January 25, 2012 — When San Francisco restaurateur Traci Des Jardins collected $30,000 in prize money from Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Masters” last year, she promptly passed on the check to La Cocina, the nonprofit Mission District incubator program that supports low-income edible enterprises, many run by Latinas. […] Supporting La Cocina was a no-brainer for Des Jardins, who runs the French-Californian restaurant Jardinière and the high-end taqueria Mijita. She grew up on a farm in the San Joaquin Valley with a Mexican mother and French Acadian father.
“The organization believes in the talent and capacity of the women it serves and facilitates a transition for low-income entrepreneurs into economic self-sufficiency and freedom,” says Des Jardins, who was on the board of the nonprofit for many years. Read more.