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Galvin Dubai Named One of the 14 New Global Restaurants

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London Michelin Star Chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin have been rewarded by CNN Travel, which named their restaurant in Dubai one of the top 14 additions to the global culinary world. All 14 restaurants are on the ‘culinary must-try list for those keen to get in first at the hottest tables around the world’.

Although Galvin Dubai has as neighbours other greats such as Alain Ducasse, Pierre Gagnaire, and Jean Georges, it is the only restaurant from the United Arab Emirates to be featured on the list. The restaurant is set across two floors of exotic foliage and rich colours that evoke the Mediterranean style and feeling. The cuisine reflects the delicious flavours of the Mediterranean, while remaining true to the sophisticated cooking style of the two brothers.

“We are honoured to have Galvin Dubai featured amongst these other spectacular establishments around the world. Jeff and I pride ourselves on creating memorable experiences for our guests and to be recognised as a global leader is testament to the hard work from ourselves and the team,” commented co-owner and Chef Patron, Chris Galvin.

The Michelin starred chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin have founded in 2005 a family run collection of French Restaurants called Galvin Restaurants. Each one of them is unique in style, but they all offer high quality cuisine, served in luxurious surroundings by professional front of house. In the UK, they own restaurants in London and Edinburgh and three of them were featured in the top 100 in the recent Restaurant Magazine Top 100 National Restaurants Awards.

The brothers are well known for their culinary expertise and their skills to operate restaurants at the highest level. In 2010 Chris and Jeff were awarded the prestigious Caterer & Hotelkeeper ‘Catey’ for Independent Restaurateurs of the Year, while in 2012 they were listed in the Top 100 Most Powerful People in Hospitality and ranking number seven in the ‘Chefs’ category.

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Arc Inspirations Make New Appointments

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Arc Inspirations has announced the appointments of a new Property Director and Operations Manager for the North West. Together with the CEO, Martin Wolstencroft and the Managing Director, Anni Opong, they will work towards the next phase of growth for the company and its venues.

The new Property Director is Nick Lowery who will join Arc Inspirations on the 1st of February. He had previously worked at Revolution Bars Group and now he will lead Arc’s acquisitions and the next stage of its growth. He comes with 15 years of experience within the licensed retail sector, multi-tenure acquisitions, new build development, and property management.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Arc Inspirations at such an exciting time; they’re a fantastic brand with an impressive growth strategy – a testament to its hard working teams. I’m looking forward to proactively seeking new opportunities to help drive business. Arc has big plans this year and I can’t wait to get stuck in,” said Nick.

The second appointment is James Gingell as Operations Manager, starting on the 5th of February. Gingell had previously worked for The Victorian Chop House Company LTD, where he had operational control over three gastro pubs in the city centre of Manchester. He started his career in the hospitality industry by being a Group Operations Executive Chef for 15 years.

He said about the new opportunity: “I’m really excited to be on board; Arc Inspirations has a portfolio of impressive brands and I’m pleased to be working in a marketplace I know well – I consider myself an adopted Mancunian. Arc Inspirations’ growth is down to its passionate teams and this is something I am looking forward to continuing and developing as part of my role to see the hard work come to fruition.”

Now that the Arc team has two new members fully dedicated to the hospitality industry, it can confirm its position as one of the leading bar and restaurant operators in the North of England.

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Greggs Will Offer Special Dinners for Valentine’s Day

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Greggs and OpenTable have teamed up for a Valentine’s Day event that offers couples the chance to enjoy a candlelit dinner in selected stores across the UK. The four course special menu will be full of Greggs’ delights – seasoned pork puff pastry sliders, love heart garnished bakes, and a brochette of doughnuts. The food will be all washed down with glasses of prosecco.

Five of Greggs’ branches will be transformed into restaurants for the night of the 14th, offering a full experience completed by roses, mood lightning and music, white linen tablecloths, and candelabras. These stores are: London at Stockwell, 312 Clapham Road, Greater London, SW9 9AE, Manchester at City Tower, 15a City Tower, Manchester, M1 4BT, Glasgow at Argyle Street, 172 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 9ND, Newcastle at Grainger Street, 73/75 Grainger Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5JE, and Cardiff at Queen Street, 34 Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2BW.

