La Cocina’s Annual Gala Celebration

Celebrating La Cocina’s 4th Annual Gala

La Cocina is thrilled to host its 4th Annual Gala on Monday, May 9, 2016 at The Exploratorium & SEAGLASS Restaurant in San Francisco. Purchase tickets here or view our online auction here.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Reception & Program at The SeaGlass Restaurant

Cocktail Reception will feature appetizers by Chefs Sophina Uong of CalaveraDavid Bazirgan of Dirty Habit SF and more, inspired by the cuisine and stories of La Cocina’s entrepreneurs. Open Bar hosted by Jon Gasparini of Rye on the Road with spirits by Campari and beer by CaliCraft Brewing Co. Program Celebration hosted by Liam Mayclem, KCBS’s Foodie Chap! Music by talented and local East-bay and Mexico-born artist, Diana Gameros.

7:30 PM – 10 PM Dinner at The Explorarium’s Observatory Room & Terrace

The Dinner, curated by James Beard Award Winning Chef and La Cocina Board Member, Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniere, will be a 3-course meal prepared by James Beard Award Winning Guest Chef Baraba Lynch with the support ofChef Loretta Keller of SeaGlass Restaurant.  Service executed by Board Member, Alison Arth of SaltnRoe, author of Open Table’s e-book “How to launch a restaurant”. Guest Experience provided by La Fleuriste and Alison Events, a San Francisco boutique event planning company named as Vogue’s 2016 Best Wedding Planners.

To sponsor a table, please contact A limited number of $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 tables are still available for purchase.

* For Directions and Parking at the SF Exploratorium, click HERE.

Stay tuned for more information on our online auction, launching early April!
Click here for sneak peek pre-bidding access for top notch dinner packages, sports tickets, cooking classes, workshops, wine lots, and more!

Special Thanks To Our Supporting Sponsors, Partners and Board Members:

Chef Barbara Lynch

Chef Loretta Keller and Clay Reyolds, SeaGlass Restaurant

Jon Gasparini and Greg Lindgren, Rye on the Road


CaliCraft Brewing Co.

Chef Sophina Uong, Calavera

Chef Dave Bazirgan, Dirty Habit SF

Liam Mayclem, KCBS’s Foodie Chap

San Francisco Magazine

Snap Fiesta

 Diana Gameros



 4Terra-Amir Massih, Sarah Wigglesworth, Laura Ambroseno

 Alec Hughes, Jane Segal, Hanson & Bridgett, DZH Phillips,  Wells Fargo

Forest City, JP Morgan Chse & Co.



Alison Arth, Salt n Roe

Traci Des Jardins, Jardiniere

Alison Rinderknecht and Jesse Tombs, Alison Events

Lidia Sadoun, La Fleuriste

Bonnie Ross, Honorary La Cocina Member

Xelina Leyba, Commonwealth

 Kelly Cowden, Event Management Volunteer



Katie Truitt, Traci Des Jardins, Amir Massih

Sarah Wigglesworth, Laura Ambroseno, Alison Arth

Alec Hughes, Dara Zanandel, Seema Patel

Jaghada Sivan, Joel Lacayo, Marta Sanchez, Surina Khan


Interested in Volunteering, sign up HERE.

 For sponsorship inquiries, email Jessica Mataka

For other sponsor opportunities in La Cocina’s 2016 Programming, click HERE.

To donate an auction item, please fill in this Auction Donor Form.


Thursday, April 7th | F&B: Voices From the Kitchen on Labor

TBD Thursday, September 22nd  | F&B: Voices from the Kitchen on Brains

Coming in the Fall | Food + Entrepreneurship Conference