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74 posts categorized "Mercato"

February 24, 2016

An Epic 15-Hour Food Tour in Manila (Part 2) #WSFC16

Read First: Philippines' First Epic 15-Hour Food Frenzy Safari (Part 1): Recovery Food, Everybody's, Aling Lucing, and Cafe Fleur!


4.30pm: WORLD STREET FOOD PRESSCON (Manila Diamond Hotel Culinary Studio

After 3 hours of grueling traffic, we finally made it back to Manila where we had to make a mad rush for Diamond Hotel to attend the official press conference for World Street Food Congress 2016.


KF Seetoh of Makansutra talked about the importance of preserving our country's Heritage Foods, bringing the street vendor community together, and what to expect at the upcoming WSFC on April 20-24, 2016. 


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November 03, 2015

Are you the Next Big Food Entrepreneur in Manila? (Deadline: November 8)

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Over the years, Mercato Centrale has evolved from being just a simple food market, to becoming a haven for budding food entrepreneurs. We’ve been lucky enough to give opportunities to home-based cooks with their own creations or heirloom recipes.

We’ve encountered so many great entrepreneurs with huge dreams and awesome stories!

For example, before Bakmi Nyonya, last year’s winner, became a Mercato fan-favorite, its owners were just serving to friends, family, and Bible study mates! Like many of the other contestants, they started with humble beginnings like this. It was only until the owner’s grandfather, whose dying wish was for her to finally start her food business, passed, that she sent in her application to NBFE without hesitation.

Read More: The Next Big Food Entrepreneurs: The Four Big Winners @MercatoCentrale

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October 01, 2015

Mercato Has Landed with Baconized Celebration! @MercatoCentrale

On September 25, Midnight Mercato finally relocated to its new home at the corner of 25th Street and 7th Avenue, in front of The Forum, South Global, Bonifacio Global City. 

Mercato Centrale is the biggest night food market in the Philippines where Manila foodies can enjoy home-based food goodness with the backdrop of the mural of art duo Cyrcle from LA, "Between the Lines" (or popularly known locally as the Spaceman).

25th St. corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Mobile: +63 917 840-1152 
Telephone: +632 624-4557
Email: admin@mercatocentrale.ph
WebsiteMercato Centrale PH

Here's a photo essay of the new Mercato's first day, which was also the venue for the Baconfest Celebration...

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June 11, 2015

BELLYSIMA: What to try in the Independence Day Food Trip at Glorietta 5?! @MercatoCentrale


From the organizers of the popular night food market Mercato Centrale, the BELLYSIMA! Food Fair is a launchpad for passionate up-and-coming food entrepreneurs to share their gourmet, artisanal food creations alongside healthy and organic food products with equally passionate foodies and food enthusiasts!  

Some foodies usually go on a staycation this long weekend, so make sure not to miss this Bellysima food trip this Independence Day Weekend at Glorietta 5.

Here's what you can expect and the confirmed list of participants with layout:

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January 10, 2015

The Next Big Food Entrepreneur: A Hotbed of Food Entrepreneur Startups in Manila! @MercatoCentrale

(Text by Paul Wenceslao, Photos and Video by JR Velasquez)

One bright idea, as the old adage goes, leads to another, and in the case of the Filipino food enthusiast, a family favorite recipe or an odd combination of ingredients scrounged up in the cupboard can perhaps lead to the next local food craze. Mercato owners, RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz, made this a possibility by holding an annual competition for every budding food entrepreneur: The Next Big Food Entrepreneur.  

Mercato Centrale, operating a popular chain of food markets all across Metro Manila, came as the battleground for the recently concluded competition, in which every aspirant was welcome to submit an application – in the hope of winning P100,000 as start-up capital along with a six-month free stay at Mercato.

For the past three years, The Next Big Food Entrepreneur has produced a slew of new food businesses coming from various places in the country, and this year’s batch of semifinalists is no different, if not more diverse. There were students who aspire to be full-fledged food entreps, an Indonesian food enthusiast, several individuals who luckily chanced up on the competition’s ads, and a Pinoy Masterchef winner. 

“This year’s edition of The Next Big Food Entrepreneur offers a lot of diversity. A large number of creative savory meals were featured,” explains Abbie Sinjian, Experience and Event Manager of the Mercato group. 

The food served by the participants ranged from flavorful Indonesian cuisine to the artfully stylized version of the local snack turon, much to the delight of Mercato’s owners as well as those who sampled the food from different booths during the competition’s awarding ceremony last Friday, December 19.

“We had a hard time selecting the winners, since everyone did a wonderful job and served really good food,” Sinjian added. True enough, each of the booths have the potential to make it big in the Philippines’ bustling food industry. 


The 2014 TNBFE Winners

Being selected as a semifinalist in The Next Big Food Entrepreneur, which subjects participants to actual selling at a couple of food markets, is already considered a win for the budding entrepreneur. After all, booths get to showcase their wares to the buying public, observing how their products perform after making adjustments to both the food and the booth display. It’s the proverbial first step to establishing a food business.

A total of 14 participants made it to the contest’s semifinal round, all of which having dainty booths and serving noteworthy cuisines. The competition was expectedly stiff, and four came out as the big winners: Bakmi Nyonya, Bigorots, Turonne de Manila Café and Hunger Buster.

The Next Big Food Entrepreneur Winner 2014 series:

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