The Black Food & Wine Experience returns to Oakland June 07-11, 2023. Founded by Chef Mimi, its mission is to provide a space where hospitality and Black excellence are cultivated, celebrated, and explored by all. The 2023 Experience will celebrate Juneteenth, a federal holiday that commemorates the end of chattel slavery in the U.S., as well as the reemergence of Black Wall Street with a focus on post-pandemic recovery for Black hospitality professionals.
Schedule of Events
Various Oakland restaurants
Black winemakers will partner with local restaurants to create special pairing menus and celebrate the spirit of Juneteenth. Some of our partner menus will feature Black owned wines and dishes to represent and celebrate the federal holiday.
Participating restaurants coming soon
Food & Beverage Industry Summit
Join The Black Food & Wine Experience for its inaugural industry summit aimed at supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) Food & Beverage entrepreneurs to create the next generation of hospitality leaders through professional development.
The industry educational event will feature keynote presentations and panel discussions to address topics ranging from building customer service, access to funding, and opportunities for recruitment. This year's theme is the resurrection of Black Wall Street post-Covid. Who comes back? What are available resources and opportunities? Who has access? How do we build moving forward?
2022 speakers include:
Julia Collins, Planet FWD Founder & CEO
Sheila Hackbarth, West Region Business Development Director, Moet Hennessy USA
Ingrid Best, Founder of ibestwines
Erin Harris, Chief Marketing Officer, Lobos 1707 and co-founder, Pronghorn
Dr. Chris Wachira, Owner of Wachira Wines and Karibu Wine Lounge
Chadwick D. Spell, Chief Operating Officer, Wachira Wines
Chris and Jana Pastena, Owners of Chop Bar and Calavera
Updated speakers list coming soon!
The Grand Tasting
Sample the food, wine and cocktails of the African Diaspora at The Black Food & Wine Experience's Grand Tasting in the heart of Oakland. Celebrate Black culture and excellence with your fellow foodies while tasting from celebrated and rising chefs and restaurants, winemakers and spirit purveyors at the Hive. The event will feature limited availability wines, barrel samples and culinary concepts with incomparable flavor not to mention live entertainment and activations.
The Road to the BFWE
Leading up the Black Food & Wine Experience, Chef Mimi will host curated wine dinners for sponsors, influencers and VIPs.
Black & Asian Solidarity Dinner
Location TBD. -
Enjoy an Afro-Asian dinner with conversation to bridge the intersectionality around Black pride and “No Asian Hate.” The solidarity dinner is offered in two seatings.
Tickets onsale soon.
VIP Celebration Dinner
Invited guests will join Chef Mimi and Tastemakers for a intimate Candle light dinner to celebrate diversity and juneteenth with a celebration of our ancestors and Black Wall Stree