12 Nov2006

An evening of Art and Music around the Ancient Roman Dining Table. Gosh, how could any serious lover of food, art and/or music resist? The Societa Dante Alighieri (the Italian Cultural and Language Society) here in Manila is sponsoring this spectacular sounding dinner (catered by Margarita Fores), to the sound of Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata and the Pundaquit Ensemble set in the Goldenberg mansion with its furniture, art and crystal/china collection. At a PHP2,500 donation per person, it may seem like a lot, but I don’t think so at all… considering the music, the surroundings and the fact that a portion of the proceeds will be given to charity, this seems like the perfect way to kick-off the month long (or more) holiday eating season for Marketman & Mrs. MM… With main courses that include roast baby pigeon with grapes, and suckling pig stuffed with fennel and dried fruit, among several other dishes, this is a meal to look forward to indeed. The event is on the 23rd of November 2006, 7pm at the Goldenberg Mansion, Manila. There are less than 100 seats total and they are going fast. If you are interested, please contact the Society directly at dantemanila@yahoo.com or call 7592016.



  1. Cathy says:

    This sounds great! I have always wanted to see that house, and with such an original menu, I’ll do my best to be there!

    Nov 13, 2006 | 2:12 pm


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  3. Katrina says:

    Someone sent me an invitation to this too, but considering how many times I’m eating out that week as it is, something like this would just be overkill. It does sound very tempting, though. An “ancient” menu by Margarita Fores, beautiful music, the rare chance to see the inside of the mansion, PLUS the added treat of enjoying MM and Mrs. MM’s company…how perfect a night would that be?! :-)

    Nov 13, 2006 | 3:10 pm

  4. wysgal says:

    Egad that’s an arm and a leg (or two) right there. Of course one could argue that you would spend P2500 if you went all out in Prince Albert or Old Manila anyway.

    Nov 13, 2006 | 6:31 pm

  5. Mandy says:

    wow that sounds like a very nice evening. i love how alfonso bolipata plays. we have a cd where he and his brother played opm music (think george canseco/sharon cuneta songs), but they played it so well. galing!

    Nov 13, 2006 | 9:25 pm

  6. acmr says:

    If I were in Manila, that is a definite “go to” event! I heard Coke Bolipata and his brother play witht he Pundaquit ensemble in Zambales years ago. They established a music school a la music commune out there and the whole setting was quite inspiring. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! The holidays are truly creeping up on us! Gotta get ready to cook another 20+ lb turkey!

    MM, thanks for keeping us in the loop about these Manila events!

    Nov 14, 2006 | 2:22 am

  7. Maria Clara says:

    You cannot beat this offer good food, music and serene atmosphere total price: priceless. And to top it all it is for worthy cause. Have a fabulous night on the 23rd!

    Nov 14, 2006 | 2:54 am

  8. Anson says:

    I once joined the tour of the mansion and it was indeed fabulous! Try and get a picture of yourself taken at the grand staircase.

    Nov 14, 2006 | 8:48 am

  9. gonzo says:

    yes should be a good night. would be there myself (my sister has organised it i believe) but i am still out of the country unfortunately. Enjoy. Margarita is a natural cook, and if you ask me was probably italian in her past life.

    speaking of italy, have spent the better part of a month going around spain and france, eating of course, and i have to say: italian is the best cuisine in europe. There, i’ve said it. france comes in second, and maybe Turkey third. yes im aware of the latest trends in the basque region and catalunya, ferran adria, el bulli, blah blah, but for everyday normal meals anywhere in the country, italian is tops. you may disagree…but you’d be wrong, haha.

    And P2500 for all that sensational food and tasteful live music is a steal, believe me. One of those rare pinoy foodie events that are worth checking out.

    Nov 14, 2006 | 3:41 pm

  10. wil-b cariaga says:

    wow. . . 2,500 is not expensive. . . fair anough I think. . . wish I was in Phil. . . .

    Nov 14, 2006 | 9:14 pm


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