I'm still trying to get out of something else, in order to join this degustation, as it looks like it will be an all-day event even if it's only lunch.
We're having it outside Manila, you see, and we're being advised to leave Makati at about 930 AM and I guess we'll be back by evening. Talk about an all-day lunch. I think about 25 people are joining. The list of attendees was also furnished in the email and I was happy to see lots of people I knew, including many friends and acquaintances from way back.
OLD TIMES' SAKE
The guy organizing this is a terribly old friend of mine. And one of his guests -- someone I only met once -- was taken to my house in Tokyo by a visiting friend from Manila for a shabu-shabu dinner many years ago; and then I never saw him again after that. How funny that I might see him over a lunch table of a very eclectic group of people, after all these years.
Anyway, his email starts off like this:
If you are on this email, you are confirmed or at least highly interested or almost confirmed for a glorious feast on Saturday July 21 at the world-famous table of XXX. For those who have yet to experience this culinary adventure, do come with an open mind, an open heart, and certainly an empty tummy. It is a four-hour leisurely lunch that will take you through some of the best food the Philippines has to offer and then some.
RULES FOR LUNCH:
NO BODYGUARDS AND NO HANGERS ON
Then part of his very detailed email had a section on who should attend, after the menu and logistic had been discussed. I thought it was very funny:
There are some rules and some housekeeping before we start. If you drink, then BYOB/BYOW (beer or wine). No bodyguards, no guns, no drivers, no yayas, no hangers-on….please leave your entourage at the door. We want you and only you.
I checked out the menu and it really looks good -- especially as it has some of my favorite food in it. So I'm really trying to move a couple of things to make it. And if I do make it, well, you certainly will know it via this blog.
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