Opening Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm | Closed Monday & Tuesday


Welcome to LA Cocina de Gloria Molina!

The centerpiece of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes' culinary programs, LA Cocina de Gloria Molina is a teaching kitchen and flexible event space that spotlights the history, culture, and influence of Mexican and Mexican American cuisine. Experiences at LA Cocina include culturally rooted cooking classes, talks and tastings, and cooking demonstrations. The recently launched Culinary Youth Training Program provides free, bilingual workforce development and skill-building opportunities to young people ages 16-24.

LA Cocina’s 2,500-square-foot space features essential kitchen equipment, infrastructure, and audio-visual capabilities, making it an excellent location for intimate programs and events, including meetings, classes, social gatherings, and team-building activities.

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LA Cocina de Gloria Molina is located at 555 North Spring St. Los Angeles CA, 90012.

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Josefina Velázquez de León: The Forgotten Legacy of a Mexican Culinary Pioneer 

 LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes celebrates this 2024 the second anniversary of LA Cocina de Gloria Molina by highlighting an often overlooked yet highly influential figure in culinary arts, Josefina Velázquez de León. 

Born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Josefina significantly expanded the world's knowledge of Mexican gastronomy through her culinary school, cookbooks, and television shows, which introduced the world to the diversity of Mexico's culinary culture. Josefina published approximately 150 cookbooks and created an empire unheard of in the mid-20th century. 

Guests of LA Cocina de Gloria Molina can learn about her contributions through a display titled Josefina Velázquez de León: The Forgotten Legacy of a Mexican Culinary Pioneer, curated by food historian Maite Gomez-Rejón. 

“As the first to offer correspondence courses, Josefina Velázquez de León empowered women to join Mexico’s economy by starting their own businesses. By publishing regional cookbooks, she provided a form for uniting regional cuisine. She wrote the first bilingual Mexican cookbook in the United States,” shared Maite Gomez-Rejón. “The list of her accomplishments and contributions goes on and on. I’m so excited to introduce this pioneer of Mexican gastronomy to the Los Angeles community.” 

The display can be seen while attending any of LA Cocina's culinary programs through April, 2025. 

Raíces Culinarias: A Recipe Reading Room

Raíces Culinarias: A Recipe Reading Room is a unique space accessible to visitors at LA Cocina de Gloria Molina. It offers access to a diverse collection of culinary treasures, including over a hundred recipe books representing various cooking regions of Mexico and renowned chefs.

Visitors can also explore digital copies of Josefina Velázquez de León's cookbooks, an invaluable resource of The University of Texas San Antonio's Mexican Cookbook Collection.

All materials are available for viewing by students attending any of our culinary programs held on Thursdays or Saturdays, and to the general public on Fridays from 12pm to 4pm, by appointment only.

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