Estrella Damm and GinRaw present Kitchen Takeover by Bethany Kehdy

What’s West Asian and North African Cuisine?

Join us for dinner experience by Bethany Kehdy to find out.

Bethany takes over BOCA’s kitchen as part of its ‘7 Chefs in 7 Weeks’ dinner series, introducing a menu that will bring to life West Asian and North African cuisine, incorporating locally sourced ingredients from BOCA’s kitchen.

Bethany Kehdy is a Dubai-based celebrated chef, two-time best-selling cookbook author, presenter and founder of culinary experience, Taste Lebanon. Featured in numerous publications and on various TV programmes, including The New York Times, Forbes and CNN, Bethany has been leading the WANA (West Asia and North Africa) food and associated tourism scene for over a decade through her unique perspective on flavor combinations, techniques, and approach to storytelling. She uses her pen and plate to unpack the region’s narrative, moving away from the term Middle East to debunk the fallacies and myths surrounding the cuisine of WANA. As someone who grew up on a farm in Lebanon, Bethany prefers to avoid the over-manipulated approach, choosing to honor nature’s innate creative force to deliver dishes that are minimal yet bold, imaginative, vividly tantalizing and wholly satiating. Her chef services range from corporate events, supper clubs, residencies, and at-home chef for hire, right through to cooking classes, brand ambassadorship, and concept/ menu development.

Menu published soon.

February 7, 8, 9 | Reception from 7 pm, Dinner 8 pm to 10 pm
West Asian & North African feast including Estrella Damm, GinRaw, Lyre’s cocktails and S.Pellegrino
AED 545++

Confirmed bookings and payments are essential
Call 04-3231833, WhatsApp +971 52 160 7507, Email hola@boca.ae or DM us on Instagram

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ESTRELLA DAMM and GINRAW present Kitchen Takeover by CÉLIA STOECKLIN

BOCA is proud to debut this series of kitchen takeovers with Célia Stoecklin, Caterer Middle East’s 30 under 30 best chefs, and 2022 Hotel Young Chef of the Year. Célia is making a name for herself in Dubai’s culinary scene with her strong insight, attention to detail, and pursuit of happiness for the people who run the city’s kitchens. She believes that “a smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

At the age of only fourteen, Célia began her career at the 1*Michelin restaurant ‘Le 7eme continent’, followed by the 2*Michelin ‘Il Cortile’, the 3*Michelin ‘Guy Savoy’ and the Four Seasons Hotel George V. She recently held the helm of ‘French Riviera’ at the Jumeirah Al Qasr Hotel, a UAE Gault & Millau restaurant.

At BOCA, Celia will present a four-course French-Mediterranean menu featuring seasonal and fresh ingredients from the land and sea.

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JAN 24th to 26th | 7 pm | Four Courses including Estrella Damm, GinRaw, Lyre’s cocktails and S.Pellegrino | AED 545++ | Confirmed bookings and payments are essential | Call 04-3231833, WhatsApp +971 52 160 7507, Email hola@boca.ae or DM us on Instagram

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KITCHEN TAKEOVER: 7 CHEFS in 7 WEEKS | Extraordinary Dubai Chefs Takeover BOCA’s Award-Winning Kitchen

A supper club sensation, a neighborhood favorite, a catering queen, an award-winning cookbook author, a power chef under 30, a pastry mastermind, and a culinary director of a five-star property. These seven chefs are making their mark on the Dubai culinary scene and this season they take over 50 Best Discovery and 2022 Gault & Millau UAE’s Sustainable Kitchen of the Year, BOCA.

Seven chefs in seven weeks; each will present you with a paired multi-course menu showcasing their journey and the culmination of their creativity. They tell their story and honor BOCA ‘s longstanding contribution to local sourcing and waste reduction in the kitchen.

This event is proudly sponsored by Estrella Damm, GinRaw, and supported by Lyres and S.Pellegrino.