The menu for the Valentine’s evening dinner consists of Starter, which is a composition of canapes such as béchamel toasted honey cured ham square, katsu tortilla wrap, Mexican chicken chipotle spoon, seasoned pork and puff pastry slider, steak and blue cheese en croute, and tomato gazpacho; Main, which comes with your choice of signature Greggs puff pastry parcel, accompanied by oven roasted spiced potato slices and a garnish of fresh Apollo and spinach leaves with sunblush tomatoes; Dessert, which is a brochette of miniature doughnuts paired with a rich butterscotch dipping sauce; and Petit fours, Belgian dark chocolate brownie, raspberry and almond bite, and caramel shortbread,  and freshly grounded Fairtrade coffee to end the meal.

“We’re delighted to offer this experience for fans for one night only – whether they’re on a first date or have been married for 30 years, we can guarantee it will be a night to remember,” said a Greggs spokesperson.

The meal will cost £15 for two people and will be available only on the 14th of February at 7PM. Those who wish to book can start doing so on the 7th of February exclusively via OpenTable.

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Flyt Will Be Part of Tech City 2018

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Flyt, part of the mobile payment app for hospitality businesses Flypay, has joined the prestigious ranks for the annual Upscale programme from Tech City UK. The 6 month programme will provide world class advice and mentorship from UK’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors, such as the founders of Skype, LoveFilm, Blippar, or Graze, to some of the fastest growing UK tech companies.

The founders of Flyt, Tom Weaver and Chris Evans, will also join 37 of the nation’s most successful tech entrepreneurs in the third cohort of the programme. The initiative aims to help start-ups that demonstrate potential, while raising awareness of the importance of data analytics, Fintech, and cybersecurity. It represents companies from across a wide spectrum of sectors and some of its previous graduates include Monzo, UrbanMassage, and Seedrs.

“We are thrilled to have been invited to join such a prestigious programme, a recognition of our own traction in 2017, and look at how we learn from some of the best in the industry on scaling out globally in the most effective way,” commented Tom Weaver, CEO of Flyt.

Flypay was initially created because of a need to improve customer experiences across the hospitality industry and since then it has become a market leader in innovative, state of the art technology for the industry. It offers solutions that reduce the hassle around eating and drinking out in pubs, bars, and restaurants, so that it saves customers precious time.

Flyt was launched in 2016 and is a new type of technology platform that links everything together. It enables various technology based services, such as bookings, delivery, or reviews, to be integrated into one platform. Flyt collaborates with some of the world’s biggest technology companies to create new ways of dealing with online platforms across delivery and booking companies.

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Corinthia Hotel Prague Creates Super Foods Menu

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Corinthia Hotel Prague has been nominated again to participate in the annual Grand Restaurant Festival in Prague. The festival is a culinary feast for food lovers that have the chance to visit the best and most expensive restaurants and indulge in gourmet dining at special prices.

The theme for this year’s edition is Super Foods and Executive Chef Jean-Paul Georges Manzac at Corinthia Hotel has already created a delicious three course menu at a range of prices starting from one-course ta 250 CZK (£8.50), two courses at 500 CZK (£17.50), and three courses at 600 CZK (£20.50). The menu can be enjoyed at The Grill restaurant, which normally specialises in meat and fish dishes cooked over an open charcoal grill.

In order to qualify for the Festival, at least one of the dishes had to contain a superfood. The three course menu made available by Corinthia includes:

· Ceviche of sea scallops with turmeric, avocado and shaved fennel, sardines with ginger, coriander and artichokes
· Roast rack of venison with amaranth crust, espuma of spinach and oyster mushroom, sweet potatoes fries
· Gluten free dark chocolate cake with acai berries, honey and coconut cream foam

“The Superfood phenomenon is becoming increasingly important throughout the world,” said Jean-Paul. “Nowadays, people want to live healthier, to care for their soul and body, to experiment. That is why Grand Restaurant Festival 2018 inspired the chefs to prepare the festival’s degustation menu.”

A French national, Jean-Paul was appointed to Corinthia Hotel Prague last October. He is one of the Czech Republic’s celebrity chefs and is renowned in Prague for his French modern brasserie, Brasserie M, which was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand three years in a row.

The five star hotel boasts panoramic views of the City of a Hundred Spires and it houses 593 rooms, including 66 Executive Rooms, and 22 suites. Corinthia Prague is ideally suited for both business and leisure travellers, located only 5 minutes from the historic city centre and 20 km for the city’s airport.

