A Tasty Mix Of Filipino Food, Wine & Culture

Alana Folen
Wednesday - October 14, 2009
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A Filipino fusion of cuisine and fine wines will satisfy the palates of many as the Filipino Community Center presents Filipino Flavors from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 in its Casamina/Flores Ballroom.

According to Toy Arre, FilCom Center president, this is the first fine wine and food tasting fundraiser of its caliber.

“We’re always excited to perpetuate and share our Filipino culture, whether it be through the form of entertainment or food and drink,” said Arre.


Filipino celebrity chefs Elmer Guzman (Poke Stop), Rodhel Ibay (Sergio’s),Aurelio Garcia (Sam Choy’s Breakfast Lunch and Crab), Michael Rabe (Creations in Catering), Robert Dennis (Don Ho’s Island Grill) and Mang Gorio’s Lechon will serve their decadent food along with a selection of drinks at a variety of food stations.

“The chefs will select and pair the best wines that go with the cuisine,” Arre explained. MidWeek‘s own Roberto Viernes, the only Filipino Master Sommelier in Hawaii and one of the youngest ones in the world, will share his wine knowledge with diners as well.

“Guests will be seated by tables, but they can eat and drink as they come in and will be greeted by performers.”

Tradicion Rondalla, an ensemble from California’s Bay Area, will share nostalgic and festive Philippine music through mandolin-like native string instruments called banduria. The Himig at Indak ensemble and other individual entertainers also will entertain. Arre believes it is equally important to recognize U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye for his support of Filipino Americans, whether it be through his work in educational and cultural programs or with the compensation of Filipino World War II veterans.

“We’d like to recognize the senator for all the things he’s done, not only for the Filipino Community Center, but for the Filipinos in America in general,” Arre stated.

Tickets for the event cost $100, and sponsor tables are available for $2,500 to $20,000. Tickets for two to Las Vegas to see the Manny Pacquiao boxing match on Nov. 14 will be auctioned off as well. Proceeds will benefit the FilCom Center and its many programs.

“During the event,we’ll also be collecting funds to help the typhoon victims in the Philippines,” Arre added.

For details and tickets, call 680-0451 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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