CHEFS & SCHEDULE

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE

•  Kitchen takeovers will take place from January to May 2023.
•  Each chef to feature for 3 nights. 7 weeks, 7 chefs
•  Reception 7 pm – 7:45 pm, Dinner 8 pm – 10 pm
•  AED 545++ including Estrella Damm, GinRaw, Lyre’s cocktails and S.Pellegrino.
•  Confirmed bookings and payments are essential.
• Call 04-3231833, WhatsApp +971 52 160 7507, Email hola@boca.ae or DM us on Google, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on /BOCADubai

 

MEET THE EXTRAORDINARY DUBAI CHEFS TAKING OVER BOCA’S KITCHEN THIS SEASON

CÉLIA STOECKLIN
January 24, 25, 26

 

BOCA is proud to debut this series of kitchen takeovers with Célia Stoecklin, Caterer Middle East’s 30 under 30 best chefs, and 2022 Hotel Young Chef of the Year. Célia is making a name for herself in Dubai’s culinary scene with her strong insight, attention to detail, and pursuit of happiness for the people who run the city’s kitchens. She believes that “a smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

At the age of only fourteen, Célia began her career at the 1*Michelin restaurant ‘Le 7eme continent’, followed by the 2*Michelin ‘Il Cortile’, the 3*Michelin ‘Guy Savoy’ and the Four Seasons Hotel George V. She recently held the helm of ‘French Riviera’ at the Jumeirah Al Qasr Hotel, a UAE Gault & Millau restaurant.

At BOCA, Celia will present a four-course French-Mediterranean menu featuring seasonal and fresh ingredients from the land and sea.

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BETHANY KEHDY
HOUSE OF FIG

February 7, 8, 9

Bethany Kehdy is a Dubai-based celebrated chef, two-time best-selling cookbook author, presenter and founder of culinary experience, Taste Lebanon. Featured in numerous publications and on various TV programmes, including The New York Times, Forbes and CNN, Bethany has been leading the WANA (West Asia and North Africa) food and associated tourism scene for over a decade through her unique perspective on flavor combinations, techniques, and approach to storytelling. She uses her pen and plate to unpack the region’s narrative, moving away from the term Middle East to debunk the fallacies and myths surrounding the cuisine of WANA. As someone who grew up on a farm in Lebanon, Bethany prefers to avoid the over-manipulated approach, choosing to honor nature’s innate creative force to deliver dishes that are minimal yet bold, imaginative, vividly tantalizing and wholly satiating. Her chef services range from corporate events, supper clubs, residencies, and at-home chef for hire, right through to cooking classes, brand ambassadorship, and concept/ menu development.

Bethany takes over BOCA’s kitchen as part of its ‘7 Chefs in 7 Weeks’ activation, introducing a menu that will bring to life West Asian and North African favorites, incorporating locally sourced ingredients.

 

SARA AQEL
February 14, 15, 16

Palestinian Sara Aqel graduated in culinary arts from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts in Les Roches before completing an internship at the prestigious ‘The Hong Kong Jockey Club’

She spent time at ‘Brasserie La Capitale’ at the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman before working at the 1* Michelin restaurant ‘Al Muntaha’ at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai and Massimo Bottura’s ‘Torno Subito’ at the W Hotel in Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Sara recently managed the Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant ‘Fi’lia’ in Dubai and led its international expansion to Miami, the Bahamas and Paris.

Sara will don her signature headscarf in BOCA starting on Valentine’s Eve. She will bring her knowledge of regional Italian cuisine to the kitchen with her own style and heritage.

 

PENELOPE DIAZ
FUSIÓN CEVICHE JLT

March 7, 8, 9

Penelope, who made ceviche at a young age, decided to bet on her heritage and passion for her native Peru. Open for less than a year, Penelope Diaz’s ‘Fusión Ceviche’ in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lake Towers is proving to be a hit with the city’s top restaurateurs, prominent Dubai chefs, foodies and the city’s residents alike. Her neighborhood restaurant pays homage to Peruvian ingredients and traditions, while the menu transitions from cold to hot in an explosion of flavors, textures and sensations.

