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Block the dates! Seventh edition of the Eat! BRUSSELS, Drink! BORDEAUX this September

On 6, 7, 8 and 9 September, lovers of good food and wine have a date with Eat BRUSSELS, Drink! BORDEAUX Once again, the festival will spotlight the big names in Brussels gastronomy and the wines of Bordeaux. The visitors can embark on a culinary voyage, tasting the signature dishes offered by the great chefs of Brussels. All amid the greenery of the Parc de Bruxelles.

For the seventh year of the Eat! BRUSSELS, Drink! BORDEAUX festival, the best chefs in Brussels are once again taking over the stoves in the pop-up kitchens set up in the Parc de Bruxelles. Each of them will offer a gourmet public his (or her) signature dish. A great opportunity to discover the talents of Belgian gastronomy in a pleasant, convivial setting. visit.brussels have been in partnership with Les Vins de Bordeaux for the last five years.

Over fifty wine growers and wine merchants will be present at the event to show off the full range of wines from Bordeaux – reds, whites, rosés and crémants – that will be the perfect partners for the dishes concocted by the chefs. The 6 families of Bordeaux wines are each represented in their own special pavilion. Bordeaux Red & Bordeaux Supérieur Red; Côtes de Bordeaux; Saint-Emilion Pomerol Fronsac; Médoc & Graves; Sweet Bordeaux; Rosés, Dry whites and Crémants de Bordeaux. The Bordeaux Wine School will offer workshops in which novices can be initiated into Bordeaux wines and the more experienced can enhance their knowledge.

New features in 2018:

– An updated offering: New chefs will be joining the event to fly the flag of their restaurants. Several signature dishes will also have a vegetarian version. Ten restaurants have already confirmed their attendance. Returning are Vincent, Garage à Manger, Brinz’l, Le Tournant, Augusta, Rouge Tomate, Racines and Stirwen. And two new participants have already confirmed: Crab Club and San Bol.

– New cheese and dessert bar

– The festival will have 4 new, original themes for the Masterclasses: Crus classés from Graves, grands crus classés from Saint-Émilion, grands vins from Médoc from the 2015 vintage, Sweet Bordeaux & Belgian cheeses.

– The eat! Awards: This year, the eat! Awards will make their appearance. They will reward the chefs who were most successful during the event.

Photo: VisitBrussels/ ©E.Danhier

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Want to have local food while on travel! TTC partners VizEat!

Want to have some authentically local food while travelling abroad, but are afraid of what hotels serve in name of local dishes? Also, you might be interested in having local food in authentically local environments such as homes, but don’t know how to in a new city! Here is a brand new initiative.

The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) award-winning family of brands including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Busabout and Evans Evans partnered globally with VizEat, the innovative and immersive food experience platform, bringing travellers together by offering immersive culinary experiences with their 22,000 local hosts in 110 countries. In 2014, the app was first launched in Paris and it has now become the world’s most popular meal sharing platform with guests being welcomed into a global network of hosts’ homes while making authentic connections with both locals and travellers.

TTC’s travel brands will be able to connect their guests to these VizEat hosts who are trained chefs and home cooks where they will share their delicious meals and learn about new cultures with other travellers  and foodies from across the globe. They will sample regional specialties and traditional cuisine in unique locations with a relaxed ambience. Travelers can enjoy a pasta making class in Rome, embark on an interactive market tour in Barcelona, indulge in a wine and cheese tasting party in Paris or join a Tuscan chef’s table and sample gastronomic delicacies.

“Our partnership with VizEat will enable our guests from across our 30+ TTC travel brands to discover amazing and fun culinary experiences in each destination which we visit while also interacting with the local people and creating unforgettable memories,” said Brett Tollman, Chief Executive Officer of The Travel Corporation. “We also share similar values by offering experiential experiences and meeting like-minded travellers from around the world.”

Beginning this summer, TTC’s guests will have an opportunity to enjoy these immersive food experiences on selected trips or as optional experiences through the assistance of their knowledgeable Travel Directors and Tour Managers.

“We’re thrilled to announce this global partnership with TTC and this marks a great opportunity for more travellers worldwide the chance to uncover immersive culinary experiences with locals wherever they go,” said Jean-Michel Petit, Chief Executive Officer of VizEat. “It’s a great match for both of us: TTC family of brands plans the most memorable experiences for their clients and VizEat is aligned in this search for unforgettable and authentic moments.”

The Travel Corporation (TTC) is a highly successful international travel group. No matter what your taste, whether you are a family or a couple, a group or traveling solo – TTC offers something for everyone. Its multi-award-winning portfolio ranges from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises, to independent holiday package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences.

Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive Officer, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefitting local communities and the environment.

