The Big Banquet 2: And the BEST Caterers and Winning Dishes are… @TheBlueLeaf Filipinas

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THE BIG BANQUET 2: Battle of the Best Caterers in Manila held at The Blue Leaf Filipinas last Oct. 2014. The competition was tougher than the first Big Banquet with most caterers elevating their food, table setup, and presentation.

Finally, we are ready to announce the best caterers and the winning dishes in The Big Banquet 2!

About The Big Banquet

THE BIG BANQUET is an ultimate taste test event to showcase the Best Caterers in Manila, as certified by The Blue Leaf group  to answer the question: “Who is the Best Caterer in Manila?

Watch the video highlights of The Big Banquet 2 above!

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Each foodie was asked to rate the caterers based on their featured 4-course meal (appetizer, main dish, surprise dish, and dessert) and 1 signature drink based on the following rating:

1 – Thanks, but it could be better.
2 – It’s okay.
3 – We had a good time!
4 – I love it!
5 – Awesome! I would recommend it.

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Thanks to our friends from San Miguel Lifestyle Brews for providing this event with San Miguel Premium All MaltSan Miguel Super Dry, and Cerveza Negra (Free 1 bottle/ticket).

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100% of the proceeds of the projects in the last The Big Banquet Battle were donated to create yellow boats as part of The Peter Project in Tacloban.

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I love the world-class ambiance of The Blue Leaf Filipinas.

Check out: @THEBLUELEAF FILIPINAS: Experience a World-Class Filipino Event at The Big Banquet!

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Congratulations to all the best caterers and the winning dishes at The Big Banquet 2! And the winners are… 



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Egg en Cocotte with Smoked Salmon and Spinach Crepe (Rating = 4.07) – #1 Best in Appetizers!

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Shrimp Ricotta Lumaconi with Cherry Tomatoes and Wild Arugula Angus Beef (Rating = 3.73) – Top #3 Main Dishes

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Brisket Lyon with Pommery Mustard Sauce and Tartiflette with Bacon Lardons, Reblochon Cheese and Black Truffle (Rating = 4.02) – Top #2 in Surprise Main Dish Category

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Mango Soleil in Pot  (Rating = 4.12) – #1 Best in Desserts!

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Passionfruit Mimosa (Rating = 4.02) – Top #2 in Drinks Category

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We kiss one another to show gratitude, happiness, excitement, love, and affection. A kiss inspires. And this inspiration begets energy. This energy, in turn, begets creativity. BIZU was born out of this inspiration.

From this inspiration came the unique selection of cakes and pastries that were truly made to inspire. It all began with a dream to have an authentic Parisian Patisserie where the finest French pastries and European breads can be savored right in the Philippines. With much training and patience, our Filipino chefs have learned the magical art of the French Patisserie. Indeed, ensuring the most flavorful and artful products are brought to your homes is a labor of love.

From a kiosk/café at the third floor of Glorietta 4 that started operations in 2001, BIZU now has three more outlets in Greenbelt 2, Alabang Towncenter, and at The Promenade inside Greenhills Shopping Center.

The menu includes all day breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner items.

Customers are not to leave without the chewy pastel-colored Macarons de Paris that Bizu Patisserie is known for.

First Midland Building, 109 Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village, 1223 Makati City
Telephone Numbers: +632 845-0590 / 845-0591 / 845-05-92 / 845-02-93
Store hours: 10:00pm – 7:00pm

Bizu Commissary 
Pacific Hardwood Building, 2158 Chino Roces, Brgy. Pio del Pilar, 1230 Makati City
Telephone Number: +(632) 843-6186

FacebookBizu Patisserie & Bistro

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Most people love Bizu’s chic picnic setup 🙂



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Ciabatta With Truffle and Poached Egg Dip and Blinis with Smoked Salmon
(Rating = 3.54)
 – Top #2 in Appetizer Category

The Big Banquet 2-48.jpgPink Peppercorn Crusted Tenderloin, Cranberry Jus, Boursin Potato Puree  (Rating = 4.24) – #1 Best in Surprise Main Dish Category

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Picatostes, Calamansi  Curd and Vanilla Ice Cream (Rating = 3.91) – Top #2 in Dessert Category!

