Heroes come in all sizes I've heard before. Most recently I put out the hero call when I went on Facebook to ask for help to help Paty, one of Cueva Bar's team member. Paty's car got stolen and there were no hopes for her to get her car back. What did I do? I began a go fund me campaign to raise money so Paty could buy a used car and get back to her normal routine. Almost immediately people began to pitch in then Trish Watlington suggested I contacted Big Table, a non-for profit organization of heroes that helps people in the restaurant industry. Not even an hour after getting the heads up, I received a call from Jesse who represents Big Table here in San Diego. After a few days help was on the way. Then on a Saturday afternoon, Paty called me to inform me the Police department had called her to inform her that her car was found and she could go get it from the impound. Did you know if your car is stolen and then put in the impound you still have to pay $500 to get your car back? Not only that, there was no car seat which Paty needs it to transport her grandkids, but all of her belongings. Good news is that with some of the Cueva Bar's family we raised $525, and Jesse and his wife at Big Table were able to also help Paty with a new car seat. After a few trials and errors with Facebook we were finally able to retreat the money and today I am giving Paty a check for the amount raised.
What does the Pinot Heroe from Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden have to do with this? Glad you ask. From the winery's website: "Sculpterra Winery has always been dedicated to giving back to the community and to helping those who are in need. In the 1990’s the owner of Sculpterra, Dr. Frankel, founded a medical missionary organization, named His Healing Hands, that did just that. “His Healing Hands” is a medical missionary group bringing health care to the less fortunate all around the globe. They have also been able to help those affected by natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. A portion of the profits from every bottle sold is donated to help fund these medical trips."
As you can see, there are many unseen heroes. Those of you who donated some of your hard-earned dollars are heroes to Paty and in my eyes. Also, Paty like many other people in the food industry are the heroes behind the curtains. Paty shows up to work every single scheduled day with a smile, ready to work, cook, do dishes and whatever kitchen task chef Mel assigns to her.
I personally want to thank those heroes who jumped in when someone in our Cueva family needed our help. Paty is already asking me to let her know when those who donated come in because she also wants to personally give thanks.
Meanwhile and before you come to Cueva Bar. I got inspired to do a little take on a tune you might find familiar. Hope you enjoy!
Cueva Bar is Chef Oz’s approach to the concept of Tapas with an essence of Mexican cuisine, known for continuous reinvention and embracing evolution, where food is prepared in a cosy, relaxed and inclusive atmosphere without the white table cloth element, just a purely human relationship fostered by those who dine in the all are welcomed neighbourhood gem.
Letting the inspiration flow and keeping balance in mind, Chef Oz marries Mexico’s ingredients and flavours with elements from around the U.S and the world using local-organic produce and vendors to produce both delicious and healthy dishes that have little to zero impact on our environment.
Cueva Bar in San Diego California offers world-inspired tapas by Mexican-Gringo, Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen alumni Chef Oz. Fusion tapas inspired menu with plenty of omnivores, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Our happy hour is from Tuesday to Saturday from 4 pm to 6 pm. Happy hour offerings are $2 off tapas and $3 off all drinks by the glass
We're located in the eclectic University Heights neighbourhood