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.
KEMPINSKI SUMMERLAND HOTEL & RESORT SUMMER CELEBRATION
Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort celebrated the summer season at an event under the stars. The event was attended by media personalities, bloggers and digital influencers as well as the hotel’s VIP guests and loyal clients, who enjoyed a once in a lifetime soiree and witnessed the transformation of the beach area into a premium party venue. A DJ and live shows set the mood on fire, accompanied by the finest summer menus and drinks.
During the event, the team took the attendees on a culinary journey, showcasing the different and exceptional F&B outlets among which one, that offers the leisure of dining under stars, while watching the skyline of Beirut, with feet in the sand!
DEWAR’S DOERS CLUB SUMMER LAUNCH
Embodying the Dewar’s motto “live true” spirit, the brand’s Doers Club kicked off its first event for the summer season with its launch on June 28th, bringing together passionate and single-mindedly driven individuals like its founder, Tommy Dewar, in a series of events to celebrate living true to oneself.
Hosted at the trendy Garden State venue, the Doers Club premiere attracted the city’s passionate and driven set to a trendy evening of music, local acts, delectable gourmet street food and delicious Dewar’s cocktails in an all-new drinking experience. The night of celebration brought together talented local stand-up comedians from ‘awk-word’, starring Ali Jaam, John Achkar, Mhamad Baalbaki, Michele Nehme, Nour Hajjar, Wissam Kamal, and hosted by Shaden Esperenza. This line up of stand-up talents entertained a crowd of influencers, media people and bloggers who came to share the vibrant Dewar’s live true experience.
BROUMANA VILLA AND BROUMANA SQUARE OPENING
In a memorable ceremony that gathered VIPs, loyal customers, media and influencers, Broumana Villa and Broumana Square had their official opening Wednesday, June 27 to welcome the new summer season. The two high-end clusters house a very rich variety of restaurants where invitees had the opportunity to experience the wide range of cuisines and enjoy the evening with different entertaining shows that covered both venues.
SQUARE ROOFTOP BAR OPENING
Mövenpick Hotel Beirut
Mövenpick Hotel Beirut opens Square Rooftop Bar and joins the bustling nightlife scene in Beirut.
Conveniently located on the terrace of the five-star Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut
Beirut’s number one rooftop features a breath-taking panoramic view of both Beirut City and the Mediterranean Sea. Square Rooftop Bar is set to be a unique and ideal place for an unforgettable evening. Square is Beirut’s trendiest open-air lounge with magnificent views. The diverse menu has it all, including special cocktails and a wide drink selection, in addition to international cuisine, tapas to share and special main dishes. Square is the perfect place for romantic dates, gatherings and special occasions, as well as for a vivid Saturday night out.
Chadi Gedeon, General Manager of Movenpick Beirut, said, “Square will become the renowned hotspot of Beirut’s social scene for this summer.” The sea view open-air lounge is geared to Beirut’s clubbers from Wednesday to Saturday. This place is a great way to meet friends, network or unwind after work. Be there at 7.00 pm for a sunset drink and stay until 2.00 am for a great party scene.
LEARNING ABOUT AUSTRALIAN MEAT WITH CELEBRITY CHEF TAREK IBRAHIM
At Maroun Chedid Cooking Academy
Guests had a unique experience At Maroun Chedid Cooking Academy.
Corporate Master Chef for Meat and Livestock Australia and TV personality, Chef Tarek Ibrahim, gave a complete course and tasting on Australian meat at the Maroun Chedid Cooking Academy on Tuesday June 19th.
The guest list included a handful of food bloggers and press that had the chance to learn how to select the best meats and its different parts, how to store it and most importantly how to cook and grill it. The Chef also shared his professional tips and cooking methods. It was a unique experience that ended with a friendly dinner in the presence of the two celebrity Chefs Tarek Ibrahim and Maroun Chedid.
THE OPENING OF SOFITA
Printania Garden, Broumana
Maillon Group brings its newest Italian restaurant and cocktail bar, Sofita. A soft opening, was held, on 20 June, at Printania Garden in Broumana in presence of media representatives, influencers and food bloggers.
Sofita keeps the best part of what Italian food represents: Homemade dishes with quality ingredients. But what Sofita brings to this generous traditional cuisine is also a wave of modernity. Mixing both quality and authentic food to new recipes with a twist. Sofita offers a new Italian cuisine, Cucina Di Oggi, as it mixes quality ingredients, from today (di oggi), in a modern way.
