The owners of Oakland’s popular Bay Grape wine shop conduct their signature Blind Tasting Educational Wine Class in a socially distanced and safe setting with a new twist! Four different wines will be paired “blind” with a 5-course dinner. While the sommeliers and chefs know the menu, guests will learn tasting and deduction techniques to not only identify the wines but also learn the nuances of pairing wine with food.
For this one time only experience, Chef Jason Halverson will prepare a preview 5-course dinner of dishes you can experience at MAMA restaurant in Oakland, reopening this June. Stevie & Josiah will then select the blind wines to pair with the menu, which you will try to identify with their expert tutelage.
This Preview dinner will showcase a newly formed partnership between the team of Bay Grape & MAMA (Stevie Stacionis & Josiah Baldivino) and Hi Neighbor Group (Jason Halverson, Tai Ricci, & Ryan Cole). With this partnership, it will be Hi Neighbor Group's first venture to the East Bay as they take over all day to day operations and culinary development of MAMA Oakland.
Chef Jason Halverson will be leading the charge in developing an updated version of MAMA's original concept. Still keeping the prix-fixe notes, and building upon our expertise from Trestle, we will add in options for family style entrée proteins such as Whole-Roasted Branzino, Chicken Parmesan, and more. Don't worry, the signature Sugo & Meatballs will be available daily as part of the prix-fixe. MAMA Oakland is anticipated to re-open mid June.