Clark Marriott Hotel associates and the chefs of Culinarya Pampanga pose for posterity. (L-R) Director of rooms Rizal Lacson, sales and marketing director Charley Magabo, Lola Nors chef Elsa Jocson, Tollhouse chef Josephine Concepcion-Mendoza, Clark Marriott Hotel chef Jan Broz, Clark Marriott Hotelier general manager Goeran Soelter, Apag Marangle chef Cherry Tan, 25 Seeds chef Sau del Rosario, food and beverage director Lyle Cajayon. Photo by Joann Manabat
CLARK FREEPORT — Helping Batangas rise again: Clark Marriott Hotel together with Culinarya Pampanga hosted a dinner for a cause through “A Night of Gratitude” at the hotel’s grand ballroom on Sunday.
The rare opportunity for a fine dining experience was brought together by the culinary team of Clark Marriot Hotel led by chef Jan Broz with general manager Goeran Soelter, and renowned Kapampangan chefs from Culinarya Pampanga led by celebrity chef Sau del Rosario of 25 Seeds with chefs Josie Concepcion-Mendoza of Tollhouse, Elsa Jocson of Lola Nors, Apag Marangle’s Cherry Tan, and Judy Uson of Cafe Noelle.
“Culinarya Pampanga is a group of Kapampangan chefs. And one if our advocacies is to pay back not only in Pampanga but the whole country as well,” said del Rosario.
“We are honored to be a part of this important dinner for a cause. Times like this we show the world our resilience and how we help each other,” del Rosario added.
Guests who dined were offered a wide array of food selections through a six-station buffet delighted with a live pasta cooking and show stopping Serrano ham carving as well as the crust breaking of salt-crusted baked salmon.
“The food tonight is for the Kapampangans even if we only prepared everything with only a week’s notice. The food that we are off ering here is different from the ones we are serving at Goji Kitchen,” said Broz.
Kapampangan artists Leonardo Tulabut, Harvey San Miguel, Gene Tonic, Lyndon Susi, Anouschka Ysabelle Sison, Nina Escaro, and copper bonsai artist Andy Bondoc also showed their support for the event as silent bidding and auction from their paintings, art works, and masterpieces were also held.
Part of the proceeds from the auction will also go to the victims of the Taal volcano eruption.
Live music from international concert pianist Chris Marshall and Roy Gray enlivened the dinner with sweet serenade, while local bands Kamp Sawi, Potpot and Friends, and Tea4Two added the vibe of the night.
Marriott International Business Council through Clark Marriott Hotel with its corporate social responsibility arm, Serve 360 program, aims to help ease the burdens of the Taal volcano eruption victims by holding a series of fundraising events to raise money that will help fund the urgent need for food, clothing, and hygiene.