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.
Our nonprofit tax ID number is 45-3059509
18 Reasons is a proud member of the Bi-Rite Market family
Each of us is on a food journey.
Whether your goal today is to make a quick meal for your family, explore a culinary skill or indulge in a hedonistic exploration of taste, every journey is personal and meaningful. Our teachers are your guides, committed to helping you explore your definition of good food.
Lasting changes begin with small steps.
Our classes, dinners, and community gatherings provide a welcoming place to practice new skills, ask questions and celebrate. Whether you’re an experienced home cook, a new neighbor looking for a fun night out or someone just learning your way around the kitchen, we welcome you to our table.
We live to empower our community.
Our passionate and committed teachers share their stories, skills and knowledge. In our classroom on 18th Street you can sharpen your knife skills, share a community dinner with friends, taste homecooked meals from around the world, and learn from farmers, winemakers, ranchers, crafters and cooks.
We go beyond our classroom walls.
We offer free Cooking Matters classes in low income communities around the Bay Area. In our classes, we cook, eat and discover how to make quick, healthy, affordable, delicious meals every day.