Oakland gets a taste of the future of Filipino cuisine
We did it! Savor Filipino 2016 was a smashing success! Kudos to the amazing Volunteers, Committee Members, and of course our Sponsors, without whose deep collaboration and passion Savor Filipino wouldn't be possible. Now, as we reflect upon the days triumphs (and get some much needed sleep) we can't help but feel incredibly grateful for the strength of the community around Filipino Cuisine.
Savor Filipino began at Noon with 10 amazing Chefs presenting 10 unique twists on Filipino dishes that we all know and love. Guests eyebrows raised as they tasted familiar flavors within surprising form factors, and their minds raced as each Chef was interviewed live on the Lifestyle Network stage. Infanta, Tanduay, and Holy Craft Brewing were on deck to serve libations that transported tastebuds as they were consumed alongside more than 10,000 beautifully plated servings.
Savor Filipino Photos by A. Ramos
The evening was capped off with the Buksan Dinner Experience, an intimate 5-course dinner wherein each course was presented by a different chef as a story arch. In recognition of Filipino American History Month, each course spoke to to the historical context of our ancestral diet, visitors from abroad, and the journey to rediscover the Filipino identity.
We hope that we have been able to and contribute something meaningful to the conversation around Filipino food and personal identity. In the meantime, remember to support your local Filipino restaurants, go online in search of new pop-ups, and understand that each of us has our own truth about our cuisine.
Proceeds from Savor Filipino were donated to WestBay Multi Center - a non-profit that provides at-risk youth support in staying in school and pursuing college degrees.