Mother’s Day Kamayan Feast at Maricel’s Kitchen: May 12, 2024

May is a month of celebration, honoring both Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and Mother’s Day. It’s a time to reflect on the rich tapestry of cultures that shape our community and to appreciate the matriarchs who nurture and guide us. At the heart of this celebration is Maricel’s Kitchen, where Chef Maricel brings these elements together in a vibrant Kamayan Fest for Mothers Day on May 12, 2024.

The Story of Chef Maricel: Chef Maricel’s culinary journey is a testament to the power of heritage and hard work. Inspired by her grandmother (Lola) in the Philippines and motivated by her mother’s ethos of perseverance, Maricel has crafted a unique dining experience that pays homage to her roots. The Kamayan Fest is not just a meal; it’s a celebration of Filipino culture, family bonds, and the art of sharing.

The Essence of Kamayan Fest: Kamayan, meaning “eating with your hands,” is a traditional Filipino dining experience that emphasizes communal eating and sharing. Maricel’s Kitchen transforms this tradition into a feast of over 20 dishes, inviting diners to connect and create memories over a shared meal. It’s an opportunity to dive into the flavors of the Philippines and to celebrate the women who have shaped our lives.

Mother’s Day and AAPI Heritage Month: This Mother’s Day, Maricel’s Kitchen offers a special opportunity to celebrate the mothers and grandmothers who have instilled in us values of family, food, and hard work. The Kamayan Fest is a fitting tribute during AAPI Heritage Month, as it reflects the diverse and rich cultures that contribute to the American tapestry. In celebrating Mother’s Day and AAPI Heritage Month, Maricel’s Kitchen embodies the spirit of community, culture, and culinary excellence.

Join Us: We invite you to join us for this special Mother’s Day Kamayan Fest at Maricel’s Kitchen. It’s a chance to honor your mother and the cultural heritage that enriches our lives. Register now to secure your spot at this memorable feast.

Exclusive Seating Options:

For this Mother’s Day Kamayan Fest at Maricel’s Kitchen, we’re offering two exclusive seating times to best accommodate your celebration plans: an early seating at Noon and an evening seating at 5 PM. Each provides the perfect ambiance for experiencing our communal feast, whether you prefer the daylight warmth or the intimate evening setting. Choose the time that best fits your Mother’s Day schedule and prepare for a memorable dining experience that honors both heritage and the special women in our lives.


  • Pancit Molo Soup: A comforting, broth-rich soup filled with wonton-like dumplings, chicken, and delicate spices.
  • Lumpia Shanghai: Crispy, golden rolls packed with seasoned ground pork and vegetables, served with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce.
  • Lumpia Gulay Prito: A vegetarian delight featuring fried spring rolls filled with a vibrant mix of julienned vegetables.
  • Lechon Belly: Succulent, slow-roasted pork belly with crispy skin, infused with aromatic herbs and spices.
  • Sisig: A sizzling dish of chopped pork, seasoned with chili, lime, and onions, served on a hot plate.
  • Grilled Pompano Fish: Perfectly grilled pompano fish, marinated with a blend of citrus and spices, showcasing its delicate flavor.
  • Grilled Pork Belly: Juicy, marinated pork belly grilled to perfection, offering a smoky and savory taste sensation.
  • Chicken Inasal: Marinated and grilled chicken basted with a special mix of lemongrass, garlic, and vinegar, giving it a unique Filipino BBQ flavor.
  • Grilled Eggplant: Tender slices of eggplant grilled and seasoned with a blend of savory spices, offering a smoky, earthy flavor.
  • Red Onion & Tomato Salad: A refreshing salad of crisp red onions and ripe tomatoes, dressed lightly with vinegar and spices.
  • Cucumber Salad: Crunchy cucumber slices tossed in a light vinegar dressing, providing a cool and refreshing side.
  • Pancit Bihon: Thin rice noodles stir-fried with a medley of vegetables, chicken, and shrimp, seasoned with soy sauce and a hint of citrus.
  • Vegetarian Lo Mein: A hearty, veggie-packed noodle dish with a rich and savory sauce, catering to vegetarian tastes.
  • Chicken Adobo: Tender chicken pieces braised in a rich, tangy sauce of soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic, embodying the classic Filipino adobo flavor.
  • Beef Caldereta: A robust stew of tender beef, potatoes, and carrots, simmered in a rich, mildly spicy tomato sauce.


  • Halo-halo: A delightful Filipino concoction of shaved ice, mixed fruits, beans, and ice cream, creating a symphony of flavors and textures.
  • Filipino Fruit Salad: A sweet and creamy mixture of tropical fruits, palm nuts, and jelly cubes, dressed in a rich coconut milk dressing.
  • Turon: Crispy, golden-brown spring rolls filled with sweet banana and jackfruit, lightly dusted with sugar for a delightful crunch.
  • Cassava Cake: A dense and moist cake made from grated cassava, coconut milk, and cheese, offering a unique and satisfying texture.
  • Leche Flan: A silky, caramel-topped custard, known for its rich, sweet flavor and smooth, creamy texture, embodying a classic Filipino dessert.

The Most Delicious Mothers Day Ever….

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Chef Maricel's culinary journey is a vibrant fusion of Filipino heritage and global flavors. With a passion for sharing her culture through food, she embraces both traditional techniques and innovative approaches. At Maricel's Kitchen, she offers an immersive culinary experience that transcends borders, inviting guests to explore the rich tastes and textures of Filipino and Asian cuisines. Her dishes are a testament to the power of food in connecting people, stories, and cultures, making every meal a journey of discovery and delight.