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07 February 2010

A Valentine's date to dine for

It feels like it was only a few weeks ago when my wife and I were in a Greenhills venue watching a concert of Raymond Lauchengco. That was a wonderful experience indeed, made extra memorable because we had an animated chat with Raymond's wife Mia, we were greeted by Raymund himself on stage (and Tina was smiling from ear to ear) and I was even able to get an autographed poster for my wife. That sort of interaction was totally unexpected, and the nice surprises of the affair made us admire even more the artist from our colourful 80s generation.

We would surely be there again in his upcoming back-to-back concert with his sister Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo if we were not oceans away. But if you are still looking for an extra-special way of celebrating Valentine's Day in Metro Manila, this may very well be the event you are looking for to share with your loved one.

To quote the Raymond Lauchengco website:
Raymond and Menchu will be accompanied by an eight-piece band comprising of two keyboardists, one bassist, one drummer, two trumpeteers, one trombonist, and one saxophonist under the musical direction of Jun Austria.

Prior to the concert, a four-course, sit-down dinner with a menu designed and prepared by Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Him Uy de Baron of Chef Cuisine will be served to guests.
And here's the connection of the concert to this food blog: the delectable dinner!

Start with fresh focaccia bread with olive tapenade…

…or fresh pomodoro with basil.

Then it’s duck meat parcel with arugula and mixed greens in raspberry dressing.

Next is the slow-roasted tomato soup with basil oil (no photo), followed by a six-hour braised beef with lemon gremolata, haricot verts, and truffle-infused mash.

Finally there's desert: Le Kitkat (homemade Kitkat bars) with strawberry sauce.

For more information about this event, please visit Raymond Lauchengco's website (and photo credit).

I'm sure it's going to be another memorable event. Advance Happy Valentine's Day!

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