Destination Dinner Series: Spain

Thursday October 19th, 2023

October’s Destination: Spain!

Introducing Vidrio’s Destination Dinner Series, a culinary tour led by Executive Chef Abel Chiok Diaz. The best way to get to know Vidrio’s new Executive Chef, Abel, is through his food. Join us for October’s destination: Spain!

Immerse yourself in an exclusive multi-course cultural dinner experience, filled with authentic pintxos, artisanal charcuterie, traditional Spanish tapas, and curated entrées including wagyu beef, blue fin tuna, and pulpo from Spain. This exclusive dining event will take place in Vidrio’s private event space on Thursday, October 19th at 6:30pm.

Award Winning Executive Chef Abel Diaz is ready to unveil his culinary passions, blending global flavors with local flair. Chef Abel has taken his vast international experience and culinary excellence to curate a menu that will transport guests to Spain for one special evening. You don’t want to miss this!

Tickets for this event are $125 per person and will include food and a complimentary Spanish-themed cocktail. Seating will be communal so get ready to make friends! Ticket does not include tax and gratuity for our hardworking staff.


Chef Abel’s Culinary Journey

Most recently residing in Ann Arbor, MI, Abel gained extensive experience in creating innovative menus, managing kitchen operations, and delivering exceptional dining experiences as the Executive Chef at Taste Kitchen.

Abel’s culinary journey began in Australia, where he worked as a Chef Consultant at notable establishments such as Inka Restaurant in Canberra. There, he successfully spearheaded the opening of the Peruvian/Japanese-Nikkei cuisine restaurant, collaborating with the Executive Chef and owner to curate an authentic menu. This venture garnered accolades, including the esteemed “Best Designed Restaurant” recognition by The New York Times.

Abel’s international expertise expanded to Peru, where he had the privilege of training under the esteemed Gaston Acurio at Astrid & Gaston, a world-class fine-dining restaurant in Lima. His dedication and talent earned recognition in the prestigious San Pellegrino Restaurant Award List, placing the restaurant in the Top 50.

Back in the United States, Abel showcased his culinary prowess as an Executive Chef at Aventura Restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI. He played a pivotal role in revitalizing the establishment by completely transforming the menu and implementing scratch preparations. During his time at Aventura, Abel was awarded the opportunity to train under Eneko Axta at Azurmendi Restaurant, Three-star Michelin, Bilbao, Spain.

Abel’s extensive experience also includes consultancy roles at Pialligo Estate in Canberra, Australia, where he opened banquet operations and supervised à la carte services, and Maido Restaurante in Lima, Peru, a renowned Peruvian-Japanese concept ranked among the top five in the world by the Pelegrino Restaurant Award List.

His passion for the culinary arts, combined with his drive for excellence, has shaped Abel into a highly skilled and innovative chef. He holds a Certificate 4 in Commercial Cookery from the Culinary Institute Technology in Canberra, Australia.