Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Mother's Legacy at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Mother's Day is coming up soon.  Have you planned how you are going to celebrate it?  In my family, we just treat it like any other ordinary Sunday; we go to Sunday worship and have lunch together. Although, I always expect hand-written notes from my kids. That is the highlight of my Mother's Day. Notes, are enough for me, but the girls usually give me something bought with their own savings, too.  

A few days ago, Sofitel Philippine Plaza invited some of the SoMoms to attend the press launching of their Mother's Day event, A Mother's Legacy.  

What can guests expect from Sofitel this Mother's Day?
1.  The 21 food ateliers of Spiral will showcase the master chefs sharing culinary traditions that have been with their families for generations.
2.  Live demonstrations from women artisans.  Guests will be invited to participate in these mini-workshops at Spiral during lunch and dinner from May 10 until May 17.
3.  The art of floral expression will be showcased with their resident botanical specialist doing a special workshop on May 10 dinner and May 11 brunch. 

We were introduced to the chefs who would all present their secret family recipes handed down by the women in their family from their mothers, to grandmothers to great-grandmothers.  Standing in the middle, wearing a barong, is Tanguy Gras, the French General Manager of Spiral.
We were also shown a sample line-up of the food to expect for Mother's Day,  and the dessert line-up is simply superb:
 Look at all these lovely chocolate creations!!!

Spiral has 21 food ateliers, so you will be surely spoiled for choices, as we were.  I wasn't able to take photos of each stations as the food choices was simple overwhelming.  But here are some photos to entice you:
One of the salad stations, where you just pour selected dressing inside a jar, and shake away!

One of the highlight of my Spiral experience was a visit to their cheese atelier, L'Epicerie ."  It has its own room with enough cheese from different parts of the world.  The moment I said yes to this event, enjoying the cheese room was the most awaited part of my meal.:)
To complement the cheese, there are also Italian and Spanish cured meats, as well as condiments like nuts and dried fruits.
And the Philippine's own Malagos Cheese has a place in this room.
The huge refrigerators to store the numerous cheese.

The chocolate atelier, aptly named Chocolaterie. This is where the chocolatiers create the different types of chocolates for Spiral’s dessert offering.
The chocolate truffles produced by the Chocolaterie for all the guests to enjoy.

After lunch, Sofitel's resident botanical specialist, Larry Pagasanjan, gave a short workshop on how to make innovative floral arrangements.  Here I am taking the floral arrangement seriously. :)
The SoMoms proud of our finished works.

Witness live demonstrations from women artisan weavers, barong embroiderer and basket weavers. Guests will be invited to participate in these mini-workshops at Spiral during lunch and dinner from May 10 to May 17.

An Abel Iloco weaver from Ilocos Norte produces a traditional woven textile that designer Ryan Madamba has infused with a modern twist.
Bergamo's women weavers source the best pina materials to create beautiful hand-woven fabrics.
Edita Dacuycuy sells her cookies, wine and other products using dragon fruit.  What started as a cure for her daughter's cerebral palsy evolved to the first organic dragon fruit plantation in the country.

The SoMoms with the Governor of Ilocos Norte, Imee Marcos.

Spiral's Mother's Day Brunch rate is P3,550++ for adults and P1,500++ for kids.  
Dinner rate is P2,550++ for adults and P1,300++ for kids.  
Kids 4 years and below eat for free.  
For reservations or to make inquiries about the full line-up of activities for their Mother's Legacy event, please call 832.6988 or 551.5555

Lucky Spiral patrons will get a chance to win prizes from Jewelmer and L'Oreal Paris.