THESE days, when fast food has become the way to go to keep up with the fast-paced life, slow-cooked food is almost a thing of the past. Only a few households would indulge in it, with just a few lolas willing to spend long hours slaving it in front of the stove. This is why Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Locally Green: Reviving Traditions, Rediscovering Good Food is like a whiff of fresh, cool air on a hot and humid day.
Marco Polo Ortigas Manila has partnered with Slow Food Philippines in linking good food with local communities to preserve local food culture and tradition and bring them to the table at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Cucina, for diners to enjoy. Marco Polo’s world-class chefs collaborate with Slow Food Philippines’ farmers, fisher folk, artisans, chefs and producers, who harvest indigenous an endangered ingredients from all over the country.
By presenting slow food dining at Cucina, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila treats diners to great food and at the same time “teaches” them to be aware of the movement practiced in over 100 countries.
“We believe in Slow Food’s thrust of preventing the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract fast food, and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, and how their food choices affect the world,” says Stuart Stancombe, director of restaurants, bars and events.
Paula Aberasturi, president of Slow Food Philippines, adds: “The food in our country is as diverse as our islands. Sadly, not a lot of people are aware that some local ingredients are endangered. We are slowly losing our traditions. The farmers will not produce them if there is no interest. We want our children to enjoy them, too. We are grateful for Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s support for our advocacy.”
Thus, Cucina will serve provincial and regional specialties starting with the Pampanga edition. Locally Green: Reviving Traditions, Rediscovering Good Food is a new and ingenious way to learn about mindful consumption because food choices affect not just the members of the family but also the community and the entire country.
(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number (632) 720-7777.)