Attending guests were welcomed at the bar area with Sofita’s signature cocktails, prepared with grappa, Aperol, and Limoncello, revisited by Sofita’s talented mixologists. A sampling set menu followed allowing guests to taste Sofita’s rich selection of antipasti, primi piatti (pizze, paste, risotto), secondi piatti and dolci. The set menu consisted of Sofita specialties such as the likes of, Sofita’s Montagna Di Tagliatelle which is crispy tagliatelle as a starter; Melanzane Con Burrata which is the traditional antipasti topped with imported Italian burrata, and Cappucino Crème Brulee dessert served in a cup of cappuccino and a chocolate spoon on the side, among other specialty dishes.
Yasmina Yared Azoury, Owner & CEO of Maillon Group welcomed attendees saying, “We have always been in love with Italian cuisine, and with Italian culture in general. We have introduced several Italian dishes in the entities we are managing, especially in our Peruvian concepts – Cinco and Sapa – as Peruvian cuisine is greatly influenced by Italian cuisine. Those dishes have received exceptional feedback from our clients and are rated best-selling items on the menus. Given our love for Italian cuisine and our food & beverage experience, we decided to open Sofita.”
Elissa Yared, Owner & Marketing director of Maillon Group, also commented saying, “We would like to share with you the story and concept behind Sofita: Let’s imagine an Italian traditional kitchen, held by the typical generous Mamma we all know. Then imagine the Mamma left her cucina for a few hours, and during her absence, her talented and creative granddaughter Sofita sneaked into her kitchen and revisited her old recipes. A delightful surprise to all. Even to the Mamma. Same Ingredients. Today’s Cuisine.”
Maillon Group, also owns and operates seven other properties, Le Maillon Restaurant, Maillon Café, Gada by Maillon, Maillon The Club, Cinco, Sapa and Peter’s Grill. The group is renowned to be one of the most diversified Food & Beverage groups in Lebanon targeting different types of clientele and constantly looking to introduce new experiences to its customers. The group was also one of the first to open in Broumana in 2015 with Cinco. Today, Maillon Group has four entities in Broumana namely, Cinco, Maillon Café, Peter’s Grill and Sofita. Their portfolio of cuisines includes French, Lebanese, Peruvian, and American, and as such, Sofita offers a brand-new Italian experience to their restaurant chain.
10 CHEFS FOR MEREF’S 10 YEARS
Résidence des Pins
10 renowned French chefs Jerome Anfray, Sylvain Arthus, Patrick Burat, Thomas Ciret, Alexis Couquelet, Stephane Loison, Mickael Gantner, Stephane Loison, Jean Baptiste Priolet, Guillaume Gomez hosted Meref CCIFL 10 years gala dinner that took place on June 8th at Résidence des Pins.
This marks the 10 years anniversary of Meref – CCI France Liban known as a place for exchange and knowledge-sharing since its inception in 2008. the Meref – CCI France Liban aims to bring together economic representatives of France in Lebanon, enabling them to build strong business connections and future partnerships. In order to increase the profitability and competitiveness of its members and the French-Lebanese business community, the Meref – CCIFL became a member of the UCCIFE (The French Chambers of Commerce Abroad) in 2016. Thus becoming one of the 115 Chambers of Commerce in 85 countries representing the first French private network in the world with over 34,000 companies.
THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF ‘HOLY LEBANON’
At Sin-el-Fil municipality
Dr. Noura Farra launches first electronic application in Lebanon on religious tourism and dialogue, titled “Holy Lebanon,” under the auspices of Caretaker Ministers of Information and Tourism, Melhem Riachy and Avedis Guidanian, at Sin-el-Fil municipality.
HOLY LEBANON is a travel e-guide promoting religious-based tourism and supporting the sustainable development of local communities across Lebanon.
Holy-Lebanon introduces Lebanon as never seen before, as an attractive destination full of interesting religious sites to discover from different religious communities, rituals to experience and events to share. It creates awareness in both Lebanese people and foreigners about the enormous variety of sacred sites open and attractive to tourists that you will not find in classical guidebooks, from the foremost pilgrimage sites to the small, historical chapels in picturesque villages. In addition, some sites host special religious celebrations for events like the feast of the patron saint (for Christian sites) and special Muslim ceremonies, which are indicated in the information on each site. This unique feature associated with also culinary traditions gives the opportunity to take part in the joy, unity, and memory of the community in an authentic way.
