Seda Centrio Officially Welcomes Christmas

Last November 18, Seda Centrio Hotel officially welcomed the Christmas season through a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event gathered some of the hotel’s most loyal patrons, supporters, and friends, along with the staff led by Seda’s manager, Armand Angeles.

In a short program hosted by ABS-CBN TV host Nicole Abas Datayan, HM Armand thanked the guests and the hotel’s regular patrons. After which, Chef Malek El Safadi, Seda’s newest family member, then went onstage to introduce his team, as well as to share with guests all the special dishes he was cooking up for Kagay-anons for the holiday season.

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Chef Malek and his team.

Before the Christmas tree was officially lit, guests enjoyed the special buffet spread prepared by Chef Malek. The kind chef prepared Lebanese, French, Egyptian, and Italian dishes. The lineup included four different types of salad, Bacon Wrap, Shrimp Curry, Saj Rolls, Potato Croquette, and Roast Pork Liempo, which was an instant hit among guests. Cocktail drinks were also served throughout the night. The buffet spread is a sampling of what Seda will be serving its guests for the duration of the Christmas season.

After enjoying Chef Malek’s feast, the guests were ushered to Misto, where a grand Christmas tree stood in the middle of the lounge. Together with Department of Tourism Regional Director Catalino E. Chan III and Miss Cagayan de Oro 2016 Sherlyn Legaspi, hotel manager Armand officially lit Seda Centrio’s Christmas tree.

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To add to the merry Christmas spirit, Corpus Christi Grade School’s The Falsettos serenaded the guests with some Christmas carols. Their sweet voices soared through the hotel lounge, brightening up the already festive atmosphere.

Before the event ended, HM Armand, and Ms. Carol Valdez of the hotel’s marketing and sales team, picked out several winners for the raffle draw. Some guests took home Misto gift certificates, while one lucky lady received the grand prize of an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s premiere rooms.

Aside from officially welcoming the Christmas season, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony served as a peek into Seda Centrio Hotel’s special treats for December. The hotel’s Seasons Specials include the Banquet Blowout and the Festive Buffets. The Banquet Blowout is for events with a minimum of 25 persons from December 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.  Seda’s Festive Buffets will be from Mondays to Saturdays, 6pm to 10pm, from December 5 to 23, 2016. For more information about the hotel’s December specials, please contact 088-323 8888 or 0917-577 5910. You may also send an email to reservations.cdo@sedahotels.com.

Happy holidays, everyone!

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Chef Malek El Safadi: Bringing the Flavors of the World to CDO

(Press Release by MFPoblete)

The newest addition to the Seda Centrio family is an accomplished chef who brings with him world class experiences.

Chef Malek El Safadi is well-versed in the culinary world. In fact, he shares his knowledge and expertise through the many culinary art mentorships he has done (and continues to do). Apart from his stint as the Corporate Executive Chef for renowned hotels here and abroad, Chef Malek also spent nine years (1989 to 1998) with The King of Saudi Arabia, serving as General Head Chef and Nutrition Consultant for His Royal Highness.

Passion for Culinary Arts

Born on January 24 in Alieh, Beirut, Chef Malek completed his BS in Agriculture Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas in 1985. A year later, he found himself at the Lebanon School of Culinary Arts, where he eventually finished his HRM degree, with a major in Massive Food Caterings. Not one to easily rest on his laurels, Chef Malek went to the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation in Lucena for his Hotels & Restaurant Management studies.

After completing the course in 1997, he continued his quest for knowledge and excellence. From 1997 to 1998, Chef Malek was at The Culinary Institute of America, where he eventually completed his training for Fine Dining.

While in training, Chef Malek was also working. He had stints at MGM in Las Vegas and even shared his culinary skills while training at the Taj Mahal in India. Training as an International Corporate Executive Chef, he said, means allowing yourself to be “involved in all the flavors of the world”. Thus, Chef Malek took every opportunity to learn and grow in his chosen field.

