Chef or Death #132 – CoD en Español – Covid-19 Resources for the Underserved

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This episode is recorded in Spanish (With some English thrown in as well.)

The Spanish speaking population in our industry needs our help during this crisis. Today’s show uncovers pertinent information for the folks that may or may not have the means to get help. When you’re an undocumented worker in our country, there’s real fear of asking or applying for assistance even when things are normal. Consider what it means when there’s a pandemic.

I’ve enlisted Denver’s best and brightest to help us get information – real, tangible information to the folks that need us more than ever.

Resource Package can be found below:


Andres Chaparro, with more than 20 years of experience in advertising and broadcasting, is the leader of 1903 Media + Strategy.
He is a bilingual (English / Spanish) Media executive with a BA in Marketing and Advertising and is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.
Andrés has served on many boards, endowing him with a deep understanding of the nonprofit sector as well as the business world. His board service includes:
YMCA of Metro Denver
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Broadcasters Association
American Diabetes Association of Colorado, where he chaired the “Latino Initiatives” board
The Susan G. Komen Colorado Chapter
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including:
2019 – 2 Emmy Awards – Heartland Emmy Awards
2018 Champion Award – Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
2018 – 2 Emmy Awards – Heartland Emmy Awards
2018 Día De Los Líderes Award – Prospanica
2017 Hispanic Leadership Award – NFL
2013 Learn Outreach Award – American Diabetes Association
2013 Rebozo Award – Centro San Juan Diego of Denver

Under Andrés’ leadership, Telemundo Denver, a Spanish Language TV Station, received the Colorado Broadcasters Association’s highest award, 2018 Best TV Station in Denver Metro Regardless of Language.

Dana Rodriguez – If you met Dana Rodriguez on the street, you’d never know that she grew up on a farm without any running water or electricity, or that she helped her mother grind corn down to masa to make tortillas almost every day at mealtime. You certainly wouldn’t guess that she studied computers or owned her own clothing boutique in her native Chihuahua, Mexico. Indeed, Dana has made quite a journey.
What you WOULD know if you met her, is that she is immediately engaging—her friends and nearly everyone in the restaurant industry know her simply as “Loca.” Loca is the kind of woman who fills a room the instant that she enters it—her laugh carries above the noise, and you know immediately that you are in the presence of a salt-of- the-earth woman who knows above all else how to cook, and how to work hard.

In late 2012, Dana’s path crossed with Tony Maciag, and Work & Class was born. In her role as owner and Executive Chef, Dana is excited about cooking food that reminds her of home—food that is close to her heart. Chef/Owner of Super Mega Bien and S.O.S.(Save Our Snacks); she’s a powerhouse chef known locally and on the national scene.
Rachel Garcia – Operations Director/Community Advocate – Director of Business Operations for the Denver based design/build firm RMA Group. She has served in the capacity of Operations Director for the last 15 years but has worked for RMA Group, in some capacity for 25 years. Rachel got her start with the company at the tender age of 19, while she was putting herself through college at the University of Colorado.

Rachel has deep roots in Denver, having grown up in north Denver and its northern suburbs. Her love of community grew from a desire to connect with like-minded people and to give back as a reminder to never forget from whence she came as her grandparents were migrant farm workers in and prior to the 1970’s.

She found her tribe through the arts, social justice pursuits and through community advocacy particularly for immigrant and refugee communities. The Latino community has given Rachel a sense of belonging and has endowed upon her the beauty of tradition.

In September 2019, Rachel graduated as a Fellow of the 8th cohort of the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver. That is an achievement of which she is particularly proud. Over the years Rachel has served as a volunteer mentor for various organizations, including Denver Public Schools and Mile High Youth Corps. She has also proudly served on the Board of Directors of the Mexican Cultural Center in Denver since 2013 and has been the Vice Chair of that Board since 2018.

Edwin Sandoval – Honduras-born and Colorado-raised, Edwin Sandoval is a modern multicultural creator of food. Chef Sandoval spent the last 13 years moving through the ranks of professional kitchens.
Chef Sandoval launched Xatrucho with the vision to become one of the premier private cooking concepts in Denver. Over the last few years Xatrucho has gained momentum in Denver curating unique menu as Chef partner at Invisible City and upcoming Enigma Bazaar. With Xatrucho, Chef Sandoval focuses on creating experiences that allow guests from different walks of life to come together through food, collaborating with a wide range of businesses, non profits, event venues, breweries, local photographers and artists, designers and nationally-recognized brands. Through Xatrucho Chef Sandoval makes his cooking available to multiple markets from weddings to intimate dinners to cannabis events with boutique-style producers.

Andrea Frizzi – A native of Milan, Italy is the Chef/Owner of Tammen’s Fish Market, Vero, and Il Posto, an elevated Italian restaurant, where food and wine are in symbiosis, Il Posto is “the complicated simplicity of Italian food and wine.” Their food and wine lists represent all of the Italian peninsula; in its history and tradition with clear sophistication, simplicity and creativity.

Alexis Newton is the past Director of Education at Museo de las Americas in Denver where she focused on creating arts integrated programming and culturally relevant curriculum infused with social justice activism. She is currently the Latin American Representative for the Canadian based social enterprise Lucky Iron Fish which works to combat iron deficiency anemia around the world.

She co-founded Latinas líderes y emprendedoras (Latina Leaders & Entrepreneurs)

Alexis is an activist, arts educator, and social change leader who is passionate about social impact and the entrepreneurial space. She previously worked with the UN (United Nations Population Fund) in New York City and in Mexico City on a project focused on human trafficking prevention and advocacy.
Alexis is Chair of Beyond Our Borders, a donor-advised fund of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado focused on international philanthropy for women and girls. She is also a fellow for the Center of American Progress U.S.-Mexico’s Leaders Initiative which exists to connect leaders from the United States with leaders in Mexico to forge creative solutions to complex social problems faced by both countries.

Rocío Durán is a psychologist and a certified Life coach with over 20 years of
experience in community development projects in, her native Colombia, as well as the
United States.

She holds a master’s degree in Community Psychology, and her participation in national
projects in Colombia include, among others, working with the Department of National
Education (MEN), The Ministry of Technologies of Information and Communications
(MINTIC). At the state level, Ms. Durán led the Worlds for Children Project, an initiative
that improved educational conditions, services and care for more than 40,000 children
from infancy to 4 years in Bogotá city.

Her efforts to shift and empower women’s culture include her work as part of the Week
of Women in Colorado team an initiative promoted and developed by the Women’s
Foundation and CBS4. She is the co-founder of Latina Leaders and Entrepreneurs, an
annual event held in Spanish for the Latino Women and Latina Entrepreneurs, an
initiative to train and create the new generation of Latino Women entrepreneurs in
Colorado. She is the founder of Empresarias Latinas, a group to support Latina

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