THE BISTRO GROUP:Taste the Love
I was invited by Ross last January 23, 2012 at Village Tavern located at the 2nd Level Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue corner 29th Street, 1630 Taguig, City, where the Bistro Group launched their latest campaign- Taste the Love. 

We were able to taste the love behind every Bistro Group's restaurant concept launched and every international chain brought to local shores, in every innovative dish prepared, and with every service rendered with a smile.
We started off with appetizers from Village Tavern: Fresh Caesar salad, Jalapeño Poppers, Chorizo and Goat Cheese Rolls, and Crispy Chicken Wings.
 
Fresh Caesar salad
 
 Jalapeño Poppers
 
 Chorizo and Goat Cheese Rolls is very delicious!
 
  Crispy Chicken Wings
 
TGI Friday’s: Shrimp Mango Quesadilla :Tender diced shrimp with sweet ripe mango and pico de gallo layered with Monterey Jack cheese in crisp flour tortillas.
 
Black Pizza made with Squid Ink, pizza dough, parmesan cheese, gruyere cheese, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, bell pepper and onion.
I like Italianni’s Penne with Italian Sausage made of peene pasta sautéed with crispy pancetta, Italian sausage and caramelized onion in creamy pesto sauce.
 
 I super like Village Tavern's BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders.
For dessert we had Village Tavern's Double Decker Cheesecake served with rasperry and chocolate sauce which I loved so much and St. Barths Chocolate Torte, a rich and very moist French cake topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce.
My favorite Mango Shake! I love the Village Tavern Mango Shake~!
The campaign celebrates a series of milestones for The Bistro Group, namely:
  •  the opening of 50 restaurants spread across 12 concepts
  •  the appointment of Corporate Chef Josh Boutwood
  •  and the launch of its Premiere Card.
 
Chef Boutwood is behind such signature dishes at the Bistro Group of restaurants such as Black Pizza, Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Wings, and Fully Loaded Sweet Potato Skins at Village Tavern, and the a la carte Katsu Menu at Ma Maison. 
 Chef Josh Boutwood is the Bistro Group’s new corporate chef, having been appointed in the position in late 2012 after serving as a consultant. The Filipino-British Chef studied at the Escuela de Culinario Mojacar in Spain, and apprenticed under French Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in England. He has worked in various restaurants in Spain, Denmark, and Sweden, most notably at Noma, touted as one of the best restaurants in the world by San Pellegrinos’ 50 Best. Upon his return to the Philippines, he set up his own restaurant in Boracay before joining The Bistro Group. He also won several awards at the 3rd Philippine Culinary Cup. 

 
Lisa Ronquillo, AVP Marketing of The Bistro Group said:

“Taste the Love is not just about food. It’s about the heart and the passion that goes into everything we do, from our concepts to our locations to our service to of course, our food. By focusing on creating a dining experience that diners will want to repeat and share, we allow our customers to taste the love from the moment they get hungry and think about our restaurants to the time they have polished off every bite.”

As a way of saying thank you to loyal customers, The Bistro Group is also launching the Premiere Card, which offers
  •  multiple discount offers up to 40% off the total bill
  •  complimentary appetizers
  •  coffee, and tea
  •  as well as birthday treats for the cardholder.
 
In addition, for the month of hearts, The Bistro Group is offering an exclusive deal for Citibank cardholders. From February 4-7, cardholders will receive 50% off food and beverage orders worth at least P2,500, with a discount up to P5,000.
“We invite everyone to Taste the Love at the Bistro Group of Restaurants and to stay tuned as we roll out even more exciting deals, menu items, and restaurants in 2013. We are excited about what we have in store for our customers, and with great food, great service, great ambiance, what’s not to love?” Ronquillo states.
 
The Bistro Group is a collection of international hospitality casual dining brands and home-grown restaurant concepts, namely TGI Friday's, Italianni's, Fish & Co., Flapjacks, Pig Out!, Krazy Garlik, The Stock Market, Bulgogi Brothers , Ma Maison, Village Tavern, Watami, and Modern Shanghai.  

Top Philippine Farmers feted, recognized at TOFARM Awards
Mamerto B. Rarangol of San Mateo, Isabela, a farmer who champions the value of education and the use of the scientific method to maximize farming yields and make every square foot of his land productive, was named Farmer of the Year at the TOFARM Awards Night that honors The Outstanding Filipino Farmers of the Year.
TOFARM, a search and awards program launched last July by the Junior Chamber International Philippines (JCIP) and Universal Harvester, Inc. (UHI)aims to refocus attention on the importance and viability of agriculture as an industry and vocation. Twenty-seven notable representatives of the agricultural sector hailed Farmer of the Year by a Board of Judges composed of industry leaders and recognized specialists in the agricultural sector.
The Awards Night was held at the Raffles Makati January 24 and was graced by the presence of Senator Francis Pangilinan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, Calamba Mayor Joaquin M. Chipeco, Jr. and international farming experts.
Rarangol, who was also named winner in the Farmer category, leads 33 other nominees in various award categories, namely: Agriculture Cooperative, Local Government Unit, Agri-Entrepreneur, Family Farmer, Young Farmer, Farmer, Fisherfolks, Livestock, Agri-Initiatives, Agri-Innovator and Urban/City Farmer.
The other winners are: LABO Progressive Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Labo, Camarines Norte for Agriculture Cooperative; Provincial Government of Pangasinan for Local Government Unit; Mary Mediatrix V. Villanueva of Daraga, Albay for Agri-Entrepreneur; Lilia B. Pelayo and Family of San Pedro, Laguna for Family Farmer; Remigio T. Villamayor Jr. of Calamba, Laguna for Young Farmer; Ferdinand B. Mari of Alicia, Isabela for Fisherfolks; Don Bosco Agro-Mechanical Technology Center of Legaspi City for Agri-Initiative; Bienvenido R. Baligod of San Pedro, Laguna for Agri-Innovator and Rogelio N. Sulad of Mandaue City for Urban/City Farmer.
Felomina H. Javina of Narra, Palawan who introduced integrated farming and pest management using indigenous materials in her community won the People’s Choice Award. NarcisaMikkelson, who together with her husband Keith promotes sustainable organic farming, received a special citation.
The TOFARM winners received plaques and cash incentives for their achievements.
JCIP President Ivan Ruste said JCIP undertook the TOFARM project to remind the youth about their role in active citizenship. “Agriculture, the backbone industry of the Philippines, cannot be sustained unless we involve our youth and refocus interest in this sector. Through TOFARM, we want to show our youth that farming is a noble profession that is also lucrative and worthwhile. At the same time we want to recognize the role that generations of farmers have contributed to Philippine society and our economy. We thank our Organizing Partner, Universal Harvester, Inc. for supporting this project very generously and inspiring our farmers to reach new heights.”
Universal Harvester, Inc. represented by its Executive Vice President Mrs. Milagros Ong-How, said UHI fully supports JCIP in paying tribute to Filipino farmers. “Through the search and awards, TOFARM hopes to make agriculture attractive for the next generation and for the entire country as well. TOFARM will be a continuing program that will help support and inspire the agricultural sector, Mrs. How added.
Rommel Cunanan, TOFARM project chairman, JCIPhilippines, said that besides recognizing the achievements and contributions made by farmers to the Philippine society and the economy, the program also aims to promote farming among younger generations.The Junior Chamber International is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs aged 18-40.