A new partnership between winemakers and restaurants flies on Santana Row in San Jose.
– – A new partnership that is rooted in representation flies on Santana Row in San Jose.
– – We don’t know what we don’t know.
– – Serena Harkey, wine director at the Brasserie on the Left Bank, stands behind the Flight for Allyship. A program that targets winemakers who will be underrepresented in the future. Efforts began last summer after the Black Lives Matter protests. This month, she puts the spotlight on Asian-American winemakers based in the Bay Area.
SERENA HARKEY: With what is happening now in the AAPI community, we realized that this was the time to really recognize that community, give something back, shed some light on it and give some attention to the producers who need it.
– – To curate the program, Harkey worked with an organization called Diversity in Food and Beverage and an inclusive community for those working for equality and justice in the hospitality industry. Part of the proceeds will be used to support their work.
LIA JONES: Representation is important. When you see someone who looks like you, that’s convincing again. It’s welcoming and gives people a sense of belonging.
– – In addition to Left Bank, Weinflug is also offered at LB Steak and Meso Modern Mediterranean. Kenny Likitprakong is one of the featured winemakers. He’s happy to see both his ghostwriter Pinot Noir and Hobo Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon get some love.
KENNY LIKITPRAKONG: The people behind a bottle of wine are just as important and part of the story as the location and the diversity.
– – An opportunity not only to empower industry representatives, but also to educate consumers.
– – It’s about bringing people together and it’s about community. And this is just another opportunity to improve on that and meet someone you didn’t necessarily have before.
– – An opportunity that hopefully creates more awareness and conversation. In the South Bay, Chris Wen, ABC 7 News.