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Evening Activities

COSSI LogoMonday, June 21 & Wednesday, June 23 (Choose one date only)
Wines of Spain
Sarah Wolcott
6:00-7:30 p.m.

The wines of Spain are as diverse as the country itself. Join wine professional Sarah Wolcott to learn about the wines and history from Spain's most distinctive regions. She will discuss the characteristics of both a Spanish red and white wine. Participants must be 21 years of age or older. Wine list provided prior to the start of COSSI week for those who choose to taste along.

Tuesday, June 22
La Paella Cook-Along
Candy Argondizza
6:00-7:30 p.m.

From seafood and meats, to rice and pastries, Spanish cuisine is an uncomplicated food based on local and regional ingredients. Join Chef Candy on a trip to Valencia and learn to make Paella, a traditional rice dish of Spain that has many variations.  Chef Candy will prepare a colorful mixture of saffron-flavored rice with assorted shellfish, fish and chorizo sausage, using a paellera, the flat, round pan in which it is cooked. If you do not have a paellera, a cast iron skillet can be used. Students will be emailed a shopping and equipment list to cook along with Chef Candy prior to the start of COSSI week, or feel free to watch the demonstration while enjoying a glass of wine.

Thursday, June 24 - Key Note PresentationMario Mendoza running
100 Miles to Build a Bridge
Mario Mendoza
6:00-7:30 pm

Bend's professional ultra-runner Mario Mendoza tells his story of setting out to run 100 miles in a single day with the goal of inspiring, uniting and bridging the divide between the people and countries he loves - America and Mexico. Attendees will watch the documentary, 100 Miles: To Build a Bridge and then Mario will discuss his experience.

“Both of my parents are from Jiquilpan, Michoacan, Mexico. I was born in California and grew up on an Avocado Ranch in Cambria.

Life hasn’t always been easy being Mexican/American. I always felt like I had to choose sides until I realized we need people being a bridge between two cultures.

My goal is to use trail running for much more than individual reasons. I hope to bring peace, unity, and love to runners of different backgrounds and cultures.

I race for the USA team and I’m proud of it. I’m also equally proud that my family is from Mexico. Thanks for joining me on this journey.”Mario Mendoza

Learn more about Mario on his webpage: