The Big Banquet 3 (TBB3), the Battle of the Best Caterers in Manila, was held last July 5, 2015 at the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion, McKinley Hill.
Excitement for the 2015 TBB was high because most of the caterers were expected to elevate their setup as well as the quality of their food and service. Because of this, tickets were sold out more than a week before the actual event. There were a total of 11 caterers, with 10 established contenders--Bizu, K by Cunanan, Juan Carlo, Albergus, Hizon's, Tijoe, Red Chef, Center Table, Josiah's, Mesclun, and 1 new caterer--Passion Cook.
Here are the overall winners and category winners in The Big Banquet 3...
- Best Set-Up
- Best Appetizer
- Best Main Dish
- Best Dessert
- Best Signature Dish
- Best Signature Drink
- Best Service
Each caterer has a box where the foodies can drop their votes.
- San Miguel Premium All Malt's smooth, light, and malty flavor is best paired with chicken and fish. It's a good beer to start with as you go from smooth to dry to bold flavored beer.
- San Miguel Super Dry is best paired with pork and beef. Most beer connoisseurs like Super Dry because of the hoppy flavor and extra dry taste.
- Cerveza Negra is paired with dessert especially with chocolate, which pairs nicely with the caramel tones of the beer.
Congratulations to BIZU for being the Best Overall Caterer winner in The Big Banquet 3 with a total of 841 votes! They also won the following categories: Best in Main Dish, Best in Dessert, and Best Signature Dish.
We kiss one another to show gratitude, happiness, excitement, love, and affection. A kiss inspires. And this inspiration begets energy. This energy, in turn, begets creativity. BIZU was born out of this inspiration.
From this inspiration came the unique selection of cakes and pastries that were truly made to inspire. It all began with a dream to have an authentic Parisian Patisserie where the finest French pastries and European breads can be savored right in the Philippines. With much training and patience, our Filipino chefs have learned the magical art of the French Patisserie. Indeed, ensuring the most flavorful and artful products are brought to your homes is a labor of love.
From a kiosk/café at the third floor of Glorietta 4 that started operations in 2001, BIZU now has three more outlets in Greenbelt 2, Alabang Towncenter, and at The Promenade inside Greenhills Shopping Center.
The menu includes all day breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner items.
Customers are not to leave without the chewy pastel-colored Macarons de Paris that Bizu Patisserie is known for.
BIZU CATERING STUDIO
First Midland Building, 109 Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village, 1223 Makati City
Telephone Numbers: +632 845-0590 / 845-0591 / 845-05-92 / 845-02-93
Store hours: 10:00pm - 7:00pm
Pacific Hardwood Building, 2158 Chino Roces, Brgy. Pio del Pilar, 1230 Makati City
Telephone Number: +(632) 843-6186
#2. K. BY CUNANAN
K. by Cunanan Catering
#3. JUAN CARLO
As a professional organization, it is important that clients and customers are aware that the people behind JUAN CARLO – The Caterer, Inc. are themselves professionals in the catering industry, providing excellent Catering services that guarantee satisfaction
Coming from a family of caterers from Cavite, the owner-manager Engr. Alex Michael U. Del Rosario and his wife, Teresita Macatangay Del Rosario, a Medical Technology by profession combined their unique talents and ambitions that led to the conceptualization and realization of a lifetime dream. They honed their skills in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by putting up a mini-restaurant in Al-Khodair campsite and doing small catering projects for Filipinos and foreigners as well. The exotic Arabian, Egyptian, Indian, Pakistani, Palestinian and Tunisian dishes became a part of their daily lives, contributing a lot to their knowledge of international cuisine.
August 1995, the Del Rosarios, fully equipped with the necessary information and capital, finally came home and settled for good in Batangas, signifying the birth of JUAN CARLO – THE CATERER, INC. Since then, it gained phenomenal success conquering the whole of Batangas even crossing borders to Tagaytay, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Mindoro, Bulacan and Pampanga. Truly, Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc. continues to surpass its Catering in Manila by extending its reach to many other areas in the country.
Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc was the official caterer for Bong Revilla and Lani Mercado Centenial Wedding; Ogie Alcasid and Michelle Van Eimeren Wedding; Katherine de Castro and Eric Cruz Wedding and recently Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez’s Wedding last December 22, 2010 at Punta Fuego. They also catered for Kyla and Rich Alvarez’s Wedding last November 28, 2011 at NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio. And recently, Juan Carlo handled Miss Universe 1st Runner Up’s wedding Miss Miriam Quiambao and Mr. Ardy Roberto at Ville Sommet, Tagaytay City , 18th grand birthday celebration of the 2014 teen queen Kathryn Bernardo at Blue Leaf Filipinas and the newest teen heartthrob Daniel Padilla’s birthday celebration at his own residence. When it comes to Wedding Catering and other special events, Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc. is the perfect partner for that great toast!
Truly, it is the unquenchable love and passion for the catering profession that spelled the big difference for Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc.
JUAN CARLO THE CATERER
24B 11th Jamboree St. Tomas Morato Quezon, City
Telephone: +632 929 -3674, +632 416-5134, +632 413-7511
Facebook: Juan Carlo The Caterer, Inc.
#4. PASSION COOKS
Appetizer: Oriental Salad with Crispy Catfish and Mango-Tomato Salsa - 117 votes
Best Dessert: Strawberry Sunburst with Candied Lemon Zest - 25 votes, and
Drink: Tropical Fruit Juice with Fresh Fruit Slices - 134 votes
Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, 1739 Parañaque
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Telephone: +632 519-5619, 964-9329
Mobile: +63 923 303-6133; +63 917 833-6252
Facebook: Passion Cooks Catering
MESCLUN EVENTS CATERING
G/F Serendra Piazza, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 551 1626
Mesclun Events Catering
Telephone: +632 919 6216
Mesclun Restaurant & Café
2/F The Linden Suites, 37 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Telephone: +632 638-7878 loc 8207
Facebook: Mesclun Restaurant & Cafe
#6. Josiah's Catering
The right amount of diligence, talent, and faith—that’s what the CEO of one of the country’s leading catering companies, Josiah’s Catering, will tell you when asked about the ingredients for the sustained success of their 20-year old business.
First catering for their friends in the 90s, the Versoza couple behind Josiah’s Catering landed the chance to cater to Nayong Filipino, and has since continuously provided their first-class services to an ever-growing list of clientele.
“When we first started this business, all we wanted was to earn enough to provide for our children,” shares Jet Versoza, CEO of Josiah’s Catering. “From our humble beginnings in our backyard, we are thankful that through word-of-mouth, our reputation and business grew into something we never thought it would become.”
Part of the Josiah’s Catering reputation was built on their uncanny knack for introducing innovations that would later become industry-wide ‘defaults’ such as the concept of ‘worry-free catering’ in packages that included all the necessary reception requirements in their package offerings, and being the first to use Hollywood-inspired chairs such as the famed ‘Sorrento Banquet Chair’ during events. Their long list of Philippine catering firsts include color motifs (1990s); special linen (2000); chocolate fountains (2005); lighted glass buffet tables and upgraded dessert stations (2006); hanging cocktail bars (2007); and dessert cabinets (2008). With this, it’s no wonder that Josiah’s Catering earned the title of being the wedding and banquet specialist in the Philippines.
34 East Drive, Marikina Heights, Marikina CIty
Telephone: +632 475-2703
Joanne T. Tumalad
Banquet Sales Consultant
Mobile: +63 917 562-6570
Telephone: +632 934-2163, 475-2703 x 109
Sales and Marketing
Direct Lines: +632 941.7032 | +632 934.2163 | +632 934.5134 | +632 934.9252
Magic Jack: 1.408.9054802
Telefax: +632 934.6734
G/F SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Telephone Number: +632 556.5734
Matus Wedding Boutique
5/F Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Telephone Number: +632 706.5391
Mobile Number: +63 918.9021154 | +63 918.82MATUS (62887)
#7. Center Table
60 Madrid St., Merville Park, Paranaque City
Telephone: +632 824-5179, 821-3797
Mobile Number: +63 917 626-7467
Facebook: Center Table Catering, Inc.
