Presentation plays an important role in the pleasure of food and proving that point we have something of a visual feast for you. First off, let’s start with some delicious sensory deprivation at Fairmont Dubai, which launches new experience, Noire at Spectrum on One on Friday September 6. Taking inspiration from the global ‘dine in the dark’ trend, Spectrum on One is hosting a series of dinners, where the food will be served to guests sat in darkness, by waiters wearing night-vision goggles. The idea is to test and engage with a diner’s others senses, encouraging them to concentrate on the taste, aroma and texture of their food, separated from the influence of its appearance. Dinners will be held in the evenings on Friday-Monday each week and Dhs27 from each dinner will be donated to Sightsavers.
From total darkness to dark rooms, October 29-30 sees food writer and photographer Meeta Khurana-Wolff host a workshop on food styling and food photography in the Miele Gallery. In addition to classes on styling and photographic skills, the two-day event also features discussions on social media strategy with popular Dubai blogger Sally Prosser (My Custard Pie), cooking demonstrations with Dima Sharif, a street food tour with Arva Ahmed from Frying Pan Adventures and a tasting session with Balquees Honey.
In fact, October is looking like a busy month for industry and aspiring foodies alike. Food Blogger Connect, which runs international conferences for food bloggers will hit Dubai on October 4-5, with a two-day event held at The Archive in Safa Park. The series of workshops is aimed at writers, stylists, journalists, photographers and bloggers in the food industry and will offer talks and classes held by Ellen Silverman (New York-based freelance photographer who worked on Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook) and food editor Martha Holmberg (editor-in-chief of Fine Cooking magazine and director of the International Association of Culinary Professionals). The event will also include a final dinner on the Saturday evening at Hakkasan.
Back into the kitchen and there’s news from Dubai’s own celebrity chef duo Nick Alvis and Scott Price. It has been revealed, the chefs are set to leave their popular restaurant Table 9 by Nick and Scott by January 2014, taking their restaurant manager Viktorija Paplauskiene with them. While Table 9 will continue to operate under a similar concept, it will be with a new head chef at the helm – one who is apparently being auditioned in a series of rigorous cook-offs at the Hilton Dubai Creek. Nick, Scott and Viktorija, meanwhile have announced they will be going into partnership to begin a casual dining café-deli concept, with plans to expand to a larger chain, once the initial Dubai branch is set.
Until next week, bon appétit!