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New afternoon teas, a Peruvian food festival and a 'celebration of the mushroom'

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We get ready for afternoon tea and even more tea infusions, Peruvian festivals and Vietnamese cooking classes.

Following on from last week’s celebrity-fuelled afternoon tea news, this week we’ll start with the launch of a new tea offering at Urban Bistro. This ethically minded and popular café in Dubai Media City will be serving a mid-afternoon meal, from 3pm-6pm, of mini sandwiches with fillings such as coronation chicken and smoked salmon with avocado, served with sweet treats such as scones (plain or raisin) and tartlets (lemon, nutella or fruit) and a selection of truffles with tea or coffee for Dhs65 per person.

More tea news arrives in September, courtesy of the Park Hyatt Dubai which will be launching its latest Masters of Food workshop on Saturday September 21. In collaboration with Camelia’s Tea House, there will be a mixed-drink masterclass, focussed on using tea infusion in beverages. The class will be followed by a barbecue at Traiteur.

Also coming up next month at Traiteur is a celebration of the start of the mushroom season in the European culinary calendar. From Saturday September 28-October 18, Traiteur will be offering a special mushroom-inspired seasonal menu, using such delicacies as girolles, chanterelles, cepes, morels, mousserons, black trumpet and truffles. For a taster of what’s on offer, Traiteur’s mushroom recipes will include cepe and pied bleu mushroom Fricassee with organic poached egg and seabass ceviche with pickled chanterelles. Dishes will be introduced to the à la carte menu, in addition to a five-course mushroom degustation menu, priced at Dhs450, or Dhs695 when paired with French grape. For a final treat to francophile foodies, Traiteur is also introducing a selection of fine French cheeses, such as tomme de savoie, chaource, brie de meaux and comte St Antoine.

From French to the Paris of Latin America (as the Peruvian capital Lima is dubbed for its exceptional food scene). We’re already waiting with baited breath for the launch of a Peruvian food festival due to be held at Meridien Village Terrace at Le Meridien Dubai in October. While dates are not yet confirmed, we’re looking out for the Peruvian food craze to hit Dubai with a vengeance in the year ahead.

Back across to Europe with a portion of Italian cooking, the fine dining, contemporary pan-European menu at Vu’s Restaurant is set to get a makeover towards the end of September. The restaurant is going to be re-branded and renamed as Alta Badia at Vu’s, offering a purely Italian concept. Watch this space.

Finally, this week has been packed with pasta and dim sum making masterclasses and now Vietnamese cuisine is getting in on the act. Hoi An at Shangri-La Hotel will be hosting a Vietnamese class from September to November, where diners will learn to make three courses.

Until next week, bon appetit!

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