La Cocina Cuyama / Cuyama Kitchen


A mobile, commercial-grade community kitchen available for anyone to use.

The Cuyama Kitchen is used as a way to connect producers, buyers, and processors in the community to invest in food and business related ventures. It is a commercial kitchen that is fully licensed for community members to use. In the past it has been used to help prep for community events, as a one-day taco truck run by local cooks, and for community fundraisers and culinary arts workshops. It has opened a mobile kitchen for people to test their products, promote product branding and distribution of new menu items. Ultimately, all these efforts aim in building a more resilient foundation for a thriving rural economy that can contribute to a diverse regional foodshed.

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Past Programs and Events

  • Teens Love Cooking workshop series, in partnership with Santa Barbara Food Bank

  • Breadmaking workshop for Cuyama Valley women, facilitated by The Bread Companion

  • Educational workshop on heirloom corn and tortilla-making with fundraiser for New Cuyama’s 4-H, in partnership with instructors Leyna Lightman and Chef Michelle Lainez 

  • Dia de los Muertos community celebration, annually hosted by Blue Sky (2016-present)

  • January 2019 Community Taco Truck in partnership with local cooks, high schoolers, and visiting artists Corbin LaMont and Zoe Minikes

  • Spring 2019 Tamales Workshop and Fundraiser for Cuyama Elementary School Garden

  • May 2019 Community Taco Truck in partnership with local cook and visiting students from Iowa State University

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