The Mercato Centrale Family!

Here is a photo essay of our Mercato Centrale favorites and the first 9 days of the market.

Hope you can join us as a partner for the weekend food and organic market, which resumes on January 8. Also, we do hope you can join us as well as we launch Midnight Mercato in January 2011. πŸ™‚

Manang’s Chicken (ala BonChon but better) and Chef Philippe’s Ban Mhi sandwich.

The ever-growing naturally farmed and organics family:

Herbana Farms, Costales Farms and Ms. Pinoy Organics.

My Personal Farmer, Pamora Farms and Herb’s Best.

Createco’s Fresh Almonds.

Artisan Chefs @ Mercato Centrale!

Marie Gonzalez, Vegan Chef and Chef Clint’s “Surprise Kitchen” @ Mercato Centrale.

Chef Claude and Maryann Tayag.

Chef Bruce Lim and his master sous chef.

Chef Ernesto Gala’s Lasang Langit Breads!

Chef Janus’ Hainanese Chicken or Lubna’s Home-cooked Moroccan Cuisine for breakfast, anyone? πŸ™‚

Home-Based Food Businesses:

Rorie PeΓ±a’s Misis P and Vicky Clemente’s Mama’s Table.

Edible Options’ Sausages and Bap-chi Healthy Asian Sandwiches.

Artisan Desserts @ Mercato Centrale!

Baked by Anita’s Saffron with Black Salt Cute Cupcakes and Milena’s Vegan Cupcakes.

Mochiko’s Mochi Ice Cream and Kelvin Ngo’s Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream.

Yoh-gee’s premium yogurt and his experimental yogurt with bagoong…

Who can forget Miss OC Kitchen’s Plants vs. Zombies and Angry Birds cupcakes?!

Chef Buddy Trinidad’s finest desserts @ Park Avenue!

Food that we miss @ Mercato Centrale:

Battle of the Best Burger: Beurre’s Gourmet Burgers vs. Jhonny’s Steamed Yankee Burger.

I miss Chefs on Sundays’ Lamb Ribs and Margie’s Paella.

Of course, there’s also the awesome array of pork offerings…

1. Cebu’s Balamban Lechon

2. Bale Dutung’s Pan de Bagnet

3. Cebu Lechon

Who do you think will win the battle of the best pork dish? πŸ™‚

The Artists of Mercato Centrale!

Mia Casal and Inday’s Plates, Painting & Dolls.

Acoustic and Harp performances @ Mercato Centrale.

The girls behind the great start-up of Mercato Centrale: Jhoey, Janice, Vanessa and Rache.

Aidan, Joshua, Raphael and cousin Carlos playing in Mercato Centrale.

Budding Food Entreps from Liquer Bonbons, The Enterprising Pangasenenses and GCIC College.

Jean’s Egglings!

The Next Generation of Ha Yuan and Bale Dutung.

Joseph Hizon’s Chefs on Sundays, serving the perfect steak and lamb ribs.

Dessert Comes First and Our Awesome Planet @ Mercato Centrale.

World Pyro Olympics and Ritual’s power couple — Rob and Bea!

Tea Master Renee Sebastian of

The Margaux Salcedo and RJ Ledesma @ Mercato Centrale.

Ultimate Taste Test Winners!

Dulcelin Gourmet and Aunt May’s.

Pam’s Risa chocolates.

The best tapa in Manila by JAM Foods.

Midnight Mercato (Call for Founding Partners!)

Join us as we launch Midnight Mercato in January 2011, every Friday and Saturday night, 11pm-3am. We are looking for founding partners who will provide simple but good late night chow for the BGC community. If interested, please email Rache at

Mercato Centrale Private Events (Reserve Now!)

Mercato Centrale is now open for private functions like birthday parties, small intimate weddings, or holiday parties. Please email Janice at

Dog Shows @ Mercato Centrale

We are also launching a series of dog shows @ Mercato Centrale. Please contact RJ at if you want to host your event @ Mercato Centrale.

Thank you for all the support for the awesome launch of Mercato Centrale!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Mercato Centrale Family!

Mercato Centrale is a family partnership among Our Awesome Planet (Anton & Rache Diaz), Mommy Mundo (Janice & Gary Villanueva) and RJ & Vanessa Ledesma.

Mercato Centrale is closed on December 25, 26 and January 1, 2. Market resumes on January 8, Saturday. It operates every Saturday and Sunday thereafter from 6am to 2pm.

See you there!

Live an Awesome Life,

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24 thoughts on “The Mercato Centrale Family!

  1. To Anton, Rache and the rest of the Mercato Centrale @ BGC core group:
    Simply awesome job, guys! Kudos!

    And such a distinguished roster of merchants! Makes me feel either it’s an honor or quite daunting to be in their company next year, hehe…
    Indeed it would be an understatement to say that those are rather seriously good eats sumptuously splayed all over your photo essay. You captured the essence of Mercato Centrale down pat! Definitely worth the trip every weekend morning and soon come midnight as well – can hardly wait for the latter!
    Again congratulations and more trailblazing blessings to come your way in 2011!

  2. I hate Mercato Centrale! There is no point waking up in the morning to burn calories running around Fort just to end up in Mercato gaining double the calories back! huhuhu
    But please, bring Manang’s chicken and Dulcelin back next year : )
    On a different note, are you sending the new year party lists anytime soon?

  3. Hi Ted,
    Welcome to Chef's Ahoy! Patisserie to the Mercato Centrale family! We are reserving your space na and we can't wait to see you @ Mercato centrale. Thanks for the comment and see you in 2011 πŸ™‚

  4. just looking at the photos-pics are reasons why LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL why we know the necessity of salvaging-saving the enviroments this awesome planet earth happiness are what we do to make us smiles join together in activities such as these are worth remembering worth living so we all stay this way see the light instead of the darkness see the beauty of every living thinga around us to be familiar of what they are why they exists with us why theyre there along with us co-existing in harmony-peace is the greatest joy each one can give….no need to commit crimes unhappiness pains and disillusions when there sooo many variations living things around us that just ignore we just unappreaciated but part of us why part of us? theyre part of us bcoz they co-exists with us meaning there is only one planet & that is our awesome planet but earth….so enjoy life have fun loving everyseconds every minute you can

  5. AWESOME IDEA guys!! πŸ™‚
    It was such a pleasure visiting Mercato and being part of Mercato on the last Sunday of 2010!! πŸ™‚
    THANK YOU!! πŸ™‚
    See you next year!!! πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks for this list, Anton! Sure comes in handy because it can get overwhelming at times when you see so much food side by side. Will start with this list then try other booths outside of the list later.

  7. I love Mercato!! Very classy and so with the food! Tasted the Cheesy Potatoes
    from “Mad about Spuds”- yummy!!! I’ll miss it.. I’m back to California!!

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