Join Penelope in March 2023 as she prepares her menu of ceviches, a homage to BOCA’s favorite oyster from Dibba Bay and arroz de mariscos, among other dishes.

 

GABRIELA CHAMORRO
GIRL & THE GOOSE

March 14, 15, 16

Chef Gabriela is a visionary, Latin American chef with a passion for creating unique an intimate dining experiences. As a storyteller, she takes her guests through a sensorial journey using food as her medium.

Having extensively traveled the world and immersing herself in diverse culinary practices, she has finally been able to fulfill her dream of becoming a chef. Initially self-taught and inheriting a culinary legacy passed down from her grandmother, she also possesses a specialization from the Culinary Institute of Barcelona, Spain under the mentorship of Dubai based Chef Roberto Segura.

The past 6 years have been dedicated to developing and creating healthier version of traditional recipes while, at the same time, elevating them to fine dining level. Her menus are inspired by traditional Nicaraguan recipes and all her travels around the world. For the past 3 years she ran the acclaimed ‘Girl and the Goose’, a Nicaraguan supper club recognized across Dubai’s foodie scene.

Join Chef Gabriela in BOCA in March as she presents her new dining experience, a story of a rich cultural heritage retold through food, color and myth.

 

SHEERIN GHAFFAR
May 9, 10, 11

Sheerin Ghaffar’s honest and authentic approach to cooking has garnered her a sterling reputation as a trailblazing, multifaceted female Chef. Hailed as Caterer ME’s Pastry Chef of the Year 2022; she embraces the challenges of using local and seasonal ingredients to captivate the taste buds in a unique way while not having the ability to taste her own creations. With a distinguishable flavor profile that has been refined by her worldly travels and her Singaporean Chinese-Pakistani roots, she is best known for being a believer in the power of simplicity. Recently joining the 1* Michelin Starred restaurant; ‘Hakkasan’ Dubai, she plans on diving deeper into her own Chinese culture and heritage for new inspiration and creations.

During her takeover of BOCA, expect an extended pastry and dessert session, tasting some of her favorite recipes and creations.

 

TRISHA HENAULT
TANDOOR TINA
May 23, 24, 25

Born and brought up in Delhi, India, in a household where every meal was full of surprises, infused with her mother´s love, got Trisha intertwined with her love for food. Her experience includes ‘The Leela Palace’, New Delhi, India, St. Regis, W, Westin, The Bvlgari Resort and recently Executive Pastry Chef at 25hours Hotel and Tandoor Tina´s Creative Culinary director.

Recognized by Caterer Middle East as 30 best chefs under 30 consecutively twice in a row, featured one of 58 Top Indian chefs around the world by WG Magazines, and Caterer Middle East high commended Pastry Chef of the Year 2022.

Tandoor Tina celebrates fresh, local, high-quality ingredients, bold, bright flavors and specializes in cooking over fire on the grill and tandoor over. Inspired by a journey through India, Tina’s adventures delve deep into the nostalgic notes of contemporary Indian flavors. The sole focus remains on a year-long summer languish where the revival of exotic aroma, tastes, and colors continue to take flight, seamlessly combining authenticity with modernity.

During her sting at BOCA in May, guests can expect a ‘Tandoor Tina’ tasting menu of some of their star dishes.

SUSTAINABLE SHAKERS MOVEMENT!

Committed to a greener hospitality industry, Rémy Cointreau is delighted to unveil its
Sustainable Shakers movement!

” We know that staying abreast of the latest techniques, legislation, and profitability practices in terms of sustainable hospitality can be a daunting task. Therefore, we are eager to provide our on-trade partners with inspiration and real-world tips from restaurateurs and bar owners in the same situation… until they too can share their best practices with others.
We started this global project with an interview series of 10 videos (5 min each) with Omar Shihab, General Manager and Sustainability Lead at BOCA, Dubai. We explore how BOCA, a leader in sustainability, seeks to improve its sustainable practices, sharing proven how-to tips and objectives on topics such as menu development, purchasing, training, food and beverage management, communication, repurposing, finance and profitability.

Watch the videos here !