#8. Hizon's Catering
Hizon’s Catering is an off-premise caterer specializing in weddings, private parties, and corporate events. Established in 1987, we are now one of the top caterers in the Philippines.
Our guiding philosophy is to consistently provide clients with quality food at competitive prices and to provide a service that is efficient, friendly, and courteous. In our twenty-six years in the industry, it has been our policy to treat every client with utmost integrity and the highest degree of professionalism. This is why Hizon’s Catering today is considered a trusted name in the industry, catering regularly to celebrities and many of the country’s top corporations.
Tjioe The Caterer (Tjioe is pronounced as Chew) began as a quaint Chinese restaurant in Carvajal St. Known as Quicksnack, most of its customers were Chinese migrants & “Tsinoy” from Binondo. It was as it is still today famous for its oyster cake and dumplings. More importantly, it was popular because “eating at Quicksnack made it feel closer to home” – as Chinese customers have put it. The concept of fast-food wasn’t popular then but this hole-in-the-wall was positioned as such.
Quickly enough, the restaurant became a household name in the community and 40 years later, the “New Quicksnack Corporation” was incorporated, thus “Tjioe, The Caterer” was born and has become one of Chinatown’s best caterers.
Distinctively Chinese, yet Tjioe has managed to marry the taste that is uniquely Filipino, thus it has become synonymous to an authentic “Tsinoy tradition”. Tjioe’s heritage is rooted from mainland China. It’s well guarded recipes passed on from four generations. Its knowledge of Chinese cooking has made it the premier choice among the Chinese community in Manila.
Tjioe is regarded as one of the most sought after caterer. It boasts of the only Chinese caterer accredited in Manila’s top-10 exclusive venues. To date, Tjioe has handled corporate & wedding events of up to 1,000 guests, a feat that showcases not only good food but settings that can be lush with sheer elegance.
Constantly innovating, recreating and infusing influences from the west, Tjioe’s menu offers a distinct Tsinoy experience dazzled in an aura of what can only be referred to as Tjioe’s unique palate. Today, Tjioe’s triumvirate casts a solid palate experienced from Beijing, Shanghai, New York and Manila.
Tjioe the Caterer has placed the art of catering, deep in its passion.
TJIOE (pronounced as chew)
594 Quirino Avenue, Tambo, Parañaque City
Telephones: +632 854-6600 & 851-0226
Mobile phone: +63 918 903-0446
Facebook: Tjioe the Caterer
Contact: Chef Rey Lim
Mobile: +63 932 876 8148
Albergus started almost four decades ago with the spirit of service, dedication, and sheer love for serving good food. The business was built on the principle of serving exquisite appetizers, savory and scrumptious entrees, and mouth-watering desserts, made from freshest ingredients and run through the highest standards, excellent and personalized service at a reasonable price. We value our 200 plus employees as the key to our competitive advantage.
Sales & Corporate Main Office
16 Capitol Hills Drive, Old Balara, Diliman, Quezon City 1109
Telephone: +632 931-FOOD (3663)
Hours: Mondays - Saturdays 8:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 9:00am to 3:00pm
Albergus (SMX) Sales Office - SMX Convention Center
Seashell Lane, Pasay City 1300
Telephone: (632) 556-4507
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00am - 7:00pm, Sunday & Holidays CLOSED
#11. Red Chef
The Red Chef and Events is a catering and events management company owned and run by Aphat Martinez and Mike Profeta who are driven by their passion for excellent food and unique events.
RED CHEF AND EVENTS
95 Guirayan St., Brgy. Dona Imelda, Quezon City, Philippines
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Telephone: +632 741-2762, +632 524-0980
Mobile: +63 927 342-4036, +63 917 830-7471, +63 922 827-5137, +63 922 827-5139
Facebook: The Red Chef and Events
Website: http://www.redchefandevents.com/ (in construction)
THE BLUE LEAF EVENTS PAVILION
100 Park Avenue, Mckinley Hill Village, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 898 BLUE, 844 BLUE, 887-2175, 887-5687
Mobile: +63 917 868BLUE, or +63 917 838BLUE
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P.S. Watch out for The Big Banquet 4 at The Blue Leaf Filipinas in the first quarter of 2016!