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Slow Food Summit at WOFEX 2015

SLOW FOOD SUMMIT at WOFEX 2015 2

What do you remember our parents telling us about eating? Chew your food to avoid indigestion.

These days however, indigestion may come not only in not chewing properly our food but it can also come from eating at fast-food joints or eating hurriedly  because you are off to a meeting somewhere.

Few people know that there are far more benefits from slowing down, and carefully preparing your food and enjoying eating it. A  group of people are actually advocating this. This group says “no” to fast food and fast life, rather they are pushing for glocal (global-local), which support sustainable farming to make sure that you have good and clean food on your table.

Get to know more about Slow Food and the group behind at the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2015 from August 5 to 8 at the SMX Convention Center and World Trade Center in Pasay City.  There is a Slow Food Summit  on August 7, Friday, at Function Room 2 of SMX Convention Center.

What to expect at Slow Food Summit?

  • The Ark of Taste exhibit, a showcase of some endangered Filipino food. The Ark of Taste is an international catalogue designed to preserve at-risk heritage food items that are sustainably produced, unique in taste and part of a distinct ecoregion. The Philippine list has 32 products listed such as the adlai cereal, barako coffee bean, batuan, criollo cacao, kadios, kamias, some different heritage rice varieties, luyang dilaw to name a few.
  • Pop-up food tasting booths by Down to Earth (free-range meats and chicken), Fresh Start Organic from Negros Occidental, Cordillera Network (heritage rice), Cara Milk Dairy ice cream, Theo and Philo chocolates, Pamora Farm (free-range chicken and eggs), Malipayon Farms, Meliomar (sustainable fish), and ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle.
  • A lot of sharing through educational sessions on interconnectedness and influences of food together: the plate, planet, people, politics and culture. Network and learn from participating chefs Robby Goco of  Green Pastures, Margarita Fores of Lusso and Cibo, Claude Tayag of Bale Dutung in Pampanga, Jam Melchor of Healthy Eats food delivery service, and Chele Gonzales of ArroZeria and Vask.
  • Slow Food Lunch

Good deals at Slow Food Summit

Here’s a good deal for those interested to join the Slow Food Summit.

  • Sign up and join Slow Food  online HERE or on-site. On-site membership is only P500 and then you only pay P1,000 for the whole day of learning talks, sharing, networking with other members, chefs, and purveyors, plus lunch.
  • Non-Slow Food members will pay P3,000 for the whole day. This early bird rate was only until August 1st but if you email today (or better yet leave a comment below) till August 4th, then you get a chance to pay only P2,000 for the whole day of learning talks, sharing, networking with other members, chefs, and purveyors, and lunch.

For more information, visit Slow Food Philippines on Facebook or e-mail slowfoodph@gmail.com. Tickets are available at ECHOstore branches or call Gina at 0905-2871613, or on-site.

Also read Slow Down and Enjoy Your Food by Jeanie E. Javelosa on Philstar.com.

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Your Favorite Plates are Available To-Go at Marriott Café

Marriott Manila’s main outlet Marriott Café can turn your parties into lavish celebrations with gastronomic delights you have come to enjoy – wherever you may be! From intimate events to large gatherings, you can experience a magnificent spread that will make your events all the more extraordinary. Feed a party of 10, 15, or 20 people with gourmet choices that will fill your guests to their hearts’ content.

Sushi platter

Allow for a Japanese culinary treat with Assorted Sashimi Platter (P6500 for 15 persons), a mix of salmon, tuna, and snapper sashimi; or Sushi Platter (P6000 for 15 persons) with an assortment of ebi sushi, tuna sushi, California maki roll, and spicy salmon roll. Sample the freshest catch of the sea mixed with the enticing flavors of Baked Whole Salmon Fillet (P6500 for 10 persons) and Gambas al Ajillo (P6000 for 10 persons).

For those yearning for a taste of Italy with a twist, scrumptious dishes such as Linguine with Shrimp in Garlic & Olive Oil (P5200 for 15 persons) and Ocean’s Harvest Lasagna (P6000 for 15 persons) may satisfy your pasta cravings.

