July 31, 2013

Sentro 1771 Groundbreaking



Sentro 1771, Manila's very first Modern Filipino restaurant recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its third branch at Capitol Commons. With two branches located at Greenbelt 3 and Serendra Bonifacio Global City, the soon-to-rise Sentro 1771 is well located as it is envisioned to be the newest urban destination south of Ortigas Center. Foodies and families from Pasig and surrounding areas who crave more than the usual Filipino comfort food wil surely be delighted with Sentro's offerings. 

Targeting completion towards the end of the year, Sentro 1771 Capitol Commons will be located at Meralco Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard. Shown in the photo from left to right are Father Jun Sescon, Architect and Designer Noel Bernardo, Architect Anthony Cavida, 1771 Group CEO and Resaurateur Ricky Gutierrez and Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco, and OCLP Holdings representatives Senior Vice President Joey Santos, General Manager Cathy Cesares-Ko, and Senior Manager Lanie Bukuhan.

Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3 is open from 11:00am to 11:00pm (Monday to Sunday) while Serendra is open from 7:00am to 10:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday) / 7:00am to 11:00pm (Friday to Saturday). For inquiries and reservations, call Sentro Greenbelt 3 (02) 757 3941 or Sentro Serendra (02) 856 0581. Visit website www.1771group.com or like Sentro 1771 in Facebook.

Sentro 1771 is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that includes Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Café 1771, WineBar 1771 and Sidebar at El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

July 16, 2013

Get Healthy at Chateau 1771



If ever you find yourself in the mood for something unpretentiously gourmet yet healthy, look no further as Chateau 1771 offers the best of both worlds. The flagship fine dining restaurant of 1771 Group of Restaurants, Chateau is known for its “No Borders Cuisine” - innovative and well-loved renditions of Swiss, Italian, and French dishes that have remained popular over 25 years. Now that every happy, satisfied foodie understands that eating healthy is part of the culinary experience, Chateau 1771’s Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco introduces countless options for truly enjoyable healthy dining.



It’s interesting to note that Chateau 1771 is one of the few restaurants that offer gluten-free food or anything flourless. Seafoods like Steamed Trout and Olive-Oil Poached Halibut with vegetable sides remain fresh and tasty through a preparation that seals its natural flavors. Carb options such as risotto and marble potatoes are also certified gluten-free at Chateau 1771. If there’s a dish that has crostini or croquettes, one can just simply request to add more vegetables as a replacement—a flexible approach for diners who want to enjoy a delicious, healthy meal any time of the day.



8 Lemon Chicken



3 Vanilla Brick Chicken

If there’s a must-order meat at Chateau 1771, that would be the chicken dishes. The menu features naturally-raised, free range chicken. This means the chicken can roam freely for food and enjoy the sunlight. It is also fed with herbs and grass mixed with lactobacillus for maximum health benefits. Aside from that, Chateau 1771 only uses chicken from suppliers who don’t use fertilizers or feeds. Lemon Chicken is a certified Chateau favorite and one can opt to order this with organic brown rice with its equally mouthwatering crisp and filling serving. When looking for entrees free of cream or cheese, Chicken Rollatini and Chicken Fricassee-Style are must-orders too.




Halibut

Freshly-cooked and al dente pasta choices like Pasta Chorizo and Gambasetti can be ordered with whole wheat pasta. For a festive and healthy pasta treat, Parmiggiano Ravioli is a colorful combination of oven-roasted tomatoes, grilled broccoli cauliflower and asparagus which never lacks in zeal and flavor.
For grilled items, Chateau 1771 presents chunky tenderloin available in different sizes without the fat. Hot, flavorful and naturally cooked, the drippings can serve as a satisfying, natural sauce, so one can just forget about the cream.  Aside from this, a fresh range of seafood items is just as irresistible, such as the fresh local fish of the day, Norwegian Salmon, Ocean Trout and King Prawns.



Stuffed Fish of the Day

Most chefs aim simply to make delicious dishes. But with Chateau’s 1771’s complete roster of gourmet yet guilt-free dishes, Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco has come up with an irresistible menu that makes health and indulgence one and the same.   

July 11, 2013

Healthy Food Options for the Entire Family



One of the challenges of modern living is feeding the right food to the family. Working mothers, especially, are always confronted with problems on how to negotiate the avalanche of junk food available in the market today.

