Welcome to Round Tables by American Express, the prestigious international culinary festival that brings together the world’s best restaurants and their Israeli counterparts.
The festival returns in November 2017, and its third edition features 14 of the most interesting and acclaimed restaurants in the world, a record number of Michelin stars and innovative new cuisines for the local foodies.
The winning format remains the same: each international restaurant sends its head chef and his team to spend a whole week in the kitchen of a leading restaurant in Israel. Every hosting restaurant will serve a tasting menu featuring the signature dishes of the guest restaurant, seasoned with a pinch of local flavors and ingredients inspired by the Israeli chef.
The result: a spectacular culinary show – the most successful international event of its kind in Israel, offering fascinating cultural encounters for the third year.
So, what’s on our plate?
The 14 restaurants participating this year are at the forefront of the sizzling global culinary scene. They all share a clear, strong common ground: their cuisine is based on deeply rooted cultural context and relationships with the place they operate in, having tremendous respect for local ingredients. All of them, of course, also received acclaims from international critics and guides.
Among the dozens of restaurants and chefs from 11 countries – Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Peru, Mexico, England, the USA, Italy and Scotland – 3 appear on the world’s most prestigious and influential World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, 6 hold 1 Michelin star, and 2 boast 2 Michelin stars.
The hosting restaurants that took on the challenge of learning and implementing the international menus are the top culinary establishments in Israel: Coffee Bar, Nithan Thai, Pastel, Chloelys, Quattro, Hotel Montefiore, the Blue Rooster, Ya Pan, Garrigue, Ciccheti, Jonathan Food Club, Thai at Har Sinai, Hayarkon 99 at the Dan Hotel (with a special kosher pop-up), and a first representative from Jerusalem – Mona.
Before the festival begins, the Israeli chefs spend a training period in the restaurants abroad and begin the preparations for the meal months in advance.
Who’s coming for dinner?
The Israeli foodies are invited to taste and experience new cuisines, surprising culinary techniques and flavors that previously required a passport, flight tickets and days off – all offered at a fixed price of 269/299/399 ILS per meal or 209/239/339 ILS for American Express cardholders (which reflects a 60 ILS discount plus a first cocktail by Grey Goose for a special price of 25 ILS).
Booking and purchasing of seats to restaurants are required to be made in advance on this website only, using credit cards.
*the price covers a full tasting meal, including entrées and dessert, in a format decided by the restaurant. The price does not include beverages.
What’s for dessert?
There is more than just great food on our minds (and in our bellies). Round Tables by American Express is a cultural project, an honorary member of the gastro-diplomacy movement, which advocates cultural, economic and political dialogue through gastronomy, maintaining that “The easiest way to win hearts and minds is through the stomach.”
We are proud to embrace the international chefs with a warm and happy welcome, and introduce them to the multicultural and ethnic culinary heritage of Israel. In return, we get an extraordinary opportunity to be acquainted with international excellence and open a door to a fruitful dialogue, whose influence transcends borders and time.
Who stirred this all up?
The Round Table by American Express concoction is brewed by
restaurateur Yair Bekier, an entrepreneur and former partner in Israel’s leading restaurants, alongside Nirit Weiss and Maya Karvat – co-founders of a communication & content agency specializing in hospitality, culinary and premium brands.
Other partners in this venture are: American Express, the main sponsor of the event from day one, offering its cardholders reduced prices and high priority; Grey Goose, French premium vodka, which accompanies the festival with a special cocktail menu for each restaurant; Akkerman who offers restaurants a customized international wine catalog; Dan Hotels that provide the perfect accommodation for our chefs; Argal that supplies the chefs with professional restaurants equipment; and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who is responsible for flying the chefs to Israel.
And of course, the most important partners: the top chefs, kitchen and floor staff of all the participating restaurants – hundreds of professional, dedicated people who are working days and nights, driven by their passion for food and people.
So come eat with us – in English, French, Spanish, Danish, Thai and many more languages.The best restaurants in the world are waiting for you in November here, in Tel Aviv (and Jerusalem).
Y.N.M Round tables Concepts LTD
Aluf David 105, Ramat Gan