FWN's 1st Annual Filipina Salo Salo

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Posted by Balu on December 25, 2008 at 08:02:30:

FWN's 1st Annual Filipina Salo Salo
The 2009 Adobo Crawl

A celebration of Filipino heritage and cuisine

In collaboration with 12 highly acclaimed restaurants and food
organizations who serve
authentic Filipino and Filipino-inspired dishes,
the Filipina Women's Network (FWN) cordially invites you
to embark on a year-round culinary adventure
celebrating the many flavorful and exotic ingredients, cultural and regional influences, cooking and dining traditions of Filipino cuisine.

In 2009, each restaurant highlights its unique recipe of the popular
'adobo' dish as one of the selections in their
Prix Fixe menu.

FWN's 1st Annual Filipina Salo Salo
Jan 24 (Sat 6pm) --- Intramuros
Feb 19 (Thu 7pm) --- Alimango
Mar 24 (Tue 7pm) --- Bistro Luneta
Apr 26 (Sun 6pm) --- Zebulon
May 31 (Sun 6pm) --- Red Lantern
Jun 28 (Sun 6pm) --- Archipelago
Jul 26 (Sun 5pm) --- Gerry's Grill
Aug 23 (Sun 6pm) --- Poleng Lounge
Sep 24 (Thu 7pm) --- Mercury Lounge
Oct 22 (Thu 7pm) --- Ramar Foods
Nov 15 (Sun 6pm) --- Alido's
Dec 15 (Tue 7pm) --- Patio Filipino

Quick Links . .
Register for the Filipina Salo Salo Now! (early bird rates)

Why join FWN? Join now.

FWN Members 2008

FWN 100: View the final list - 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.
Limited edition - purchase the souvenir photo album featuring speakers & the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. @ the Filipina Summit, Washington DC

FWN's YouTube Channel: video stories of the FWN 100 Most Influential

Sponsor the Time Capsule Project: archiving the FWN 100 life stories. Sponsor an Influential Filipina.

Nominate the Next 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. (2009)

V-Day Filipina 2009 - cast audition (watch for dates)

Sponsor V-Day Filipina 2009
Advertise in the V-Diaries 2009 (anti-violence resource guide)

Sponsor the Filipina Summit 2009 (Oct 23-25 in San Francisco)

Advertise in the FWN Magazine
Sponsor the Filipina Salo Salo. Add your corporate logo here all of 2009!

Community Partners & Filipina Salo Salo Sponsors

With over 7,000 islands making up the
Philippine Archipelago
and the cultural influences from Southeast Asia, China,
Europe (Spain) and the Americas (Mexico, the USA),
food has become the lifeblood
that unites Filipinos.

This exciting amalgamation of flavors inspired the
Filipina Women's Network to create the
1st Annual Filipina Salo Salo
- a year-long culinary adventure to explore and appreciate
Filipino heritage and cuisine.

The Adobo 'Crawl'
The term 'crawl' has been in use since the late 19th century in European cities to describe an informal tour of pubs, bars, or restaurants that act as social gatherings for the local expat communities and tourists to meet new friends and being introduced to new places in a strange city.

Other crawl variations include the Santa Claus crawl (before the Christmas season), zombie crawl (Halloween) and beer/gin crawls (St. Patrick's Day). In 2009, we will re-discover the popular 'adobo' dish.

Each month as we visit a highly acclaimed restaurant, their chef will feature a pre-fixed menu
highlighting their own unique interpretation of the 'adobo'.

Why Salo Salo?***
Salo-salo (also spelled salu-salo) is the act of sharing a meal together, to share life, and deepen friendships. Filipinos also use salo-salo as a term for 'celebration'. 'May munting salo-salo po' (We have a small celebration) . We will eat together as a way of celebrating. In this instance, we are celebrating Filipino cuisine and dining practices.

Salo-salo is not only for celebrations. 'Salo' means to share a plate: 'Salo na tayo dito' or 'Let's eat from the same plate' - either there is no more plate, or sharing a plate among friends. For indeed, when one wants to share a problem with a friend, they eat together. We also say 'Pagsaluhan na natin ito' - 'Let us share with one another whatever is available. Even if it is only a small amount of food, it will suffice for all of us.' Yes, during difficult economic times, nagsasalu-salo ang mga Pinoy. Salo salo happens - a cultural energy that invigorates families and communities.

Filipino Values*
Salo salo exemplifies the Filipino core value of pakikipagkapwa (Enriquez:1992) , highlighting the 'relational' cultural ethos of the Filipino. A Filipino's life is defined by her/his relationships. Therefore, we cannot turn away someone who is in need because the other is 'kapwa'. Especially when it comes to food. Filipinos offer food as a way of greeting a friend or even a stranger.

Salo salo brings out the openness and hospitality of the Filipino. Among our indigenous tribes, sharing a meal together is also a sign of reconciliation, forgiveness, a deeper level of sharing or involvement.

Beyond sharing a meal, 'makisalo' (verb) can be translated simply as sharing, to share, to join. 'Makisalo ka naman sa amin' or 'Share (yourself) with us'. It can also mean a deeper level of sharing which is involvement or volunteering. 'Ayaw niyang makisalo sa ating gawain' or S/he does not want to get involved with our project, group or organization.'

During these uncertain times, be among friends and colleagues and join us for a friendly meal.

The Filipina Women's Network
invites you to embark with us on a year-long culinary adventure at its
1st Annual Filipina Salo Salo.

Click! to join us and save your seat now.
Glorious Filipino food.
Dine in style.
Meet and network with Filipina professionals.


Genevieve Herreria, MPH & Jennifer Ong, OD
Co-Chairs, Filipina Salo-Salo Campaign

Marily Mondejar
President, Filipina Women's Network

** from Bukal ng Tipan
***Featured restaurants, salo salo dates and times may change. Please visit www.ffwn.org for updates.