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A glimpse of Venetian cuisine at Bocca

Italian food aficionados can join chef de cuisine Leonardo Passone and his kitchen brigade at Bocca from 2 – 12 March 2018 on a culinary journey through Venice. The venue will also host a masquerade-themed dining experience. The Italian restaurant at Hilton Abu Dhabi brings a special menu featuring Venetian dishes.

Traditional dishes are on the menu like homemade agnolotti filled with salted cod, grilled fresh trout fillet and pan-fried veal liver served with grilled polenta. To complete the tour through the ‘Floating City’, he has opted for a dessert most often served during Venetian carnivals – fritters filled with pastry cream.

Venetians believe in using not more than four ingredients per dish; they take food very seriously and love their seafood. The more important thing for Venetians is enjoying the meal with friends and family. In Venice, it’s all about having a memorable dining experience.

DNA 2.0 joins Jazz Bar & Dining

DNA 2.0 joins Jazz Bar & Dining

The Jazz Bar & Dining at the Hilton Abu Dhabi welcomed the all-new band – DNA 2.0.

The band is led by David Howard, who has been performing at Jazz Bar & Dining for more than a year. DNA 2.0 performs latest hits and original renditions of popular R&B, Latin, dance and jazz tunes.

Joining David on stage are three new musicians. Lisandra Lara takes up the role of female vocalist, while Daylor Mendoza and Marvin Presens take over the drums and keyboard respectively.

New menu for Bocca

A new a la carte menu has been launched at Bocca, the Italian restaurant at Hilton Abu Dhabi. In addition to chef Leonardo Passone’s signature dishes, the new menu features a selection of antipasti, soups, pastas, pizzas and desserts.

The new menu kicks off with a selection of antipasti which includes platters of Italian cheeses and cold cuts, and favourites like bruschetta, Caprese and burrata salads, prosciutto and fried calamari. The slow-cooked octopus with marinated potatoes and seared scallops with beans puree offer a unique start to the meal. There are two varieties of carpaccio – tuna and beef – on offer as well. The two kinds of soup are green peas with spinach and roasted tomato with melted goat cheese.

One can also savour the classic range of risottos and pastas which can be cooked in a sauce of the guest’s preference, as well as variety of pizzas prepared from scratch at the live dough station. Bocca also offers eight choices of mains including corn-fed baby chicken, grilled rack of lamb and pan-fried sea bream fillet.

Finally, for desserts, there is a marinated summer peach, banana panacotta, coconut semifreddo, and the all-time favourite of patrons – the Bocca Tiramisu.

New industry movements

Mahmoud Al Zaibak

Mahmoud Al Zaibak, Director of Business Development, TIME Hotels

TIME Hotels has appointed Mahmoud Al Zaibak as director of business development as the chain eyes expansion in the Middle East. Plans include a target of 10 new properties in the Middle East by 2018. Al Zaibak brings with him over 17 years of experience in corporate hospitality experience. He has served in senior sales positions having established successful sales strategies and implemented business expansion plans for a series of international hospitality brands in the UAE and Qatar.

Walter Miculan

Walter Miculan, executive chef, Hilton Abu Dhabi

Walter Miculan has been appointed by Hilton Abu Dhabi by the Corniche in the role of executive chef. He brings with him more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, four of which have been spent within the Hilton Hotels & Resorts family. In his new role, Miculan is now responsible for managing the kitchen teams across Hilton Abu Dhabi. Since joining, Miculan has already brought his culinary vision to life with creation of four special menus for Escape, Ocean Café, Jazz Bar & Dining and Bocca.

Jessica Werner

Jessica Werner, charter sales manager, Global Jet Centre

Global Jet Centre has appointed Jessica Werner as its new charter sales manager. Werner brings with her over 10 years of extensive expertise in the aviation industry across the GCC and Europe. In her new role, she will be handling both the Private and the Group charters business in the GCC and European markets while focusing on growing Global Jet Centre’s team for further expansion.

Alan Stocker

Alan Stocker, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah

The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah has appointed Alan Stocker as general manager.  He brings with him nearly 30 years of hospitality experience. This will be Stocker’s third Waldorf Astoria property since joining Hilton in 2011, having previously managed an island resort in the Maldives and a city hotel in Beijing.  Stocker has also supported various projects for the regional offices in Singapore for Thailand, Bali and Malaysia hotels.

Laurent A Voivenel

Laurent A Voivenel, senior vice president – operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India, Swiss-Belhotel International

Swiss-Belhotel International has appointed Laurent A Voivenel as senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India. He brings with him over 30 years of international hotel and asset management experience with brands such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Laurent has a proven track record in spearheading corporate mergers and acquisitions, hotel development and investment, multi-brand operations, as well as excellent management experience across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Azel Casianan

Azel Casianan, assistant director of sales, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai has appointed Azel Casianan as the new assistant director of sales. She brings with her more than 10 years of experience in the hospitality field. In her previous assignments, Azel has worked with hotels such as Rotana Hotel Management Corporation, Accor Hotels & Starwood Hotels. In her new role, she will mainly be in-charge of strengthening business ties with existing clients, as well as generating leads for new accounts. She will also assist the director of sales and marketing in carrying out various sales activities to maximise business opportunities and revenue for the property.