Chef Pedro Díaz announced the prompt opening of Tu Mole Madre restaurant in Windsor, a new space dedicated to his parents, Chela and Pedro Díaz Sr., who passed away in the beginning of August at his ranch in Healdsburg.
“My father was going to open his new restaurant Tu Mole Madre,” he said. “He wasn’t able to make it, but we’ll have it open next month. I hope you can come by and visit our new project that honors my mother and father.”
He made the announcement after receiving a plaque in honor of his father’s legacy in the form of a chopping board by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County at the Sabores de Wine Country culinary celebration this Monday at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.
A little over a month after his father’s departure, Pedro Díaz said about his family, with a smile on his face: “What they don’t know is that my father left me all the responsibility, simply because he gave me his name. I am the second,” said the owner of El Gallo Negro in Windsor and Healdsburg’s El Farolito.
In a festive atmosphere, with a room full of restaurant owners that offered tempting bites of their signature dishes, wines produced in the region and music with Latin beats, Octavio Díaz, the eldest of his siblings, highlighted the light humor that the members of his family kept that evening.
“As you can see, we are not very emotional because our father didn’t want us to be sad. Our father fought for his life every single day and the words he left us with is exactly what we’re doing here today, he told us: ‘La unión es la fuerza’ — something like ‘Union is strength.’ “He didn’t tell us ‘la unión hace la fuerza’— union makes the force —, he told us ‘ La unión es la fuerza.’ And the Latino strength in Sonoma County is a powerful force,” said Octavio, who opened Casa del Mole supermarket and Agave Restaurant in Healdsburg, and later Agave Uptown in Oakland.
The president of the HCCSC, Jenny Chamberlain, highlighted the community work that the Díaz family has provided to Sonoma County organizations, “donating their time, love and effort.”
“You can’t do that kind of food without love and passion, you can’t do it without heart, and when you know the family and where they come from, their roots and their mom and dad, you know why their food is one of the best in Sonoma County,” Chamberlain said.
Juana Díaz, or Chela as known by her relatives, thanked the public for their support by eating their ‘comidita.’ “It makes me happy to have such hard-working, wonderful children. I feel very flattered.”
Earlier in the year the Díaz family — originally from Oaxaca — launched the online sale of their vegan black mole, Mole Díaz Bros. Tu Mole Madre doesn’t have an official opening date yet, but Pedro Díaz said it will be a gastronomic haven for the Díaz family’s legacy.
Sabores de Wine Country, organized by Marcos Suárez from the Economic Development Board of Sonoma County, is a window for local Latino businesses and their products. Fifty percent of the funds raised at the event will be donated to Roseland Runners Movement, a program that promotes a healthy lifestyle among residents of Roseland, Suárez said.
Noticias y eventos desde la región vinícola del norte de California para la comunidad latina.
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