Oaxacan Harvest Dinner with Copala Organics at Comal

September 9th, 2013

Adam Sanders started Copala Organics in 2010 in Hollister, CA.   Its mission is to promote social justice by connecting fresh, high quality, mostly hand tended, family owned and worked, dry farm, organic produce from indigenous Oaxacan and other immigrant and first generation small farmers with markets and restaurants in the Bay Area through cooperative marketing and distribution.


Copala supplies Comal with a variety of hard to find, distinctly Oaxacan chiles, herbs and vegetables, many of which are grown by Francisco de Jesús López of Francisco’s Oaxacan Organic Farm.


On Tuesday, October 8th, Comal will welcome Adam and Francisco for a special dinner prepared by executive chef Matt Gandin showcasing some of these Oaxacan specialties: papalo, quintonil, costeño chiles, chilhuacle chiles, chiles de agua, verdolagas and Huicha squash.   Chef Gandin’s dishes will be paired with wines drawn from Comal’s list, selected by wine director Corin Weihemuller.


This is the latest in Comal’s ongoing series of special dinners (previous events include Mexican Passover and winemaker dinners with Wind Gap, Donkey & Goat, and Arnot-Roberts) held in Comal’s private dining room, Abajo.   All previous dinners have sold out in advance.



DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30 PM

PRICE: Tickets are $90 inclusive of food, wine and gratuity

RESERVATIONS:  Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow this link: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/367891

ADDRESS:  Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley

WEBSITE & TELEPHONE:  www.comalberkeley.com – 510.926.6300


Dinner Menu:

Heirloom tomatoes pickled costeño chiles, requeson, verdolagas

2012 Rosé, Arnot-Roberts “Luchsinger Vineyard” Clear Lake


Local halibut crudo papalo, chile de agua salsa

2011 Napa Valley White, Matthiasson


White bean-quintonil soup

2011 Chardonnay, Le P’tit Paysan, “Jack’s Hill” Monterey County


Turkey and huicha squash tamal chilhuacle mole negro

2012 Cabernet Franc, Broc Cellars, Santa Barbara County


Oaxacan chocolate budin whipped crema