“Working with B Corp certified The Botanist Islay Dry Gin made complete sense as the brands are so aligned in terms of both quality and commitment to sustainability. This partnership then evolved to include this Sustainable Shakers project” shares Shihab. “At BOCA, we are constantly learning and seeking to do more. An initiative like the Sustainable Shakers that promotes workable sustainable practices within the on-trade is much needed”.

“The principles of transmission and sustainability are at the core of Rémy Cointreau. This series is focused fully on the on-trade, with the goal of sharing what our partners are achieving as well as sharing knowledge withing the industry” shares Nick Rees, Marketing Director for Rémy Cointreau AMEI. “

FIFA WORLD CUP

Catch all the action in our dedicated BOCA Fan Zone.

We are pleased to host a special pop-up on our terrace for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Enjoy our exceptional food, beverage and service while watching all the games live on the big screen.

Football is not for you? Don’t fret! BOCA will continue to offer you its award-winning hospitality in the rest of the restaurant, away from the commentary and action.

Click here to reserve your seat on the terrace OR your favorite BOCA experience in the restaurant.

 

FESTIVE SEASON 2022

FESTIVE SEASON & NYE PACKAGES

Our Festive Season packages are valid from Monday 21st of November 2022, until Friday 6th of January 2023 starting from AED 295 per person. New Year’s Eve all inclusive packages start from AED 475 per person.

Guaranteed booking is essential | Kids below 8 years dine for free | Packages valid from Monday 21st of November 2022, until Friday 6th of January 2023 including Boxing Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Please inform us of any allergies or dietary requirements when booking and we will customize the menu accordingly

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For bookings: 043231833, hola@boca.ae or WhatsApp on +971521607507

STAR WINE LIST LAUNCHES WINE GUIDE TO DUBAI

Star Wine List, the award-winning guide to great wine bars and wine restaurants, has launched the wine lover’s guide to Dubai. Star Wine List’s Dubai Ambassador, Thomas Johns, has curated the selection of 11 wine restaurants. Nyetimber was Star Wine List’s partner for the launch that was held at restaurant BOCA.

BOCA, Coya and Amazonico are among the eleven venues selected for Star Wine List Dubai. Check out the Star Wine List Dubai selection on starwinelist.com or on the app.

Star Wine List, starwinelist.com, is the wine lovers guide to great wine bars and wine restaurants. It was started in Stockholm in 2017 and is now live in more than 35 countries. All venues are selected by top wine professionals. For many of the restaurants and bars, wine lovers will find their updated wine lists on starwinelist.com. Members can also search for particular wines and see where they are listed with Star Wine List’s Premium membership.

Photos and more info: https://starwinelist.com/media
www.starwinelist.com

NEW COCKTAIL MENU AT BOCA

We are proud to launch a new cocktail menu inspired by our favorite local and regional ingredients and our obsession with reducing waste in the bar. The list is the result of months of research and close collaboration with the restaurant’s award-winning culinary team.

Cocktails on the list include the Cold Brew Martini made with Boon coffee. Boon is a UAE based, woman-led and family-owned business roasting single-origin 100% Arabica from Ethiopia. The Foraged Martini is made with UAE native desert plant ‘Khansour’, and dried apricots, apricot leather made from apricot skin and Palestinian Brandy find their way into the delicious Summer in Bethlehem cocktail. Other exciting cocktails include Frankincense Negroni made with white Omani Frankincense, Pimientos del Padron cocktail our take on a Paloma cocktail made with BOCA’s favorite tapas, and Tomato & Rayhan, made using tomato pulp that’s left over from making paella in the kitchen and native basil or ‘Rayhan.’

BOCA’s new cocktails are also available with a low-ABV or no alcohol option using LYRE’s products.
Check out the new SANCHO x BOCA illustrated menu through this link.

 

GABRIEL SANCHO
We commissioned Gabriel Sancho to bring this new cocktail menu to life. Gabriel Sancho (45) is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His witty creations are inspired by music, film, books, puns, romance, ‘the nineties’ and a lot of coffee! His work, mostly shared on social media is found in print, on magazine covers, music singles and with tattoo artists.

