T&F WAS THERE
We’ve put together a handy little roundup of events around town
so you can see what we’ve been up to.
PHOENICIA HOTEL BEIRUT’S FIRST MOVIE NIGHT
Beirut, Minet El Hosn
In the most unlikely of locations, Beirut’s newest movie theatre made its debut on January 17th.
Completely transforming the iconic Grand Stairs at its entrance, Phoenicia Hotel Beirut brought an avant-garde approach to the world of cinema.
A STYLISH CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Le Royal Hotel, Dbayeh
Le Royal Hotel hosted a beautiful Christmas Day lunch with a delicious variety of traditional dishes. The hotel’s executive chef Souheil Ghazal, pastry chef Mouhamad Haidar and the entire kitchen staff went all out to spoil guests with succulent turkey, roast lamb, seafood and many other courses as well as a mouthwatering selection of Lebanese and international sweet delights.
reopening of GALLER CHOCOLATIER BOUTIQUE
Bringing its exquisite range of premium Belgian chocolate with gratifying flavors back to Lebanon, Galler Chocolatier Beirut has re-opened its doors to the country’s chocolate lovers in Zalka, Beirut on the 15th of December 2017.
The re-opening, which comes in time for the holiday and gifting season, introduces a brand new setup at the luxury chocolate boutique and a whole new realm of chocolate bliss to Beirut’s confectionery lovers, as well as a range of innovative chocolate arrangements for special occasions.
The re-opening event featured an elite gathering of VIP guests and members of the media who went on a unique chocolate tasting journey and a tour of the new boutique, as they indulged their senses in the pleasures of the premium Belgium chocolate and discovered the unique blend of ingredients that define Galler chocolates.
FESTIVE SEASON CELEBRATION WITH MATTHEW MULLER
SteakBarSushi hosted world renowned master chocolatier Matthew Muller, creating a unique culinary experience gathering the country’s leading food experts as well as distinguished guests from the world of fine cuisine, fashion and media.
Muller, one of the top 50 master chocolatiers in the world and Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli’s master chocolatier, guest starred at the famed Naccache-based restaurant for a night of indulgence and temptation. Muller took attendees into the sweet world of chocolate by giving them a fascinating insight into the best ways of pairing chocolate with food.
EARLY HOLIDAY RECEPTION
Raouche Arjaan by Rotana
With the New Year and holidays drawing close, Raouche Arjaan by Rotana held a gathering for media personalities, social media bloggers and their children on Wednesday 13 December in Bella Vita Café.
Attendees enjoyed Christmas festivities, tasty food and sweets to the sound of Christmas songs. A special kids section was dedicated to children enjoying the Christmas spirit.
THE CHRISTMAS SQUARE
Le Bristol Hotel – Verdun
Luxury at reach…
The opening of the 2nd edition of Le Marché de Noël : The Christmas Square, took place from the 30 th of November 2017 until the 3rd of December 2017 under the high patronage of The Minister of Tourism H.E. Mr.Avedis Guidanian in the luxurious setting of Le Bristol Hotel Verdun.
OPENING CEREMONY OF RESTOS ST. NICOLAS
Restos St. Nicolas, Charles Malek Avenue, Achrafieh
At an opening ceremony held under the auspices of Minister of Tourism Avedis Guidanian and in the presence of deputies Serge Torsarkissian and Nadim Gemayel, and a host of socialites, prominent press and media figures, Restos St. Nicolas opened its doors in Achrafieh, St. Nicolas Street – Charles Malek Avenue.
BLACK FRIDAY MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN LEBANON
Under the patronage of the President of Beirut Municipality Mr. Jamal Itani and the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon – Mr. Mohamad Choucair, and in an aim to enhance the Lebanese shopping experience and give national and regional visitors a chance to shop from the most luxurious brands before the holidays season, the Lebanese Cultural Festivals Association and Urban Group Beirut are organizing the first edition of the Black Friday Market, from November 23 till 26, 2017 at BIEL, Beirut.
MARIE-NOELLE FATTAL SIGNS HER BOOK BEIRUT FOOTSTEPS
Beirut, Liza restaurant
The signing of Beirut Footsteps, the photography book of Marie-Noëlle Fattal, was held on Independence day at Liza Restaurant in Ashrafieh.
With its yellow and blue cover and its light format, this publication is a colorful walk in the town throughout the seasons. Part diary, part photography book, Beirut Footsteps invites us to discover Beirut through the eyes of its author.
GRAND HILLS, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL & SPA
REOPENS CHEZ ALAIN
Grand Hills, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, Brummana
Welcoming winter season, Grand Hills, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, will offer food lovers this season, the prefect cozy escapade, away from city noises, at Chez Alain, its French cuisine restaurant, that was reopened on October 18, 2017 in presence of Lebanon’s most prominent foodies and food critics as well as a fine cluster of the hotel’s loyal clients, always enthusiastic to embrace what the hotel has new to offer. The restaurant offers modern and trendy food reflecting Parisian brasseries. Chez Alain’s chef created a unique menu highlighting an elegant mélange of flavor and spice combinations fulfilling the desire of every food enthusiast, searching for the coziness and magnificent elegance of the French cuisine.