Slow-roasted US Prime Rib

And for those who want to bring home our renowned Slow Roasted US Prime Rib, now it’s possible! Available in whole (P19300 for 20 persons) or half (P9500 for 8-10 persons) servings, this succulent dish comes with corn on the cob, mashed or roasted potato, glazed carrots, and buttered vegetables. You may also choose your sauces from pepper cream sauce or wild mushroom sauce.

Plan your events and call at 9889999 at least 24 hours before your party, so you can pick up your freshly cooked meals at Marriott Café on the day of your event! It is undeniable that Marriott can deliver nothing but distinct epicurian elegance in their dishes.

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About Marriott Hotel Manila

An inviting beacon set in the world class entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is ideally located in Newport City across NAIA Terminal 3. A 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District it affords a splendid view of the adjoining Villamor Golf Course. The hotel boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, 40” full high definition LCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include Quan spa, 6 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 4 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club. For inquiries and reservations, call 988-9999 or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap.

The Much Awaited World Food Expo 2013 is Back!

World Food Expo (WOFEX) is back! The ultimate food show experience, WOFEX 2013, the country’s most effective Food & Beverage trade show, will be held from July 31-August 3 at the SMX Convention Center and the World Trade Center.

WOFEX 2013, celebrating its 13th year international expo on worldwide food & beverages, technologies & machineries, is the best way for industry buyers to meet up with industry sellers, with about 400 exhibitors in attendance. It will cover both trade and retail exhibits in two huge venues.

Included in WOFEX 2013 is the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC), now on its 4th year. Endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), this is the most prestigious culinary competition where the best meet to compete. For this year, winners for some categories will get the chance to win trips to the US and Asia.

And to add to this already exciting event is Wofex University, now on its 2nd year, which takes education to the next level, and where advanced learning opportunities from industry experts are being offered. The highlight of Wofex U this year is the participation of Chef Rick Moonen, founding member of the Seafood Choices Alliances, owner of RM Seafood in Las Vegas, and finalist of Top Chef Masters.

Organized by Premier Events Plus Group, Inc. (www.pepgroup.com), WOFEX 2013 will also have an extensive line up of seminars, product demonstrations and workshops for the four-day exposition.

For more information, please call (632) 9297993, 9297963, log on to www.pepgroup.com, www.wofex.com, www.philippineculinarycup.com, or Like us (WOFEX) on Facebook!

Gastronomia de Esapaňa at Marriott Hotel Manila

Food. Wine. Passion. Rediscover these while staying at the Marriott Hotel Manila.

Marriot Hotel Manila brings you authentic Spanish cuisine whipped up by the young and handsome guest Chef from Valladolid, Victor Burgos.

Spanish cuisine is not really new to us, Filipinos, whose cuisine is laced with Spanish dishes. After all, we have danced the flamenco, did the soulful singing while playing the guitar, and the Spaniards built majestic churches, which  made our country a bastion of the Catholic faith? And I loved and even wanted to read Don Quijote in its Spanish version.

So, you know what I’m talking about. Head for Marriott Hotel and get a chance to taste the famous Ibérico ham, relish the season’s first olive oils in Andalusia, and sample what is served in the bustling food markets of Catalonia. Enjoy also the tapas like the locals do, sip and savor the wines at Rioja and learn about the gastronomic society in the Basque.

Food: Dinner Buffet at Marriott Café

For a wide array of choices, every corner of Marriott Café’s dinner buffets shout muy delicioso! Various cold cuts like chorizo, salchichon, lomo, Iberico ham, and Serrano ham are served with fresh tomato bread. Different cheeses such as manchego, cabrales, tetilla, and mahon are best paired walnut bread and membrillo. What more? Enjoy spoonfuls of hot and cold soups like the gazpacho, salmorejo, purrusalda, lentils with chorizo, and lamb stew. Salad lovers are also in for a treat as the salad bar boasts of different flavors and textures for the discerning palate. Escalivada and Chicken (roasted vegetables with chicken and walnuts), Mejillones en Escabeche (marinated mussels with onion, Spanish paprika, and white wine), Ensaladilla Rusa (Russian Salad comprised of potato salad with mayonnaise and garden vegetables), or Melon con Jamon Serrano (melon and Serrano ham). Choose the Champiñones al Ajillo (sautéed champinion with garlic, white wine, and parsley), Ensalada de Remolacha y Esparragos (beetroot salad with green asparagus, lettuce & orange), or Atun encebollado (tuna with onion pickle). There’s also Codorniz Escabechada (marinated quail in vinegar & vegetables) Ensalada de Alubias (white beans salad with vegetables and Serrano ham), Ensalada de Mango y Gambas (prawn and mango salad with yogurt dressing), Queso Manchego con Miel y Guayaba (manchego, guava, and honey), and Salpicon de Marisco (mixed seafood salad, northern-style).