Joins us for the launch of this new menu on Monday, September 12th, 2022 from 18:00 onwards.

Bites from BOCA and music from DJ Sarah G. RSVP to +971521607507 or hola@boca.ae

Cocktails priced at AED 85. No ABV options at AED 55. Prices are inclusive of 5% vat and subject to 7% authority fee.

BOCA x 13C bar in the back: Dubai’s Sustainable Fine Dining Meets Amman’s MENA 50 Best Restaurant

13C bar in the back, ranked 27th on Middle East North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants™ and one of Amman’s long standing and finest establishments is proud to host Chef Matthijs Stinnissen from leading sustainable fine dining restaurant, BOCA Dubai for one night only on July 2. 

Chef Matthijs Stinnissen, Head Chef at BOCA, is flying to Amman, Jordan to take over the kitchen of 13C bar in the back. He will present an 8-course sharing menu featuring dishes that highlight BOCA’s work with what is traditionally considered waste, in addition to classics from the restaurant’s current menu.

BOCA and 13 bar in the back share a Mediterranean food heritage and a love for interactive food pairing experiences. Expect to see dishes such as YESTERDAY’s BREAD made with stale sourdough, tomato skin powder, revived milk ricotta, avocado, and Aceto Sopraffino, MISO CARAMELISED HAMACHI with confit turnip, crispy black rice, mizuna, purslane, and parsnip puree and BRAISED BEEF SHORTRIB served with truffle and herb risotto, crispy mustard seed, and mustard cress. For dessert Chef Matthijs will present two dishes including his beloved TOMATO & STRAWBERRY made with pink beef tomato, violet infused red fruit sorbet, and strawberry tartare.

ABOUT 13C bar in the back
Passion is a remarkable driving force/ 13C is the product of years of traveling, tasting, and winemaking by three wine obsessed friends / a sommelier, a winemaker, and a wine trader. Building on the proud foundations laid in 1954 by the late Bulos Y Zumot / 13C is a new chapter for Bulos Y. Zumot & Co, one of the oldest wine & spirits distributors in Jordan.

We’ve tasted and handpicked every bottle in our store and created 13C for you to discover and enjoy our selection. Named after the optimal temperature to store wine, we offer a space that is accessible, inspiring and empowering for wine lovers, whisky geeks & novices alike – a place unlike any other in Amman.

 

JULY 2nd 2022 | Eight Dishes | JD 75 ++| Advanced booking is essential | Guests can book through 0096279860 0616

BOCA and Fann-A-Porter present Hady Boraey: Eden Dance

Hady is an independent Egyptian visual artist who studied art in Cairo. He has had four solo exhibitions and spread his artwork internationally through residency programs, workshops and exhibitions Boraey in Italy (2010), Greece (2011), England (2012), United Arab Emirates (2022, 2013), Jordan (2014), Poland (2016), Belgium (2018), Italy (2021). Boraey’s work can be seen in Canada, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Egypt.

In Eden Dance, Hady has been experimenting with painting, drawing and sculpture for 20 years. He aims to take his viewers on a journey, opening the mind to new perspectives and blurring the lines between body and soul.

Eden Dance was born out of the pandemic and the desire to reconnect with nature. The collection represents a rich and textured fantasy world. Stoic figures take center stage in almost every artwork. Sharp facial features are made sharper by their geometric figures – a stark contrast to the muted backgrounds that lie behind them. Cacti, leaves, and budding plants represent an obvious desire to connect not only with nature, but also with the outside world beyond the confinement and isolation of the prison.

The sun, stars, and birds appear in some paintings, breathing life into the collection and suggesting that the figures are actually outside. The figures look up longingly at the starry or sunny sky, in others they dance in an almost spiritual appreciation of nature. And in still others, they seem to simply be at peace.

Catch Hady Boraey’s Eden Dance exhibition in BOCA from June 9th .

Book through Hola@boca.ae +971 4 323 1833 or Whatsapp +971 52 160 7507