Sabor attendee: Secretary Williams “cares about our community”

The Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Sabor on Friday night at the Denver Botanic Gardens attracted plenty of people. From left to right, state GOP chairman Jeff Hays, with his back to the camera, Maria Del Carmen Guzman-Weese, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, GOP gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton and Rocío Pérez, the CEO of Inventíva. (SOS photo)
Secretary of State Wayne Williams with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis. (SOS Photo).

Secretary of State Wayne Williams attended the 11th annual Sabor last week hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver at the Denver Botanical Gardens.

“Sabor,” the Spanish word for flavor, was the theme of the night, which included a “sensory exploration of the Americas.”

The event featured an impressive array of food and drink, along with traditional Peruvian outfits and live Spanish music. encompassing the Latin American culture.

“Colorado has a rich Hispanic heritage and our office has a great partnership with Denver’s Hispanic Chamber, including working together to make a welcome video for new businesses,” Williams said.

Saida Perez and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (SOS photo)

Local businesses came out to celebrate.

Saida Perez, owner of Tru Services insurance agency, stopped Secretary Williams to thank him for his work and take a picture with him.

“The Sabor was a great event for networking and allowing the government and business to work together. I have a lot of clientele that need to have things notarized and Secretary Williams has made this process easy and efficient,” Perez said.

It was an experience repeated throughout the evening.

“It was a lot of fun to sample some great food, experience awesome culture and visit with so many friends,” Williams said.

“The best thing, though, was being stopped by folks I’d never met who wanted to let me know how easy it was to use our website to register a business or nonprofit, become a notary, or register to vote,” Williams said.

While waiting in line to taste Latin American specialties, Williams spoke with Victor Arango, the director of marketing and communications for Maria Empanada, an Argentinian award-winning bakery.

Victor Arango, director of marketing and communications for the awarding-winning Maria Empanada, and the eatery’s kitchen manager, Jose Marquez. flank Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Sabor festival.

“Maria Empanada loves attending Sabor every year. We are proud to be part of the many fabulous Latin American restaurants which are helping to shape and diversify the culinary landscape in Denver,” Arango said.

“We have hosted Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his family at our restaurant in the past and it was very telling to see him at Sabor: He cares about our community and that matters to us.”

The founder of Maria Empanda, Argentinian native Lorena Cantarovici, was Colorado’s 2017 Small Business Person of the Year. Williams visited her at one of her restaurants to congratulate her.

Elected officials and midterm candidates joined in the festivities. They included gubernatorial candidates Walker Stapleton and Jared Polis,  George Brauchler, the GOP candidate for attorney general, Alan Salazar, chief of staff for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and Kelly Manning, the state director of the Small Business Development Center network.

Arapahoe County DA George Brauchler, former state Sen. Penfield Tate and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
Kelly Manning, state director of the Small Business Development Center Network, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Alan Salazar, chief of staff for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. (SOS photo)
Music was part of the 11th annual Sabor festival Friday at the Denver Botanic Gardens. (SOS photo)