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.
URUGUAY STREET RE-OPENING
At Downtown, Beirut
Uruguay Street, in Beirut Central District, officially reopened and waiting for crowds to celebrate every moment!
After having been entirely closed since 2016, it has reopened for business.
During the opening, guests enjoyed their time and discovered the pubs and bars operating in Uruguay Street: Wicked, Sugar Fish, Monkey Bar, Mojito, Duval, LA Cantina del Patron, Casa de Uruguay, U Lounge Bar, and Gino Bar.
HARVEST TIMES WITH THE GOOD THYMES
At the Good Thymes, In Jezzine
Harvest day was enjoyable and magical were friends enjoyed harvesting thyme.
After harvesting, attendees enjoyed delectable delights.
PHOENICIA CULINARY INSTITUTE’S EXCLUSIVE TRIP TO FERME ST. JACQUES
At Ferme St. Jacques
As part of its yearly activities, the chefs of the Phoenicia Hotel in addition to 30 guests, made their way to Ferme St. Jacques in Batroun – famous for its production of duck products – on Wednesday July 3rd. The bus departed from the Phoenicia Hotel at 8:30 am and arrived back to Beirut at 4:00 pm. Upon arrival in Batroun, the team at Ferme St. Jacques gave the guests a tour around the place in order to become more familiar with the special process of production, in addition to the local products available at their facility. The tour was then followed by a live cooking demonstration from Phoenicia chefs, who utilized special ingredients, in addition to the local products made at Ferme St. Jacques, to create a culinary fusion and present the guests with a one of a kind dining experience and delicious meals, such as the famous Foie gras en terrine, Granny Smith cappuccino, Honey glazed duck breast, Puree of Jerusalem artichoke and persimmon, Maki of Foie gras and mango, Breaded duck aiguillettes, Beetroot espuma, Duck leg rillettes and passion fruit and cardamom sauce, Cappuccino of mushrooms and Foie gras crispy cigars, Smoked duck and gizzards salad, Stone fruits and aged balsamic dressing, Foie gras macaron and Xocopili chocolate, Foie gras crème brulée with fruits and ginger bread and of course all the dishes were accompanied by the corresponding wine.
MÖVENPICK HOTEL BEIRUT INTRODUCES SKYLINE ROOFTOP LOUNGE
At Mövenpick Hotel Beirut
July 3rd 2019 marked the inauguration date of a new vibrant experience in the heart of Beirut, Skyline Rooftop Lounge redefines sunset destinations while offering fancy dining atmosphere and the ideal spot for post-work catch-ups or weekend chill outs with your friends.
More than 450 attendees from media representatives, public figures and influencers discovered the new spot in town while enjoying a night of memorable views, great food and warm company.
LAU’S HOSPITALITY LEADERS HONORING CEREMONY
At LAU Beirut
The Lebanese American University (LAU) Adnan Kassar School of Business (AKSOB) and the AKSOB Hospitality and Tourism Management Department honored the achievements and contributions of 12 of Lebanon’s hospitality industry leaders. Their accomplishments were recognized at a gala dinner held at the LAU Beirut campus with the theme “From Lebanon to the World”.
BAU OPENS ITS DOORS IN BEIRUT
At Waterfront Beirut
Inspired by the Goddess of rebirth, sky and dawn, BAU Beirut opened its doors on June 21, 2019 at Waterfront Beirut, offering a luxurious experience and a luscious combination of exceptional food, service and entertainment.
Reflecting comfort, beauty, and class, the social bar features a stylish minimalist interior with a spectacular view overseeing the Beirut skyline. With spirituality right in its core, the one of a kind lounge and rooftop spreads music that can heal any soul. With a DJ line up second to none and a minimalist design to sooth minds, owners, Dina and Elie Lahoud wanted to create an experience that spreads good vibes all around.
Dina and Elie wanted an Asian inspiration to the lounge and hired Rabih Geha to create a spiritual unique experience through colors, material, and architecture. Every piece used represents a particular symbol in Asian culture; from the marble tabletops, the grooves under the bar, the cloth used in the lounges and lighting.
LAUNCHING OF THE ROSÉ OF B-QĀ DE MARSYAS
At Le Gray Beirut
Great crowd and atmosphere at the release of the Rosé of B-Qa de Marsyas at Le Gray in Beirut
VILLEROY & BOCH NEW STORE
At Downtown, Beirut
Villeroy & Boch one of the world’s largest producers of premium ceramics, making everything from coffee mugs to sinks opened its latest branch in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon
At restaurant Stove
A “Be Curious” private dinner unveiled a refine selection of cognac Martell to a pool of privileged guests at restaurant Stove, last June 13th.
