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.
STEAK BAR SUSHI BOMBAY SAPPHIRE NIGHT
At Steak Bar Sushi
When it comes to creativity in the kitchen and curating unique dining experiences, STEAK BAR SUSHI has continuously proved to be in the lead. Once again, the landmark in the culinary industry transcends borders and conventions to create a journey of exquisite flavours in collaboration with international talents.
Partnering with Bombay Sapphire global brand ambassador, Renaud De Bosredon, STEAK BAR SUSHI hosted a night of bespoke Bombay cocktails creations, immersing guests in the world of gin and an exclusive night of jungle vibes and sensorial flavors.
The gin artistry was combined with a special seafood menu married with the most exotic dressings, set by no one but the concept owner and creator, Charbel Makhlouf.
COOKING CLASS A 4 MAINS
At Maroun Chedid Cooking Academy
On March 6th, our two national star chefs Joe Barza & Maroun Chedid teamed up for a unique cooking class a 4 mains!
Students were able to prepare a whole menu with the two chefs and experience the Maroun Chedid Cooking Academy differently.
HILTON BEIRUT DOWNTOWN LAUNCHING EVENT
At Hilton Beirut Downtown
High profile media representatives from around Lebanon enjoyed an exceptionally vibrant ceremony this week, celebrating the highly anticipated launching of one of the newest landmarks of Beirut – the Hilton Beirut Downtown.
The launching took place in the newly opened Gatsy House restaurant on the ground floor of the Hilton Beirut Downtown where canapés, drinks and food stations were served to the guests, and the entire building was brought to life with the sounds of uplifting music.
Hilton Beirut Downtown possesses an ideal location, where all its guests, local or foreign visitors, can explore the vibrant city of Beirut, with all its nightlife, restaurants and waterfront and have an easy access to all the events taking place in the central district. Ensuring a luxurious and unique experience to our guests, the modern hotel features a Digital Key stay, the 1st in Lebanon, and has 158 guest rooms, divided into deluxe rooms, executive rooms and a Presidential Suite, all of which are characterized by a comfortable ‘Hilton Serenity Bed’.
LE CORDON BLEU LEBANON OPEN-HOUSE
At Le Cordon Bleu Lebanon Culinary School
Le Cordon Bleu Lebanon Culinary School hosted an Open-House for potential prospects, other culinary arts lovers, alumni as well as students on 23 February 2019. The highlight of this event included the special demonstrations performed by Le Cordon Bleu Lebanon instructors which were ‘’ Vegetable truffle Risotto” performed by Chef Roberto Zanusso and ‘’Religieuse au Chocolat” performed by Chef Emanuele Martelli, our Pastry Chef Instructor.
The event attracted guests attending and allowed them to experience in Le Cordon Bleu Lebanon. They were give a tasting of the creations and guided tour of the school’s facilities and the taste-of-art Kitchens.
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KEEP WALKING LEBANON EXPO
At KED, Karantina
Johnnie Walker has always been a champion of progress, creativity, and hope for a better tomorrow. Keep Walking Lebanon has been celebrating the resilience of the Lebanese at large and their positive spirit for years now.
This year, Johnnie Walker specifically gave the opportunity to university students to interpret “Keep Walking Lebanon.” Full of ambition, passion, and a hopeful perspective regarding the future, this group of creative minds – university students from various institutions in the country – see a different Lebanon. The objective was to provide a platform for an un-skeptical generation to bring their progressive visions for the country to life, and prove that if we provide them with the right opportunities they will keep Lebanon moving forward.
After months of preparation and under the mentorship of industry experts Bernard Khoury, Azzi & Osta, Nada Debs, Wissam Smayra, and Bechara Mouzannar, 200 projects were submitted out of which 14 were selected to be showcased at the Keep Walking Lebanon Expo on February 7, 8 and 9 at KED, Karantina.
