Yup, it’s time, I think. But it’s an eyeball with a twist. And this is only the trial announcement, to see if there is enough interest to pursue this whacky idea… So read on and leave a comment with your thoughts.
The second or third Saturday of November, 2008. Lunch at around 12-1pm.
Cebu City, Cebu. Yup, this is a Cebu Eyeball. Why? Because that’s where the lechonan and my part-time lechoneros are located. It will be on a large fenced-in empty lot, just a minute or so from the Cebu Capitol Building (on Escario Street corner Osmena Boulevard). The location on a low hill has a view of Cebu City and the sea, as well as the nearby mountains. This is going to be COWBOY and COWGIRL style. No fancy socialite’s back yard or fancy ornamental plants. Just some large trees, an area cleared for lunch, a few tents and tables. Chi-chi it is NOT. But there are proper bathroom facilities for men and women. And a functioning kitchen in addition to the lechonan.
At least 4 different lechons, two of which at roughly 30 kilos each, we will roast ourselves. Two other lechons, probably smaller, will be ordered from various commercial makers in Cebu with good reputations. All timed to come off the grill within minutes of the lunch “bell” being sounded. Each guest will probably have MORE than enough skin and meat than they can handle at one meal… We will also have grilled seafood and delicacies native to the area. Full menu to be announced closer to the event, with last minute alterations as market forays change our minds… but at least 4 lechons is the main attraction. You will not leave hungry, I promise. Think of the recently described lechon feast times say two or three…
I am hoping to have roughly 40 guests at one long table, a meeting of Marketmanila readers… Hopefully some 20 of the guests would be Cebu or Visayas based. Another 20 from Manila or even elsewhere on the planet. Of course all (there a couple of exceptions, I think…) are welcome, but when and if this pushes through, it will be done by reservation only, and only up to the number of slots available. At this point, I am just trying to check if there is enough interest to pursue the idea. I extend a special invitation to the following who would make the lunch much more interesting for other readers, I think… Apicio and Bettyq, I know you are on North America and timing, distance, cost are outrageous, but you would have opposite ends of the long table if you managed to make it as my guests of honor. Linda from Australia, such a long-time suki, would you happen to be in the Philippines then? How about Sha from Greece? Then of course there is Lee, the vegetarian, from Bacolod, Millet from Davao and Toping from Leyte. The folks in and around Metro Manila are too numerous to mention but frankly, it would be great to have as many of marketmanila’s readers as we can manage to host…
Those in Cebu have an easy time of it, just show up before lunch time! If you are in the Manila area, the cheapest tickets advance purchase on Cebu Pacific are PHP 2,736 per person (best I could find on-line today), or on Philippine Airlines at PHP 4,005. I can arrange rooms at a five-star hotel property at roughly PHP4,200 for a standard double per night, with breakfast. Or at a nice pensionne or converted home of a well known Cebu family at roughly PHP1,900 for a double, and this is just 5-10 minutes from the venue by taxi. If you decide to do this, I suggest you make a weekend trip to Cebu, with the eyeball as just one of your activities… Transport in Cebu is up to you…
I am thinking this is going to cost roughly PHP1,000 per person for all food and drink. However, I was possibly thinking of making the fee a minimum of PHP1,000, and any amount that you give above that would be donated to the supplementary feeding program Marketmanila has sponsored since last year for undernourished school children at the Banawa Elementary School in Cebu. In other words, if you chose to give PHP3,000, then PHP2,000 would go to the feeding program. Also, if I have any excess funds from the PHP1,000 charged per person for the food, I will also give that to the feeding program.
So what do you think? Again, I am not taking names yet, I just want to see if there is enough interest to pursue this eyeball. If you would like to join the eyeball, leave a comment, noting where you will be coming from, or if you are Cebu based, and if you will be needing a room or you will be staying with friends or family. I have no idea what the response to this post will be. Let’s see. :)