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TIME FOR FOOD

GIRLAHEAD has always admired Giorgio Locatelli -above – since he opened HIS EPONYMOUS RESTAURANT NEXT TO HYATT REGENCY THE  HURCHILL, in London’s Portman Square. This week he is doing a pop-up at Atlantis The Palm Dubai, 20- 25 October 2021. Would that she could be there.

More LONDON MEMORIES. In 1988 Anton Mosimann left being in charge of the mighty kitchens of THE DORCHESTER, and the next day HE TELEPHONED GIRLAHEAD ASKING ABOUT WINDOW CLEANERS. At the hotel he had all mod-cons. Now, turning a one-time church in West Halkin Street into what would become MOSIMANN’S CLUB, he needed to contact those services for himself. NOW HE HEADS AN EMPIRE. Its flagship is Mosimann’s London – Passion for Excellence, and he hands over day-to-day reins 31st December to sons Philipp and Marc.

The NY Times, in its 2021 best restaurants guide, eschews hotels, stresses personalities, say Portland OR’s Emm, named for its owners, Erl Ninsom, Matt Vicedomini and mixologist Eric Nelson.

JUST AS EVERYONE LOVES SOMEONE, A LOT OF PEOPLE LOVE HOTELS, so let us return to the world of beds, breakfasts and bottles of something good. Hamburg restaurateur Tim Mälzer opens CHIARO at HOTEL DE ROME in BERLIN on 25th October. ‘The Rocco Forte brand and I share a passion for gastronomy, have a close connection to Italy and  inspire people with  new and unique experiences. So we have a lot in common’, he says. Chiaro will blend Italian with Japanese umami, say Katsu Sando (beef tartare with tramezzini and spicy Japanese Tonkatsu sauce), Lamb Ossobuco and Melon Toro (with wasabi and tuna belly), as well as, for vegetarians, Smoked Gnocchi.

Looking ahead, we go back to Dubai. MANDARIN ORIENTAL JUMEIRA, DUBAI hots SUBLIMOTION 4th November 2021 to 4th February 2022. (Sublimotion opened in Ibiza in 2014 – it is brainchild of Paco Roncero, chef-owner of two-Michelin-starred Paco Roncero Restaurante in Madrid, and creative director Eduardo Gonzales, of Vega Factory.) Expect 10-course whimsical menus paired with 360-degree screens with imagery projected on to every surface, from walls to table, turning the room into a stage, actors plus 12 lucky diners. MEMORIES OF CORINTHIA BUDAPEST ANYONE?

DUTCH WINES? Well here is a first for Girlahead. Betuws Wijndomein vineyard is a partner in SOFITEL WINE DAYS, an event running until 31st October at SOFITEL LEGEND THE GRAND, AMSTERDAM. Hotel GM Emmy Stoel received, on behalf of the hotel, Virtuoso’s Luminaries, Legends, and Leaders Recognition during the 2021 Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas.  Culture, and also corporate responsibility, is not something the hotel does as a one-off but is something that is embedded in its DNA  on a daily basis.

WHICH IS A PERFECT TIME TO SAY IF YOU HAVEN’T YET HEARD VIRTUOSO’S POWERFUL HELEN McCABE-YOUNG, LISTEN TO HER HERE: