M Home Dining and Catering: A 34-year Old Catering Business Opening the Doors to their Beautiful Home

Oct 4, 2017 by

M Home Dining and Catering: A 34-year Old Catering Business Opening the Doors to their Beautiful Home

When you’ve been in business for 34 years, you’re doing something right. No, make that you’re doing something great. No one stays in business for that long unless you’re awesome at what you’re doing. This is especially true in the food business, when the smallest of mistakes can kill a brand.

The food industry, including the catering industry, is very competitive.  Companies come and go. Customers are understandably picky. Bad and even average companies won’t last long.

Fortunately, there are companies that have stood the test of time. They’ve not only met, but exceeded the expectations of their customers. Such is the story of M Home Dining and Catering. You may not know the name yet, but you will, as it’s fast-becoming one of the most trusted names in the Lipa City catering industry, if it’s not so already. This is especially true once you’ve known its old name…

MMP Kainang Bayan
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Serving good food since ’83

Yes, M Home Dining and Catering is used to be known as MMP Kainang Bayan.

It’s the same company that served Lipa City government employees from 1983 to February of this year when they operated a canteen at the back of the Lipa City Hall. They also served as company concessionaire for several companies from 2002 to 2016. This is because they’re known for two things ever since – quality food and affordable prices.

MMP Catering
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MMP Kainang Bayan and Catering at their canteen at the back of the Lipa City Hall.

Even with their success at the concessionaire business, they’re more known for their catering business. Even when they changed their name to Margarita and now M Home Dining and Catering (after its founder, Mrs. Margarita De La Peña), people still trust them for their catering needs. This is because Mrs. De La Peña, or Tita Margie or Ninang Margie to many Lipeños, still heads its operations.

Margie De La Peña
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Mrs. Margie De La Peña (2nd from right) with some of her children who now assist her in running the business.

While her children are now playing huge roles in the business, one can still sense the presence of Mrs. De La Peña as she has instilled the values that her company has been known for. It also helps a lot that she’s still very hands-on with their business. Of course, her children has provided an influx of modern ideas that will help their business stay ahead of the game.

Trustworthy Catering Service

It’s not unusual for me to attend an event or party and find out that M Home Dining and Catering is the caterer. It’s not really a surprise. It’s more of an expectation. With their reputation and expertise, they’re really on top of most people’s list when they’re looking for a catering service in Lipa.

Most people are looking for the following in a catering service:

  • Affordable packages
  • Delicious food
  • Impeccable service

In my personal experience, M Home Dining and Catering has a check mark on all 3 items.

It doesn’t matter if you have a small or a big event. You’d want to make sure that everything is perfect because there’s no do-over. This is why you should hire a trustworthy catering service like M Home Dining and Catering.

You can click the links below to download their catering packages:

Christening Package

Deluxe Debut Package

Deluxe Wedding Package

Premium Kiddie Package

Opening the Doors to their Home

Now, you don’t have to wait for a party or event in order to enjoy their good food and great service. Mrs. De La Peña has opened her charming home to the public. Now, it’s a restaurant.

M Home Dining
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The wonderful home/restaurant of the De La Peña family.

Margarita
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The door is open to M Home Dining and Catering

It’s not your usual restaurant, though. Think of it as a private catering event at their home. This is because you’ll feel as if you’re in one. You’re not just some customer eating at a restaurant. You’re a guest at their home, and you’ll be treated as such.

Here’s their dining area.

Lipa City catering
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Another look of the dining area.

As you can see, it’s very homey. It’s like you’re eating at your home, only with a much-better ambiance and with way better food. If you’re looking to enjoy home-cooked meals that are professionally prepared and cooked at a hard-to-beat ambiance not experienced in most restaurants, this is the place to be.

Speaking of great food, let’s start with the Crispy Shrimp with Special Vinegar.

It’s so good that you can (should!) eat the whole thing – head to tail. Seriously, it’s so addictive. We as a team normally practice kahiyaan whenever we eat out so a piece or two normally stays on the plate for a long time, but that didn’t happen here. We ate every bit.

Seriously, order it when you dine here.

We also tried the Batangas Beef Caldereta.

