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.
Past Programs and Events
Desert flora and cooking workshop, facilitated by Desert Art Lab
Teens Love Cooking workshop series, in partnership with Santa Barbara Food Bank
Breadmaking workshop for Cuyama Valley women, facilitated by The Bread Companion
Dia de los Muertos community celebration, annually hosted by Blue Sky (2016-present)
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