We had the good fortune of connecting with Adisa Ziric Francesco Bonsinetto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adisa Ziric, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
We are entrepreneurs at heart! The main reason we started Cucina Migrante was to educate our clients about real food and the importance of taking time to cook something in your own kitchen. Having grown up in countries where people eat home cooked meals daily and very often grow what they eat, we felt there was a big opportunity to share our knowledge and experience with others. In San Diego we are lucky to have many amazing farmers that grow real organic food. Many people are not aware of this or they are simply overwhelmed when they go to the farmers market, or in the kitchen in general. We wanted to encourage people to support local food providers and show them how to make delicious simple meals at home. We also wanted to offer our clients a unique culinary and cultural experience different than just going out to a restaurant. Food is the ultimate human connector and in our countries sharing a meal is a very intimate and social experience. With such busy lifestyles people often eat alone, on the go, or boxed frozen meals. We want to highlight the importance of sharing a meal and cooking together. The key is having fun and if you have passion in what you do, it is going to be a lot of fun! These were our main reasons for starting our business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Cucina Migrante is a boutique private chef company located in San Diego, CA. Besides private chef services we offer a variety of cooking classes (vegan, fresh pasta, Italian staples, seafood, farmers market tours and spontaneous cooking classes). This year we have also started offering virtual cooking classes and team buildings and it has proven to be a great way to connect, learn and spend time with others all over the world. We are also offering a variety of team building experiences including dinner and painting nights with local artists, and dinner sunset cruises with one of the top Charters in San Diego, Zolna Yachts. Few times per year we host “clandestine” themed pop up dinners where we invite strangers to dine together. These are quite fun and unique events as they bring people together around a table and show the power of sharing a meal. During our events people from all walks of life connect and overcome their differences, becoming friends over the dinner table. We are proud of uniting people through food and sharing our passion for healthy, simple meals. We truly believe that food is the universal bonding agent that brings people together and it is something we can share through our business. It is very rewarding to offer a transformational culinary experience that allows people to connect with each other and gain new skills in the kitchen. Besides we love to share the simplicity of Italian cuisine. One can create amazing meals with just a few ingredients in a very short amount of time. The most important is the quality of the ingredients, and we are proud to support our local farmers and food providers. The most important factors in our success are passion, connections with others (whether that is our clients, farmers or business partners) and flexibility in our business dealings. We have grown our business by saying yes to most opportunities over the years, always delivering 100% and showing genuine care for others. We have also learned to trust our intuition and do not push what is not flowing, allowing the right partners and clients to come to us.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely recommend enjoying a San Diego sunset at one of our many amazing beaches. We usually send our guests to Gliderport by Torrey Pines for a breathtaking view. Another one of our favorite sunset spots in Mount Helix in La Mesa. There are so many beautiful trails in San Diego. We recently discovered Bessemer Trail in Point Loma and love to walk all the way to Kellogg beach. There is a beautiful view of the marina and you can also take a dip in the bay. We like to organize beach bonfire picnics with our guests at Crown Point Park or De Anza cove. We would recommend definitely visiting one of our many farmers markets. Some of our favorites are in Hillcrest, Ocean Beach, North Park and Little Italy. When we are not cooking, we enjoy getting fish sandwiches at Point Loma seafood and also to enjoy the beautiful view. We love Azuki sushi for their freshness and unique rolls, and The Garden Kitchen for some truly delicious farm-to-fork meals. Of course our favorite is our Cucina Migrante patio for an authentic Italian aperitivo and spritz cocktails.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We would like to thank the Airbnb team for creating Airbnb Experiences and connecting us with so many people who were looking for culinary experiences in San Diego. We have hosted cooking classes and team building activities with people and companies from all over the world thanks to this unique platform. In addition, we feel grateful that a lot of our business came from word of mouth and many referrals from clients and friends.