by Philip Cu Unjieng | Published December 5, 2021, 12:05 AM
Earlier this week, I was invited by Spanky Enriquez to drop by Our Awesome Planet’s Ultimate Taste Test: Masters Edition 2021 at Gallery MiraNila by the Blue Leaf at Mariposa. This is at the old ancestral grounds of the Benitez family, and it’s a wonderful venue – a serene oasis of sorts when you consider how close it is to EDSA and Santolan. All of us invited were asked to fill out an online survey, as the UTT is something of an incubator for the upcoming food trends.
A host of curated food entrepreneurs and businesses are asked to display their wares, and it’s their opportunity to elicit reactions, suggestions, and recommendations on what they can do to tweak their offerings, and hopefully, take that next step and ‘explode’. For these food entreps, it’s a chance to further road test their products; while for the invitees like myself, it’s crystal ball-gazing of what food items could be on everyone’s wish list this Christmas, and in 2022.
For while it may have actually been otherwise, it felt like if you put the desserts, ice cream, ice cream infused with alcohol, and sweet food items such as sugared waffles, into one bunch – you’d have accounted for over 15 of the 21 booths. I know there was a Mushroom Sisig from Kabute Farm (I actually liked this one), a Salmon dish, a Deli meat products booth, a pulled pork and mussels offering, a porchetta recipe, and a long table of the most imaginative and fiercest peppers and chilis. But beyond those, it was all sinful sweetness, and dessert fare.
In closing, thanks to Spanky for the invite, and congratulations to Anton Diaz and Our Awesome Planet for mounting another successful UTT edition. Have to sign off, as my dentist is waiting…