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Events at Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces are organising a wide range of events this spring and summer, from historic cookery to Easter egg hunting and pub quizzing. If a visit to the Tower of London is something you’re considering planning in then why not take a couple of days to make a break of it, with hotels close by such as The Tower Hotel which is easily accessible, close by to the main attraction and offers plenty of other historic things to do on your visit to London.

Some of the highlights include the ‘Arrest and Last Days of Anne Boleyn’ organised at the Tower of London. The live performance will explore Anne Boleyn’s, second wife of King Henry VIII, last seventeen days in the Tower, from her imprisonment, through to her trial and execution. Another exciting event is the reopening of the famous Tudor Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace in May. The kitchens will be brought to life by new interactive technology and sensory experiences, so visitors will be able to see, smell, and touch their way through the process of preparing a meal fit for a king.

Other activities organised at the Hampton Court Palace include ‘Horrible Histories live on stage with Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians’, in which visitors can see the horrible history of Britain, while encountering King George III, the Lady of the Lamp, Florence Nightingale, and many more. The ‘Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt’ will return this Easter and the chocolate related history of the Palace will be discovered with every bunny found in the palace and gardens.

At Kensington Palace, people can meet Queen Mary II during drop-in sessions and family activities that explore her story. Key Palace will reopen the Great Pagoda that will be marked by the launching of the ‘Here Be Dragons’ exhibition. Children will be able to enter the world of dragons and dragonologists and will go on a dragon discovery adventure to find the five dragons located around the gardens.

Those that love a pub quiz will not be disappointed of Banqueting House special pub quiz that will put their knowledge on current affairs, music, culture, and royalty to the test. It will be an evening full of prizes, drinks, and a few extra surprises.

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Finding YOUR Bridal Style

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Every bride wants to feel and look amazing on her special day, while making sure that the makeup, hair, and dress reflect her own style and personality. Trying to meet everyone’s expectations is hard and at the end of the day, not worth it. This day is about you and the person you are marrying, not about pleasing all those present.

So what can you do to make sure you will look fabulous, while feeling comfortable in yourself and the decisions you made?

Women have different styles and ideas, some like classic, sophisticated and elegant things; others are more fun and quirky, while others simply prefer natural looks. When you consider your venue, flowers, make-up, and dress, always remember what it is that makes you you.

However, whatever your style choice is, there are things that generally apply. For example, colour is really important, so you need to make sure that the colours you choose will give you a fresh and natural complexion, rather than making you look pale, yellow, or bring shadows to your face.

Another important aspect is the neckline. No matter what shape you choose make sure you don’t spend half of your time adjusting the dress. If you have never worn a strapless dress then this is not the moment to start wearing one, but if you must then get a fitted and boned bodice that will not fall down. Give it a try before the big day for reassurance.

Hair and make-up should always reflect the real you. If you like wearing your hair down, consider adding some flowers or jewellery to it, rather than putting it up. When you look in the mirror your make-up should make you feel like the most beautiful woman in the world and if you are not comfortable wearing something too glamorous, then go for something more natural. No matter what you choose, always make sure it stays fresh and you readjust it whenever necessary.

No matter what you buy, remember to ask yourself ‘Do I Love It?’. If the answer is ‘YES!’, then you know what you have to do. But if it isn’t, then you need to look for something better.

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Platform Pizza Launches Online Delivery Service

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Platform Pizza and Burger Box are launching their first own brand online ordering and delivery service. Rated number one by readers of The Irish Time, the pizza restaurant was helped by Preoday to create its online platform.

“We’re excited to be working with Preoday to roll-out our new digital ordering platform. Our reputation may be built on the food that we serve, but it is essential that our customer service is just as brilliant. These days people want their favourite restaurants to offer digital ordering; we always listen to what our customers want and are excited to see how they react to the new service,” said Niall McMahon from Platform Pizza.

