The Black Food & Wine Experience returns to Oakland June 11-19, 2022. Founded by Chef Mimi, its mission is to provide a space where hospitality and Black excellence are cultivated, celebrated, and explored by all. The 2022 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.
Food & Beverage Industry Summit
Oakstop on Broadway at 5 p.m.
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?
Confirmed speakers include:
Julia Collins, Planet FWD Founder & CEO
Sheila Hackbarth, West Region Business Development Director, Moet Hennessy USA
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
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The Grand Tasting
The Hive Oakland at 6 p.m.
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.
Situated in one of the Town's great urban pockets, the Uptown District, the Hive is in the center of a beloved neighborhood. The quintessential gathering place for Oakland, The Hive is as much a state of mind as it is a place on a map – here crafters, entrepreneurs and urban dwellers create and interact in a variety of settings that invite inspiration.
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
Sobre Mesa at 7 p.m. - $250 per person
Top Chef alums Chefs Nelson German and Tu David Phu will take you into a culinary coma with a seven-course dinner that highlights Pan-African and Vietnamese fusion cuisine paired with culturally themed, hand-crafted cocktails provided by Patron. 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.
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VIP Celebration Dinner
Wachira Wines at 6 p.m.
Invited guests will join Chef Mimi & winemakers Dr. Chris Wachira and Chadwick Spell of Wachira Wines for a VIP Wine Dinner at their Wachira “Safari” tasting room to kick off the Black Food & Wine Experience’s Juneteenth celebration and to discuss wealth building and opportunities within the industry. Featuring Californian wines with a Kenyan accent, Wachira Wines is the first Kenyan-American winery in the U.S.