Monday, September 27, 2021

Hilton Celebrates the UAE’s Golden Jubilee with ‘Growth of the UAE’

The homegrown menu, featuring locally produced ingredients, will be available at 17 Hilton hotels

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Hilton has partnered with Fresh on Table, an agritech platform, to introduce its ‘Growth of the UAE’ menu. Launching in anticipation of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the UAE and as Dubai welcomes the world for Expo, the menu will be available from 20th September until 5th December. It will use locally produced ingredients to create deliciously wholesome cuisine and will be available at 17 hotels from Hilton’s portfolio across the UAE – from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah.  

Despite its desert environment, the UAE is home to hundreds of farms and has developed a thriving agriculture industry that provides a range of farm-fresh produce – including fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat. Cooking with these fresh, locally grown ingredients not only offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience, but also supports local farmers and the local economy, provides food security and traceability, and contributes to a lower carbon footprint.

Commenting on the launch, Emma Banks, Vice President, F&B Strategy and Development, EMEA, Hilton, said: “As the UAE sets the stage for Expo and celebrates ‘The Year of the 50th’, I can think of no better tribute to the Emirates than to honour its superb array of locally grown food. Growth of the UAE is truly a celebration of the country’s food, produce and chefs. We cannot wait for our guests to experience this menu – the food is bursting with freshness and the flavour combinations provide a fantastic culinary experience.”

Further cementing Hilton’s commitment to supporting local businesses, all the Growth of the UAE dishes will be served on locally produced tableware from RAK Porcelain.

Atul Chopra, Founder, Fresh on Table, added: “We are delighted to partner with Hilton to launch Growth of the UAE, bringing the fresh flavours of locally grown produce to diners. The launch is a bold step forward as we continue our mission to promote local farms, promote sustainability and assist the UAE’s food security mission.”

The UAE is home to hundreds of farms and has put emphasis on food security in its vision for the future. Encouraged by this, local farms are growing a large range of excellent quality leafy greens and vegetables on the vine. A fish farm, in Dubai’s backyard, grows some of the best varieties of fish. These farms produce high quality, consistent and sustainable produce, using a mix of traditional and modern agriculture techniques.

The Growth of the UAE menu has been curated by the talented chefs at Hilton, who have drawn inspiration from Emirati cuisine.

  • Starters include Locally Made Burrata with candy tomatoes, crispy lavash, saffron and dried lemon dressing; Hamachi Bil Falafel with pickled red onions, sorrel cress, and sesame hummus dressing, and more.
  • Mains comprise of a mouthwatering Roasted Cauliflower Steak; Majbous Spiced Dajaj; and Seared Seabass Fillets, along with an array of delectable sides.
  • For dessert, the Golden Jubilee Churros with luqaimat flavour, date ice cream and 24 carat gold flakes are a glorious end to the meal and a nod to the UAE’s 50th anniversary.

Diners can order à la carte or opt for the discovery set menu for two. Priced at AED 220 per person, the discovery menu includes all four appetizers, one main course per person and dessert to share.

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