The Night of the Launch of TruffleFinder

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Most of us know truffles as either the oil used to give an exquisite flavor on French or Italian dishes (like Italian truffle oil pizza), or as a chocolate truffle dessert that normally has a rich, rounded taste variation of chocolate.

A Night with the Trufflefinder at Brew Bar Speakeasy Edifice Studios Chino Roces Pasong Tamo Extension Makati City Philippines-8555

But the real truffle is actually this rare fungus that grows near the trees of France and Italy, and the traditional way of digging for them is to use pigs or trained dogs to sniff them out. These will always have a more authentic taste than truffle oil and is one of the most expensive culinary ingredients. As a matter of fact, one auction for a 1.5kilogram sized truffle reached around US$ 330,000.00 paid by the legendary Macau casino operator Stanley Ho.

Such is the rarity of this ingredient sometimes called “the diamond of the kitchen”, that experiences that seem to emulate the finding of such treasures generates excitement.

So when En Route was one of the privileged few to witness the launch of Trufflefinder, how adequate that even looking for its launch venue was something worth narrating in pictures.

A Night with the Trufflefinder at Brew Bar Speakeasy Edifice Studios Chino Roces Pasong Tamo Extension Makati City Philippines-8573

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Who knew that this dark, wet alley would open up into this:

A Night with the Trufflefinder at Brew Bar Speakeasy Edifice Studios Chino Roces Pasong Tamo Extension Makati City Philippines-8570

This is the Edifice Studios in Pasong Tamo Extension, home to some of the great creative minds of the advertising industry, and individuals with a keen eye on photography, artwork, and digital magic. And just above, is another exclusive and private, Speakeasy-style bar in Metro Manila: The Brew Bar.

This intimate and reserved setting was the stage for the launching of Trufflefinder.

A Night with the Trufflefinder at Brew Bar Speakeasy Edifice Studios Chino Roces Pasong Tamo Extension Makati City Philippines-8556

A Night with the Trufflefinder at Brew Bar Speakeasy Edifice Studios Chino Roces Pasong Tamo Extension Makati City Philippines-8557Like its namesake, Trufflefinder will be the collective source of some of the best products and experiences for the more discerning customers, and be able to tap this exclusive community to expand its list so that this self-made ecosystem can benefit from such experiences.

The target market will be quite small, just like how things that are exclusive are supposed to be. And their aim is to be like the concierge for these discerning few, so that all that needs to be worried is living out those exquisite moments.

Trufflefinder is a joint creation of IGNITE Marketing, which handles the actual finding of those little “truffle” experiences, and Collab Manila, which provides the platform to get members to congregate and see these for themselves.

A Night with the Trufflefinder at Brew Bar Speakeasy Edifice Studios Chino Roces Pasong Tamo Extension Makati City Philippines-8561

It is not a group buying site where a random product or place will be sold at a discount to a group. It will still be discounted, although it still does not come cheap. But then again, neither do life’s most exclusive experiences.

Examples would be overnight stays at private islands(similar in exclusivity as Sumilon Island of Cebu or Arena Island of Narra, Palawan), or a luxurious island boat hopping. They also will have state-of the art beauty and wellness packages, as well as dream wedding or event caterings.

All of the above non-watermarked images are courtesy of trufflefinder.com

Such setups and samples were present like the sample table arrangements and catering services for Spanish tapas and paellas and Japanese sushi fused with Filipino influences from Manila Maki. The peculiarity for overall detail for floral and table setups to complement proper ingredients for food preparation is what it means to merge experiences.

The strawberry panna cotta in particular is delectable in such small portions, yet strangely makes you gravitate to get another shot, just to again savor that sweet, yet momentary, fulfillment.

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A Night with the Trufflefinder at Brew Bar Speakeasy Edifice Studios Chino Roces Pasong Tamo Extension Makati City Philippines-8539

And with this, a new means of gaining life’s most delicious moments is up, but this time backed by the very people who have experienced this and are willing to share such exclusivity for those who will crave for it.

So with the launch of this new campaign to provide the finest things in life to a select few, where does that leave you? It will lead you to check them out to see for yourself what Trufflefinder may tempt you to savor.

Trufflefinder

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http://www.truffefinder.com

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7 comments

    • lynne says:

      I keep checking out the offers. They really give you a full package because they believe in providing experiences to people and not just any deal. :)

  1. […] fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Back in the launch of Trufflefinder, it was a treat to find out that there is more than one speakeasy in Manila. A real speakeasy is a […]

  2. Franklin Havemayer says:

    Is there finally a speakeasy in Manila?? How does one get to go to Brew Bar? Is it open to the public?

    • rftreyes says:

      Hi! Yes there are some speakeasies already here. While Brew Bar’s access is dependent if friends of the owners can vouch for the stranger, there is one that is open to the public: Blind Pig :) Here’s our post that has its address and contact details :)
      http://www.lynne-enroute.com/2012/08/03/blind-pig-speakeasy-bar-restaurant-salcedo-street-makati-city-philippines/

      • Frank says:

        Thanks! I’ll try to check that one out! Any idea what other speakeasies are out here? How does Blind Pig compare to Brew Bar?

        • rftreyes says:

          Brew Bar is more of a private hangout of people who know each other and provide that privacy, while Blind Pig is in my opinion, the best place to get the most finely crafted cocktails in Manila. No cheap liquors on this place, and they are generous with the portioning if alcohol, too!

          We are actually on a quest to look for the other speakeasies in Manila. But like how real speakeasies are, it takes some time to find them :P But once we do, will let you guys know, and if there are some special methods or passwords to get to it (With the consent of its owners, of course ;) )

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