25 Mushrooms Kitchen in Molito, Alabang (Image: 25 Mushrooms)
December is here and a few more winks, Christmas will be here while the New Year follows soon. And with these major celebrations, the need for great food is a no-brainer. But instead of using up all your energy inside the kitchen, why not hire professionals to do the work for you so can spend your precious time celebrating with your friends and family?
Finding a good caterer may be a bit of a hassle for you, but don’t worry because ShoppersGuide
might have found the perfect partner for your kitchen needs this holiday, and that is 25 Mushrooms Kitchen
, which is known for its exquisite catering services and, most especially, the hands-on cooking classes that it holds.
COMPLETE CATERING SERVICE
Finding and hiring a great catering service is a dream for everyone. Not having to worry about the food, the recipe, and the dining setup is a great stress reliever especially in this crazy season. 25 Mushrooms Kitchen can be your perfect holiday companion because of their catering service which is offered until the 24th of December.
Most people don’t know that before gaining popularity with their cooking classes, 25 Mushrooms Kitchen started with catering. It is through their amazing service that people got to know their food and wanted to have it in their own homes, hence the beginning of their cooking classes.
25 Mushrooms Kitchen will provide everything, from the food to the flowers. (Image: 25 Mushrooms)
What sets 25 Mushrooms Kitchen apart from other catering services is their attention to detail and their love for small gatherings. May it be a big company party or an intimate Christmas gathering inside your home; they will be able to cater to any of your needs and will deliver great results. They will also provide everything from the food to the cutleries, all you need to do is enjoy their service and eat.
Do you have a particular inspiration in mind? Just give them a theme and they will provide everything that you need, may it be a rustic garden setting, a Greek party, or an Asian-inspired event. The 25 Mushrooms team will do a draft menu according to your liking and will pair it with the table setting and flower arrangement that it deserves; truly, a catering service at its finest even to the smallest of occasions and details.
If you do not like the idea of having catering people at your home during the holidays but still want a hearty Christmas feast for your family, why not learn how to cook instead and whip out what could be your specialty dish?
25 Mushrooms Kitchen became a popular cooking school for a reason and if you really want to do the cooking yourself this Christmas, and prepare some memorable treats to boot, why not enroll in one of their classes and bring your learning at home?
Students are given hands-on training during classes. (Image: 25 Mushrooms)
Classes at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen started inside the home of its owner, Ms. Sari Jorge. Growing up, Ms. Sari has been exposed very early to the food industry with her family’s own catering service. Soon she studied at the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (ISCAHM) to further her knowledge in the culinary world and started participating in various cooking classes both here and abroad. With her extensive background in the food industry, she created her own catering services that led people to fall in love with her food.
After people experienced the food that she serves in her catering service, they wanted their household helps to learn how she cooks her food so they can bring it into their own homes. . Today, not only helpers, but foodies, housewives, and even kids also enroll to her class to learn how to cook. And from her personal kitchen, she now has two cooking schools, one in Valle Verd, Pasig, and one in Molito Lifestyle Mall, Alabang.
From holding classes for household helpers, they are now offering classes for kids too. (Image: 25 Mushrooms)
People enjoy the hands-on way of teaching in 25 Mushrooms and the wide range of cuisines that they teach, from Asian to Mediterranean cuisines and even the best sellers in some of the famous restaurants in the country. They also teach basic etiquettes, proper food presentation, and other basic knowledge essential in the kitchen.
25 Mushroom Kitchen’s cooking classes are affordable, usually at PhP1,500 for a whole day of class. For December, they have prepared special classes fit for the season such as Christmas Dinner Menu (December 7), All About Steaks (December 8), Crispy Lechon Belly (December 9), Spanish Cuisine (December 12), Singaporean Cuisine (December 13), Authentic Thai (December 14), and Ensaymada & Empanada (December 16).
CAFÉ FOR SMALL GROUP GET-TOGETHERS
Fresh and simple interiors inside their cafe (Image: 25 Mushrooms [L])
After the cooking classes in their Alabang Branch, the cooking studio of 25 Mushrooms Kitchen turns into a cozy cafe where the students and other guests can have delicious and healthy meals. If you have a small group and wants a comfy café as backdrop for your Christmas get-together, 25 Mushrooms Kitchen is good place for you. The café is very posh and simple with bursts of pastel colors that will give guests a relaxing and intimate hangout place after a long day of work.
25 Mushrooms Kitchen plans to introduce a new set of menu inspired by the Mediterranean cuisines, consisting of mainly Greek and Italian food. This fits into the concept of 25 Mushrooms’ healthy and light meals that they also teach in their cooking classes. During our visit, 25 Mushrooms gave the ShoppersGuide team a sample of what they’ll be offering in their café once it operates into full-swing.
