French Cuisine Helps Me To Stay Out Of The Street

Soon to open !!!
Soon to open !!!
Here we go!
The restaurant is about to be finished and being renovated. This program, called "French Touch Bistrot" was created and developed in partnership with the social enterprise "Le Bistrot Français, A-TYPIC Inc." which will open soon and will be the first French restaurant in Bacolod City and may be in Negros Occidental. Everyone is excited to begin the training and open quickly. The core team has been recruited and we have selected our first four beneficiaries and trainees. Thank you to Hanna, Chenny, Darlene from our partner organization namely "Binhi" and Jahd, a former resident of the Social Development Center, for agreeing to this program of rehabilitation and reintegration through vocational training. This first group will pave the way for future beneficiaries and development of the culture of French cuisine in Bacolod.
These young people will be supported and trained by their respective guardians and will have theoretical and practical cooking, waiter service, bartender and cashier classes and also will be reviewing basics of the management of a restaurant. One objective of this training is to give them the opportunity to be trained in the restaurant trade and practice in the field to acquire the skills to be recruited later by another institution or to give them the means and knowledge to start their own business ... We are working on it to get funding and opportunities to launch them into the world of entrepreneurship and offer them a real chance to get brighter life out despite their difficulties and hostile environments of living.
They will be of course trained in French cuisine as well as its culture whether through the wines, cheeses, dance, music also and so on
Come and enjoy their achievements and discover their strong sense of customer service of satisfaction, which will, hopefully, growing and be grateful. 
We are all looking forward to wishing them all the best and let the champagne flows :).
A big thank you to our GlobalGiving's supporters who make this happens.
Velvet sofa are waiting to accomodate you
Velvet sofa are waiting to accomodate you
First batch of French Touch Bistrot Training
First batch of French Touch Bistrot Training
What a excited team and staff !
What a excited team and staff !
Authentic French Pictures for your pleasure
Authentic French Pictures for your pleasure
How to make home made Confit de Canard
How to make home made Confit de Canard
Where is the kitchen?
Where is the kitchen?
Can you imagine the Parisian terrace there !
Can you imagine the Parisian terrace there !

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 !!!

I am ready to start the cooking training session!
I am ready to start the cooking training session!
It doesn
It doesn't look like Parisian Bistrot yet !
Humm what a messy kitchen isn
Humm what a messy kitchen isn't it !



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Location: Revel, Haute-Garonne - France
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Project Leader:
Ton-Trong Ho
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Philippines

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