A Delightful Afternoon With Conti’s Bakeshop And Restaurant
Isn’t happiness what you feel when you take a bite off that freshly baked cake, a sip of hot coffee or even a spoon of your favourite freshly served food? Delicious food is an essential part of life, and you have to admit that there’s nothing like food that can motivate a person. It has a way of instantly lifting one’s spirits. It takes us back to the happy times spent around the family table, and those memories are hard to forget.
The famous Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant celebrated its 25th anniversary, and I was one of the lucky bloggers who was invited to spend a delightful afternoon with them. Meeting the “Conti Sisters” — Cecille, Carole, and Angie is really an honor. Hearing their stories of how they started a humble food business from their garage in the late 90’s to becoming an icon is really an inspiration.
Their love for good food has roots that go much further back. Their father was a public lawyer who frequently invited his colleagues to their home, so the sisters watched their parents entertain family and friends by cooking for them. That’s how Carole—the main foodie among the three sisters – became interested in cooking and entertaining at an early age.
In the 1990s, Carole lived in the United States and sharpened her cooking and baking skills. She then moved back to the Philippines with a collection of cookware and a few “hard-to-find” ingredients. Finally, the three sisters opened a business. Carole was the chef, while sisters Cecile and Angie served as the tasters and order-takers.
It’s hard to believe now that they used to serve neighborhood favorites such as baked salmon, garlic sotanghon, and ensaymada in a makeshift kitchen in Paranaque 25 years ago. And now they are celebrating their 25th anniversary and serving more than 150 delicacies to their guests from 71 stores nationwide. It is poised to expand further, reaching more Filipinos with its homegrown brand of hospitality and culinary excellence.
Conti’s story reflects the importance of family, tradition, and the love they feel for each other and their guests. It’s a 25-year-old tale of delightful food and service, of resilience and perseverance through good and bad times, of the best of the modern-day Filipino family.
Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant provides delicious food, whether you choose to dine in, take it out, drive through, have it delivered, or reserve a function room for your next event.