I know, it’s been a week since a new post has appeared on this blog. My excuse is that I flew up to the San Francisco Bay Area last Saturday — an all day event that, under the easiest of circumstances (and this was), is exhausting. However, an email this morning from Margie Barclay (formerly of Oaxaca Calendar) alerted me to the next Waje dinner.
What is Waje, you ask? It is a monthly pop-up dining experience created by two young (early 20s) Oaxacan chefs, José Daniel López Delgado and Maday Alexander Luis Garfias — both recent graduates of Universidad Anáhuac.
With an appreciation of, and dedication to, the bounty and traditions of Oaxaca, they create themed dinners that fill the senses, educate, and encourage communication.
Traditional ingredients are married in new and innovative ways and artfully presented.
With amazing energy and pride, both chefs emerge from the kitchen to describe the ingredients, preparation, and thought behind each course.
Their creativity and attention to flavors extends to the beverage pairings. For the July dinner, a different flavored pulque was presented with each course and in August, mezcal cocktails were served.
The venue for the dinners was a secret and, in both instances, we were picked up at a pre-arranged location and taken to the final destination. The photos are from the July dinner, which was held on the front lawn of a stunning private home in San Andrés Huayapam.
Their next offering, September 24, 2016 at 7 PM, is to be a cena of six desserts paired with coffee cocktails in a collaboration with Axiom Coffee Ventures and Viajero Café Arte. Seating is limited and prepayment is required. Reservations can be made by calling 951 236-868 or 951-124-9090 or sending a message from the Waje Facebook page.
By the way, both times, my friend and I were the only gringos and oldest people in attendance. You will definitely meet some young hip and very eloquent Oaxaqueños. I wish I could be there… Alas, I’ll still be in el norte. ¡Buen provecho!
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