Mini paellas are of course available, along with hot items like the Bacalao Ajoarriero, Mussels Marinara, Pisto Manchego, and Pollo al Ajillo. The carving station on the other hand is filled with more Serrano ham, Iberico ham, lamb shoulder, suckling pig, and turkey.

Before the next day’s siesta, make sure to try the Crema Catalana (caramelized custard cream) and the Arroz con Leche (creamy rice pudding with a touch of canela and lemon). Better yet, feel like a child once more by pouring chocolate on the deep-fried Churros coated with sugar.

More sweets? Have fun with Flan de Huevo (Spanish version of creme caramel) or the Tarta de Santiago (Northern Spain’s almond tart with milk foam).

To mesmerize the special diners, Marriott Café also offers live cooking of the churros, paella, and tapas.

Wine: Wine Dinner at Cru Steakhouse

Cru Steakhouse continues the celebration of Spanish delights on June 13 by pairing succulent meats with impeccable wines. Bodegas Hidalgo de Filipinas brings the finest wines from Spain. Featuring Emina 2005 Ribera del Duero, this wine has dark, fruity flavor that brings cheese and leather into play. The palate is hard and snappy, with acid-based cherry and plum flavors.

Salut definitely goes to the hams and cheeses, especially its selection of tapas: Salmorejo con Berenjenas Fritas (Southern Spain’s cold soup with deep-fried eggplant), Gambas al Ajillo (garlic prawns, olive oil, and parsley), Croquetas de Setas (creamy croquettes with a mix of mushroom), and Pintxos Moruno (marinated lamb skewer with manchego cream sauce).

For the main course, Cru Steakhouse serves Arroz Caldoso de Marisco (moist rice with seafood), Entrecot con Pisto y Crema de Queso Manchego (rib-eye steak with manchego cream sauce and pisto), and Muslo de Pollo con Graten de Patatas y Bacon (chicken leg with potato and bacon gratin).

The Flan de Huevo and Tarta de Santiago are also available for dessert, along with Crema de Yogur y Chocolate Blanco, Fruta de la Passion, y Gengibre (white chocolate, yogurt with passion fruit, and ginger crumble).

Experience Spain’s food, wine, and passion this June at Marriott Hotel Manila’s Gastronomia de Espaňa. Dinner buffet is available daily at Marriott Café (Sun-Thurs P1950 and Fri-Sat P2300).

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ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA:

An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from wedding to gala dinner celebrations.

Weekday Buffet Bonanza at Market Cafe, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

The weekday buffet bonanza at Market Cafe, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is perfect for vacationers and office workers. It’s a treat of epicurean delight.

From Monday to Thursday, diners can feast on a wide selection of freshly cooked Western, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Filipino cuisines and enjoy a special price of PHP990 net per person for lunch and P1099 net per person for dinner inclusive of free-flowing soft drinks and local beer.

Diners can choose from a wide variety of dishes, which include an abundant choice of appetizers, hearty salads, premium cuts of lamb and beef, fresh or baked oysters, salmon, oven-baked pizzas, pastas, sushi and sashimi, freshly made tempura and a sinful selection of homemade ice cream and desserts.

A new promotional price offer at Market Café
From Monday to Thursday, diners will receive as much as 40% off on the daily lunch and dinner buffet. Offer will run only until 30 June 2013.

For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Centre on +63 2 247 8666 or make your booking online by visiting manila.casino.hyatt.com. You can also make reservations through e-mail at cath.mn@hyatt.com.

Ocean’s Harvest at Marriott Hotel Manila

Cooked seafood on ice

Fresh catch of the day

Marriott Hotel Manila is giving its guests a new dining experience: a seafood buffet every Friday and Saturday from 6:0o p.m. to 10:30 p.m. all year-round.

