The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

03 May 2017

ASP's Project Gourm-A showcases PWAs skills

"Food is not about nutrients and calories. It is about sharing. It is about honesty. It is about identity." -Louise Fresco

Autism Society Philippines' Project Gourm-A [pronounced gur-'may] aims to discover and show off skills of individuals on the spectrum in the restaurant industry -- from cooks, to waiters, from back office staff to entertainers. Open Hands School of Applied Arts and Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe are, once again, helping ASP to bring the public an autism-inclusive dining experience.

Join the Project Gourm-A dinner May 21, Sunday, 7PM at the Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe, 25 Roces Avenue in Quezon City.

"A Project GourmA event, as always, promises to be an intimate, sumptuous dinner.  We dine. We have fun. We celebrate diversity." shares ASP National President Mona Magno-Veluz.

"Adults on the spectrum who chose to work in this environment are very passionate about food -- it's very inspiring. And many PWAs, trained in institutions like Open Hand School of Applied Arts, are ready for competitive or accommodated employment in the food and restaurant industry," she adds. "The only way we can prove this is for the public to experience it!"

Limited tickets are available for P1,000. Sign up below to reserve your seats. Upon payment, an electronic ticket will be sent to your email to confirm your reservation. Donations to support ASPs programs and services for families who live with autism are also welcome on-site.


The three-course dinner, designed by Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco, features:

A duo of appetizers
Saffron Arancini and Mushroom Cappuccino Shot
Orange, Peach and Spiced Pili Nut Salad

A choice of main course
Ballontine of Chicken with Chorizo, Olives and Figs
Hanger steak with Shiitake Red Wine Reduction

Served with
Asparagus risotto

Trio of desserts
Tablea Panna Cotta
Mini Pavlova
Lemon Poppyseed Cake

Refreshing drink
Ternate Lemonade


The Autism Society Philippines, through its A-OK Philippines program, aims to build an autism-inclusive society by working with government, businesses and schools to create institutional mechanism that inspire autism-friendly spaces, compassionate workplaces, more professionals on the spectrum and livelihood opportunities for PWAs and their families.

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