This rendition takes place at downtown St. Pete's Scott Andrew Fischer Design Studio (stylized as "SAFDS") on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. In addition to a variety of traditional Filipino eats, the event will feature a live DJ, a welcoming cocktail, a cash bar, and a few sweet treats after the meal.
What won't be there are forks and spoons.
"There's going to be a $200 up-charge for utensils, but if they ask nicely we’ll waive it," Chef Cruz of Ichicoro and Chismis & Co. tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay with a laugh.
This kamayan's $95 ticket can be purchased on eventbrite.com, and comes with a complimentary cocktail in addition to the all-you-can-eat Pinoy spread. After Thursday, Dec. 1, tickets to this exclusive feast will cost $105 each.
The meal starts with a few cocktails and appetizers, like lumpia, crispy pork bites and a tangy sinigang broth, which acts as a palette cleanser. Main dishes include whole fried snapper, deep fried pork belly or lechon kawali, aromatic braised chicken thighs, and kare kare, a peanut-based curry with tender short ribs. These main proteins will be joined by a wide spread of sides like roasted squash, garlic rice, braided green beans, savory eggplant frittata and salted duck eggs.
The feast will be accompanied by a variety of sauces and condiments as well, in addition to a few desserts like puto and biko—two traditional Filipino sweets.
And although there are a few plant-based items scattered throughout the feast, this probably isn't a meal for all of the true vegans out there. For more details on the kamayan menu, head to chismisandco.com.
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