Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Purple Dish Grand Food Tasting + Vatel Manila

My sister who is a soon-to-be bride wants me to go here....
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...to which I declined because Mango Farm is in Rizal province and I'll be coming from Cavite. Totally insane right? What's more we don't have our own transportation thus I'll be commuting. Sorry to disappoint her but I won't give in to her request this time.

I know she wanted me to check out the setup of Purple Dish as she won the dessert buffet they offered for bidding in W@W Auction by WeddingsatWork. I'll tell you more about the auction on a separate entry as she made a "career" out of last year's auction. What's more she recently booked Vatel Manila for her entourage flowers.

During my time when I was preparing for my wedding, Purple Dish and Vatel Manila are unknown entity. Well at least for me as I haven't heard their names in 2006-2008. Back then they are not creating a buzz. But today is different, Vatel Manila is becoming the go-to flower supplier by the soon-to-wed couples. Of course, the ever reliable shops in Dangwa are the cheaper alternative and mind you, this is also the place where caterers get their flowers for their reception setup.

So me being the curious person (sometimes), I decided to check Purple Dish and Vatel Manila's history.

Purple Dish is owned by Chef Velmor who discovered his true passion in cooking during his stay in California & New York. He earned his culinary experience at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California by attending weekend cooking, baking and wine classes.

Then, in 2008 he decided to come home and became a caterer and private chef for corporate institutions. He is currently the Executive Chef and Managing Director of Purpledish Catering and Metro Chef Canteen Concessionaire.

Vatel Manila is owned by Dylan Yap Gozum. Her mother grew up orchids then the flower collection grew to daisies, wild roses, Dahlias, etc. The flower business was an idea born at The Mango Farm in late 2005. It was inspired by the 2000 film, VATEL, starring Gérard Depardieu & Uma Thurman. Depardieu plays François Vatel, the Master of Festivities and Pleasures in the court of Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé. 

At the beginning, we Dylan and her crew were just there to assist the Farm in conceptualizing booth designs whenever it attends bridal fairs. Their first wedding was in November 2005 and the second in June of 2006. The rate has risen since then and as of today, they have done more than 400 weddings since theye started. 

Interesting beginnings of these two companies who successfully made it big in the wedding industry. Both of the owners ventured into their respective business simply because they love what they do and I think that is the most important ingredient for any entrepreneurs.

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