Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is all lit up and celebrating Christmas as well as marking its 10th year anniversary this year. Last November 22, the hotel located at the bay area in Manila invited media friends for the lighting up ceremony of its 30-foot tall Christmas tree topped with a giant capiz shell star. This was followed by the launch of its first cookbook called "A Decade of Spiral: Celebrating a Journey of Time", with bestselling recipes straight from Sofitel's popular Spiral restaurant.
The afternoon event was opened by a parade of white hats, all Spiral chefs, headed by executive chef Denis Vecchiato.
Copies of “A Decade of Spiral: Celebrating A Journey of Taste” cook book were piled on the buffet table with a spread of handsomely-plated dishes featured in the cook book, a 140-pager featuring 40 of Spiral’s most popular dishes.
Chef Denis, who gamely posed for a selfie with me, said “the cook book is a compilation of Spiral’s recipes that were simplified so you could create the dishes in a matter of 10 minutes or so. The book’s not for professional chefs but for everybody.” When asked what recipes in the book were most popular, he said, “the pan fried goose liver for dine in and the Hainanese chicken for in-room service.”
After the show, everyone was whisked off to Le Bar, decorated in a festive party vibe complete with disco lights, grand cocktail stations offering limitless fois gras, delectable cheeses and cold cuts, raosts, homemade chocolates and pralines, and more; and a bar serving free flowing wine and specialty drinks.
Other highlights for the night included singing performances by the Virlanie Children’s choir, and the awarding of P750,000 (US$16,000) to the Virlanie Foundation, Sofitel’s partner charity since 2007. The cash amount was raised through Sofitel’s marathon event, the Sofitel Manila Half Marathon 2016, held last August.
It was also announced that Sofitel’s New Year’s Eve special themed Midnight in Paris will raffle off a trip for two to Paris complete with airfare, hotel room and a winery tour.
The “A Decade of Spiral: Celebrating A Journey of Taste” cook book retails at P999 at Spiral and Fullybooked outlets. The New Year’s Eve dinner is at P7,499 per person, while the Prestige Package of the dinner costs P30,000++ per person. Tel +632 832 6988, email [email protected], visit Sofitel.
By Monica De Leon
Published November 24, 2016