One of the reasons for Chef Malek’s successful culinary journey is his passion and love for culinary arts. This is evident in his quest for continuous knowledge even when he is already considered one of the best. This determination and willgness to learn and do better is what helped Chef Malek carve a respectable image in the international culinary field.

Training People to Provide Excellent Service

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Chef Malek. (Photo by Vincent Tom Udasco)

Aside from his stints as Corporate Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage of world class hotels and resorts, Chef Malek was also consultant and trainer for different hotels in the Makati CBD.

Chef Malek believes that providing excellent service does not only mean serving the best dishes. Excellent service means offering the most comfortable rooms, first class amenities, good public relations, and everything else that a hotel or restaurant can offer. This is why the training and consultancy work he does is essential in helping achieve an establishment’s goals.

Bringing Interesting International Flavors to CDO

Chef Malek comes from a culinary family that owns a chain of restaurants. So his passion for creating unique dishes is understandable. As his training and specialty is whipping up international culinary masterpieces, this is what he brings to Cagayan de Oro as he starts his journey as the newest chef for Seda Centrio’s Misto.

Misto is known for its exceptional buffets and culinary specials. It is one of the few hotels in the city that offers fresh treats using the most natural (organic) ingredients. This makes Misto the perfect venue for Chef Malek to flex his culinary muscles.

“My specialties are dishes from all the Arab countries, and Italian cuisine. We’ll be having authentic Shawarma here at Misto. This will be on the new menu.” And yes, there will be pizza; but it will be different  from the usual,” he teases. “I produce everything from scratch. Our pizza does not use ready-made sauce. We also have hamburgers, but I do not use extenders on them. There is no artificial flavor (MSG) in my dishes.”

Chef Malek follows a strict procedure when cooking, one that keeps the dishes fresh and tasty. His entrees are always oozing with colors and flavors. A colorful meal is important because, according to the chef, “The eyes always eat first before the mouth.”

This is what diners at Misto will experience every time they indulge in a culinary treat at the hotel. Chef Malek and his team will prepare an array of local and international fusion dishes for Seda Centrio’s themed buffets. Some of these treats include the Chicken Salad with three different lettuce types, all organic, and with freshly made dressing; and a unique salmon dish. Each is designed to cater to the varying choices of diners, so you’re sure to have an unforgettable culinary experience at Seda!

Experience the colorful, inviting, and mouthwatering culinary masterpieces of Chef Malek, including Arabic, Italian and local with a twist. Visit Misto at Seda Centrio now. For inquiries and reservations, you can call (088) 3238888 or 0917-577 5910. Who knows? If you get there early, you might even meet the good chef!

Seda Centrio Celebrates Oktoberfest

(Press Release)

Beer lovers all over the world rejoice every time October sets in because it means one whole month of beer festivals. These festivals are known as Oktoberfest celebrations.

Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, where an annual beer festival and traveling funfair takes place from middle or late September to early October. Considered an integral part of Bavarian culture, the festival is celebrated in different ways around the world. The central figure in all these celebrations is beer; large amounts of it, plus food and some music.

In the Philippines, Oktoberfest is celebrated with music and food. Throughout October, various concerts featuring the country’s top bands are held in different venues around the country. Restaurants and hotels also come up with special events to commemorate these Oktoberfest celebrations. Some of these events feature popular German food like sausages.

Here in Cagayan de Oro, Seda Centrio Hotel’s Misto is one of the establishments offering special treats for the Oktoberfest celebrations.

Beer Time

Oktoberfest actually started early at Seda as it introduced Beer Time at Misto last August. This is perfect for beer lovers who want to unwind after a challenging day at the office.

From Monday to Friday, guests at Misto you can order all your favorite local beers at a discounted price of Php80. For a more satisfying Beer Time experience, you can pair off your beer with any of the restaurant’s Snack Platters. If you want something sweet and spicy, go for the Sweet Beef Tapa with Spicy Coconut Dip. If you prefer to take your beer with something fried, try Misto’s Crispy Squid Heads.

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Other Snack Platter choices are Tokwa’t Baboy, Sisig Sipa, Sinuglaw, and one of their bestsellers, Cheeseboard. Prices for these platters are reasonable, ranging from Php180 to Php350.

