F&B

JAS Hospitality launches Fümé Catering

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Nov 2016

Fümé Catering, a division of JAS Hospitality’s Fümé Neighborhood Eatery, has launched premium catering for private and corporate events. Offering equipment, a team of chefs and tailor-made menus, Fümé Catering will work closely with clients to match taste and budget requirements. The team prides itself in offering equipment expertise and knowledge of current trends in

Interview: Metropolitan Catering

by Crystal Chesters | 24 Nov 2016

A multi-million-dollar refurbishment has increased Metropolitan Catering’s capacity from 500 to 45,000 meals per day, opening the doors to myriad business opportunities. Crystal Chesters reports. Well-known for its ever-growing portfolio of hotel assets, which include The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah; the St Regis, W and Westin Al Habtoor City; and The Habtoor Grand Beach

Plans for Saudi coffee and chocolate exhibition unveiled

by Crystal Chesters | 24 Nov 2016

A press conference was held by the organising committee of the International Exhibition of Coffee and Chocolate to discuss plans for the third edition, to take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Riyadh on 20 – 23 December. Mohammed Al Ghraibi a member of the organising committee said this year’s conference will feature 9,580m2

German Michelin-starred chef opens first international concept in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 24 Nov 2016

German two-Michelin-starred Tim Raue has marked his first international venture with the opening Dragonfly on Dubai’s City Walk. According to a press statement, the contemporary Asian restaurant features unusual flavours and rare ingredients that showcase the restaurant’s philosophy of “simplicity in presentation and complexity in creation”. Berlin-born Tim Raue commented: “Dragonfly is synonymous with freedom,

Inked launches dining series

by Crystal Chesters | 24 Nov 2016

Kenza and Patrick Jarjour, who delivered Jacob’s Food Diaries and Tawlet Souq el Tayeb, have launched a new dining series at Inked, the collective’s creative space in Al Quoz. The first in series – ‘This is not a restaurant’ – will offer “a playful spin on Dubai’s vibrant dining culture” by reimagining some of the

Tourism contributes AED 134bn to UAE’s GDP

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Nov 2016

Four hundred international professionals and tourism experts gathered for The Tourism Innovation and Transformation Forum 2016 under the patronage of H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, the UAE Ministry of Economy in cooperation with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to exchanged views on  the benefits of innovation to accelerate tourism growth and overcome

Sanjeev Kapoor’s The Yellow Chilli arrives in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 23 Nov 2016

Internationally-renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor has opened casual Indian dining concept, The Yellow Chilli in Dubai’s International City under a franchise agreement with JSB Investments. The restaurant offers a mid-segment dining experience with Kapoor’s signature flavours at affordable prices, including newly launched Emirati-inspired dessert, the Qahwa Jamun. Franchise owner Praveen Bhatnagar, CEO of JSB Investments, commented:

Apéritif à la Française a hit with Dubai residents

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Nov 2016

French foodie festival Apéritif à la Française attracted more than than 4,000 visitors on 19 November to enjoy French culture and gastronomic exports. Taking place at Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina amphitheatre and gardens, the event featured live food stations offering cheese platters, oysters, cold cuts and a BBQ paired with a selection

Rational’s ‘All-in-2 concept’ to improve kitchen efficiency

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Nov 2016

During two events in Dubai, Rational Group, a specialist in hot food preparation and inventor of the combi-steamer technology, presented the latest kitchen trends and its new All-in-2 concept, aimed at streamlining kitchen processes. The events – one focused on corporate catering and one on hotels – took place on 7 November at The Emirates

Middle East French dairy exports top US$400m

by Crystal Chesters | 20 Nov 2016

The Middle East is one of the largest importers of French dairy products, according to the latest research from the country’s official cheese board, the French Dairy Interbranch Organisation (CNIEL). Of the US$8 billion of French dairy produce exported around the world, over US$400 million is sold to the Middle East. The research puts the









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