Golden Cristal Ube Donut From NYC'S Manila Social Club at Kultura Filipino American Food & Arts Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Contact: Sarahlynn Pablo, (312) 888-1482, [email protected]



CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 – Chef Bjorn DelaCruz and the Manila Social Club will be presenting an array of Filipino flavored and fresh donuts, including the highly praised Golden Cristal Ube donut at the Kultura Festival, Sunday October 2, 2016, at Emporium Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Avenue.

“Chef Bjorn DelaCruz and the Manila Social Club team are ready and excited to celebrate and participate in Kultura Fest!” says Toki DelaCruz, director of operations for the family-owned and operated Brooklyn-based restaurant. “We're committed to sharing the beautiful culture of the Philippines as Filipino-Americans through the arts and music and food- whether it be traditional or moving in a more progressive direction. Being part of Kultura fest is the perfect platform for that. Come enjoy the fresh donuts, socialize with the team, and meet the Chef!”

“We love what Bjorn and the family at Manila Social Club are doing in Brooklyn, and happy to see them return to their Midwest roots (by way of Indiana),” says Filipino Kitchen co-founder, Natalia Roxas. “The donuts celebrate the flavors of home in a bold and audacious way, and that’s what embodies the mission of Kultura Festival.”

The Manila Social Club Golden Cristal Donut is made with ube, a naturally purple sweet yam found in the Philippines and Cristal champagne, a unique and decadent donut. The Golden Donut is filled with an ube mousse and a Cristal gelée, covered in a Cristal icing, dusted with 24K gold dust and hand-gilded with 24K gold leaf. Each donut is handmade by Manila Social Club's Executive Chef, Co-Owner and creator of the Golden Cristal Donut, Björn De La Cruz. An individually hand-made Golden Cristal Ube Donut is $100.

A limited number of Golden Cristal Donuts can be pre-ordered and picked up at Kultura Fest on Sunday, October 2. Additionally, pre-orders can also be taken for the Golden Cristal Ube Donut to pickup on Monday, October 3, at a Chicago location TBA. The Golden Donuts can be pre-ordered through the Manila Social Club website (no same-day sales will be made):

At Kultura Festival, Manila Social Club will also offer a donut bar of ube, gin-calamansi and buko pandan donuts.

Manila Social Club joins this year’s roster of Kultura Festival chefs: Chef Kristine Subido of Pecking Order Catering; Top Chef season 10 alumna Chef Chrissy Camba of Maddy’s Dumpling House; night market favorite Hapa Chicago; Melissa Yen of JoSnow Syrups; Oxtail Filipino Inspired; Dorothy Hernandez, co-owner and creative director of Sarap Detroit (Detroit); Chef AC Boral of RICE & SHINE and Naks Tacos (Long Beach, CA); and Chef Sharwin Tee of Curiosity Got The Chef on Lifestyle TV (Manila, Philippines).

Tickets to Kultura can be purchased online at Student and senior pricing available. Children under 5 years of age are free. Carefully curated to appeal to those who personally identify with Filipino culture and the curious or uninitiated, Kultura Festival aims to reintroduce Filipino cuisine to Chicago and the Midwest. More information can be found at


Filipino Kitchen uses Philippine cuisine to connect Filipinos everywhere with our cultural heritage and the possibilities of our shared future. Based in Chicago, we cook and share our delicious cuisine at pop­up meals and food events. On our website, Filipino Kitchen documents with photography, interviews, stories, and recipes from the makers and appreciators of Filipino cuisine and its continuing evolution. We hope to lead a long-­coming renaissance by connecting across the diaspora with our shared love and pride of our food. The masterminds and masterhearts behind Filipino Kitchen are two Filipino Americans and an honorary Filipino: writer Sarahlynn Pablo, photographer Natalia Roxas­-Alvarez, and project manager Caitlin Preminger. Filipino Kitchen is online at and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

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