After 26 years, the Cabalen Chain of Restaurants has asserted itself to be the leader in buffet dining offering authentic Capampangan dishes and other Filipino cuisine. It started from a small “pasalubong” store in San Fernando, Pampanga and grew to more than a dozen branches with several more affiliate stores located strategically around key cities in Metro Manila, Pampanga and Subic-Olongapo.
Behind Cabalen’s growth and success is its president, Maritel O. Nievera. Her innate culinary talent anchored to the native Capampangan specialty food led her to the world of fine dining, she started developing menus at the tender age of 18 and eventually went to Manila to venture to a bigger restaurant operations. She worked incessantly and was able to nurture and sustain the gradual ascend of Cabalen to prominence.