Called Ocean’s Harvest, this seafood buffet offers diners numerous fresh seafood and can even request the chef to have their choice seafood cooked their way. For only P2,300, guests can indulge in a sea of mouthwatering seafood dishes.

Sweet and sour crabs

We ordered first the sweet and sour crabs. The sauce of this dish is divine! It has the right amount of sweetness and sourness that coats well the crab meat and tickle the palate.

 Wizheart orderd this pampano with just the simple soy sauce.

This pampano dish is like a home-made dish made to taste gourmet-like. The fish is so tender and it tastes so good when eaten with the slightly caramelized garlic.

An assorted of seafood

We had a plate of grilled assorted seafood. The squid, the shells were so fresh that when grilled are to die for!

Lobster in garlic and butter sauce

This lobster in garlic and butter sauce is a must-try. The lobster is so tender and juicy and compliments really well with the garlic and butter.

 Seafood lasagna

Marriott Cafe’s seafood lasagna is another must-try. I just love the mixture of seafood and its sauce. Rich and cheesy!

M Cafe’s gelato

What a perfect way to cap the seafood dinner with a gelato. I had a mix of gianauja amara and Palawan walnut. It was just so delicious!

If I were you, I’d go and have your own Ocean’s Harvest experience at Marriott. You can start your dinner with a piping hot soup of shrimp gumbo in lemon grass cooked Tinola-style. Or you can have the steaming hot pot of sinigang in local miso or tamarind alongside talakitok, maya-maya, head prawn local clams. Whatever suits you.

The Ocean Surf Market Style Buffet Menu includes fresh salmon, tuna loin, local tanigue, pompano, talakitok, lapu-lapu, maya-maya, shellfish, jumbo prawns, half shell local scallop, local clams, jumbo squid, suahe shrimps, blue marlin, and local gindara. You can also have your fill of slippers lobsters, local blue sea crab, curacha crab, prawns, mussels, and white shells. All of these you can have cooked your way. Not to mention the friendly and very accommodating chefs at Marriott.

Here we are, happy about our simple grilled fish! 😀

If that isn’t one awesome dining experience, I don’t know what is.

For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 988-9999.

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ABOUT MARRIOTT HOTEL MANILA

An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.

From Chateau 1771 with Love

Hey folks, it’s time to treat your loved ones to some place special. Head now for Chateau 1771 and experience fine dining at its best!

For the first time in twenty five years, Chateau 1771’s executive chef Vicky Rose Pacheco introduces her top picks for lunch and dinner set menus for the Valentine’s Day: a feast of light, fresh and festive for lunch while dinner features the rare French classics.

If you’re going there for lunch, check out the watercress soup with lavash bread and its relieving, sophisticated texture, truly heartwarming and oozing with revitalizing nutrients.

Then for the main course, try the seared U.S. beef tenderloin with blue cheese stuffing (P1, 300+), with grilled eggplant, zucchini, broccoli drizzled with roasted potatoes and fragrant roasted potatoes in olive oil, rosemary, and thyme, the 200 grams of pan seared beef laced with roasted garlic bacon sauce is brimming with juices and stuffing in every slice.

If you’re not into meat, go for the baked fish of the day (P1, 100+), grilled and made tender with lemon, capers, thyme, and almonds. Pair this with the risotto and add on squid, shrimps made tasty in chicken and fish stock then topped with butter and parmigiano reggiano as a tasty finish.

Chilean Seabass in Salt

Finish this hearty lunch with the white cloud melon sabayon, a refreshing dessert, lightly sweetened with poached meringue on whisked custard with melon and amaretto.

But if you’re opting for a romantic dinner date, a must-try is Chateau 1771’s hot French dinner affair. Start with a soup, Swiss brown mushroom vol-au-vent with greens, edible flowers and pomegranate dressing. Delicately baked and in-house made, the French puff pastry round shell is filled with a creamy mixture smacked with garlic and thyme then deglazed with wine.  For an intriguing and heartwarming full-bodied taste, try the Swiss browns or the baby Portobello as the star in this soup.