Today, it is certainly the most comprehensive database for multi-faith religious tourism in Lebanon.
Eager to position Lebanon as a premier religious destination, the Ministry of Tourism and other related government agencies are working hand-in-hand with the private sector to develop and promote this niche tourism as the project of the Cultural Religious Tourism in Lebanon.
Thousands of religious attractions, rituals, events and service providers all around Lebanon and from different religious and social communities are listed in this guide.
LAUNCHING OF ‘TRAVEL LEBANON’ EXHIBITION
Hippodrome of Beirut
USAID Mission Director, Dr. Anne Patterson and Minister of Tourism, Avedis Guidanian, launched the ‘Travel Lebanon’ exhibition held within the framework of the Beirut Garden Show at the Beirut Hippodrome. Dedicated to rural tourism around Lebanon, Travel Lebanon is organized for the fifth consecutive year by Hospitality Services with support from the USAID-funded Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) Project and in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism.
LE ROYAL HONORING DINNER AT DIWAN SHAHRAYAR
Le Royal Hotel, Beirut
Soufraa el Arz hosted by Haifa Charbel and Le Royal Hotel Beirut management, held a dinner at Diwan Shahrayar in the presence of Nabil Itani Chairman of IDAL, Philippe Ziade CEO and founder of US Lebanon Tech Hub and Sir Nadhmi Auchi Chairman of GMH.
The dinner is part of Le Royal Beirut aim to honor and promote the success of individuals that are part of the Lebanese diaspora.
INAUGURATION THE SIXTH EDITION OF DESIGNER’S WEEK
Zaitunay Bay, Beirut
The minister of tourism Mr. Avedis Guidanian, the president of the Lebanese chamber of commerce Mr. Mohammad Choucair and the CEO of Gata Mrs. Sandra Ghattas inaugurated the sixth edition of Designer’s Week
In the past five years, Designer’s Week proudly introduced more than 300 designer brands, artisans and small enterprises, many of whom have gained local and regional acclaim. The event has also attracted more than 200,000 visitors, looking to enjoy the outdoors in style and explore the latest design products.
REM BEIRUT CELEBRATES ITS OPENING
REM Beirut, Dbayeh
REM Beirut officially opened its doors to the public in a friendly gathering among media, influencers, Lebanese designers, industry experts and interior architecture fanatics. REM Beirut, an interior architecture studio and concept store, is a space for Lebanese and international designers to meet and exhibit their pieces to the public.
The event introduced the customers to the new concept which was established by three Lebanese interior architects, Rodrigue Zgheib, Elie Hage and Marie-Claire Mrad (REM).
HORECA LEBANON CELEBRATED ITS 25TH EDITION
Seaside Pavilion, Downtown Beirut
Under the patronage of the Minister of Tourism, Avedis Guidanian, Hospitality Services announced the official opening of HORECA Lebanon, the region’s premier hospitality and foodservice meeting place. The show ran until March 23, at Beirut Seaside Arena.
HORECA Lebanon celebrated its 25th edition with the theme ‘From Lebanon to the World’ to highlight the nation’s richest flavors and Lebanese achievements in the hospitality and foodservice. The four-day exhibition included visits from H.E. Mr. Raed Khoury, Minister of Economy and Trade, H.E. Mr. Ghazi Zaiter, Minister of Agriculture as well as presidents of associations and syndicates, VIPs and media. This year’s HORECA featured a variety of unprecedented events including an exclusive art exhibition by renowned caterer Nicolas Audi. Titled ‘Food is an Art’, the exhibition features 25 of Audi’s drawings celebrating the art of food. Visitors saw the work of designer Rana Salam at the HORECA Gold Club Lounge. Furthermore, a special ‘Room for Design’, curated by Bleu Design Consultants, showcased the work of 11 Lebanese designers as they create a contemporary guestroom.
The exhibition attracted 15,000 trade professionals from across the Middle East and beyond. More than 350 local and international exhibitors showcased over 2,500 of the most well-known brands, providing visitors with a rare opportunity to discover the newest and soon-to-be-released products, from food and kitchen equipment to packaging and labeling and all kinds of services related to the sector.
This edition promised an action-packed program of more than 25 daily events, competitions, forums and workshops with over 30 international guest chefs, food, beverage and service experts coming for the occasion.
