Luxurious Mother’s Day Celebration at Spiral Manila

Bonjour! Mabuhay! ^_^ I have to say that the Spiral Buffet, with its 21 Dining Ateliers, is my favorite buffet place ever in Manila! I’m sure moms like me would welcome a treat on our special day at Spiral of Sofitel Manila. Happy Mother’s Day to me! *Ahem! ^_^ Anyhow, during the April 15 press preview, Sofitel Philippine Plaza unveiled of what is to come to the upcoming Mother’s Day Celebration.  For this year, Sofitel Manila pays tribute to Moms this Mother’s Day happening May 12, 2013,  with a fabulous fashion show featuring top celebrity mothers as well as Spiral’s Master Chefs paying homage to their mother’s cooking.  The Chefs will be featuring their personal favorites of their mother’s signature dishes. Although, I sadly missed this grand launch, I look forward to my next grand gastronomic feasting at Spiral very soon. Anyhow, I’m delighted to share the event’s details.

The newly appointed General Manager Adam Laker with wife Belinda and son Miller.
Executive Chef Eric Costille is presenting his Mom Claudine’s best dish a fusion of French and Italian cooking.

 “Rabbit cocotte with rosemary and olives, gratinated parmesan polenta.”  Chef Eric Costille explains, “My ancestors came from Italy and migrated to France early 1900s.  My mom was born in France but at home, the food was Italian.  Rabbit is almost as popular as chicken in Italy and France.  My Mom serves it with polenta and I have fond memories of her cooking it for us during our family reunion on Sundays.

Chef Eric Costille ‘s Gratiated Paremesan Polenta

Chef de Cuisine – Western Anne Cecile Degenne, will prepare her mother’s version of “Paella”, a traditional rice dish from Spain. Having been raised in Bordeaux, near the Spanish border, she used to spend all her summer holidays in Spain where many of her mother’s familly lived.  To relive their fond memories of the country, her Mom cooks paella when she misses Spain. Chef Cecile says, “She taught me all the secrets in making a good paella at our outdoor kitchen during the summer.  It is the same paella that I’m making now in Spiral.” 

Chef Anne Cecile Degenne’s Paella

Chef Tweet Obsequio, our Master Chocolatier fresh from winning the Gold medal and Lássiette Dór Trophy for pralines during the recently concluded Chefs on Parade will be preparing Jasmin praline which is a dark chocolate infused with jasmine tea.   Jasmin tea has always been served to Chef Tweet growing up with her Mom Rose, who is Filipino – Chinese.   Her Mom always told her that drinking Jasmin tea is a beauty secret in her family passed on from China because it makes the ladies beautiful – as it is a good anti-oxidant, good for slimming, reduces fat and cholesterol absorption. Chef Tweet loved the lingering fragrant smell of jasmine from her Mom’s perfume and reminds her of her home and that’s why for Mother’s Day, she is making a jasmine praline.  

Chef Tweet Obsequio, Jasmine Praline.

There’s more,  Executive Chinese Chef Mok Chee Wah will showcase his mother’s signature dish “slow cooked chicken with Chinese herbs wrapped in lotus leaf”. While Indian Chef Halim Ali Khan will present his childhood’s  favourite dish, “Egg Biryani”.  Japanese Chef Hiroaki Yamaguchi will showcase “Nikujaga”, a Japanese beef stew considered by the Japanese as comfort food.  Goat Caldereta  is what Chef de Partie and Filipino Chef Jojo Babierra recalls as one of the signature dishes that is passed to him by her mother, Consuelo. Hungry yet? I’m starving! I can’t wait! ^_^ Bon Appétit!

The special fashion show will feature the summer holiday collections of Pia Gladys Perey fresh from the L.A. Fashion week, and international Formula racer driver and designer Mark Bumgarner. Here’s a preview of the upcoming fashion show.

Manila based Designer Pia Gladys Perey recently showcased her first solo show at the Style Fashion Week at The Vibiana in Los Angeles, California. The woman behind the PGP label was born and raised in the country town of Tagaytay in the Philippines. 

 In 2010, PGP launched in the USA at the Miami International Fashion Week and an off-site show at the New York Fashion Week.  The limited ready-to-wear line was founded by designer Pia Gladys Perey who’s design aesthetics are highly influenced by the classic Grecian drapes mixed with romantic glamour that captures the spirit of the modern woman. Synonymous to sexy elegance for the modern goddess, PGP is the go-to label for glamorous frocks with a romantic flair. Sensual folds and dramatic drapes define the PGP woman, where curves of every kind are celebrated and made beautiful where its needed.     

PGP has been worn by Hollywood A-lists like Angelina Jolie, Gabrielle Union, The Office’s Kate Flannery, and Nadine Ellis.  It is also favoured by stars like Kim Kardashian, Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria, and Camilla Belle.  The line is currently being sold in Sydney, Queensland, Perth, Adelaide, Dubai, Singapore, Jakarta, New York, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and California.   

Pia’s main inspiration for her Homage to Mom Holiday – Summer collection is ageless fashion : embracing the elegance and shape 

Belinda Laker with son Miller in Pia Gladys Perey
Genille Velasquez, Fashion designer Pia Gladys Perey, Belinda Laker, Sports Newscaster Patricia Bermudez – Hizon
 Formula One Race Car Driver and Fashion Designer Mark Bumgarner, Model and Former Beauty Queen Maggie Wilson – Consunji and son Connor, Actress Maricar De Mesa, Model and Journalist Georgia Schulze – del Rosario

 Mark Bumgarner, born and raised in the Philippines, started making a name for himself as a professional racer in the local and international scene by winning titles and trophies. A transition started, from racetrack to the runway, when he was given the opportunity to style for a major Philippine denim brand show. And with the continuous exposure from the newfound creative culture, Mark then explored the possibility of starting his own line. Three successful capsule collection showings followed.  

Mark Bumgarner’s Homage to Mom Holiday-Summer collection is designed for Modern moms and women who are fearless and elegant featuring sporty , flowy fabrics gold,silver, black and white.

The special fashion show on Mother’s Day will highlight celebrity mother – daughters and sons namely, actress Rhian Ramos and Mom Lay Ramos, Tacloban councillor Cristina Gonzales – Romualdez,  actress Giselle Toengi – Walters and daughter Sakura, model and beauty queen Maggie Wilson – Consunji, model and journalist Georgia Schulze Del Rosario and daughters, actress Gwen Zamora and Mom Therese Agnese, beauty queen Patty Betita and son Emilio Ejercito, Patricia Bermudez – Hizon.

The show is presented by Shu Uemura and Kiehls.  Moms can have chance to win gifts from Lancôme, Shu Uemura, Kiehl’s, Swarovski perfume, CMG, Maidenform  and Tefal.

The Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12., 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm  is at  Php3,250++ for adults including free flowing champagne and mojitos (12:00 noon – 2:00pm) and for children 5 years old to 11 years old at Php 1,600++, kids 4 years and below free.

For reservations, please log on to http://www.sofitelmanila.com/en/spiral.html 

SPIRAL RESTAURANT Sofitel Luxury Hotel Philippine Plaza Manila is located at  CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines. 

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