25 November 2002
Third Annual Fall Evening in Hong Kong
Thirty-eight top people (Including the following: Owners,
c.e.o.’s and operational directors of world-renowned hotel chains; industry
press; and FTA wine, beer and spirits partners) assembled for a black tie
evening at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on 1 November 2002. This was the Third
Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates Fall Evening in Hong Kong with Very Special
The reception was sponsored by Moet-Hennessy Asia, and
featured Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial and by The Hong Kong SAR Brewing Company,
and featured Hong Kong Gold Premium Lager and Hong Kong I.P.A. Dragon’s Back.
Guests were ceremonially announced upon arrival Royal Court style by crier with
Christian and Buddhist prayers, followed by a dozen Loyalty
Toasts, preceded the four-course dinner. Mark Lettenbichler, Chairman, Hong
Kong Hotels Association, led these toasts.
The culinary team at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong did a
masterful job preparing a bountiful feast of marinated king prawn, veal
tenderloin with foie gras, a trio of cheese and finally grapefruit pancake with
vanilla sauce and blue ginger ice cream: All paired perfectly by Harriet Lembeck,
New York senior wine educator, with ultra-premium wines from Australia, Italy,
California, Chile and Argentina.
Mary Gostelow, President, Gostelow Travel, Hottest
Hospitality News Worldwide and Editor-In-Chief of WOW, What Others Want,
presented the 2002 Fred Tibbitts & Associates Hospitality Award for Excellence
as a Humanitarian to Ambrose W. S. Cheung, while Professor Kam-hon Lee,
Director, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Chinese University of Hong
Kong, announced a scholarship in Cheung’s name at the University: Cheung then
presented the first such Award to an outstanding graduate student at the
University, Eric Ying-kit Lee.
Fred Tibbitts & Associates, founded by its President and
CEO Fred Tibbitts Jr, is the pre-eminent global wine and spirits consulting
agency to some of the world’s leading hotel and restaurant groups.
The company is based in New York.