Abu Dhabi and Dubai make the United Arab Emirates the destination for haute cuisine and global fooding trends, with Gourmet AbuDhabi and Gulfood, MUNDUSvini BioFach International Organic Wine Award will be presented in Germany and 11th Annual Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival welcomes food and wine enthusiasts.

Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2010
February 5-19
Abu Dhabi, UAE

This second annual event is a gastronomical wonderland with the world’s best chefs congregating from 13 nations. New to the program are representatives from Turkey, Lebanon and Japan, to teach master classes and deliver memorable bites for a variety of discerning palates with attention given to Cuisine Vitale (dishes that use fresh ingredients to promote well-being), vegetarians and game. This year’s culinary lineup of Michelin star-winning chefs includes Charlie Trotter, Dieter Kaufmann, Paco Roncero, Alain Passard and many more. The Gourmet Abu Dhabi Star Awards, voted by the public in January and judged by a respected panel, will be presented at Gala dinner on February 15. Awards are given to a range of chefs and industry executives who have honed their talents in the Middle East.


TheWorlds50Best.com re-launch
February 15

The S.Pellegrino World's 50 and 100 Best Restaurants, The Continental Restaurant Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards website will re-launch to enable more interaction for foodies with the ability to find recommendations on the ‘best restaurants’ around the world and include an interactive blog with contributions from international food critics, restaurateurs, writers and chefs.  Also mark your calendars - the anticipated S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants will be announced this year on April 26 at the Guildhall in London. http://www.theworlds50best.com/


MUNDUSvini BioFach International Organic Wine Award
February 17-20
Nürnberg, Germany

BioFach, the world’s leading organic event since 1990, in conjunction with MUNDUS vini, an international wine academy, and Meininger Verlag, a respected German magazine devoted to wines, is hosting the first international organic wine award and event. Seven hundred certified organic wines (still wines, sparkling wines, pearl wines and liqueur wines) entered the competition and the wine hall will have over 300 wine exhibitors for tasting, including the winners– look for the day-lit hall 4A at NürnbergMesse. BioFach itself attracts nearly 50,000 visitors and exhibitors and this year’s theme is Organic + Fair and includes Vivaness, natural cosmetics and wellness trade fair. Day tickets are €30. http://www.biofach.de/en/highlights/wine/

Gulfood: Bigger, Better, Business
February 21-24
Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center
Dubai, UAE

Gulfood is the largest event devoted to Middle-Eastern ingredients and business practices for the food and beverage industry in the Middle East, North Africa and Indian sub-continent. The Salon Cuisine has six sections: Food & Drink, World Food, Seafood, Gourmet & Fine Food, Fresh Fruit & Vegetables and Organic & Healthy Eating and 75 international pavilions. In the Salon Culinaire 1300 young chefs from around the world will compete and be judged by 25 experts from the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). http://www.gulfood.com/page.cfm/Link=1/t=m/goSection=1

National Pancake Day
February 23
IHOP locations
Canada, Mexico & United States

In honor of National Pancake Day, created by IHOP (International House of Pancakes), an American chain restaurant with locations in Canada, Mexico and USA, all IHOP locations will be serving free short stacks from 7-10am on February 23. The short stack, three buttermilk pancakes, is free requests donations for Children's Miracle Network, an organization that supports children's hospitals and life-saving research for a spectrum of diseases.  http://www.ihoppancakeday.com/

Whisky Live London 2010
February 26-27
The Hurlingham Club
London, UK

Whisky Live is in its tenth year and is in the midst of a world tour that makes stops in New Delhi, Belgium, London, New York, Shanghai, Scotland and many more. As long as you have a penchant for whisky, you are invited to attend the whisky festivities (tastings, entertainment, food pairings) and Masterclasses, sessions with master distillers. This year’s return visit to London includes the Whisky Antiques Road Show and Auction, Meet Brand Ambassadors and special-edition Whisky Live 10-year anniversary live bottling. Reservations are required for some of the events, dress code is smart casual and tickets for the full event £75 (€85) or one-day £28 (€32), half-day £18 (€20).

Bocuse d’Or Asia
March 17-19
Pudong Expo
Shanghai, China

The second annual competition, co-located with Gourmet World Shanghai (an industry tradeshow devoted to international gourmet foods), is a continental event organized by the Bocuse d’Or committee to pre-select the four best teams that will compete at the annual prestigious final Bocuse d’Or 2011 in Lyon, France in January. Teams of chefs will be representing 12 Asian nations and the “Best Commis-Assistant” will be awarded in addition to three monetary prizes. http://www.bocusedorasia.com/


The 4th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
March 20
Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA

Doors open at 10 am on March 20 to 50,000 sq ft (4,645 sq m) of chocolate, wine and confections. The region's largest chocolate event has grown 66 percent in size with over 70 chocolatiers and all new "Chocolate Chef Competition" and the "TasteTV Wine Competition." Plus the Salon will have sections devoted to chocolate tastings, demos, new products, fair trade & organics, chef/author sessions, book signings, wine pairings and a live chocolate body frosting demonstration. Tickets purchased in advance are $25 (€18) or $30 (€22) at the door. http://www.sfchocolatesalon.com/