O’liva Owner and Longtime Caterer Chuck Hernandez Has Died

Chef Chuck Hernandez of O’liva, Mercado O’liva and Arugula Catering (Photo by Julián P. Ledezma)

Reported by Jessica Elizarraras for the San Antonio Current.

Chuck Hernandez, chef, caterer and author of “Pesto Power,” passed away on Wednesday, May 12.

Hernandez moved to San Antonio more than 20 years ago to help his father run restaurants. He brought Arugula Catering with him and became known for his elaborate and tasty spreads. Hernandez opened O’liva at Plaza de Armas in 2015, with locally sourced fare, but the restaurant shuttered last October.

News of Hernandez’s death hit Facebook after longtime friend and business partner Tim McDiarmid shared a GoFundMe page created to help offset funeral costs brought on by the 61-year-old’s sudden heart attack.

The GoFundMe page reads as follows:

It is with great sadness that I am letting all of Chuck’s friends and loved ones know that he passed away yesterday. I know how far his reach was and how many of you loved him. He was an incredible, sweet, funny, smart and talented man who’s shoes will never be filled. The hole in my heart is vast. We’ve set up this gofund me for arrangements and will keep you posted on a memorial. Please know that he died at a time in his life that I can honestly say he was as happy and content as I have seen him in the decade we have been friends and business partners. He was truly in a good place. Love to you all. Love you Chuck.

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