The Launch Night hosted a large of number of special guests who witnessed the reveal of the projects and met the masterminds behind them. The Keep Walking Lebanon Expo was then open to the public on the 9th to discover the great work of the university students; people could also attend a series of talks given by the judges. All the visitors were also given the opportunity to vote for their favorite project helping them reach the top 3 for a cash prize award. The students are also getting the chance to access the mentor’s, ensuring a promising start to great careers ahead.
KEMPINSKI SUMMERLAND LAUNCHED ITS KEMPINSKI CONCERTINI
At Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort
As part of Kempinski Corporate Social Responsibility and falling in line with its commitment to support the local community, Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort has launched its first Concertini, thus transforming its hotel’s Lobby Lounge into a stage for young artists to demonstrate their talent and impress audiences.
The first Kempinski Concertini was held on 6 February and featured a performance by students from Keys’n Cord. This platform shed a light on the students, gave them a space to apply their amazing skills and highlighted beautiful performances by young artists.
Kempinski Concertini was launched in 2017 to mark the 120th anniversary of Kempinski Hotels. This oldest luxury hotel group in Europe see its commitment to the arts as an essential component of its role in the community. In addition to Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Kempinski Concertini events are held at several hotels around the world, mostly recently at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square in Vilnius and Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha, today in Lebanon and more to come in the future.
NOUHAD DAMMOUS AWARDED BY BARISTA
At Le Royal Beirut
Nouhad Dammous was awarded by Barista during a joint event with Ratraccc at Le Royal Beirut. He was honored for his impact on the hospitality industry. To this day, Nouhad Dammous, remains active, heading the Hospitality Services company with his daughters Joumana, Zeina and Randa.
AASHA EL KHAMIS WITH HANAN SAYED WORRELL
At Tawlet Beirut
Hanan Sayed Worrell author of Table Tales Me shared her story at Tawlet Beirut during Aasha El Khamis, followed by a wonderful Afghani food experience by Chef Marjon Alami owner of Nolu’s Restaurants who made saffron chicken, mentu dumplings and more. This beautiful dinner was paired with locally made delicious Chateau Marsyas Wines.
AASHA EL KHAMIS A GUEST. A CHIT CHAT. A DINNER
At Tawlet Beirut
Aasha el khamis is Tawlet Beirut‘s new project: a dinner and an inspiring chit chat.
Every Thursday night, local and international chefs, farmers, cooks, winemakers and other food lovers will share their passions, their stories, their dreams and a dinner!
On December 20th, meet Tarek Alameddine, chef at Noma in Copenhagen, four-time winner of the ‘World’s Best Restaurant’ title. Tarek will show us how to turn Lebanese traditions and ingredients into a fine-dining experience with different mixtures and daring gastronomic techniques. The dishes were paired with Sept wines. Sept is a new winery on the Lebanese scene with wines from different parts of Lebanon and various grape varieties: Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from Nehla, two biodynamic reds; Cuvée du Soleil, an organic red, and two white wines, Obeideh and Viognier.
• On December 27th, meet Hanan Sayed Worrell, author of Table Tales, The Global Nomad Cuisine of Abu Dhabi.
• On January 3rd meet Jamil Haddad, owner of The Colonel Project, a microbrewery and microdistillery on a green platform in the heart of Batroun.
• On January 10th meet Ahmad Khodr Boukhdal, known as Abou Rabih, producer at Souk El Tayeb since 2004 and owner of one of the first organic farms in Lebanon located in Bebneen, Akkar.
GEFINOR ROTANA LIGHTS UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE
at Gefinor Rotana
On the occasion of the festive season, Gefinor Rotana gathered local media representatives, social media influencers, and business partners on a special celebration on December 14th, during which all invitees witnessed the lighting up of the Christmas tree at the hotel’s lobby.
The attendees enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere of the gathering, along with festive songs by a choir that added a magical touch to this celebration, paired with delicious pass-around sweets and drinks reflecting the theme of the season.
