Aaron Vincente: Keeping Molinillo Crafts Alive

Aaron Vincente: Keeping Molinillo Crafts Alive

Aaron is a fourth-generation molinillo craftsman who continues to keep his family's tradition alive. Their family business started in 1921, over a century ago, so Aaron has many talented craftsmen to represent. His grandfather fought in the revolution, representing his home-village against the government. After the war ended, he returned to his home region and started his business of making molinillos.

A molinillo is a traditional Mexican wooden whisk used for frothing chocolate, creating foam for coffee or for making other frothy drinks. It is an essential tool in Mexican cuisine, and Aaron's family has been making them for almost a century. Today, his children, nieces, and nephews are working in the family business and working on Verve Culture's molinillo.

Aaron's wife, Lulu, is the chef at the family restaurant, which is also a small guest house. They have been married for 20 years and have a 10-year-old daughter named Alandra. Alandra is now training to carve and decorate the Molinillos, ensuring that the family tradition will continue for many generations to come.

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, and it is full of tourists, with 50% American and 50% Mexican tourists. The family is working their way up the list of best chefs and best restaurant in all of Oaxaca. Lulu's cooking is truly excellent, and the huevos rancheros are a must-try.

Due to Covid, the restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, but it is normally open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Despite the pandemic, the family has managed to keep their business afloat and continue their family tradition.

Aaron also works with a community of pottery artisans in a town two hours away from his restaurant/guest house. He buys their goods and sells them at his facility, supporting local businesses and keeping the community thriving.

Aaron's family's commitment to their craft and their community is an inspiration. They have managed to preserve a centuries-old tradition while adapting to modern times, and their dedication to their business and their community is admirable. The next time you visit Oaxaca, be sure to stop by their restaurant and support their family business.

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