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K. by Cunanan Catering

Telephone: +632 710-6445 (Main), +632 711-0940 (Commissary)
Mobile: +63917 5327997
Facebookk. by cunanan catering

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I love the rustic clean Italian ambiance by K. by Cunanan with no need to put a signage. 

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Thank you to the mommy bloggers for coming! 



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Raclette Wheel (Rating = 3.51) – Top #3 in Appetizer Category

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Paulene Ganache  (Rating = 3.88) – Top #3 in Dessert Category!

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Sparkling Lychee (Rating = 4.04) – #1 Best in Drinks Category

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Mesclun (mes-klən) is old Occitane for “mixture” and in popular culture, refers to mixed greens. And what is gastronomy if not mixing? A creative blend of colors, flavors, and textures. A harmonious marriage of temperatures, techniques and even cuisines. Most of all, food is an exquisite point of convergence, regardless of interests or backgrounds. And that is what Mesclun celebrates.

What Mesclun Brings to Your Table.

We are passionate in creating new dishes. We are personal in designing unique experiences. We are professional in executing our events.

At the helm of our group is Chef Katrina Arce Kuhn-Alcantara, who espouses global culinary standards and draws from a rich array of flavors and techniques. Her family has been behind the renowned Arce Dairy since the conception of its rich ice cream style in 1935. She received formal training in France from the premier culinary arts school Le Cordon Bleu (Paris) and gained further professional experience in several restaurants in the country. Since her return to the Philippines, Chef Katrina has thrived as a caterer and restaurateur. Apart from Mesclun, she applies her wide array of expertise to other food ventures in Manila, namely, Chuck’s Deli — an American-style super-sandwich and burger shop boasting of homemade breads and cold cuts; and Paulene Chocolat Suisses — a premium line of made-to-order chocolate confections. 


Mesclun Bistro
G/F Serendra Piazza, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 551 1626

Mesclun Events Catering
Telephone: +632 919 6216

Mesclun Restaurant & Café
2/F The Linden Suites, 37 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Telephone: +632 638-7878 loc 8207

Facebook: Mesclun Restaurant & Cafe
Twitter: @MesclunPh

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Thank you to all the foodies for coming to The Big Banquet 2! 

Read Related Blog Post: The Big Banquet Theory





The Big Banquet 2-53.jpgBraised US Beef Short Ribs (Rating = 4.24) – #1 Best Main Dish!

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Sesame Balls with Salted Duck Egg Custard (Rating 3.33)

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Tjioe The Caterer (Tjioe is pronounced as Chew) began as a quaint Chinese restaurant in Carvajal St. Known as Quicksnack, most of its customers were Chinese migrants & “Tsinoy” from Binondo. It was as it is still today famous for its oyster cake and dumplings. More importantly, it was popular because “eating at Quicksnack made it feel closer to home” – as Chinese customers have put it. The concept of fast-food wasn’t popular then but this hole-in-the-wall was positioned as such.

Quickly enough, the restaurant became a household name in the community and 40 years later, the “New Quicksnack Corporation” was incorporated, thus “Tjioe, The Caterer” was born and has become one of Chinatown’s best caterers.

Distinctively Chinese, yet Tjioe has managed to marry the taste that is uniquely Filipino, thus it has become synonymous to an authentic “Tsinoy tradition”. Tjioe’s heritage is rooted from mainland China. It’s well guarded recipes passed on from four generations. Its knowledge of Chinese cooking has made it the premier choice among the Chinese community in Manila.

Tjioe is regarded as one of the most sought after caterer. It boasts of the only Chinese caterer accredited in Manila’s top-10 exclusive venues. To date, Tjioe has handled corporate & wedding events of up to 1,000 guests, a feat that showcases not only good food but settings that can be lush with sheer elegance.

Constantly innovating, recreating and infusing influences from the west, Tjioe’s menu offers a distinct Tsinoy experience dazzled in an aura of what can only be referred to as Tjioe’s unique palate. Today, Tjioe’s triumvirate casts a solid palate experienced from Beijing, Shanghai, New York and Manila.

Tjioe the Caterer has placed the art of catering, deep in its passion.