After welcoming the guests, the newly appointed General Manager of Gefinor Rotana, Gilbert Zeait, expressed his happiness for having the special guests gathered at Gefinor Rotana, saying: “We are grateful for your continuous support for Rotana Hotels and your presence with us today, hoping that the coming year will be full of fruitful collaborations and success stories together on all levels”. He added: “We wish that the New Year brings all the hope and wellness to you all and we promise that Gefinor Rotana will surprise you on different levels with revived image and services, after finalizing the renovation that has recently started at the hotel.”
DEWAR’S CELEBRATES LEBANESE HERITAGE
at Salon Beyrouth
Dewar’s Lebanon has teamed up with Images D’Orient to celebrate the Lebanese heritage and memorialize the authentic soul of this historic nation.
The brand adds a touch of nostalgia to the holiday season with its limited edition pack for Dewar’s White Label. The beautiful packaging is inspired by the ornate patterned tiles that traditionally decorated Lebanese homes and promotes the richness of the country’s Middle Eastern heritage. The brand’s contemporary take on the traditional tiles aims to pay tribute to the legacy of past generations through vintage and futuristic designs.
Dewar’s has customized two unique limited edition pack designs, specifically crafted for Lebanon; symbolic of a nation that has stayed true to its soul and continues to inspire its people to live true to their passions. Each pack also contains two coasters designed on the lines of the packaging artwork. The play on the double pack and twin coasters is a quirky tribute to the brand’s double-aging process.
Dewar’s invited the media to Salon Beyrouth on to praise Lebanon’s heritage through its White Label limited edition, for the occasion of its launch.
B018’S RE-OPENING NIGHT
In the mid-1980’s, nothing could be heard in Beirut but the sounds of missiles and bullets; while everyone was completely overwhelmed with the raging war, the young Naji Gebran was busy curating his own music in a small chalet with the number: “B018” at the door.
This unit turned later into a music refuge for his music lovers’ friends in the midst of their misery. Moving on, the young musician decided to launch his first nightclub in Sin el Fil. Having established a strong popularity; B018 quickly became a staple in the Lebanese and regional nightlife.
B018’s renovation preserves the club’s true essence while getting an upgrade with fascinating new design in time for the re-launch in December 2018.
According to Bernard Khoury, “the authentic spirit of this nightclub will remain intact; B018 will always be incrusted in the heart of Quarantina and will retain its heartbeat. The new decor will certainly pay tribute to this spot’s glorious history, while reflecting its character and authenticity”.
Moreover, Tony Ramy, advisor of the board of directors, has confirmed: “B018 is turning a new chapter, and I am positive that the innovative design, and the effective management will definitely contribute in keeping B018 in the lead.”
A MERRY CHRISTMAS
at Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort
As part of Kempinski’s Corporate Responsibility Strategy and in line with Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort’s mission to support the local community, Kempinski Summerland celebrated the start of the festive season with a joyful Christmas event hosting little heroes fighting illness, and are supported by CHANCE Association- CHildren AgaiNst CancEr.
Celebrating Christmas for the second time since its opening, Le Salon lounge, on 5 December, was filled with the joy and giggles of the little brave ones, who relished the magic of the Christmas season with the presence of CHANCE president Dr. Roula Farah, volunteers, parents, the media and influencers.
During the event, the children enjoyed listening to Christmas carols and decorated a 6 metres buche with Executive Chef, Georges Mansour, Pastry Chef Elie Aoun and all the team. After the decoration, they took their buche with them and left with memories worth a lifetime.
As a global company, Kempinski believes its responsibility extends beyond its employees and guests, into the communities in which it operates. In addition to its hotels’ individual engagement in socially responsible initiatives that meet the specific needs of their local community, Kempinski also has a corporate social responsibility programme that is lived by all employees, whether at a corporate and regional level or within an individual hotel.
KEMPINSKI SUMMERLAND NEW “HOME COOKING” CONCEPT
at Kempinski Summerland
Kempinski Summerland’s Pier 78 Mediterranean eatery launched in November 2018, its very first Lebanese Sunday buffet inspired by different villages in Lebanon.
Building upon the original skills and eternal recipes of older generations of Lebanese villages and households, Executive Chef Georges Mansour, heading the restaurant’s outlets and banqueting services at Kempinski Summerland, will prepare different home cooked culinary experiences each Sunday, thus offering delicacies to all guests and especially Lebanese home food lovers.
