As one of the most influential types of cuisine, primarily for its abundant use of plant-based ingredients, Mediterranean food is also widely celebrated for using centuries-old olive oil in its various recipes. From fresh salads, flavorful dips, and sauces, to made-from-scratch stews and soups, olive oil is a staple ingredient that makes the Mediterranean diet one of the healthiest in the world.
As a market leader in olive oil and Mediterranean products in the Philippines, Doña Elena proudly celebrated its rich heritage of flavor and passion in a one-night exclusive event attended by VIP guests from Fly Ace Corporation’s national trade partners and media. The evening celebrated Mediterranean flavors and Spain’s old-world culinary history, with “Gusto” as the main theme to highlight Doña Elena’s success in the country.
The celebration began with a buffet of tapas specialties, a grand display of assorted meats, cheeses, nuts, crackers, and a whole Iberico Ham as the centerpiece.
The sit-down buffet dinner was a gastronomic journey that began with an appetizer trio: bite-sized tuna tartare in pani puri, eggplant caviar, and grilled pulpo. Laden with chimichurri and bonito aioli sauces, these dishes are generously infused with Doña Elena olive oil to enliven their flavor.
A comforting tomato soup followed, with simple and quality ingredients for a heartwarming flavor. It was made from a purée of Doña Elena diced tomatoes and Doña Elena olive oil.
Terraza Martinez executive chef Luis Martinez presented the Presa Iberica de Cerdo, a buttery soft premium pork tenderloin with next-level marbling. This was followed by the duck confit, foie gras, and Spanish Bomba rice dish, reflecting Chef Luis’ Valencian roots.
What better way to end the feast than with a classic favorite, Basque cheesecake with apricot and pistachio for a balance of fruity and nutty tastes? Its rich caramel crust and creamy texture were a crowd favorite.
As a tribute to Spain’s art, culture, and music, guests were treated to an exclusive flamenco show from an ensemble flown from Spain. “Flamenco is considered one of the icons of Spanish culture, which evokes so much passion and energy,” said marketing director Zen Prudentino. “We just knew that our special dinner would be best enjoyed with one of Spain’s most exhilarating art forms to give a full experience.”
The performance showcased different styles of flamenco, transporting the audience to Andalusia. The entertainment certainly gave energy and delight to the guests.
Fly Ace Corporation’s vision of bringing the best of the world with healthy Mediterranean flavors at its core led to Doña Elena’s humble beginnings. A trusted name in the Philippines, Doña Elena is a household staple with a wide selection of products. Doña Elena Olive Oil was first introduced in the Philippines with its three variants—extra virgin, pure, and pomace. Since then, the brand has continuously expanded its product range with Mediterranean staples sourced from Spain and all over the world, and brought to Filipino kitchens. To this day, Doña Elena Olive Oil continuously reigns as the no. 1 olive oil brand in the country, trusted by both chefs and home cooks.
For Fly Ace Corporation president Jun Cochanco, the brand is a symbol of passion and innovation, with its partners and stakeholders as a big part of their success. “Over the years, we’ve cultivated and grown the brand into what it is today. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our great partners and stakeholders. We couldn’t have done this without you. Doña Elena is a brand that stands for authentic Mediterranean quality, and I can promise that we will continue to invest in the brand and create value in these categories.”
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