B&B ITALIA’S 50 YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN BEIRUT WITH LE CERCLE
Le Yacht Club Beirut, Zaitunay Bay
After Paris, New York, London, and all the major design capitals of the world, Le Cercle & Beirut celebrated the 50th anniversary of B&B Italia in a lavish party at the Yacht Club Beirut. The 50th celebrations also coincided with the opening of the new B&B Italia flagship store in Downtown Beirut and housed an exhibition of Contemporary Italian Masters curated by Opera gallery Beirut from the 7th of October to 7th of November 2017.
ROTANA CORPORATE EVENT
Gefinor Rotana, Beirut
As part of their ongoing activities and the important role they play in linking between the hotels in the region, Rotana Hotels Lebanon held a cocktail party at Gefinor Rotana on October 3rd, to their corporate partners, including associations, travel agencies, and embassies, as well as all sales managers of Rotana hotels in Qatar, Jordan, and Turkey. The event was attended by management teams from each of, Raouché Arjaan by Rotana and Gefinor Rotana Lebanon, as well as City Center Rotana and Oryx Rotana in Doha, Amman Rotana and Boulevard Arjaan in Amman, Burgu and Tango Arjaan In Istanbul, additionally to two sister hotels, West Side Arjaan and Centro West Side that will open in the next six months in Istanbul, the directors of which had an opportunity to introduce the properties to the honored guests.
SUMMER’S NOT OVER AT THE BEIRUT RESTAURANTS FESTIVAL
Trainstation, Mar Michael, Beirut
The Beirut Restaurants Festival returned to Beirut’s iconic Trainstation for its second edition from Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October. Organized by the RCNP Syndicate, in partnership with Hospitality Services and with the support of Lebanon’s Ministry of Tourism, the event brought together almost 60 of the capital’s best restaurants, bars and pastry shops, drawing in a crowd of 15,000.
A number of local bands and DJs performed on stage, entertaining the audience with pop rock, jazz, oriental and salsa music. There was also a dedicated area for kids with arts and crafts activities and inflatable games.
U.S. BEEF MASTER CLASS & CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DINNER
Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace, Summer Place, Beirut
Leading buyers and hoteliers explored the novelty of U.S. beef cuts with the U.S. Meat Export Federation Beef Ambassador and Certified Chef De Cuisine John Cadieux at Beirut Hilton Metropolitan Palace.
CELEBRATING 365 DAYS OF KEMPINSKI EXCELLENCE
Jnah, Jet Bar
Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort celebrated their first year anniversary at the JET BAR Jnah surrounded by friends and clients from Lebanese celebrities, businessmen, journalists and social influencers. Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort GM, Daniele Vastolo welcomed guests and promised more achievements in the year to come. The served delicacies were prepared by Chef Georges Mansour and his team.
THE CASK & BARREL ORGANIZES THE NO.3 LONDON DRY GIN MASTERCLASS HOSTED BY MR. MIKE HARRISON
The Cask & Barrel, Sin el Fil
G. Vincenti & Sons, the leading distributor of food and spirits brands in Lebanon, organized an exclusive masterclass session hosted by the Sales Director, Mr. Mike Harrison, to present the world’s best Gin No.3 London Dry Gin. The event took place on Thursday 24th of August at 7:00pm, at The Cask & Barrel, Sin el Fil.
BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON 2017
Lancaster Plaza Hotel
The Beirut Marathon Association launched the15th edition of BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON on Tuesday August 22nd at the Lancaster Plaza Hotel with the presence of H.E Minister of Youth and Sports Mohamed Fneish, H.E Minister of Tourism Odis Kedanian, Mayor of Beirut Municipality Judge Ziad Chebib, Chairman and General Manager of BLOM BANK Mr. Saad Azhari, alongside officials and representatives from the private and public sector.
THE GASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS OF PAKISTAN
Phoenicia Hotel Beirut
The gastronomic delights of Pakistan we’re on full display last night at Phoenicia Hotel Beirut as the Embassy of Pakistan Beirut in collaboration with Serena Hotel Islamabad and the Makhzoumi Foundation gave us an opportunity to enjoy traditional #Pakistani culture and cuisine. Attendees included former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Minister of Social affairs Pierre Bou Assi, May and Fouad Makhzoumi, General Manager of Phoenicia Hotel, Dagmar Symes, as well as other officials, dignitaries and foodies.
LE ROYAL HOTEL LAUNCHES A NEW DINING CONCEPT
Le Royal Hotels, Beirut
The ‘Le Royal Hotels – Beirut’, proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) launched last night a new dining concept known as “Jardin 3al Lebnene” around the main pool area at “Les Jardin du Royal”.”Jardin 3al Lebnene” the new dining concept created by ‘Le Royal Hotel’ chefs mixes local Lebanese flavors with regional and international ones resulting in mouthwatering combinations of savors. Le Royal team welcomed all 180 guests and pointed out that “this new dining experience is part of our ongoing efforts to always innovate at Le Royal. The event was attended by, VIPs from various sectors of society, influencers, celebrities, leading social figures from the world of entertainment and media, plus the local & regional Press.
KIDZMONDO WITH BOECKER
Building on a four-year partnership, Boecker® and KidzMondo held a two-day meet-and-greet activity to bring young explorers a one-of-kind, hands-on experience in public health pest management awareness through entertaining and educational activities. For two days, on Thursday, August 17 and Friday August 18, children who visited KidzMondo’s learning city got the chance to simulate a real-life pest control experience and meet and interact with Dr. B, the official Boecker® mascot and an entomologist by profession.