The restaurant’s huge fan base will be delighted to find out that now they can order their favourite dishes for delivery or collection without having to pick up the phone. Rated number one in Bray, Co. Wicklow on Tripadvisor, it has previously been voted the best pizza in the ‘Lovin’ Dublin Restaurant Awards’. Following the launch of the digital ordering platform, Platform Pizza plans to extend its services to a branded mobile ordering app.
Nick Hucker, CEO at Preoday, argues that “digital ordering is not the future, it’s here and it’s now” and Platform Pizza understands this. “We are thrilled to be working with the team there as it undergoes this digital transformation. Here is a restaurant that has already proved it can beat the biggest brands in Ireland when it comes to taste, now it can compete with them in terms of customer service and innovation as well. We are proud to count it among our growing number of premium Irish clients,” added Nick.

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Mr Foggs’ Marks Its Fifth Anniversary

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Mr Fogg’s Residence will celebrate its Fifth Anniversary this spring. Its doors will be open to all guests that want to join in and admire its Victorian style. Its anniversary will be market by the unveiling of the newly renovated residence and revitalised collection of libations. The makeover will showcase the updated interior of the bar, the additional antiques and trinkets on the walls and shelves, the extra drawing room arm chairs and seating, and the innovative sound system that will optimise the acoustics.

Based in Mayfair, Mr Fogg’s bar was modelled on the actual home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer – Phileas Fogg. During the past five years, the bar has created groundbreaking cocktail menus and it has welcomed many renowned explorers into its humble abode, which abounds with trinkets and artefacts.

The venue is inviting all guests to be part of Phileas’ adventures through the launch of Mr Fogg’s new list of libations in his memoirs – Volume 1: From London to Singapore. The interactive menu will feature The £20,000 Wager, turning Mr Fogg’s first steps at The Reform Club into a Hibiscus-infused VII Hills gin, Sipsmith Sloe gin, homemade raspberry leaves syrup, lemon juice, egg white, and rhubarb bitter, a First Class Hennessy Hurrah which is an aromatic and dry concoction of Hennessy XO cognac, Byrrh Grand Quinquina aperitif, Martini Riserva Speciale Bitter and Dubonnet aperitif topped up with Fentimans Soda Water.

The cocktail menu will capture Phileas’ entire journey and all of its destinations, including Nocciole Night Train – a hazelnut and cocoa spread washed Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Tennessee whiskey, with Calem dry white port, Amaro Lucano bitters, and maple syrup. The Isthmus of Suez is reflected into a Southerly African Scent, made with Bacardi Oro rum, Alipus San Juan mescal, homemade African spice falernum, Pimento bitters, sugar syrup, and fresh lime juice. Singapore is the halfway point of the journey and guests can have a taste of it in the Rich concoction of Jungle Flora, served with Chamomile-infused Russian Standard vodka, ginger liqueur, Green Chartreuse liqueur, lime juice, egg white, homemade sugar syrup and citrus foam.

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PETA and Fish and Chip Awards

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has proposed a new category for the 30th anniversary of The National Fish & Chip Awards entitled ‘Best Vegan Fish and Chips’ through a letter to the CEO of Seafish who administers the awards.

Vegan fish is generally made from tofu wrapped in nori, battered, and fried, and it was featured on the menus of previous National Fish & Chip Awards winners, such as Scotland’s Land & Sea and Simpsons Fish & Chips. A growing number of traditional chippies and restaurants have also started to promote the vegan fish and chips, including The Veggie Chippy in Birmingham, Matter Fastfoods in Bristol, Holy Cow in Edinburgh, Make No Bones in Sheffield, The Railway Hotel in Southend-on-Sea, and The Dove and The Dovetail, Veg Bar, and Norman’s Coach and Horses in London.

“We all know that our oceans and the animals who live there are under threat,” writes PETA Director of Vegan Corporate Projects Dawn Carr. “Adding a ‘Best Vegan Fish and Chips’ category to your awards would be a great way to showcase some of the progressive businesses offering an alternative to fish flesh and provide Seafish with the opportunity to highlight an option that takes some of the pressure off our troubled seas.”

PETA’s motto says that ‘animals are not ours to eat’ and the organisation claims that apart from sparing fish immense pain and distress, vegans are also less prone to suffering from cancer, obesity, and diabetes.

The finalists for the National Fish & Chip Awards have been announced today in all of its categories: ‘Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award’, ‘Best Newcomer Award’, ‘Good Catch – The Sustainable Seafood Award’, ‘Healthy Eating Fish and Chips Award’ and many others that can be accessed on its official website. The official National Fish and Chip Day 2018 has also been announced to be held on Friday 1st of June.

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