TastePRO’s TastEX 2012: An International Brand Degustation

When In Manila and host to an important event, if you want everything to be perfect, leave it to the pros. To be more specific, leave it to Josiah’s Catering‘s TastePRO.

TastePRO is the leading specialist for corporate catering services. As a subsidiary of Josiah’s Catering – which has been in the business for over 20 years – TastePRO boasts of unparalleled experience and an outstanding reputation, which I had the privilege to experience.

Not only known for providing great food, they also pride themselves our their meticulous attention to detail: consistently good service, beautiful table setup, and thematic décor to suit any event. “We want them to experience different cuisines that we can provide them, which we have perfected through the years with Josiah’s Catering,” says Freshnaida Versoza, TastePro’s Brand Manager.

Josiah Catering’s TastePRO did just that in its Brand Degustation .“TastePro will be addressing the needs of companies for their corporate functions whether it is for business conferences, luncheon meetings, parties and even team building activities.” shares Jet Versoza, CEO of Josiah’s Catering. “This year, we will be launching different brands in our company focusing on specific demands of our clients.”

There was so much food all around, it was dizzying! I couldn’t make heads or tails of where to start and ended up gravitating to the nearest food table instead. 

TastePRO’s interpretation of Sun Cellular was a Thai Seafood Stir Fry in Crisp Rice Cakes and Bean Sprouts – a complete Thai dish that represents Sun Cellular providing various and complete services to all its customers.

HSBC’s 5 Spice Braised Pork Belly Slice in Wonton Cups with Peanuts and Chives was a hit. It is dish that’s easy to prepare and cost efficient, but of a good quality – both in taste and presentation. I especially liked how the flavor of the sauce complemented the richness of the pork belly, with the wonton and peanuts giving it an extra crunch.



HP was represented by Crispy Mac N’ Cheese – a famous American staple that is recognized all over the world, much like the Hewlett-Packard brand.

There were a few oddballs in the mix as well, not representing any brand, but merely showcasing what TastePRO can do for functions or special events. They served appetizers of Open Face Bacon and Egg Crostini with Hollandaise Sauce – it would have been quite good, if only the quail eggs weren’t cold when I got to them.

Lifestyle’s Red Beans and Shrimp Salad Cups with Southwestern BBQ Dressing reflected the wellness company’s ideal of providing innovative health products. 

The food equivalent of Johnson & Johnson, on the other hand,  was Grilled Cilantro Chicken on Mini Whole Wheat Ciabatta with Vietnamese Dressing – a healthy and delicious appetizer which represent’s J&J’s commitment to the promise of healthcare for people throughout the world.

JP Morgan’s food interpretation was the Mini US Tenderloin Steak Sandwich with Onion Jam and Au Jus, quality ingredients to represent one of the biggest and most respected banking institutions the US.

The catering company really went all out with SamsungRice Cakes in Sweet Pepper Sauce, Kimchi Pancakes, and Grilled Pork in Lettuce Wrap with Chili Bean Paste, a smorgasbord of  Korean dishes to represent their numerous innovative brands.

For Wyeth, they prepared Goat’s Cheese and Mushroom Tart with Tomato Confit. The goat’s milk is inspired by the products of the company that are focused on children’s health.

Appetizers are definitely not their only strong suit. Their food interpretation of Fluor Daniel was a Mini Molten Lava Cake with Vanilla Sauce, one of the best dessert scores night. 



Chocoholics who needed more after the Molten Chocolate cake also tried the Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake. Needless to say, I was one of them. And this was awesome! The rich dark chocolate melts in your mouth!

There was Sugar Free Carrot Tortes, that represented the Philippine Association of Opthalmologists, a play perhaps on the saying that carrots help with poor eyesight.

Lastly, I tried the Berries Trifle – a smooth, rich combination of cream and blueberry, which was the perfect end to this decadent meal. 

When In Manila, and in need of a caterer for a corporate function or for a special family event, Josiah Catering’s TastePRO is the company you want. Not only do they serve delectable dishes, they can also come up with spectacular party themes to go along with the festivities, too!

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TastePRO’s TastEX 2012: An International Brand Degustation


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