Although far from being the healthiest choice, junk food remains a popular choice because it’s tasty, affordable, and accessible.  But they are known to often be high in sugar, fat, and calories, while containing minimal nutrients. Working mothers who have to balance busy schedules and have little time to personally prepare their children’s baon can now breathe a sigh of relief. The Denver, Colorado-based, Quzinos has partnered with the ACA Group to introduce the celebrated toasted and healthy sandwiches in the country. The company cited the Philippines as a market with good potential given the Filipinos’ passion for eating and their strong attachment to American culture and food.  




Besides its unique, famous toasted recipes, Quiznos will be offering over 25 new chef-inspired menus, including grilled flatbreads, salads, and sub sliders. Moreover, Quiznos will offer only all-natural chicken, freshly sliced deli meats, and artisan breads and cheeses to ensure healthy and convenient eating. This is the perfect opportunity for parents, especially working, mothers to give their kids a healthy, balanced, and nutritious meal.




To make the offerings more enticing to the Filipinos, Quiznos will be adapting menus to fit the Filipino taste. This shows the commitment of Quiznos and the ACA Group to expand and build its brand equity in the country. 




Furthermore, Quiznos is bullish on the Philippine market citing the fondness of Filipinos for eating and warm acceptance of American food.  Quiznos Philippines plans to open 250 stores in five years - Quiznos has a solid partner in the ACA Group because the latter has an excellent track record in successfully launching brands and sustaining a strong network of business owners and franchisers. The partnership between the two organizations combines their core competencies in international food expertise and local franchising experience, respectively.




Founded more than 30 years ago, Quiznos will take eating sandwich to a higher level with butcher-quality meats, all-natural cheeses, chef-designed signature sauces, and toasted artisan bread.

Quiznos can be found in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City; Eastwood, Quezon City; Greenbelt 3, Makati; Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa; Regis Center, Katipunan Avenue; Shangrila Plaza, Mandaluyong; Robinsons Magnolia, Aurora Boulevard  and Venice Piazza McKinley

For franchise inquires, email Ms. Frances Kathrin H. Carreon, Franchise Sales AVP of Quiznos Philippines, at fhcarreon@quiznos.com.ph or visit http://quiznos.com.ph/

July 10, 2013

Pontefino Hotel & Residences, The Home of the Azkals in Batangas City




Shown in photo from left to right (standing) are Azkals players: Misagh Bahadoran, Marwin Angeles, Jeffrey Cristiaens, and Marvin Angeles

Seated from left to right: Azkals Team Coordinator Patrick Ace Bright, Team Manager Dan Palami, Pontefino Hotel & Residences President and Chief Executive Officer Ricky Gutierrez, and SVP & Chief Operating Officer Fely T. Ramos

Pontefino Hotel & Residences in Batangas City recently inked a landmark partnership with the country’s national football team, the Azkals at the Café 1771 in El Pueblo Ortigas.

The Philippine Azkals have won the hearts thousands of Filipinos and marked the beginning of the country’s fascination for football —no mean feat in a country devoted to basketball. While very little was expected of the team, they have defied all expectations by winning match after match after more established teams and clubs abroad.

The team officially makes its Batangas home at the Pontefino Hotel, an upscale 60-room accommodation. The hotel is the centerpiece of Pontefino Hotel & Residences, a complete lifestyle community. Apart from providing lodging and hospitality to the team, Pontefino Hotel & Residences will also provide a venue for future activities and efforts undertaken by the team to raise awareness and funds for training and participation in competitions and tournaments around the world.

The Pontefino Residences and Pontefino Prime are exclusive residential developments surrounding Hotel Pontefino. Located in the frontier of progress for secured value, growth and high returns, no other residential development in the area comes close in offering such location and accessibility.

The partnership between the country’s flag-carrying football team and the premier lifestyle and residential development in Batangas coincides with the launch of the latter’s newest offering, the Terraces at Pontefino. As the ultimate expression of the Pontefino lifestyle, the Terraces feature exclusive, lofts and apartments in a private cluster surrounding a private courtyard. As with buyers of other Pontefino projects, residents have the option to reside in the units or lease them to the hotel through a unique leaseback scheme that earns a monthly revenue for the unit owners.

Pontefino Hotel and Residences is located at Gulod Labac, Batangas City and is accessible by the STAR Toll Expressway. For more information, visit www.pontefinohotel.com or www.pontefinoresidences.com.

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