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May 4, 2010 08:13 PM

Filipino Flavors Symposium - May 15 and 16th

Saw this today. An Adobo Throw Down is on the agenda!
If anyone goes, I'd love to hear about it. I'm not sure I can make it.

International Culinary School at
The Art Institute of California-San Francisco
1170 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

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  1. I got an email about this. The event that sounds like an interesting and tasty time is the Chefs Panel...PORK BELLY ADOBO! Need I say more?
    "Chefs’ Panel
    Sun May 16 |3:00–5:00 pm panel discussion, 5:00-6:30 pm wine reception
    Acclaimed chefs, authors and restaurateurs discuss the art and business of transforming home food to the restaurant table. Join them in an exciting, engaging conversation about the prospects, challenges and successes that lie before them. Panelists include Amy Besa of Purple Yam, Kelly DeGala of Va de Vi Cookbook, Margarita Araneta Fores of Cibo and Pepata in Metro-Manila, Jon Guanzon of Bistro Luneta, Tim Luym of Attic, and Jay-Ar Isagani Pugao of No Worries. Writer, editor and serious home cook, Renato Ciria-Cruz, moderates.
    Capacity: 80
    $40 general admission, $30 students. Ticket sales end May 12!
    The chefs will be providing scrumptious food for the following reception. Kelly Degala is making the pork belly adobo from his former restaurant Va de Vi. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when I tasted it there.

    Here's the url for the entire symposium:

    Bistro Luneta
    615 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401

    Va de Vi
    1511 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 94596

    1201 Bridgeway (at Pine, Sausalito, CA 94965

    1. I would have loved to try the Master Cooking class about using souring ingredients and eating/cooking some sinigang, adobo and kinilaw. Alas, I am both too late (it's sold out) and too poor ($85) to have participated.

      1. I am devastated that I had already booked a family trip (non-refundable, of course) before I heard about the symposium. Amy Besa wrote the best, most informative book I've seen yet on Filipino food, "Memories of Philippine Kitchens," and is a charming person to boot. I'm sure I would have learned a lot from Amy. Margarita Fores is one of the very best caterers in Manila, though she specializes in Italian food. (Incidentally while she owns the Cibo restaurant in Manila, I don't think she is involved in the Cibo in Marin.)

        Bistro Luneta has the best cripsy pata I've tried in the Bay Area, and they usually do a pretty good job with reinterpreting Filipino food, though some of their menu is traditional. (Among many Filipinos, here more than in the Philippines, there is great resistance towards changing Filipino food as we remember it. But that is a topic for another occasion.)

        And Marti Chocolates--OMG! I am kicking myself just thinking that I will miss the opportunity to taste those wonderful chocolates again. I don't know how she gets those elusive tropical flavors--ube, buco-pandan--into her candies.

        I hope that if any hounds do attend they report back so that those of us who are missing it have the vicarious pleasure of at least reading about it.

        Bistro Luneta
        615 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401

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        1. re: pilinut

          I believe that Attic, Tim Luym's new spot, has just opened. Will you report in from the nabe?

          Attic Restaurant
          234 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401