TJIOE (pronounced as chew)
594 Quirino Avenue, Tambo, Parañaque City
Telephones: +632 854-6600 & 851-0226
Mobile phone: +63 918 903-0446
FacebookTjioe the Caterer

Contact: Chef Rey Lim
Mobile: +63 932 876 8148


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Weddings at Work x Our Awesome Planet! 



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Juan Carlo has the best impressive setup among the caterers.

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Ox Tongue with Buttered Mushroom and Vegetables (Rating = 4.10) – Top #2 in Main Dishes Category

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Tri P Seasonal Spanish Fruit Drink (Rating = 3.44) – Top #3 in Drinks Category

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As a professional organization, it is important that clients and customers are aware that the people behind JUAN CARLO – The Caterer, Inc. are themselves professionals in the catering industry, providing excellent Catering services that guarantee satisfaction

Coming from a family of caterers from Cavite, the owner-manager Engr. Alex Michael U. Del Rosario and his wife, Teresita Macatangay Del Rosario, a Medical Technology by profession combined their unique talents and ambitions that led to the conceptualization and realization of a lifetime dream. They honed their skills in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by putting up a mini-restaurant in Al-Khodair campsite and doing small catering projects for Filipinos and foreigners as well. The exotic Arabian, Egyptian, Indian, Pakistani, Palestinian and Tunisian dishes became a part of their daily lives, contributing a lot to their knowledge of international cuisine.

August 1995, the Del Rosarios, fully equipped with the necessary information and capital, finally came home and settled for good in Batangas, signifying the birth of JUAN CARLO – THE CATERER, INC. Since then, it gained phenomenal success conquering the whole of Batangas even crossing borders to Tagaytay, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Mindoro, Bulacan and Pampanga. Truly, Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc. continues to surpass its Catering in Manila by extending its reach to many other areas in the country.

Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc was the official caterer for Bong Revilla and Lani Mercado Centenial Wedding; Ogie Alcasid and Michelle Van Eimeren Wedding; Katherine de Castro and Eric Cruz Wedding and recently Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez’s Wedding last December 22, 2010 at Punta Fuego. They also catered for Kyla and Rich Alvarez’s Wedding last November 28, 2011 at NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio. And recently, Juan Carlo handled Miss Universe 1st Runner Up’s wedding Miss Miriam Quiambao and Mr. Ardy Roberto at Ville Sommet, Tagaytay City , 18th grand birthday celebration of the 2014 teen queen Kathryn Bernardo at Blue Leaf Filipinas and the newest teen heartthrob Daniel Padilla’s birthday celebration at his own residence. When it comes to Wedding Catering and other special events, Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc. is the perfect partner for that great toast!

Truly, it is the unquenchable love and passion for the catering profession that spelled the big difference for Juan Carlo – The Caterer, Inc.

24B 11th Jamboree St. Tomas Morato Quezon, City
Telephone: +632 929 -3674, +632 416-5134,  +632 413-7511
FacebookJuan Carlo The Caterer, Inc.

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Thank you to our expat foodies for support The Big Banquet 2!



The Big Banquet 2-140.jpgClassic Slow Roast Sirloin of Beef with Rosemary Crust Pesto and Cranberry Mashed Potato (Rating = 3.65)

The Big Banquet 2-27.jpgRoast Pork Crackling Boneless with Trio Sauce (Liver Sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce, Kinurat Vinger) (Rating = 3.61) – Top #3 in Surprise Main Dishes Category

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Albergus started almost four decades ago with the spirit of service, dedication, and sheer love for serving good food. The business was built on the principle of serving exquisite appetizers, savory and scrumptious entrees, and mouth-watering desserts, made from freshest ingredients and run through the highest standards, excellent and personalized service at a reasonable price. We value our 200 plus employees as the key to our competitive advantage.

Sales & Corporate Main Office
16 Capitol Hills Drive, Old Balara, Diliman, Quezon City 1109
Telephone: +632 931-FOOD (3663)
Hours: Mondays – Saturdays 8:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 9:00am to 3:00pm

Albergus (SMX) Sales Office – SMX Convention Center
Seashell Lane, Pasay City 1300
Telephone: (632) 556-4507
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday & Holidays CLOSED 

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The Big Banquet 2-70.jpgSpanish Callos con Pandesal (Rating = 3.50).