VizEat website and apps are now available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. Anyone can sign up to become either a host or a guest. The mobile apps for VizEat are available for download for iOS and Android. Apple selected VizEat in the TOP 3 Apps of 2016 and  CEO Tim Cook went for a VizEat lunch in Paris early February.

Finest food that Brussels has to offer

Diners at Tram Museum. Photo: (c)VISITBRUSSELS -E.Danhier
Diners at Tram Museum. Photo: (c)VISITBRUSSELS -E.Danhier

Since 14 May the Tram Experience has been back for even more gourmet adventures in Brussels! Building on the success of 2012, when it was the undeniable hit of Brusselicious, the Tram Experience is back and this time it’s even more tempting, delicious than before.
This year we will be turning the spotlight on Michelin-starred chefs from Brussels. In just one meal, the guests will be invited to discover dishes by two different chefs and one of our best chocolatiers or pastry chefs, in a sixhanded cooking experience.

Lionel Rigolet, proud supporter of the Tram Experience 2013
Famous chef from the mythical Comme Chez Soi, Lionel Rigolet supports the Tram Experience this year and lets us benefit from his expertise and bright advice. He will also participate to the menus proposed at the end of the year.

Diners at Tram Museum Photo: (c)VISITBRUSSELS -E.Danhier
Diners at Tram Museum Photo: (c)VISITBRUSSELS -E.Danhier

Chefs for all seasons
Brussels has no shortage of culinary stars, with a wide range of styles and influences, so it would be a shame to limit ourselves to a mere handful of chefs. Each season, a new team of Michelin-starred chefs will come onboard to create a menu.
The first chef will create the amuse-bouches and the starter, while the second will be responsible for the main course. And half-way through, so every six weeks, they will swap. Last but not least, the dessert is signed nu one of our best chocolatiers or pastry chefs.

Chefs featured from 3 September to 8 December 2013
KAMO
The gastronomy of Brussels is exceptionally good and diverse. Kamo, the only Japanese restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star in Belgium, is one of its more unusual marvels. Chef Kamo Tomoyasu used to work at the mythical Tagawa in the 1990s. After a return to Japan, he came back to Brussels in 2006 to open his own restaurant. ‘Kamo’ has since then worked in his small establishment in Ixelles, making good use of his incomparable skills and attention to detail. At Kamo, everything happens on the plate! The chef’s authentic dishes combine modern touches with tradition, enabling customers to discover an exotic form of Japanese cuisine. You can be sure that eating here will be a very rewarding ‘experience’!
SENZANOME
Giovanni Bruno has run Senzanome, a family restaurant, with his sister Nadia for around 30 years. The chef brings his unique touch to traditional Italian gastronomy and continues to win awards. Among these are a Michelin star since 2004, best Italian restaurant (in Europe) outside of Italy (2011 and 2012), and best Italian restaurant in 2012 (gourmet guides). Dining at Senzanome is always an unforgettable experience. A meal there is akin to enjoying an unusual voyage through a form of cuisine that we think we know so well, topped off by the innovative and respectful master touches of Giovanni Bruno.
LAURENT GERBAUD
Laurent Gerbaud, a very friendly chap, is not your typical chocolatier. After graduating in medieval history, he opted instead to follow in the footsteps of his baker-pastry chef grandfather, by doing a training course at CERIA. His career began in Shanghai, where he picked
up many Asian influences. Back in Brussels, he began adding unique fruit and spices to his chocolate, selecting them according to their aromatic qualities. When combined with Trinitario and Nacional cocoa beans carefully selected by Domori in Italy, these raw materials offer a subtle blend of aromas and textures, both sweet and savoury, plus flavours that are sweet, tangy, bitter and spicy. In just a few short years, Laurent Gerbaud has become one of the very best artisanal chocolate-makers in Brussels, where he plies his craft with talent, good humour and creativeness aplenty.

Diners at Tram Museum. Photo: (c)VISITBRUSSELS -E.Danhier
Diners at Tram Museum. Photo: (c)VISITBRUSSELS -E.Danhier

All of these dishes are prepared onboard by chef Denis Roberty from the catering company Les Garrigues. They are served with the matching wines and waters.

Practical details
Throughout the year, there will be eight trips on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 8pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6.30pm and 9.30pm, and Sundays at midday. Unlike last year, on Fridays, departures will now be from the Tram Museum.
One  can book a table online via www.tramexperience.be or in the VISITBRUSSELS tourist information offices. The price for three courses, amuse-bouches, champagne, wines and water is €89 per person.
A new season that starts with a fantastic offer! For any table of four booked in September, a discount of 10 € per person will be given with every online reservation mentioning the promotional code « backtoschool ».