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I’m Vanessa Silva and I’m excited to welcome you to Culinary Artistas!

Culinary Artistas was born out of a dream to share my passion for food with my community.  For me, cooking is about connection, and it was how I learned to connect not only to my family & friends, but to myself. When I started Culinary Artistas in 2016, I wanted kids to have a place where they could express themselves, their true selves. I believe with my whole heart that kids and adults alike can learn to cook in a way that is both empowering and fun. From my childhood in Brazil, to the life I’ve built in San Francisco, I’ve learned that food brings people together in a creative language and I’d like to invite you to celebrate the joy of cooking and eating beautiful food together.


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About Us

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Culinary Artistas is a vibrant kitchen studio nestled in the heart of San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square. Since 2016, we’ve brought high-quality cooking experiences to children, families, and corporate teams both online and in the Bay Area.

At our Ghirardelli Square studio, we offer children’s events and programs that include birthday parties & celebrations, kids camps, and school programs in collaboration with schools & nonprofits in the Bay Area. 

For adults, we offer Corporate Team-Building & Networking Experiences both at our studio or virtually. If you’d like to attend an event with your kids, we host Plate Date family events at the studio, or you can join Club Artistas, our monthly subscription box for kids & families to cook at home together. Our Ghirardelli Square studio is available to rent for events and parties. 

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Our Values

Heart-Centered: Infusing warmth and sincerity into everything we do.

Exceptional Experiences: Creating memorable moments that exceed expectations with thoughtful planning and genuine connections.

Impact & Empowerment: Making a difference and uplifting others through our actions.

Nourishing Health: Making wholesome food to promote well-being in both individuals and communities.

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People First

We take our social responsibility seriously and are passionate about creating a beautiful world through food. We prioritize sustainability, people & our community, and a vibrant living experience.

As a nationally certified Woman Business Enterprise and Minority Business Enterprise we’re committed to putting people first.

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Meet the Team

We’re chefs, teachers & events planners who love to celebrate life & good food. The heart of our community is our team of amazing people who love what they do! 

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