Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Amici's Pizza & Pasta Workshop with Tuloy Foundation

Help support the Tuloy Foundation by ordering any of Amici's newest dishes!

Last Saturday, Amici held a pizza and pasta workshop for the kids of Tuloy Foundation in partnership with U! Happy Events. 

Tuloy Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization founded by Salesian priest Fr. Rocky Evangelista. It is focused on giving street children hope for a better life. Their mission: To be a Center of Excellence in the reintegration of street children into mainstream society through a comprehensive program of caring, healing and teaching. TULOY admits street children, providing them with basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, basic education, and vocational skills training; but most important, values and spiritual formation. It has, since its foundation in 1993, already affected the lives of over 10,000 street children, currently serving as many as 800 children.
It was my second time volunteering with U! Happy Events - the first time was a week prior, when they held their Happy Not Hungry event for the children of the fallen and wounded soldiers of Marawi. I used to volunteer for Ateneo Special Education Society when I was in college, but that was a long time ago. So I'm really glad to have been given the chance to spend time with these kids and possibly make a difference in their lives. 
As it turns out, two of Amici's employees at Ayala Triangle came from Tuloy Foundation. It just shows the role of TULOY in changing the lives of street children. It was also nice for the kids since they were able to see how they, too, can have a future despite not having parents to care for them.
One of their tasks that afternoon was to draw their dreams and aspirations - how they see themselves in a couple of years. Where will they be? Will they have families? What kind of work would they be doing? My kids Pam, Ritz, and Arjhane were shy at first, so I decided to draw my own dreams with them. In the end, Pam saw herself as a teacher; Ritz as a stewardess; and Arjhane as a nurse. 
After that, it was time for the main event - the pizza and pasta workshop! The activity was led by Chef Paolo Moran himself. He explained how to prepare each dish as well as talked about proper hygiene and the importance of washing hands and wearing hairnets while in the kitchen. 
Sharing with you now photos of the kids in action:
"We at Amici take our commitment to helping provide second chances very seriously. Our culinary experts take pride in knowing that the authentic Italian dishes we create not only help feed and satisfy customers, but also help nourish the lives and souls of the children of Tuloy Foundation."

For every order of any of Amici's new dishes, Php 10 will go directly to the Tuloy Foundation.
Here are the new dishes to order:

Bacon Alfredo (Regular P380; Grande P740; Gruppo P1,500)
Chef Paolo’s version of an Alfredo pasta – creamy white Alfredo sauce tossed in spaghetti, Italian style croutons and topped with delectable bacon strips 
Meatball Arancini (P290)
savory combination of fried Italian style beef and pork meatballs stuffed with cheddar cheese and served with a side of pomodoro and b├ęchamel dip
 Creamy Truffle Rigatoni (Regular P295; Grande P560; Gruppo P1,350)
bechamel and cheese sauce mixed with truffle paste and topped with Italian style croutons and bacon
Balsamic Chicken & Bacon Pizza (P495)
shredded roast chicken, balsamic vinegar, bacon, white alfredo sauce, fresh spinach and fresh tomato slices
Visit any of Amici's branches to help support street children! Find out more about Tuloy Foundation by visiting their website tuloyfoundation.org or by calling (02) 775-0683.
U! Happy Events is an NGO that connects companies and children organizations in Metro Manila through creative and meaningful activities. You can check them at uhappyevents.com.
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