Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.
This year, M de Noir was selected at the Salon du Chocolat Paris 2019 among the best 25 chocolatiers in the world. Founded by Lebanese native Maya Maalouf Kanaan, M de Noir offers an assortment of noble confections made with grand chocolates and opulent ingredients and crafted with the utmost care.
Having acquired the know-how at the prestigious schools of Ritz Escoffier and Valrhona*, Kanaan invites the refined and sophisticated gourmets to share her passion and melt in her unique universe of aromas and flavors.
Salon du Chocolat, is the world’s largest event dedicated to chocolate. It presents and celebrates chocolate in all its forms: gourmet, gastronomic, artistic and cultural. The event brings together 500 professionals and more than 200 European and international chocolate makers in Paris. An opportunity for visitors to discover this year’s chocolate trends and to buy some of the most refined products within a special setting. The fair, is also a meeting place for all those gourmets who, thanks to the master-chocolatiers, will be able to enjoy discovering the traditions and knowledge which hides behind chocolate making. Every culture has its own clever ideas and talents for enhancing chocolate. And everyone will be invited to join in with chocolate tastings! This year’s event celebrates the trade show’s 25th anniversary.
Salon du Chocolat Beirut 2019, will be taking place between 13-15 December at Seaside Arena, Beirut.Add to Favorites