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Le Bistro Launches Locavore Partnerships

August 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Food

Organic brown rice was the focus of Le Bistro Vert Sustainable Foods’ launch of its Locavore Partner Campaign of bringing together chefs and local farmers and producers of organic and sustainable produce and staples.

LBV Men & Their Passion-The Team

The idea came about after Le Bistro Vert owner Reena Francisco hosted an intimate cheese tasting event last May which was a hit amongst friends. To further promote locavorism, Reena, along with partners Chit and Jeannie Javelosa decided to invite friends, who are also chefs with their own restaurants outside Metro Manila to be paired off with a farmer or producer, challenging them both to offer a new dining experience to guests of the bistro.

The first of the series, Men and their Passions, kicked off last month through a special organic rice menu by Manny Torrejon, chef and owner of Manolo’s located in Paranaque; alongside the organic rice produce of Carlo Calma-Lorenzana from Davao City.

LBV Men & Their Passion-Carlo and Manny

Rice and cooking, coffee and wine-pairing are the passion of these two men who agreed to come together and collaborate in this first time experience.

True to the intro of Manny, we were served about seven kinds of dishes:

The first plate had a piece each of Paella Sushi and Paella Ball. The sushi was stuffed with Spanish traditional ingredients, such as rice, mussels and shrimps, and rolled in nori. The ball had Manchego and Jamon Serrano. These bite-sized appetizers were beautifully paired with a glass of chilled 2009 Finca de los Andes Sauvignon Blanc.

LBV Men & Their Passion-appetizer

Caldero is a Spanish fish soup with rice. This time, it was served with 2009 Finca de los Andes Malbec.

LBV Men & Their Passion-soup

Manny surprised all of us when he announced that he will be serving Porchetta, Manolos’ bestseller, with his two signature paellas:

LBV Men & Their Passion-roasted pig

Paella Negra, which is a Spanish black rice (ink from the squid) with assorted meats and seafood, was paired with 2009 Altas Cumbres Cabernet Sauvignon,

LBV Men & Their Passion-Paella Negra

and, Paella Valencia, which is a traditional Spanish rice with assorted meats and shellfish, was paired with 2009 Altas Cumbres Malbec.

LBV Men & Their Passion-Paella with wine

To cap our rice-overload-lunch, we were served La Flor de las Cordilleras Coffee and Manny’s version of biko or rice cake, Pulot Ini.

LBV Men & Their Passion-Biko

If you want to try these local food, wine and coffee pairing experience, visit Le Bistro Vert all Wednesdays of September and October.

Have you tried pairing your favorite home-cooked Filipino dish with wine?


Telefax (632) 519 1216
9F, NDC Bldg, 116 Tordesillas St.
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Contact Person: Emmanuel “Manny” Torrejon
2759 Daan Hari St. United Hills Village
Paranaque City
Tel. No. (632) 881 1828 / (632) 211 2066
Mobile +63922 851 7729 / +63917 874 6793
Contact Person: Carlo Lorenzana
Km 66 Sinaragan, Matanao, Davao del Sur
Telefax (082) 297 8085
Mobile +63918 999 0917 / +63922 879 8519


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