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.
ANTHONY BEJJANI BLOG LAUNCH
Jnaynit Farid, Beirut
Anthony Bejjani held a launch event for his blog and at Jnaynit Farid, Beirut. 50 guests (bloggers and influencers including Chef Leyla Fathallah) enjoyed the food offered by Jnaynit Farid and Cakes & Cookies. Guests also took pictures at SelfiesBox’ booth.
“Anthony Bejjani” (anthonybejjani.com) is a hub for healthy living: a blog, YoutTube channel, Instagram (@itsanthonybejjani) and Facebook accounts are filled with recipes, cooking, informational, and fitness videos.
After having lost 31 kilograms, Anthony decided to share his discoveries in order to encourage people to live a healthier life by showing them how easy it is. He teamed up with Plein Soleil, Biomass, Siblou, and Kitchen Rule’s (official blog sponsors) to create fun and easy cooking videos. He is also planning to collaborate with experts to film fitness videos.
During the event, Anthony also had a tasting booth for his almond peanut butter which he will start producing and selling in the days to come. Guests were able to preorder the almond and peanut butter jars available in jars of 300 grams in different flavors: normal, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate.
APEROL BEACH PARTY
Nomad Beach Club , Jbeil
After sailing into the bay and driving on to the beach, the orange-coloured Amphibious let down its windows and doors to reveal itself as an Aperol Spritz bar and deejay stand. To the delight of the unsuspecting beachgoers.
STEAKBARSUSHI IN THE WILD
In Bkaatouta (Keserwan District)
Nestled within the wilderness, overlooking the Lebanese sunset, and embraced by the beautiful mountains in Bkaatouta (Keserwan District), SteakBarSushi held an unconventional culinary experience on Saturday, September 1, 2018 hosting media and social figures.
The media guests arrived and were greeted with complementary hats, delicious specialty drinks, and a soothing summer ambiance where they mingled sipping on their cocktails and overlooked the mouthwatering preparations of the food.
RAWWIQ BI RASHAYA WITH ARTISAN CHEF HUSSEIN HADID
For the sixth consecutive year, Rawwiq bi Rashaya with NGOs from Rashaya and West Bekaa, offered the best products of local producers, and the chance to meet renowned artisan chef Hussein Hadid and participate in a range of activities such as: Hiking, Yoga with Art of living , kids activities…
EL PASEO NEW MENU LAUNCHING
at El Paseo, Badaro
El Paseo celebrated the launching of its new menu by Executive Chef Gabriel Fernandez in the presence of press, bloggers and public figures.
The invitees discovered the Spanish Culture and indulged in its exquisite Cuisine with Chef Gabriel, coming all the way from Spain with some magical Spanish flavors and Tapas to crack for the first time in Lebanon.
FORBES MIDDLE EAST 2018 AWARDS
at Le Royal Hotel Beirut, Dbayeh
Le Royal Hotel Beirut hosted Forbes Middle East unveiling of its “Lebanon 100”—a list compiled of the most inspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders helping Lebanon to transform.
THE CASK & BARREL KFARDEBIAN BRANCH OPENING
G. Vincenti & Sons, the leading distributor of alcoholic beverages and international food in Lebanon, celebrated on Saturday, August 4, the opening of the new venue of “The Cask & Barrel” in Kfardebian, Ouyoun el Simane (San Jose). The event was held in the presence of bloggers, social media influencers, online media, press and friends.
The Cask & Barrel, known as Lebanon’s 1st venue that nurtures and encourages passion for the “Water of Life”, displays some of the world’s most selective and exclusive range of spirits brands and offers in its summerhouse at Kfardeian a wide variety of activities such as weekly masterclasses by brand ambassadors, Whisky educational trainings, in addition to unique wooden box hampers for gifting, deliveries to chalets in Ouyoun EL Simane and Faqra, and on top of them all, Sunset Lounge sessions every Saturday in the outdoor garden.
The guests seized the occasion to escape the heat of Beirut and enjoy the breezy and lively sunset from the lounge while sipping on the finest selection of exclusive spirits.
UNVEILING THE CHAMPAGNE FANTASY BY MOUAWAD
Mouawad Boutique, Beirut
The all-new Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra finally arrived in Beirut. Designed exclusively by Mouawad for Victoria’s Secret, the bejeweled masterpiece was unveiled at the Mouawad Boutique in Beirut, located in one of the most prestigious shopping streets of the city: Foch Street.
A-list media and socialites gathered for a memorable evening at the Mouawad Boutique, where they witnessed the unveiling of the Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra and immersed themselves in the Mouawad brand experience, relishing the 128-year-old Diamond House’s finest High Jewelry and Diamond Classics collections.
The Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra was first worn by Brazilian Angel Lais Ribeiro during the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China. Valued at US $2 million, the bra and matching belt took more than 350 hours of labor to be handset with nearly 6,000 white diamonds, yellow sapphires, and blue topazes totaling over 640 carat, all set in 18-karat yellow gold.
KAMAL MOUZAWAK AWARDED
At Tawlet Beit El Qamar
The International Academy of Gastronomy – IAG (“L’Assemblée Générale de l’Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie – AIG”) has awarded Kamal Mouzawak the Grand Prix AIG de la Culture Gastronomique 2018.
KITCHENAID LAUNCHING IN LEBANON
Music Hall, Starco
Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading home appliances manufacturer in partnership with ACES SAL, a major provider of international household and audio visual products in Lebanon, launched the KitchenAid major domestic appliances for the Lebanese market. Fueled by the vision to combine professional performance, artisan quality and iconic design, KitchenAid’s products are more than just tools; they inspire passionate makers to express their culinary creativity and enjoy a thrilling experience.
The launch, which was held at an exclusive event at the Music Hall in Beirut, propels the company’s strategic expansion into the Middle East and North Africa region. The event was attended by noted VIPs, including Mr. Massimo Marotti, Italian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Edgar Maalouf, MP in Lebanon and key media.
During the event, KitchenAid has unveiled a premium range of major domestic appliances, featuring new and improved premium models suite that inspires passion and culinary creativity. Drawing on its long history of collaboration with Michelin Star Chefs, the brand has developed appliances with chef-inspired features that make preparing food a truly exciting experience, from preservation to preparation to serving. The KitchenAid product portfolio offers a full range of products including the Iconic Fridge, Twelix Artisan oven, the Vertigo fridge freezer and wine cellars, the Chef Touch System comprising of the steam oven, vacuum machine and shock freezer with other appliances such as a microwave, coffee machine, a hood and a Hob.
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.
BLACKCAP CHEFS TOOK OVER TAWLET BEIRUT
Blackcap chefs took over Tawlet Beirut. Blackcap chefs, specialize in preserved, cured, smoked, and fermented goods. Charcuterie, smoked pork loin, and pastrami filet Black Angus are among the dishes that were served during the event.
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.