The Department of Tourism – Los Angeles’ (DOT-LA) recently held a 10-day culinary tour in the Philippines for Fil-Am Chefs and LA media, which aimed to familiarize the young people on the many facets of Philippine food and culture. The Mama Sita Foundation welcomed the group of wide-eyed foodies at the M Café in the Ayala Museum Complex with freshly made santol sherbet topped with Labuyo Hot Pepper Sauce.
DOT-LA’s culinary tour was headed by Food Holidays author and Jeepney Tours founder Clang Garcia, who brought them to many places in Luzon including Bicol, Pampanga and Bulacan.
A Visayas-themed dinner was also hosted by the Mama Sita Foundation at Provenciano Restaurant to introduce the guests to the rich Visayan local fare. Food Magazine’s Nana Ozaeta, and culinary authors Mickey Fenix, and Felice Prudente Sta. Maria were resource speakers during the Visayas dinner.
Spotted at the two culinary affairs were Alvin Cailan, Angela Gomez, Wyatt Conlon and Kim Trac of Eggslut; Charles Raymund Olalia of Rice Bar; Johneric and Christine Concordia of The Park’s Finest; Billy Dec of Sunda; Chad Norman Valencia of Lasa; Hillary Eaton of LA Times and LA Weekly; Crystal Coser of Eater LA; Fay Castro of the Department of Tourism LA.
Mama Sita Foundation recognized the young progressive Fil-am chefs who despite the cultural and industrial challenges are making good Filipino food for the dining public and are proud of their Filipino heritage.