Pier 78, located directly on the Mediterranean Sea, embraces the best of Lebanese food presented with European tastes and flavours. This restaurant offers a large variety of Lebanese specialities served with a twist and is the home of the famous signature dish, Fatteh.
Pier 78 presents a simply unmissable authentic culinary experience while offering breath-taking views of the sea and Beirut’s skyline.
ROSSINI GRAND OPENING
at Phoenicia Hotel
When a hot new neighbour arrives in town, word soon gets around. Such was the buzz created by the arrival of Rossini, Beirut’s newest Italian neighbour, which celebrated its official opening in a packed evening on Thursday, November 29. Media representatives, influencers and food lovers were among the crowd that gathered to sample Rossini’s fresh and cheeky Italian charm.
This was no ordinary launch party. Guests were greeted by the sight of an iconic Italian vespa at the entrance, perfect for playful posing for wall of fame paparazzi shots. Inside the ambiance was set with a live saxophone player. One particular guest caused a huge stir on the night. Carrying a strategically placed sign that read “I stripped for pizza. What would you do?” a living Michelangelo statue mingled with guests as they enjoyed the evening.
LUDOVIC CHESNAY WORKSHOP
at Ritage by Maroun Chedid
Ludovic Chesnay, Elle & Vire Professional International Culinary Advisor, came to Beirut on 28th of November for an exclusive hands-on workshop at Ritage by Maroun Chedid. Attendees were introduced to bold, stylish and elegant French recipes.
MBC TOP CHEF’S 3RD SEASON PRESS LAUNCHING
at Ritage Signature
The launch of the network’s third installment on the 26th of November, 2018 was the announcement made at celebrity Chef Maroun Chedid’s glitzy restaurant venue, Ritage Signature in the presence of various media representatives.
Commenting on the announcement Chef Chedid said, “This season’s general setup has been somewhat tweaked, in addition to having 17 chefs competing instead of 15. Furthermore, this year’s contestants come from all over the Arab world thereby diversifying the competition and elevating it to new highs. This is very important as it truly highlights the pressure that chefs throughout the world experience on a daily basis.”
Also present was the show’s 2nd judge, Chef Bobby Chinn who when asked what it felt like to tape the show in Lebanon Chinn remarked, “Lebanon has always been on my Bucket List. It has always had one thing or another happening and therefore presents an alluring destination to visit. When it comes to filming, there is greater energy than anywhere else I’ve been to. The contestants appeared to have a wide range of skills, which helps in the production of a better show. Shooting in many different locations was exciting. The current contestants have higher culinary skills than those competing in the first two seasons. In other words, every show is a surprise.”
Concluding, Saudi chef, TV presenter and the program’s 3rd judge Mona explained, “Shooting Top Chef in Lebanon was so beautiful, I felt in love the whole time due to the wonderful locations we worked in. What is also great is that the participating chefs have more combined experience, which as a result has proven to add more lure to every episode.”
LAUNCHING OF SWEET LEVANTINE
at The Sage Parlour
Lara Ariss launched her new book Sweet Levantine on 22 November at The Sage Parlour.
In Sweet Levantine, Lara explored the joy of creating sweet treats – something that has fascinated her since she was a child on visits to the old souk of Saida in Lebanon.
The evening featured a dessert table prepared by the author and happy bites prepared by the parlour matched with wines from Tire Bouchon.
NOURA BLOWS ITS 70TH CANDLE
in Beirut Central District
The pioneer catering, pastry and chocolate brand, Noura, celebrated seven decades of craftsmanship during a cocktail reception held in their new flagship store in Beirut Central District, on Thursday, November 15 2018.
Owners Julien and Pierre Khabbaz welcome over 800 guests who enjoyed the brand’s new look and uplifted brand identity.
Designed by Marine Bustros, the new concept will be applied in Noura’s existing stores in Beirut and all future new branches opening as of next year. The retail space includes pastry, chocolates, bakery, ice cream, customized cakes and a selection of gift ideas.
