Entrepreneur Trish Panlilio commemorates Mulberry Door’s second year in the industry through a series of specially curated dinners that will be held in collaboration with women entrepreneurs who are involved with community-based projects.
“Mulberry Door by nawwTy’s kitchen turned two last May 17 and in lieu of the usual festivities, we have decided to celebrate by partnering with friends who support local artisans and communities,” Panlilio said during the first dinner series called Harvest.
Harvest took place last Jun. 26, where nawwTys collaborated with Holy Carabao Holistic Farm’s Hindy Weber and Melanie Go whose beneficiary is SOIL (Samahan ng Organikong Industriya ng Laguna) to prepare a five-course dinner.
“I’m a friend of Trish’s and I’ve always loved her food. We were all excited when she started Mulberry Door, so for her second anniversary, we definitely wanted to support her and her nawwTy Gives Back campaign. And of course it gives us an opportunity as Holy Carabao to be present in the city and in a restaurant where otherwise we would be ignored. Cause who wants to mind our little farm? It’s so far from the city. So it’s nice to bring it to people, bring it to the table, and from a different perspective also because when it comes from our kitchen we present it in a particular way but when it’s interpreted by a chef or by Trish it really gives it a new touch and a new flavor,” said Weber.
The five-course dinner menu featured dishes using organic produce from Holy Carabao starting with cream of zucchini with roasted corn kernels and salad greens and pickled sugar beets with a mulberry vinaigrette dressing.
These were followed by main courses aubergine roll with lemon crab meat, oven roasted conchinillo with eggplant chimichurri, and pinakbet paella with pickled banana peppers. For dessert, guests were served carabao’s milk ice cream with aratilis compote and honey tuille.
WOMEN WHO GIVE BACK
An alliance with women who promote Filipino heritage to highlight talent and local artistry, these benefit dinners are ways for Hindy Weber and Melanie Go, Jenny Yrasuegui of Backyard Farms, and Jeannie Javelosa of GREAT Women to showcase local produce they carry whilst simultaneously sharing with communities they support.
For the upcoming dinner series, priced at P7,000/ head, Panlilio will again be preparing a specially menu to highlight each woman-led enterprise: this August will be in collaboration with Jenny Yrasuegui which will highlight the local livestock ingredients from Backyard Farms. It will be for the benefit of Best Buddies Philippines, an organization supported by Michelle Aventajado and Sabrina Go of MothersWhoBrunch. The dinner series will end on October with a partnership with Jeannie Javelosa for the benefit of GREAT Women Stock Purchase Fund for Weavers, with a menu created with ingredients from Holy Carabao and Backyard Farms.
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