shares, workshops and annual symposium cover:

Recipe development

Plating and photography

Branding, marketing, and social media

Business development

Mission and vision

Ethical sourcing

Food Justice

Publishing/Cookbooks

Cultural preservation through foodways

 
 
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Meet Valeria

After specializing in affordable and low-income housing,  Valeria Velazquez Duenas founded her private chef and catering project Cocina House to provide healthful meals across Los Angeles. Her culinary foundation rests on family knowledge, personal study, certification in Holistic Nutrition, and training in plant based cuisine. As Cocina House has evolved, Duenas has participated in event curation and local performative events and exhibits, most recently in Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. Dueñas received an M.A. in Social Entrepreneurship, where she researched issues of inequality in the global food system, along with youth empowerment through culture and arts, which included work on youth project Girls United: Haiti Through Our Eyes, in Port Au Prince, Haiti. When not focused on Across Our Kitchen Tables, Valeria works to make farmers’ markets more accessible and affordable with SEE-LA.

 

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Meet Claudia

Anthropologist, professor and chef Claudia Serrato is the co-owner and co-founder of Cocina Manakurhini, a Native based food catering company that serves the Los Angeles and local regional community. She currently sits on multiple advisory boards to multiple food centered projects. Serrato’s string of academic degrees, a BA in Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, a MA in Mexican American Studies, a MA in Anthropology, and a PhD to be completed summer 2018, inform her work on Indigenous cooking, cuisine and kitchen spaces across the United States. As a public scholar, Serrato speaks throughout various university campuses, cultural gatherings and community autonomous spaces on the importance on returning to one’s cultural heritage cuisines. She has also been invited to speak on radio shows such as Feminist Magazine on KPFK and Animal Voices at CFRO. Serrato also teaches knife skills, cooking and plating techniques and facilitates food demonstrations in intimate spaces. On her free time, Claudia enjoys learning about local regional wild plant foods, seed saving, growing food, writing about food, and cooking for her family.  

 

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Meet Jocelyn

Jocelyn Ramirez is a vegan chef, college professor, yoga instructor, and advocate for healthy food access in her community. After many years in higher education, Jocelyn chose to pursue a new path in foodways related to culture and tradition. She has referenced traditional recipes passed down for generations within her family, and has explored new techniques using ingredients native to Los Angeles. Jocelyn founded Todo Verde in 2015 with a mission to create plant based food options inspired by traditional dishes and ingredients from Mexico and South America. Todo Verde’s menu sources local, fresh, and organically grown ingredients from local farmers and a mission based purchasing cooperative. Ramirez’s academic degrees include a BA in Fine Art and Design and an MBA in Business where she focused on entrepreneurship and marketing. She has also trained at the Matthew Kenney Culinary Institute specializing in plant based cuisine. Jocelyn has partnered with local nonprofit organizations to offer workshops ranging from healthy food demonstrations, social media strategies, and dialogues in relation to critical analysis of the industrial food system and traditional foodways. She now sits on the Leadership Board for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.