Lunch Break - Cooking Class with SF Non-Profit 18 Reasons

Join Emelia Vigil for a virtual cooking class during the Opticon lunch break and learn how to make healthy black bean quesadillas! 18 Reasons is a nonprofit cooking school on a mission to empower our community with the confidence and creativity needed to buy, cook, and eat good food every day. Through the Cooking Matters program, they offer free cooking and nutrition classes and groceries to low-income families throughout the Bay Area. Their vision is to create equity and belonging through the transformative and healing power of home cooking.

Here's the recipe and list of ingredients you'll need for the live day. All ingredients can be swapped for gluten-free and vegan alternatives to meet your dietary needs.


Emelia Vigil's interest in food systems began at a young age on the cattle ranch where she grew up. This interest persisted throughout college where she minored in Global Health and Health Policy, spending one summer in Kenya working on a project for preschool feeding programs and another in India researching the impact of vitamin supplementation on pregnant women. She found her passion for food service and community by managing the student grille in her college dorm. Last year, Emelia lived in Alaska where she worked for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Court, spending her free time waitressing at a local seafood restaurant. 18 Reasons combines her interests in health equity, great food, and inspirational people! Outside of work, she loves cooking, eating, and sharing good food, riding horses, and spending time with her one year old niece.

Emelia Vigil

Program Coordinator18Reasons