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The Red Chef and Events is a catering and events management company owned and run by Aphat Martinez and Mike Profeta who are driven by their passion for excellent food and unique events.

95 Guirayan St., Brgy. Dona Imelda, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 741-2762, +632 524-0980
Mobile: +63 927 342-4036, +63 917 830-7471, +63 922 827-5137, +63 922 827-5139
FacebookThe Red Chef and Events
Website (in construction)

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Thank you friends for coming to the TBB2 event! 



The Big Banquet 2-106.jpgBaked Whole Salmon with Mango (Rating = 3.16).

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The right amount of diligence, talent, and faith—that’s what the CEO of one of the country’s leading catering companies, Josiah’s Catering, will tell you when asked about the ingredients for the sustained success of their 20-year old business.

First catering for their friends in the 90s, the Versoza couple behind Josiah’s Catering landed the chance to cater to Nayong Filipino, and has since continuously provided their first-class services to an ever-growing list of clientele.

“When we first started this business, all we wanted was to earn enough to provide for our children,” shares Jet Versoza, CEO of Josiah’s Catering. “From our humble beginnings in our backyard, we are thankful that through word-of-mouth, our reputation and business grew into something we never thought it would become.”

Part of the Josiah’s Catering reputation was built on their uncanny knack for introducing innovations that would later become industry-wide ‘defaults’ such as the concept of ‘worry-free catering’ in packages that included all the necessary reception requirements in their package offerings, and being the first to use Hollywood-inspired chairs such as the famed ‘Sorrento Banquet Chair’ during events. Their long list of Philippine catering firsts include color motifs (1990s); special linen (2000); chocolate fountains (2005); lighted glass buffet tables and upgraded dessert stations (2006); hanging cocktail bars (2007); and dessert cabinets (2008). With this, it’s no wonder that Josiah’s Catering earned the title of being the wedding and banquet specialist in the Philippines.

34 East Drive, Marikina Heights, Marikina CIty
Telephone: +632 475-2703

Joanne T. Tumalad
Banquet Sales Consultant
Mobile: +63 917 562-6570
Telephone: +632 934-2163, 475-2703 x 109

Sales and Marketing
Direct Lines: +632 941.7032 | +632 934.2163 | +632 934.5134 | +632 934.9252
Magic Jack: 1.408.9054802
Telefax: +632 934.6734


SMX Showroom
G/F SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Telephone Number: +632 556.5734

Matus Wedding Boutique
5/F Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Telephone Number: +632 706.5391
Mobile Number: +63 918.9021154 | +63 918.82MATUS (62887)

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Thank you Janice and Friends!  



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Hizon’s Catering is an off-premise caterer specializing in weddings, private parties, and corporate events. Established in 1987, we are now one of the top caterers in the Philippines.

Our guiding philosophy is to consistently provide clients with quality food at competitive prices and to provide a service that is efficient, friendly, and courteous. In our twenty-six years in the industry, it has been our policy to treat every client with utmost integrity and the highest degree of professionalism. This is why Hizon’s Catering today is considered a trusted name in the industry, catering regularly to celebrities and many of the country’s top corporations.

22 Renowned Lane Sanville Project 6, Quezon City
Telephone: +632 925-0107, +632 925-0103
Facebook: Hizon’s Catering
Twitter: @HizonsCatering


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Thank you to all the foodies and friends for making The Big Banquet 2 a big success!  

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Thank you to San Miguel Lifestyle Brews for the overflowing beer 🙂

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Thank you to The Blue Leaf for the awesome partnership with The Big Banquet 2!

Telephone: +632.623.9188, +632.585.1207,
Mobile: +63917.838.BLUE, or +63917.868.BLUE


Live an Awesome Life,


Disclosure: Our Awesome Planet in partnership with The Blue Leaf group co-founded The Big Banquet concept. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Watch out for the announcement of The Big Banquet 3 this mid-2015 and our beneficiaries for the event 🙂 

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2 thoughts on “The Big Banquet 2: And the BEST Caterers and Winning Dishes are… @TheBlueLeaf Filipinas

  1. Please do share if there will be another big banquet this 2015. We are getting married on October and on the lookout for suggestions. Thanks for sharing the details, very helpful!

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