ABC CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Surrounded by adorable mini squirrels, glamorous holiday decors, and small teddy bears designed by Reem Acra for Tamanna, the Christmas Tree stood in the enchanted Christmas forest amid the mall’s spacious ground floor.The cheerful crowd enjoyed holiday carols and danced to Christmas jingles while waiting for ABC’s Christmas tree to be lit for the first time this season. As the countdown hit zero, the tree decked with dazzling lights brought the enchanted forest to life. But the magic didn’t end there. True to its yearly tradition, ABC aims at spreading holiday warmth and cheer all around by selling small teddy bears to support a big cause through its Small Bear Big Heart signature Christmas CSR initiative. Launched in 2010 as part of ABC’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, this heartfelt initiative lends a helping hand every year to a different NGO.
EMF CALLEBAUT LAUNCHES RB1 IN LEBANON
at Salon du Chocolat Beirut
Ruby RB1 has been introduced in the Lebanese market at an exclusive launch event at the Salon Du Chocolat Beirut. RB1 offers chocolatiers and chefs a new platform through which to express their artisanship and artistry. Maurice E. Feghali, CEO of EMF Trading Ltd – Middle East Coordination for Barry Callebaut, said: “After more than 40 years of partnership in the service of our customers, EMF & BARRY CALLEBAUT are proud to announce the 4th type of chocolate, RUBY. Join us in these exciting times in looking to the future as we embark together on a one of a kind colourful culinary trip.”
at the Maroun Chedid Academy
Two workshops were held at the Maroun Chedid Cooking Academy welcoming Lebanon’s leading chefs in the morning and the media & bloggers in the evening.
Maroun Chedid lead the chef’s workshop through several demonstrations on the superiority of European butter and its importance in gastronomy and in bringing out special flavours in cooking. Speaking at the event, he said “European butter is a versatile product, a delicious enhancer for so many foods and the essential ingredient for baking”.
During the blogger’s workshop, he teamed up with Francois Robin, French Dairy specialist awarded Meilleur Ouvrier de France Fromager, who started the workshop by making butter using a manual churn, demonstrating the easy and natural process of turning dairy cream into butter. He then created some flavoured butters using different ingredients such as seaweed, Curry, Zaatar, pistachio & dates.
From a gastronomic point of view, Maroun prepared his famous Mediterranean Land & Sea, Winter Vegetables with Smoked Butter, created exclusively for the Butter of Europe book. Guests had the chance to learn more about European butter and its importance in capturing and sublimating the aromas.
RESENSE SPA AND BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE BRUNCH
at Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort
Resense Spa at Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort celebrated their partnership with leading international French skincare brand, Biologique Recherche, with an interactive brunch. Renowned bloggers and socialites attended the event to learn more about Biologique Recherche’s extensive range of skincare products in the presence of Mr. Ruper Schmidt, CEO at Biologique Recherche and Mrs Danielle Bejjani – founder of Professional Product and local product Distributor.
Guests of the event received free skin consultations under the expert care of certified professionals and were invited to discover the vast array of health and beauty treatments, as well as memberships offered at the spa. Spa members also benefit from unrestricted access to a cutting-edge fitness gym that hosts the latest in workout machines, training equipment, personal training sessions and group classes.
DRAWING LINES LAUNCH
At Beit Beirut
At the launching event at Beit Beirut, hundreds of guests experienced Drawing Lines through colorful installations, photos and paintings, from different street artists, a stark contrast from the torn and bullet hole walls which stood in the backdrop. Artists such as Sandra Kheir Sahyoun, Benoit Debbane, Ashekman, Karim Tamerji, as well as photography by Bernard Khalil and Jad Ghorayeb.
A short film screened on a bullet-ridden wall in an adjacent room, filling the air with the sound of gun shots and nostalgic notes. The film by Nadine Mourad with music score by Eddy Jazra and Tamara Zantout, brings ‘Drawing Lines’ to life, by showcasing the making of the book, and how it all came together. ‘Drawing Lines’, is an art book dedicated to uncovering Lebanese identity through street art of various local and international artists.
