Here we are! After several months to find the good venue for our future French Bistrot, we finally found it inside a giant supermarket’s compound. The Bacolod Robinson Mall will help us to start our project by facilitating the first rentals. Thanks to them for their encouraging support.
The place is a 110 m² area with a kitchen sized of 20m² where apprentices will develop and simmer delicious French menus to our next customers in Bacolod. But there are still many renovations and investments to be obtained to complete the desired Parisian Bistro feeling ... comfortable sofas, ceiling-lights, chairs and wooden tables, the zinc bar and of course the beautiful white tablecloth.
The remaining necessary budget is still about PHP 860,000 (USD 20,000) but a Belgium Microfinance Foundation (Crédit-Sud) would be willing to join us in this adventure and is ready to give a loan without interest worth of USD 14,000 ... and some generous supporters from Bacolod as well. Thank you to them to lend us the money to start the project very soon.
We have 2 interior architect volunteers, one from the Philippines who is drawing the first layout in cooperation with one from Paris, and both are helping us for remodeling and decorating ... looking forward to see the first result of plans and realistic 3D rendering !
A French Chef volunteer is about to arrive in Bacolod to help us to finalize the first menu of recipes that will hopefully bring over many connoisseurs and appreciators of the popular French cuisine. Any “recettes” would you wish to try? Soupe à l’oignon, œufs de cailles pochés ou œufs mimolettes, crêpes Suzette, croque-monsieur maison, quenelle sauce Nantua, bœuf bourguignon, blanquette ? … And don’t forget the red wines.
We are still looking for a French Chef who could invest himself/herself in a longer term in Bacolod City to attend and follow the rising operation of the Bistro and bar and make the necessary improvements to make it even more attractive as productive. Are you tempted to join? At your toques and let’s excite our papilla!
Now, the first apprentices in the kitchen and service team are being recruited, they are either former street children or young adult who have successfully undergone social rehabilitation program and let’s kick off this initiative as the first French restaurant solidarity-oriented in Negros. They will be receiving a preliminary training with a partner cooking training school (BACA) in order to teach them with ABC of catering skills, and then they will have a bit more specific and extensive training with the French Chef lively at the “French Touch Bistrot”.
Perhaps other similar projects may rise up later? This concept already works very well in other countries in Asia, why not here in the Philippines, particularly in Bacolod with more than half a million inhabitants...
Thank you to our Global Giving’s donors for allowing us to perpetuate this social enterprise.
Please do support us with the costs of the beneficiaries’ training so they can learn a trade for a brighter future. The street will just be a bad memory to them and only a rest story of their difficult past.
Thank you so much !!!
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