Octavio Diaz, head chef and founder of Agave Uptown, prepared dishes over Zoom. He was joined through a screen by Francisco Lopez and Monica Lopez, sibling vintners, from Aldina Vineyards. The gathering was livestreamed on Facebook to engage the public.
The virtual collaboration was the first in a series of Shop Latino events set to promote small businesses still open. The initiative aims to draw attention while asking communities to support local.
Chef Diaz specializes in authentic Oaxacan cuisine. He presented the food pairing, featuring some of his favorite dishes. Here are the recommendations:
The tasting gave way to conversation. Francisco and Monica shared an interesting part of their father's history, Al Lopez.
Decades before he and his wife, Dina, started their vineyard, Al worked in the publishing business from 1979 to 1982 for Sonny Madrid, owner of Lowrider Magazine. Eventually, Al owned the magazine from 1986 to 1997. You can read more about their entrepreneurial spirit here.
Agave Uptown is open for takeout, delivery and dine-in on the patio. It is located at the Kapor Center building in the heart of Uptown Oakland. The staff is practicing social distancing guidelines.
The event was organized by Silicon Valley Latino (SVL), a social impact venture. It was the first one under their Shop Latino initiative. For updates on social, follow SVL at:
Facebook - @SiliconValleyLatino
Twitter - @SVLatino
Instagram - @silicon_valley_latino
You can find Agave Uptown on social:
Facebook - @AgaveUptown
Instagram - @agaveuptown
To learn more about Aldina Vineyards, connect with them on:
Facebook - @AldinaVineyards
Instagram - @aldinavineyards