Gourmet Trends in March 2012

Foodiva’s Samantha Wood reveals the culinary connection at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and shares her insider tips to savour this year’s Taste of Dubai
Monday , 12 March 2012
Samantha Wood
Samantha Wood
Giorgio Locatelli
Giorgio Locatelli
Taste of Dubai
Taste of Dubai

Food at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
We’ve hardly recovered from the sublime servings at Gourmet Abu Dhabi, and now we have more foodie events to get our taste buds round this month. Thankfully the first one is focused on food writing with a splash of cooking thrown in – the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature runs from 6 to 10 March at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City and this year we have six chefs in situ who are speaking, and in some cases cooking too.

The panel session that’s caught my eye is with Italian celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli (of Ronda Locatelli at Atlantis the Palm); the charismatic Dubai-based Lebanese chef and cookbook writer Suzanne Husseini and Bobby Chinn, the TV chef and restaurateur in Vietnam. A combination of Asian, Arabic and Italian will make for sizzling conversation I’m sure!

INFO: From 10am (Giorgio’s cooking demo is at 12.30pm), 10 March. Tickets cost Dhs65. Visit www.eaifl.com for details.

Insider tips on Taste of Dubai
I’ve always made a point of visiting the annual Taste of Dubai food festival – it’s a great way to sample cuisine from so many restaurants to help you decide whether you’d like to dine there.

Visiting celebrity chefs will include Gary Rhodes, who religiously turns up every year, along with Richard Sandoval, Vineet Bhatia and Aldo Zilli – perhaps the latter is sussing out a restaurant opening here? Watch this space, and don’t miss his cooking masterclasses.

INFO: Taste of Dubai food festival runs from 15 to 17 March. Tickets cost from Dhs60. Special packages are also available. For more details read our news report on page 8 and visit www.tasteofdubaifestival.com.

Another hot date for your diary
Don’t miss the largest gathering of Michelin star chefs ever in the UAE on 3 April at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach. Gourmet brought you details of the upcoming plans in our February issue, with seven international chefs hosting the global Stars, Food & Art gala event. Thomas Bühner, who recently scooped his third star for La Vie restaurant in Germany, will be cooking one of the courses!

Held in different cities every year, Bühner was at the Vienna incarnation where he marinated mackerel fillets and served them with black sesame ice cream and a drizzle of passion fruit, so I’m hoping for a repeat.

INFO: The Dhs2,500 ticket inlcudes an eight-course dinner. For details see www. starsfoodart.com.

What’s in season?
Rhubarb and parsley are at their best in March. When it comes to vegetables, look out for cabbage, cauliflower, chicory, fennel, celery, kale, leeks, morels, parsnips, swede and turnip.

INFO: Samantha Wood is the founder of uae-based restaurant review and foodie resource www.foodiva.net, recently voted the second best blog in Dubai.

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