The Mediterranean Fish and Chips
If you are a fan of the classic fish and chips, then you will enjoy their Mediterranean Fish and Chips that consist of Cream Dory and potato wedges with tzatziki sauce (a mixture of yogurt, cucumber, and mint).
The fish was seasoned properly and not dry and the batter was light and crispy. The potato wedges, were perfectly seasoned and not soggy despite being fried. The dip was made of yogurt with shreds of cucumber giving the fish and the potatoes a refreshing twist without being too overpowering.
Their crunchy Kotopoulo Tiganito!
25 Mushrooms also made sure to serve dishes that Filipinos will be familiar with like their Kotopoulo Tiganito or their Mediterranean version of our favorite fried chicken with potatoes.
Served in a wooden chopping block, the chicken has the right amount of crisp and juiciness, it is also very meaty and not too thin, enough to fill you up. The flavor of this Kotopoulo Tiganito will make you rest from the typical fried chicken flavor that we are used to, where the chicken is overly breaded and salty. The peppery gravy plays well with the thickness of the chicken, balancing the saltiness of the feta cheese.
And the best-seller is… their Manitari pasta
This dish was also served with potato wedges that are the same to those with the fish and chips. It also had a dip made with garlic cream giving it a strong but flavorful twist. Although the garlic cream really gives off a strong effect, it really goes well with the thickness of the potatoes and gives it a mature flavor.
Last but definitely not the least, is their Manitari (mushroom) pasta. They told us that this is one of their best-sellers, and with one bite we were convinced. The pasta was well-cooked, not too soggy and not too hard and the sauce was the perfect combination of creamy and oily. It was well-seasoned, and the taste of the freshly grated parmesan was very evident in every bite. Imagine each strand of pasta is coated with the melted parmesan cheese. If you are not into meat, you will like this one too because they used mushrooms instead of pork and beef bits.
These are just some of the food that you can savor together with your friends if you choose to hold your Christmas mini-reunion at the 25 Mushrooms Kitchen’s night café. Cafe hours from Tuesdays to Fridays are from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, while every Saturday and Sunday, they open at 10:00 AM and close at 11:00 PM. They also accept reservation.
25 Mushrooms Kitchen now also hosts dinner parties both in Valle Verde and in Alabang. If you want a more intimate setting and doesn’t want a rowdy party, 25 Mushrooms will provide you with a beautiful venue and set up inside the comfort of their own cooking schools. Instead of stressing yourself in finding a venue and a caterer, 25 Mushrooms will cover all your needs; all you need to do is bring a gift for your colleagues.
HOLIDAY FOOD PLATTERS TO-GO
If you enjoyed your meal and want to share it with your family, 25 Mushroom Kitchen now offers food platters to-go that you can bring home. They have an extensive list of offerings from salads, to entrees and even desserts that you can purchase at their branches and take home. And perfect for the upcoming potlucks and gatherings you’ll be attending this Christmas, they have just recently arranged their holiday food platters which are all hot, fresh, and table-ready.
Each platter is good for up to 15 persons. They have healthy salads available at a starting price of PhP1000 (for Russian Potato Salad) up to PhP1,800 (for their 25 MK Salad with grilled prawns); Seafood Entrée such as Fish & Chips with Honzy Mustard or remoulade sauce (PhP1,800) and Baked Prawns Thermidore (PhP2,500); pasta such as Kiddie Sphagetti (PhP950) and Seafood Pasta in Pesto Cream Sauce (PhP1,950); and special orders like Paella Valenciana PhP1,900) and Wagyu Steak Pie (PhP1,600).
Minimum of two dishes is required per order. They do not deliver, however. Pick up may be at 25 Mushrooms Kitchem Valle Verde 5 and Molito Lifestyle Mall. Special requests can be accommodated.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF PARTY
Wanting to enroll in a cooking class but don’t want to do it by yourself? Or are you looking for a more practical and productive Christmas party with your friends? 25 Mushrooms Kitchen now hosts closed-door cooking classes for small groups. You can call your friends and family and have your Christmas party at 25 Mushrooms for a different kind of party. After learning how to cook, you can proceed to feasting on your finished products and share them with each other. Aside from enjoying a fruitful class with your closest pals, you get to take home a new skill this Christmas.
A group of girls who celebrated their Christmas party at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen (Image: 25 Mushrooms)
This Christmas, if you still need help with your kitchen needs or want to throw a different kind of party, take a look at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen which could be the solution to your holiday kitchen woes.
To know more about Soil, visit their store at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen, Molito Lifestyle Mall, Ayala Alabang
Cafe hours: Tuesday- Friday, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM; Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
For reservations call (+632)7 76-8692 / (+63921) 651-1888 / (+63927) 308-1130
Menus, prices, and schedule of classes are subject to change without prior notice.