San Diego chef and founder of nonprofit organization Open Gym, Phillip Esteban, joins acclaimed DC chefs Paolo Dungca of Hiraya Restaurant and James Beard award winner Tom Cunanan from Hermies, both of Pogiboy, for a one night, bi-coastal dinner to explore modern Filipino Cuisine in a shared space.
Guest Chefs Dinner will be a Filipino fine dining experience on Friday, Nov. 19, 5–10pm at Parq nightclub in Downtown San Diego, with multiple seatings throughout the night. The highlights three chefs working together to share their passion for their Filipino heritage through a curated food experience. The six course dinner will serve as a preview of Esteban's upcoming concept Well Fed, an elevated Filipino restaurant opening in 2022 in National City, along with previewing the DC chefs' upcoming fine dining Filipino restaurants, Hiraya and Hermies, which are scheduled to open next year in Washington, DC.
The ticketed event is $150 for a special six course dinner, with natural wine pairings offered for an additional $75.
The menu will feature a mix of traditional and unique Filipino dishes from all three chefs including: Shrimp Toast with shiro dashi, ginger and caviar; Cassava Cake, a traditional Filipino moist cake with crab fat, mangalitsa lardo, ikura; Tuna Kinilaw with Koji coconut emulsion, ogo, burnt wood oil; Ginataan with delicata squash, caramelized coconut, pepitas; Kaldereta, a goat meat stew from the Philippines with smoked duck breast, castelvetrano olives and kaldereta sauce; and a banana skin custard for dessert to end the night.
The trio will also host a Pogiboy x White Rice pop-up at Chef Phillip's White Rice in Liberty Public Market on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 11am until sell out. The Filipino rice bowl food stall will be running their regular menu all day, with the special event menu featuring savory silog (rice bowls) and Filipino burgers. Sure to sell out, stop by for the Bistek Burger with umami mayo or the Chicken Joy Sando with fried katsu, gravy, queso de bola, both on a ube bun.