US Angus Bone in Rib Steak

Using a prime steak cut, the U.S. Angus bone-in rib steak with café de Paris butter (P2,600+), Duchess potatoes, and grilled ratatouille is every inch an irresistible meat from its cut to flavor. A ¾ inch thick slab of meat with the bone-in, it’s meant to be smothered with café de Paris butter spiced up with tarragon, rosemary, basil, and thyme with a spike of cognac.

Now, if you want your date to be something more exciting and out of the ordinary, go for the French countryside comfort–the Rougie duck leg confit (P2, 400+).

Rougie Duck Leg Confit

Another rare find, the duck meat is cured with salt, cooked in a special Dutch oven with the most-prized duck fat giving the flavor more depth and producing a velvety piece of meat. Get to taste a super tender meat that almost falls off the bones!

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Chateau 1771 – Greenbelt 5 is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every Sunday to Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 m.n. for Friday to Saturday. For reservations, banquets and catering services, please call 729-9760 to 61 or (0917) 8626467.

Chateau 1771 is a member of the Chateau 1771 Group of Restaurants that include Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City and Café 1771 in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

MERCATO – Asia Off the Streets

Mercato Centrale invites you to

Go on an Asian food trip by visiting Asia Society’s ASIA OFF THE STREETS Food Festival

TONIGHT (7PM-10PM).

Bring your family & friends to an Asian Food Festival. Taste dishes from different Asian countries & get a chance to win raffle prizes including 2 round trip tickets to Hanoi, Vietnam from Cebu Pacific Air!

See you there!

More info here.

Spain Forever at Tapella Restaurant

ESPAÑA PARA SIEMPRE

Spain Forever!

at Tapella Restaurant, G/F Greenbelt 5

November 6, 2012, Tuesday, from 6:30PM to 10:30PM

 

Join Chef Alexandra and her team as they showcase Spain’s culinary glory. Spain Forever! is a food travelogue featuring the four regions of Spain.

Enjoy the world famous paella from Valencia, the raved pintxos of Donistia, the sea food delicacies of El Sur and the delicious meat of Madrid, Badajoz and Castilla Leon, prepared as how they are made in Spain. To complete your dining experience, bottles of wine are carefully selected to suit your preference and satisfaction.

On this night, you will not only get enjoy the rich and unique flavors of Spain’s regional dishes, but you will also get the chance to win two (2) gift certificates to Camaya Resort, courtesy of Fuego Hotels.

Reserve now and call us at 757.2710 or call and text through 0917.891.7364. You may also confirm your reservations via email at donmanuel@ymail.com.

Sentro’s Sinigang na Corned Beef

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Sentro and Sinigang na Corned Beef have become synonymous. Balikbayans (returning Filipinos) and foreign visitors alike love this dish. And would you believe this famous dish is already 10 years old?!

A brainchild of Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco of Chateau 1771 Group of Restaurants, sinigang na corned beef is a creative take on the popular Filipino soup, sinigang soup.

Chef Vicky was thinking how she could put into good use the excess corned beef broth, and discovered that she could make the broth into sinigang by adding sour ingredient and putting in beef cuts with sinews, fat, and bones. The result: a hearty soup, and Sentro’s signature favorite dish— heartwarming, flavorful and meaty.

For the Sinigang na Corned Beef, the beef is exclusively sourced from a mix of local suppliers trusted for ten years. The pot is loaded with vegetables such as tomatoes, okra, taro corms (gabi), daikon (labanos), water spinach (kangkong), and eggplant stewed in tamarind. The broth from scratch is loaded with flavor-boosting natural spices. This is served hot and steamy.

One interesting tradition is to ask guests to sip the delicate soup stock prior serving so the sourness, saltiness, and spiciness can be adjusted according to preference–another personalized approach that this dish had built  a reputation on.

Executive Chef Vicky proved that there’s more to Filipino food, especially if it’s reinvented with fresh ingredients which give that unique but homey experience. If you’ve been craving with something like this or your curiosity has been piqued, there’s no other better time than now to get to know this decade-old dish which can only originally be found in Sentro.

Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3 is open from 11am to 11pm (Monday to Sunday) while Serendra is from 7am to 10:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday) / 7am to 11:00pm (Friday to Saturday). For inquiries and reservations, call Sentro Greenbelt 3 (02) 757 3941 or Sentro Serendra (02) 856 0581.