Saturday, October 25, 2014

National Pasta Month celebration with Dona Elena Al Dente Pasta

National Pasta Day is celebrated worldwide. It falls on October 17th this year and as the National Pasta Month comes to end, Doña Elena Al Dente invited mommy bloggers to join in the festivities and draw attention to everything pasta.

Pasta is typically made from an unleavened dough of a durum wheat flour that is mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked and served in a variety of dishes. The highest quality of dried pasta is made with pure durum semolina flour and water.

Pasta can be made dry (pasta secca) or fresh (pasta fresca). There are over 310 pasta shapes known variably in 1300 different names and there are over 350 varieties of dried pasta in Italy.
RJ Ledesma shares his love for pasta

Doña Elena Al Dente is the only Artisan Quality Italian Pasta made from using high quality, 100% durum wheat semolina or hard wheat. Doña Elena Al Dente uses special bronze dies which leaves a rough surface that create ridges on the pasta that are great for absorbing sauces, be it cream, oil or tomato-based.

Unlike other pasta with only 6% protein content, Doña Elena Al Dente has 13% protein, a result of the slow-cooking process which preserves its nutrients. Doña Elena Al Dente is also GMO-free, 100% certified all natural.

Guests were treated to pasta dish creations. Chef Michel Cottabaren showed us how to prepare recipes using Dona Elena Al Dente Penne Rigate, Dona Elena Al Dente Fettucini and Dona Elena Al Dente Lasagna.

Doña Elena Al Dente takes the regular pasta dishes to the next level by providing high quality pasta that guarantees "al dente" or “firm to the bite” every time you use it!

The pasta dishes made from Doña Elena Al Dente are best paired with Doña Elena Olive Oil and Doña Elena Mediterranean products.

Next time someone asks you how you like your pasta, simply say, “Al Dente!”

Learn more about Doña Elena Al Dente at

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The 14th Grand Wine Experience is coming your way on November 14

Experience pleasures of tasting the world's most important wines on November 14, 2014 at The Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel Manila, Newport City.
Philippine Wine Merchants and Ralph's Wines and Spirits is hosting this year's Grand Wine event which will feature over 500 different wines and spirits.

Come celebrate the artistry and science of wine. Let us raise our glasses to the magic with stellar food pairings to match it. It will surely be an interesting day learning to draw connections between the flavors of wine and other common flavors.
The 14th Grand Wine Experience promises to unleash heaven on earth with its latest edition, "The Angel’s Share".

This year's theme centers on a mystique that surrounds the ageing of wine or any other eaux de vie in oak barrels. As these wines and spirits mature over time, a portion of its volume is lost to evaporation during aging in oak barrels. This phenomenon accounts to as much as 2% lost every year and even more in warmer countries. This not so insubstantial amount that dissipates into the ether is poetically referred to as "The Angel’s Share". The angels' job of looking after all of us must be a demanding work in today's perilous world that it would certainly merit a few perks.

Brothers Raymond Joseph, Ronnie Joseph, and Ralph Joseph of Philippine
Wine Merchants with 2nd generation Robbie Joseph

Ticket price is P 5,000.00

Don't miss out on this lavish Wine and Spirits event of South East Asia! Join the celebrities, dignitaries, top executives, food enthusiasts and high society elite as they partake of drink-all-you-can wines, beers and spirits from over 23 different countries and feast on sumptuous eat-all-you-can buffet selection prepared by the talented Chefs of Marriot Hotel.

The 14th Grand Wine Experience is co-presented by Rustans Supermarket, Starbucks Coffee, Store Specialist Inc., Marriott Hotel Manila, Resorts World Manila, Future Trade International, Diageo Philippines, Moet-Hennessy Philippines, Premier Wine and Spirits, Barcino Corporation, Fly Ace Corporation, Bel Mondo Italia, Corp., Emperador Distillers, Aviver International, Best World Beverage Brands, Golden Wines, Grand Cru and Booze On Line.

You may contact Dawn Rosary at 851-0172, 853-9894 or 0917-3338621 for ticket inquiries. Do visit for more information.
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