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    The launch of 365: A Year of Everyday Cooking & Baking by Meike Peters, The Phoenicia Malta, Floriana

    James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, Meike Peters, launched her second book late last month. Full of easy-to-make recipes inspired by German, Maltese and American cuisines, the book has already been named one of the best 13 cookbooks of the fall by The New York Times.

    The new Afternoon Tea at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, Attard

    The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa has always been an institution in elegance, but its new Afternoon Tea is in a class of its own. Sampling it during their press event, the Afternoon Tea kicks off with a glass of Prosecco and bottomless tea in various delicious flavours, it then moves on to the selection of ‘Pretty Little Sandwiches’, a selection of scones from the Villa Bakery, and a selection of French pastries and specialist mini cakes. Totally divine and a great way of spending an afternoon.

    The opening of Daphne: The Voice That Lives On, European Parliament, Brussels

    Marking two years since the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, this exhibition featured works by Johnathan Borg, Matthew Mirabelli, Darren Zammit Lupi and Paul Borg Olivier. A poignant and heartwrenching reminder that justice has not yet been served.

    Luna Welcomes the Stars by Michelin-Starred Chef Paolo Barrale, Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar

    On October 24, Paolo Barrale became the third instalment of Palazzo Parisio’s Luna Welcomes the Stars series, where exclusive nights are hosted by Michelin-starred chefs from all over Italy. This is Paolo’s second visit to Malta where he created a menu through which he gave a Michelin-starred twist to traditional local dishes – stuffat tal-fenek was served with grilled scampi and a langoustine bisque, while his take on minestra included sea urchins, mussels and a touch of coffee.

    In his early days, he worked with three-star Michelin chef Heinz Beck at La Pergola and L’altro Mastai in Rome and La Torre del Saracino in Vico Equense for three years. It is here that he really began to cultivate and refine his culinary philosophy, combining northern and southern Italian cuisine.

    He was awarded a coveted Michelin star in 2004 while working at Marennà in Sorbo Serpico in the middle of the rolling hills of the Campanian Apennines. He is known for amplifying the territorial characteristics of the area through his dishes with a profound respect for the raw materials he uses. Today, Chef Barrale acts as a consultant, travelling the world and collaborating with international chefs.