CHEFS SLEIMAN KHAWAND AND GEORGES DEBS REPRESENTING LEBANON
at the World Heritage Cuisine Summit Food Festival 2018
As trainers of two Gold winning hotel management schools at HORECA 2018 in the Lebanese categories (Ecole Hoteliere Dekwaneh and Ecole Hoteliere Tripoli;) Chef Sleiman Khawand and Chef Georges Debs represented Lebanon at the World Heritage Cuisine Summit Food Festival 2018, Amristar India from 12 to 14 October 2018.
The event is part of WACS events (worldchefs) and gathered chefs from different countries. Below some links about the event.
CLEFS D’OR PINNING CEREMONY
at Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut
A pinning ceremony to officially induct two new members from the Phoenicia, Estelle Btaiche and Edouard Khoury, to the prestigious global Clefs d’Or organisation took place on Saturday October 13 at Améhyste Lounge. The event marked an important milestone, giving the Phoenicia the accolade of being the first and only hotel in Lebanon to have three members of staff accredited as Clefs d’Or and proudly representing the hotel.
The ceremony took place at Phoenicia Hotel’s Améthyste Lounge in the presence of valued Phoenicia partners, leading industry figures and media representatives. After a warm reception and welcome drinks, Phoenicia General Manager Mr. Manrique Rodriguez stated that “wearing their distinctive pins, they take pride in their mission to raise awareness of the beauty of Lebanese culture and history. We believe that our concierges are true ambassadors for Lebanon and this recognition is a testament of their exemplary knowledge and world-class standards in meeting the needs of our guests”.
Following this, Clefs d’Or President Mr. Dimitris Liapis addressed the audience with a speech.
MONKEY SHOULDER’S ULTIMATE BARTENDER CHAMPIONSHIP
At Brazzaville Pub
Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship took place on October 10th at Brazzaville Pub. Competitors participated in challenges designed to test the skills that pay the bills and proved their competency in all aspects of what it takes to be a top bartender. The Ultimate Bartender Championship winner Tarek Alameddine from Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut won first place and a trip to Athens Bar Show from 5-9 November.
AINATA APPLE FESTIVAL
Opening of the first “Apple Festival at Ainata”, a project funded by USAID and implemented by Caritas Lebanon. Caretaker Agriculture Minister, Ghazi Zeaiter, highlighted Sunday the pressing need for a national unity government to preserve the nation’s future.
“We do not want a state that eliminates a sect, a party or a political force. We want a strong state that can express the needs of the people, a state in line with the people in their political, social and sectarian diversity,” said Zeaiter.
“Yes to a national dialogue that constitutes a safety net,” he added, urging political leaders in the country not to bet on the outside and what is happening in the region.
“We must all be able to produce our political settlements in a way that preserves the future of this country, the foremost of which would be forming a national unity government without any obstacles or personal interests,” Zeaiter underlined.
His words came during his patronage of the first “Ainata Apple Festival” which opened earlier today in Ainata Al-Arz, organized by the Ainata Municipality in collaboration with the Deir El-Ahmar Municipalities Union.
Zeaiter shed light on the apple produce sector in Lebanon and the various challenges facing farmers in channeling their harvests, especially in wake of the Syrian war that reflected negatively on Lebanese exports due to the closing of borders. However, he reassured farmers that indications point to the re-opening of these borders soon, stressing his Ministry’s relentless efforts to ensure proper channels for their agricultural produce.
DOMAINE DES TOURELLES 150TH ANNIVERSARY
In honor of its 150th anniversary, Domaine des Tourelles held a grand celebration on Friday October 5th at the yearly wine festival Vinifest taking place at Beirut Hippodrome.
The joyous occasion gathered hundreds of friends and family of the producers together with media representatives and social medias’ influencers. The guests had the chance to socialize at the beautiful Domaine des Tourelles stand over great wines paired with an exquisite selection of cheeses.