Gulfood 2016

National UAE Barista Championship returns in November

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Sep 2016

The eighth National UAE Barista Championship is calling skilled and professional baristas to showcase their expertise on 2 – 4 November in Dubai. Participating baristas will be judged on a 15-minute performance, during which they will be tasked with preparing four batches of identically prepared espressos, espresso-based milk beverages, and their very own creation of

Aegean fish restaurant opens at Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Sep 2016

Fish Beach Taverna Dubai has opened at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. The restaurant, with flavours from Turkey, Greece and the Meditteranean, uses quality ingredients and serves only wild cold-water fish from the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea and Marmara Sea, caught by dedicated fishermen in Turkey. The menu will include mezze

Al Ghurair to open 45 Smoothie King stores in GCC

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Sep 2016

Smoothie King has debuted in the Middle East, with the opening of its first outlet in Dubai’s BurJuman mall in September. The outlet is the first of 45 branches expected to be launched in the GCC over the next five years by Al Ghurair Retail, part of Al Ghurair, following the signing of a development

Catering company Chez Charles to launch brasserie

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Sep 2016

Dubai-based catering company Chez Charles will launch a brasserie as part of its current expansion drive. The new restaurant, to open in Dubai Design District at the end of this year, will be divided into a dining room, terrace and lounge/ bar area and will offer a Mediterranean inspired menu. The company’s expansion plans also

Quooker sponsors The Big F&B Forum

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Sep 2016

Quooker Emirates LLC provides private homes and industrial kitchens with a sustainable and convenient solution for instant boiling water and filtered still and sparkling chilled water from the tap. Jakob Johannsen, managing partner Quooker Emirates LLC explains why his company is sponsoring The Big F&B Forum, taking place at Westin Mina Seyahi on Tuesday 20

New York organic burger restaurant to open in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Sep 2016

Bareburger, a burger restaurant group that began in New York City, will be making its Dubai debut in October at Festival City Mall, with three more locations to follow soon after. The menu features organic, free-range produce and has been designed by John Simeonidis Jr., co-founder and chief design officer. Simeonidis Jr. comments: “We wanted

World Chocolate Masters to reveal theme at Dubai event

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Sep 2016

World Chocolate Masters, a global competition sponsored by Barry Cacao, the French gourmet chocolate brand of Barry Callebaut Group, is hosting an event in Dubai on Thursday 22 September to announce the theme for the 2017 edition. Taking place at Chocolate Academy Centre Dubai, the event will welcome chefs looking to take part in the

Crepe Delicious opens in Abu Dhabi

by Crystal Chesters | 15 Sep 2016

Crepe Delicious, a Canadian mall-based creperie brand has opened its first location in the UAE. Located in Dalma Mall, Crepe Delicious’ menu includes sweet and savoury options, such as the “Brownie Bites” made of brownie pieces, topped with Belgian chocolate and served with strawberries. Other menu options include the ‘Lotus Crepe’ created using lotus spread,

Opinion: Building a bond

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Sep 2016

Invest in your internal stakeholders and your external customers will follow, says Ali Sinaei, co-founder and managing director, Roundmenu Several major hospitality groups have recently introduced loyalty programmes that focus primarily on their restaurant and leisure offering rather than the traditional hotel rooms model. U by Emaar and Isme by Jumeirah were launched within months

Hakkasan Dubai and Abu Dhabi launch local menus

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Sep 2016

This September, Hakkasan restaurants around the world will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the original London venue in Hanway Place by launching local ‘Only At’ dishes and cocktails. The offer will represent the individuality of each restaurant and its location, featuring small eats, main dishes, desserts and cocktails exclusive to each restaurant. The ‘Only At’ menus

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