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How This Resort in Bohol Is Keeping Dining Exciting Amidst the Pandemic

Fancy a Greek feast this weekend?
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Hospitality was one of the hardest-hit industries during the past year, and in order to survive, hotels, resorts, and restaurants were forced to get creative. Many had to shutter their doors, but those that stubbornly refused to close up shop had to make sacrifices and, in some cases, think of ways to engage clients and customers while still adhering to strict health protocols. 

Amorita Resort in Bohol is no different. Like every other resort around the country, the luxury digs located on one end of Alona Beach had to temporarily close at the height of the pandemic last year. After restrictions started to ease, the resort thought of a way not just to get back into the swing of things for its own operations, but also to drum up support for displaced workers in the hospitality industry in the island.

The result was Bohol Eats, or BEats. The idea was simple: get people excited about coming out to dine outside again and allow prominent names in the culinary scene to take over the Amorita kitchen and serve a one-of-a-kind menu for one night.

For the first-ever edition of BEats, which happened on October 31, 2020, Amorita’s general manager Leeds Trompeta says they decided to invite the chefs of Bohol’s popular Bougainvillea restaurant.

“It was our favorite restaurant here, and it was closed at the time,” he says. “And they had a hard time opening. So we said, why don’t you open for one night in Amorita? And they were like, ‘Why not?’”

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The chefs came out with a special menu, both Amorita and Bougainvillea helped promoted the event, and split the revenues.

“That was the first, and it just exploded,” Trompeta said. “People were really looking for a place to eat din pala.”

 Since then, there have been five other editions of BEats, each one with a special culinary figure in charge of the kitchen, providing a truly unique dining experience for people.

The sixth installment of BEats is happening this Saturday (September 25), with well-loved and multi-awarded Chef Robby Goco planning the menu. The theme is Greece and the flavors of the Mediterranean, which is unsurprising, given Chef Robby’s experience with his casual dining restaurants like Souv and Cyma Greek Taverna. There’s no denying that Chef Robby is one of the leading figures for Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in the country, so diners at this edition of BEats are in for a treat.

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The dining experience is a recreation of a traditional Greek ambiance, with al fresco dining near the sea. The dinner is priced at P2,000 and includes the menu prepared by Chef Robby and Amorita Resort’s signature cocktails.

If you can’t make it to this special dinner, you can just plan a getaway to Amorita Resort. With its Escape to Tranquility promotion, which includes a free RT-PCR test, in partnership with Hero Laboratories, for guests coming from Manila with a minimum three-nights stay. Rates start at P7,150++ for two, inclusive of daily breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers, and use of resort amenities.

For inquiries and reservations, you may call Amorita Resort at (038) 532 9002 or 0917 726 4526.

 

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