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.
RIVIERA HOTEL IFTAR
at Au Gros Sel
Riviera Hotel invited media, public figures and celebrities over an iftar at Au Gros Sel, one of the charming restaurants at the Riviera Hotel Manara. Au Gros Sel, serves a delicious menu of Mediterranean Seafood and is located in the Beach Lounge, providing a stunning panoramic view of the Mediterranean. The invitees were welcomed by Mrs. Cecilia Slim, Senior PR and Media Marketing Executive at Riviera Hotel, they enjoyed the Ramadan spirit with Oud music and a wide range of exquisite dishes, Lebanese menu selection and international dishes prepared Au Gros Sel way.
EDIBLE POETRY FROM CHEF TAREK ALAMEDDINE
A 12-course menu centered around seafood was prepared by renowned Noma’s Chef Tarek Alameddine on the 18st of May.
Chef Tarek Alameddine presented guests with a memorable culinary experience of 12-course menu full of flavors and finesse. The food was served with local wines from Batroun and fresh Juices prepared by the chef himself.
at Downtown Beirut
Blessing, the gifting specialist since 1996, just got to Downtown Beirut.
More than 350 guests gathered on May 3rd at the new Blessing branch in Down Town to wish founders Rana Najjar and Rima El-Husseini a successful new beginning.
A wide variety of Blessing chocolates amazed the guests with its unusual fillings and the “fill it yourself” chocolate station was a main attraction where guests enjoyed picking their favorite flavors in a beautiful box.
However, Blessing is not just about great chocolate; it is a unique concept of luxury gifts for seasonal and celebratory events. The main message displayed all over the place is: Life is a Blessing. Live it. Love it.
at Caritas Lebanon
Caritas Lebanon opened U-Feed in Dekwana under the patronage of Minister Kyumjian.
The opening ceremony was held under the patronage of the Minister of Social Affairs. Richard Kyumjian and the presence of Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany d. George Berglin and Caritas Lebanon President Paul Karam, at the U-FEED Al-Dekwana building.
IDDESIGN NEW COLLECTION 2019
at ABC Verdun Showroom
On the occasion of the launching of the new collection of furniture and home accessories “Identity 2019”, IDdesign organized a cocktail reception at ABC Verdun, attended by architects, interior designers and press personalities.
IDdesign is known for the quality and style of its creations, both modern and functional.
MADE IN ITALY PEARLS OF THE ITALIAN TERROIR
at Vintage Wine Cellar
April 11th 2019 was not a typical Thursday since Vintage Wine Cellar organized in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency in Lebanon a joint event to promote some of the Pearls of the Italian Terroir being imported by Vintage Wine Cellar, entity affiliated to GABRIEL BOCTI SAL group. Vintage celebrated its leading positioning on the Italian Wines import since the company distributes the best Italian labels across the Lebanese territory to cater to both the On-trade & Off-Trade channels. Event gathered more than 100 selected guests made of the Italian Diplomatic Body in Lebanon including also presence of HE Massimo Marotti, Ambassador along with Management of Gabriel Bocti Sal, Wine Professionals & Connoisseurs and the media community.
“DINER A 4 MAINS” WITH CHEF STEPHANE LOISON & CHEF MAROUN CHEDID
A special ‘diner a 4 mains’ with Chef Stephane Loison & Chef Maroun Chedid occurred on April 4th.
This is a special initiative of the Butter of Europe campaign and organized by the French Diary Organization & the European Union.
OFFICIAL OPENING OF RITAGE SIGNATURE
Maroun Chedid, celebrity chef celebrated 30 years of passion & excellence at his headquarters in Beirut, with the official opening of Ritage Signature, the last phase of his three year restoration project and a special announcement by Nespresso. The collaboration with Nespresso was announced by Fabio De Gregorio, Business Development Manager at Nestlé Nespresso: Maroun Chedid was named the first Chef brand ambassador of Nespresso in the Middle East. While Nespresso has a long association with haute cuisine and culinary masters, this is its FIRST partnership with a regional chef – both share the passion for highest quality ingredients, a philosophy to deliver personalized service, as well as a desire to create memorable experience for their customers. The event gathered more than 1200 guests of dignitaries, politicians, local and international chefs and F&B experts, media and VIPs. Guests were invited to discover the different spaces: Ritage Signature which included a beautiful 3D –Mapping telling the story of the Chef through the three women that have touched his life: Georgette, his mother and Lamiss and Barbara, his two grandmothers.
OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY OF HORECA 2019
at Seaside Pavilion
Official opening ceremony of HORECA 2019, in the presence of Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism, H.E. Mr. Avedis Guidanian.
Serving as the annual meeting place for the hospitality and foodservice industries in the Middle East and beyond, HORECA Lebanon’s 26th edition takes place from 2-5 April 2019 at Seaside Arena, Beirut.
The event spotlights the latest trends, innovations and market solutions, and hosts live cooking demonstrations, culinary, bar and hospitality competitions, panel discussions and networking sessions with the region’s heavyweights.
In parallel, HORECA serves as a platform for young talents to showcase their skills in a variety of competitions that reward creativity and excellence across the different layers of the industry.
With belief in the wealth of knowledge, passion and talent in Lebanon, HORECA reaffirms Beirut as the capital of taste the Middle East. It fosters bold new business and entrepreneurship, and acts as a key driver in shaping the future of the hospitality and foodservice sectors.
VINTAGE & CHEF CLEMENT TANNOURY EVENT
At Vintage, Saifi
Guests were invited to Vintage fine wine & spirits’ private desserts and spirits pairing event with Chef Clement Tannoury on Wednesday, 27 March, at 10:30 am.
At Vintage Saifi, they celebrated the sweet & the strong women with a few tasty desserts by Chasseurs De Saveurs paired with different spirits and Prosecco.
KEMPINSKI CELEBRATES MOTHER’S DAY
At Kempinski Summerland
Honoring beautiful mothers, Kempinski Summerland hosted a special mother’s day buffet lunch at Candelabra on Sunday, welcoming clients, media and their mothers.
During lunch, the attendees and their mothers had the chance to meet the executive chef Georges Mansour and the chefs behind all culinary delights at Kempinski providing guests with a high-end experience and a premium buffet starting from Asian, Lebanese, and Italian to a seafood station.
The lunch buffet takes place every Sunday between 1 and 4 PM at Candelabra.
At Maroun Chedid Cooking Academy
Guests enjoyed a stroll in Valrhona’s beautiful secret garden with Valrhona Pastry Instructor Chef Glenn Noel and Chef Pierre Abi Hayla at Maroun Chedid Cooking Academy, Beirut. Chef Abi Hayla introduced the latest creations with the new Tulakalum chocolate.
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.
LURPAK RICE CAMPAIGN WITH PIERRE RABBAT
At Sayde Jabra Studio, Sin El Fil
Lurpak launched a rice campaign with public figure and owner of TheFamousRecipe account, Pierre Rabbat, reviving Lebanese kitchen traditions where aromas are enhanced with the right ingredients.
One of the region’s most cooked dishes and the favorite accompaniment of homemade traditional meals, rice was the focus of the Lurpak campaign. In line with the brand’s mission to take rice to new heights, the collaboration aimed at highlighting the taste enhancement of this daily favorite when cooked with butter.
Promoting the use of Lurpak butter in Mediterranean rice dishes through a 5-course meal, flavored by a dash of love from the passionate cook, Rabbat held a live cooking session in the presence of media figures, foodies, and influencers. The event was widely spread across social media platforms, contributing in portraying Lurpak as the perfect partner of rice and Lebanese cuisine fundamentals.
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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.