Earlier this month OpenTable was a proud sponsor of La Cocina Restaurant Week, which gathered graduates of La Cocina’s culinary entrepreneurship program and Bay Area chefs alike to partner in hosting seven nights of interactive meals. From a Cambodian rice feast to a Festa Della Donna celebration, the dinners celebrated the distinct cultures, backgrounds, and talents that make up San Francisco’s restaurant scene today.
We asked three participating chefs — Nite Yun of Emeryville’s Nyum Bai, Sophina Uong of the upcoming Mestiza Taqueria, and Madison Montono of Pizzeria Delfina — for their top takeaways from the event. Nite and Sophina cooked and co-hosted the Cambodian-themed dinner, while Madison partnered with Chef Isabel Caudillo of El Buen Comer on a meal celebrating the flavors and traditions of both Italy and Mexico. Here’s a taste of the inspirations, lessons learned, and relationships forged along the way. [Read more…]