Over 500 talented hospitality and foodservice professionals and junior participated in a host of contests that reward creativity and excellence including the renowned Hospitality Salon Culinaire, the Junior Chef Competition, the Lebanese Bartenders Competition, the Lebanese Barista Competition, the Bed making Competition, the Art of Service Competition and the National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Contest. Furthermore, the popular Atelier Gourmand returned to the program, where Lebanon’s top-notch French chefs will hit the floor to highlight more and more the French expertise. Elsewhere the Annual Hospitality Forum tackled the hottest topics in the industry with key speakers from across the world.
SAINT PATRICK’S DAY AT THE BACKROOM
Backroom, inside Les Caves de Taillevent
At a unique tasting experience, organized in collaboration with the British Embassy, attendees had the opportunity to try more than 14 brands of craft beer and spirits and hear all the stories and secrets from the makers themselves – a first in Lebanon! Caroline Hennessy, author of The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider, was present at the event.
LE CORDON BLEU HOSTS WORKSHOP WITH CHEF ERIC BRIFFARD
Tabarja, Burj on Bay Hotel, Jounieh
Le Cordon Bleu Lebanon hosted Chef Eric Briffard (2 Michelin Stars, Meilleur Ouvrier de France) – Executive Chef & Culinary Arts Director at Le Cordon Bleu Paris for a workshop in its brand new campus in Lebanon.
Recipe: The perfect egg, Jerusalem artichokes confit with duck magret, toasted buckwheat, and Parmesan Reggiano cream.
MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION
Grand Hills Hotels & Spa, Broumana
Grand Hills, a luxury collection hotel & spa, in collaboration with WAW Surprise, the professional website for planning all types of surprises, honored SOS mothers, during an elegant lunch at Pool Café, on Thursday March 15, 2018, in the presence of media mothers as well.
ITALIAN WINE WORKSHOP
Four Seasons Hotel, Beirut
The Italian Trade Agency in Beirut, in collaboration with the Italian Embassy, organized a workshop to promote Italian wine and spirits. The workshop was organized on a B2B base and was reserved to professional of the HORECA sector and on trade and off trade sector as Food&Beverage Managers, Restaurants, Bars, Catering, Supermarkets, Retail Stores.
“BHEBBAK YA LEBNEN” STIRS DOWNTOWN BEIRUT TO LIFE
Beirut has witnessed for two consecutive days a wonderful atmosphere of joy and entertainment in the celebration of the event “Bhebbak Ya Lebnen” organized by the Municipality of Beirut under the direction of the Prime Minister Saad Hariri held at the Nejmeh Square in the city’s downtown amid the participation of thousands of people.
The event was launched on Saturday evening at ‘Al Omari’ and ‘Al Maarad’ streets, depicting the blending of both Lebanese and European cuisines where guests enjoyed the most famous Lebanese, Spanish, Italian and French dishes. Producer and distributor Jean-Marie Riachi lit up the whole atmosphere with his choice of talents who performed the greatest songs for Lebanese and internationals artists.
ZOMATO CELEBRATES THEIR 3RD ANNIVERSARY IN LEBANON
Zomato, Lebanon’s leading restaurant discovery platform, celebrated its 3rd anniversary at O1NE, Beirut: a fully-booked venue with over 1,700 attendees.
With sponsors, business owners, foodies, digital influencers and press, the team celebrated its success with the application reaching more than 500,000 app downloads in 2017, the launch of Online Ordering feature, and listing 7000+ restaurants.
Zomato has been growing aggressively across Lebanon over the past years due to its ongoing and progressing data base and of course the dedicated team behind it. The event had it all: music, food, drinks, dance and gifts.
During their speeches, Bechara Haddad Zomato’s Country Manager and Mira Noueihed, Zomato’s Marketing Manager, both congratulated the team for the company’s incredible growth throughout the year. Also, they thanked the attendees for being part of the success story and of course for being part of this amazing community Zomato was able to build throughout the last 3 years.
The event was sponsored by: Diageo Lebanon, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Prestigio Espresso, Al Rifai, Rovina, SGBL, GWR Consultancy, Massaya, Socrate Catering, and Amaretti.
Zomato is a global website and application developed in 2008 that facilitates searching and discovering restaurants, providing in-depth information for over 1.4 million restaurants across 24 countries. With more than 500,000 unique visitors each month locally and detailed information for over 7000 restaurants, Zomato was able to become one of the top 50 most viewed website in less than 3 years.