Shopping for holiday gifts would be a lot less of a drag if, say, you could drink a beer, eat a tamale, browse products from nearly 40 local businesses, and benefit a great cause in one stop. If you are in San Francisco this Friday, make it happen at La Cocina’s annual gift fair. The nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income and immigrant food entrepreneurs launch their own businesses has rounded up a bunch of vendors that will be selling everything from fancy chocolate truffles to Mexican kitchen items and cookware.

There will also be a gift-wrapping station and a bar selling beers from Magnolia and Trumer along with wine, both of which will benefit La Cocina, plus a raffle you can enter even if you don’t have time to attend the fair.

Bonus: If you buy two or more items from the CHOW-sponsored Home Cook gift pack, you’ll get a free, blazin’-red CHOW.com T-shirt with badass kitchen knife motif!

The vitals:
2010 La Cocina Gift Fair
Friday, December 10, 4 to 9 p.m.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, California

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