A few months ago, I wrote about Mateo’s blooms, referring to flowers that surrounded the front wall of Mateo’s. What I did not predict then would be how Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe would bloom into what it is now, literally sprouting a Garden Cafe surrounded by glass and beautiful plants.
Last Tuesday, August 18, we had an afternoon of Spanish Lessons and Sangrias at the new Garden Cafe. We were taught how to speak basic Spanish by Lolo Mateo’s grandson, Tito Benjie Valerio, who was visiting Manila during his break from work. He teaches Spanish and French in the prestigious La Guardia High School of Music, Arts, and Performing Arts in New York City. (Cool trivia: Nikki Minaj was once his student, and he also taught the children of Madonna! And yes Madonna would personally be there to meet him for PTC’s)
(Ongoing Spanish Class photo by Margaux Lucena)
The event was styled by Sarah Bautista-Abaño of With a Flourish. She prepared our Welcome Signage with table assignments, dessert buffet, sangria bar, and the table center pieces.
(Welcome Signage photo by Stella Pastores-Esquivias)
(Sangria Bar and Dessert Buffet Table photo by yours truly)
(Top view dessert spread photo by Sheryll Rose Ontimare)
(Tablescape photo by Stella Pastores-Esquivias)
Our food for the event was of course lovingly prepared by the kitchen headed by our talented Tita Grace Valerio. We had bruschetta, Spinach Mushroom Quesadillas, Calamari, Gambas, and Spanish Paella.
(Top view photo of Spanish Paella, Blue Fish Seviche, and Gambas by Sheryll Rose Ontimare)
To all the special guests who attended, we hope you enjoyed as much as we did! Gracias!:)
(Gracias toppers prepared by my blogging partner, Issa Mijares-Ramos. Thank you for your support always, Issa!)
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The Garden Cafe at Mateo’s is open for bookings and reservations for intimate events. It can hold up to 40 pax. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 696-3724 from 11am-10PM daily.