The Wholesome Table celebrates a decade of delicious, mindful eating

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

It’s been ten years since The Wholesome Table opened its doors in July 2014, and the popular organic restaurant is celebrating this milestone with a series of special events and menu offerings. Founded by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, The Wholesome Table has built a reputation for serving locally sourced, organic meals that nourish both the body and soul.

Since it opened, The Wholesome Table has attracted patrons wanting to experience organic goodness in their food, as well as a sense of community spirit.

“When I opened The Wholesome Table, I never thought it would be as popular as it is and that it would last this long. I’m so happy that it resonated with the Manila crowd, along with the tourists and foreigners who have patronized our restaurant over and over again,” Araneta-Elizalde said.

Araneta-Elizalde. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

The restaurant’s mission has always been clear: “to build a healthy food culture where people can begin to make informed decisions about the food they eat and take charge of their health by educating them about natural, organic food, nutrition, and the environment. After all, it is one of the few things consumers can control in life.” 

Their motto, “Eat consciously. Live consciously,” encapsulates this ethos.

The flagship restaurant in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) paved the way for the brand’s success. Looking ahead, Bianca and her team are exploring new concepts. “I would love to do a twist on the brand, maybe another related concept. I’m open to it right now. My creative juices are flowing. My team inspires me to do something new,” she said.

The Wholesome Table in BGC. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

One major project on the horizon is the revival of their farm, which was initially launched before the pandemic but paused during lockdowns. One of the challenges they’ve always faced at the restaurant was issues with suppliers who sometimes could not deliver the organic produce they required. The plan is for the farm to not just be organic, but biodynamic.

“The farm will help address supply issues and costs while operating sustainably, using permaculture principles to ensure that the produce is of the highest quality,” she said.

Reflecting on how the concept of healthy eating has evolved, Araneta-Elizalde noted that when they first opened, most healthy restaurants focused on vegan options. She wanted to offer organic whole foods similar to what people eat at home. Over the years, The Wholesome Table has expanded its menu to include a variety of wholesome options, ensuring that the offerings are both nutritious and delicious. 

Some of her favorite dishes have included jerk chicken and blueberry cheesecake, showcasing the restaurant’s commitment to creative and satisfying meals.

The restaurant’s menu, as well as the bakery selection, is set to see further expansion with the introduction of new items and the return of classic favorites with a twist. Araneta-Elizalde expressed excitement over the new gluten-free pizza options, which will allow even more customers to enjoy popular menu items.

The Wholesome Table looks forward to expanding in the coming years. A new location in Manila is set to open in September. The focus remains on offering wholesome, organic options while delivering familiar flavors to customers.

To mark their 10th anniversary, The Wholesome Table is hosting a month-long celebration this July. Patrons can enjoy a special anniversary menu curated by Executive Chef Chrioni Castillo, featuring a selection of their best-selling classics. Additionally, there are discounts and opportunities to win gift certificates.

Special offers include a curated selection of the best-selling classics reflecting the brand’s commitment to organic gastronomy and sustainability, exclusively available in the Special Anniversary Menu this July.

They are also offering 10% off delivery when patrons order from GrabFood (2pm to 6pm). They also what they call Wholesome Afternoons, where dine-in customers get 10% off (2pm to 6pm) until the end of the month.

Kenneth M. del Rosario
Kenneth has been writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for more than 17 years, covering travel, food, motoring, technology, real estate, and business, among others.