A great dining experience usually necessitates a number of things. A unique restaurant, a great chef, delectable gourmet dishes and the perfect ambiance.
But what if you didn’t know exactly where you were going, who you’re having dinner with, or what kind of dishes will be served? You wouldn’t even have the chance to Google reviews of the restaurants or ask friends about their own experiences.
This was exactly how San Miguel Pure Foods Co. Inc. (SMPFC) planned a summer culinary adventure it hosted for foodies. Dubbed the “San Miguel Pure Foods Guerilla Food Tour” and inspired by guerilla dinners that are gaining popularity among food enthusiasts in many parts of the world, guests were only given a time, date, and meeting place.
For the tour, SMPFC chose the province of Cavite because of its proximity to Metro Manila and the number of unique culinary destinations it has.
“The idea for the Guerilla Food Tour was born out of our desire to offer something more exciting to our partners in the food industry. For the past years, we’ve been doing the expected—choosing a province, presenting the itinerary, and going to the places according to order. This year we wanted to give everyone a sense of mystery, thrill and anticipation,” Helene Pontejos, vice president and general manager of Great Food Solutions told The Sunday Times Magazine.
“We decided to showcase Cavite this year because it’s very near and accessible to Metro Manila and also because it has quite a number of interesting places that gourmands would appreciate” added Maricel Manalo, San Miguel Pure Foods Culinary Services manager.
“The destinations we selected were specifically chosen because we wanted our guests to travel off the beaten path. What is common among these places is that they are all secluded from the hustle and bustle of the outside world,” she said.
The group went to Marcia Adams’ Restaurant, a Tuscan-style, wood-and-stone structure owned by couple Marcia and Neil Adams in Alfonso; then to Nurture Spa Village in Tagaytay City set amidst a tropical forest, the venue served as the perfect setting for the group to unwind; and finally to a private residence in Silang, Cavite owned by Emily Campos, who is responsible for some of the garden landscapes in Amanpulo, Palawan.
Among the tasty treats were Fish Souvlaki (Marlin marinated in olive oil, lemon and herbs) from Marcia Adam’s; Roast Chicken Ham Wheat Tortilla Wrap from Nurture Spa; and Mushroom, Parsley Rice Risotto from Campo’s enchanting garden.
The one-and-a-half day tour culminated with a sumptuous breakfast the following day, prepared by the chefs of the San Miguel Pure Foods Culinary Center using SMPFC products. The spread included Tagaytay staples such as Crispy tawilis and Nurture Spa’s salad greens, home-made breads, and signature Muesli.
It was, indeed, a food tour to remember. And if you happen to be anywhere in Cavite, do make sure to check out these one-of-a-kind food destinations.
To know more about San Miguel Pure Foods and its recipes, log on to www.mygreatfood.com.