When I visited the Philippines a few years ago, I spent most of my time ocean side, soaking up the sun at Alona Beach on Bohol Island. The scenic Chocolate Hills and piercing blue waters were amazing but because I was staying in a rather touristic area, most of the meals were westernized. I left the Philippines without having a traditional “kamayan” styled meal on banana leaves and always felt that I missed out on experiencing apart of the culture.
Recently, The Social Palate invited me to attend one of their events and Chef Gerland’s traditional Filipino feast immediately caught my eye. As a startup that connects chefs to foodies outside of a traditional restaurant setting, The Social Palate takes advantage of the beautiful cultural makeup of Toronto and sends diners’ taste buds to anywhere in the world. With social and private options, you can have culinary adventures right at the comfort of your own home or in a social setting at one of the featured chef’s homes.
Our night took place at the artistically eclectic home of Chef Gerald's. As we were engrossed by his Pinterest worthy dining room, he was zooming in and out of the kitchen and laid down dish after dish on the banana leaves covered dining table.Read More