This is a best-seller, and we experienced why. It’s tender with just the right amount of heat. Even the sauce itself is so good that you can just pour it over hot rice and it can be a meal in itself.

We were also served the Ox Tongue with Creamy Mushroom Sauce.

Ox Tongue with Mushroom Sauce
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Spoon-licking good! Yes, pun intended.

It’s so perfectly-prepared that you wouldn’t think that it’s ox tongue. The creamy mushroom sauce makes this a delectable dish.

We tried another best-seller, the Teriyaki Chicken, which is a Margarita Signature Dish.

This didn’t disappoint the huge teriyaki chicken fan in me.

Pork lovers will love the Fall Off the Bone Pork Baby Back Ribs.

pork baby back ribs
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I would bite every bit off of the bone if it wasn’t fall off the bone.

There’s no false advertisement here. These pork baby back ribs really fall off the bone, which is good because it’s so tasty that you’d want to eat every bit from the bone.

Of course, a hearty meal won’t be complete without Crispy Pata.

Crispy Pata
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The meat is almost as good as the skin!

I’m assuming that they’ve cooked thousands of these bad boys and it shows on how it’s perfectly cooked. Every inch of the skin is crispy. The meat itself is juicy.

The chicken fans in our group loved the Home Style Fried Chicken.

Home Style Fried Chicken
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It’s fried chicken that you wish is regularly served at your home.

It complemented the saucy dishes of our meal.

A pleasant surprise was the Native Chicken Tinola.

Native Chicken Tinola
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I would have eaten the whole palayok if I started with this dish.

It was among the last things I tried and believe me, I ate way past my stomach’s capacity because it was soooo good that I had to keep eating even if I was already full!

If you don’t feel like eating rice, get the Seafood Pasta.

As you can see, it comes generously topped with different types of seafood. I loved the freshness of this dish.

It would be a crime to finish this meal without a nice dessert. Fortunately, M Home Dining and Catering came to the rescue with their Buko Pandan.

Are the prices affordable? Yes, considering that each dish is good for sharing. Here’s the menu.

M Home Dining and Catering
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M Home Dining and Catering Menu

As you can see, they have a wide variety of dishes available at affordable prices. Each member of your group or family can choose his or her favorite, and everyone can enjoy one big meal.

In fact, one member of our team went back a couple of days after our visit with her family.

I asked them for feedback, and they have nothing but raves for M Home Dining and Catering. Even the picky eaters in her family loved the meal!

Try them Today!

Hello Lipa team
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Hello Lipa team ready to attack!

There’s a reason why this company has been blessed since 1983. They’re a God-centered company that aims at nothing but to offer the best possible experience to all their customers.

If you have an upcoming event, give them a call and see how they can help make your party memorable. If you’re just looking to enjoy a great meal with people you love, dine at their home. You’ll enter their home and feel as if you’re a part of their family, and leave with the satisfaction and memories that will make you come back for more.

NOTE: At this point, they can’t entertain walk-in customers to ensure the best possible experience. Make sure to call ahead for reservation if you’re dining in!

Contact Details

Address: #339 Bamboo St. Brgy. Dagatan, Lipa, Batangas

Directions:

  1. Go to Brgy. Dagatan by entering the road going to Fiesta World Mall. You should pass by Stonyhurst and Amaia Subdivision on your right.
  2. Look for Jade Gasoline Station on your right.
  3. Turn left on the street right after that. That’s Bamboo St. You should see a Brgy. Outpost and blue barangay map in the corner.
  4. Look for M Home Dining and Catering. It’s on the right side about a hundred meters or so from the street corner. It’s the big house with a big parking area and pine tree in front.

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Contact Numbers: 0917 792 9164; 0917 579 2627; 0917 597 2032

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10 AM to 10 PM

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As a frustrated chef, Jay puts his Certificate in Culinary Arts from the International School for Culinary Arts & Hotel Management to good use by eating...a LOT. As the co-founder and head blogger for Hello Lipa, you'll often see Jay touring the city for the best places to dine in and the most fun events to attend. If not doing Hello Lipa duties, you'll see Jay either at a Starbucks or at the gym, if not doing hubby and daddy duties at the Recinto/Hello Lipa HQ.
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