In case you prefer other alcoholic drinks, you can have them at 30% off per glass.

Beer Time at Misto is from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Oktoberfest at Misto

Oktoberfest celebration at Seda Centrio is special this year.

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From today until October 22, you and your friends can celebrate world’s largest beer festival at Misto. For only Php699, savor all the mouthwatering grilled sausages that you can. Pair this with one free round of iced tea, or you can order your favorite beer or alcoholic beverage at a special discounted price.

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Oktoberfest at Misto is from 6pm to 10pm.

Misto is located at the 4th floor of Seda Centrio Hotel. For more information and for your reservations, please contact 088-323 8888 or 0917-577 5910. You may also send an email to reservations.cdo@sedahotels.com.

Cheers! Prost! See you at Seda Centrio!

Seda Centrio May-ender: Juicy, Mouthwatering Roast Beef

Seda Centrio Hotel is known for serving only the most satisfying culinary specials to Kagay-anons. I’ve tried their healthy lunch buffet, the heavenly Italian creations of Chef Salvatore, and the mouthwatering roast beef special prepared by Chef Alfonso “Funzi” Cortez. This last culinary experience is what I will share with all of you today.

Chef Funzi and the accommodating staff of Seda welcomed my dad and I, along with other guests, at Misto on a quiet May Sunday. We were joined by the hotel’s F&B manager, the witty and funny Mike Gayoso, and the lovely Angela Pupos, Seda’s communications officer. Noel Barrameda, the hotel’s ever active manager, joined us later on.

I did not know what to expect when we arrived at Seda because I had not eaten roast beef for some time. Aside from the fact that it was an expensive meal choice, it was difficult to find a restaurant in Cagayan de Oro that served it the way I wanted it. So, the minute that I saw the roast beef spread on the buffet table, I knew we were in for a totally memorable dining experience.

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Chef Alfonso “Funzi” Cortez.

Before we were served the roast beef, Chef Funzi revealed to us that we were about to taste premium grade Australian roast beef. A cross breed of Black Angus and Wagyu, Rangers Valley Steak is said to be one of the best tasting, most tender high quality beef in the world. This whetted my  appetite and I couldn’t wait to get a taste of the roast beef.

Of course, before we got to the main dish, we were served soup and salad. Misto’s different soup varieties are my personal favorites, so I wasn’t surprised when I devoured the Seafood Bisque that was served to us. The aromatic herbs really got to my senses, and the touch of flavored cognac gave me a satisfying feeling.

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Seafood Bique with aromatic herbs and flavored cognac.

The salad of greens, with honey mustard dressing, was the perfect soup partner. Seda and Misto makes sure that they serve only fresh greens from local producers.

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Unlimited veggies.

 

After the salad, our roast beefs were served. And, boy, did my eyes grow wide with surprise! It was a hearty serving of 250 grams of the finest Australian prime beef! Paired with mashed potato and some vegetable sidings (carrots, eggplant, and zucchini), it was pure heavenly culinary satisfaction. Mouthwatering, juicy, tasty, and all kinds of wonderful. I couldn’t help but admire Chef Funzi’s culinary masterpiece! Best of all, they served it the way I wanted it: medium rare.

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Finally, after months of roast beef hibernation, I found what I was looking for at Seda Centrio Hotel’s Misto. While it’s true that it is a bit pricey at Php1350+++ (with soup and salad), it’s totally worth every single peso you shell out. Trust me! It’s premium grade Australian beef, remember?

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Since tomorrow is the last Sunday of May, and we are at the tail end of the summer season, why not allow yourself to indulge and enjoy Seda Centrio’s Roast Beef Sunday special. For inquiries and reservations, call 088-323 8888 or 0917-577 5910. Or check out the Seda Centrio Hotel Facebook page for updates.

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Cheers to Chef Funzi and the Seda Centrio family for this culinary masterpiece!

Enjoy your prime roast beef, mateys!

 

Misto is at the 4th floor of Seda Centrio Hotel along Corrales Avenue.