THE GARDEN SHOW & SPRING FESTIVAL 2019
At Hippodrome, Beirut
The Garden Show & Spring Festival closed its doors on Saturday the 8th of June after four days of outdoor entertainment and cheerful spring vibes.
Set in Beirut’s iconic Hippodrome, the event welcomed more than 16,000 visitors who explored the stands of over 220 exhibitors. The festival showcased a myriad of stunning garden designs and plants in full bloom, the latest in garden furniture and equipment, and decorative pieces.
The theme of the 2019 edition was “Lights in the Garden,” highlighting the wonderful symphony of nature.
The Garden Show & Spring Festival offered the public the opportunity to elect Lebanon’s national rose to mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of Greater Lebanon in 2020. Visitors to the show selected their favorite rose from a list of 10 roses. Delbard, a plant nursery in France, will create this new rose that will forevermore be known as the “Lebanon Rose.” It will be launched at the 17th edition of the Garden Show & Spring Festival.
The Garden Show & Spring Festival included several events:
- TRAVEL LEBANON: For the sixth consecutive year, Travel Lebanon highlighted many activities surrounding tourism in Lebanon and beyond. Visitors engaged with tour operators, eco-tourism specialists, municipalities and artisans in order to plan their summer holidays.
- DINE FOR A CAUSE: In collaboration with L’Academie Nationale de Cuisine and Le Cordon Bleu Lebanon, three special dinners were organized at the festival to support charities. A number of well-known chefs prepared special menus to raise funds for Les Restaurants du Coeur, Lebanese Red Cross and Caritas.
- LANDSCAPE & ARCHITECTURE FACULTIES: Representatives from the Lebanese University, USEK and AUB were at the show to discuss careers in the world of gardening and landscaping.
- TASTE LEBANON: Visitors enjoyed dining under the iconic pine trees of Beirut Hippodrome. More than 20 food and drink stalls took part, and there was also a lively entertainment program featuring local bands and DJs.
- SOUK EL TAYEB: Souk el Tayeb celebrated its 15th anniversary at the show, where the concept began in 2004. The Farmers’ Market brought together producers from around the country to showcase their homemade items and mouneh products.
- MASTERCLASSES: A variety of cooking and gardening masterclasses were organized with experts. They provided visitors with useful tips and advice to help them get the most out of the outdoor season.
- KIDS’ VILLAGE: At the Kids’ Village, C2C offered children a variety of outdoor games and activities, including daily arts and crafts sessions, stage animation, inflatable toys and more.
- PONY RIDES: Fun pony rides were available for children to enjoy.
SOUK EL TAYEB’S 15TH ANNIVERSARY
At Beit El Hamra
To mark the changes brought about to Lebanon’s food scene, Kamal Mouzawak, Souk El Tayeb‘s founder celebrated the brand’s 15th birthday with an unmissable event with guest of honor Rene Redzepi, chef and owner of Noma restaurant in Copenhagen.
THM GALA DINNER “THE SECRET GARDEN”
at University of Balamand School of Tourism and Hotel Management
University of Balamand School of Tourism and Hotel Management organized its annual gala dinner prepared and executed by the Special Events Management students as their graduation project. The students chose “Secret Garden” to be the event’s theme. They made sure that all details captured the event’s theme: the decoration, music, menu planning, and entertainment and invitation cards. The students did an amazing job dividing the tasks and duties among themselves and they worked as a team to make this event a success.
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.
at Hotel Albergo
“Always start where others end”, a celebration of luxury blended scotch. Last May, on 27th the Royal Salute event gathered fourteen happy few at Hotel Albergo.
NOURA OPENS IN ZALKA
at Zalka highway, Beirut
After the opening of the flagship store in downtown, with a new identity, the Lebanese catering, pastry and chocolate pioneer brand NOURA, headed by Julien & Pierre Khabbaz, celebrated the launch of its new 4th branch located on Zalka highway.
More than 600 VIP guests attended the event and discovered the brand’s new look: This point of sale, designed by Marine Bustros (mb design) welcomes you in warm colors used to set the tone for a welcoming atmosphere which echoes the downtown flagship store. The delicious products are elegantly displayed on marble counters. Guests enjoyed different types of sweet and salty bouchées, plus various chocolates paired with champagne.
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.