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November 16, 2006
Evening in New York with Very Special Friends”
New York, NY – In typical "who’s who," New York City
tradition, the Fifteenth Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates “An Autumn Evening in
New York with Very Special Friends” at the magnificent Grand Hyatt New York on
14 November wowed the 250 fortunate few admitted to the FTA spectacular
presentation of Excellence Awards dinner.
The guests (Including the following: Owners, c.e.o.’s and
operational directors of world-renowned hotel and restaurant chains; industry
press; and FTA wine, beer, spirits and industry partners) were boldly announced
in style by an English gentleman in proper morning suit with silk top hat.
The guests were summoned to dinner at the Grand Hyatt New
York and warmly welcomed by Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO. The evening’s
festivities commenced with a stirring violin and piano recital, featuring one of
the world’s most renowned classical violinists, Siqing Lu and Weicong Zhang, an
accomplished pianist of the People’s Republic of China. The performers were
introduced by Prairie Prince, drummer extraordinaire of Jefferson Starship, The
Tubes, Todd Rodgrun and The New Cars fame.
Then Master of Ceremonies John Mauk Hilliard mounted the
podium and called for Ecumenical prayers by Reformed, Jewish and Buddhist
priests, followed by 19 Loyalty Toasts given by distinguished Consul Generals,
Trade Commissioners, Society Presidents and dignitaries in attendance.
Fred next presented Ganden Thurman, Executive Director of
Tibet House U.S. and the Ven. Ngawang Rinchen, Ordained Sakya Monk with a
donation to benefit the work of Lama Pema Wangduk, the Vikramasila Foundation,
which cares for refugee Tibetan youth in India.
Fred introduced Paul E. Lemanski, MD, MS, FACP, President
of PreventionPower, one of the country’s leading medical authorities on
nutrition to discuss his “Heart Healthy Restaurant Program”, which has the
potential of changing the eating habits of millions of Americans as his fame and
message crosses the country via talk shows and press coverage of his remarkable
insights on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, which could as well decrease
the risk of coronary heart disease by 70%.
Fred then asked the guests to contemplate an even higher
purpose of everyone coming together as one. He encouraged everyone to live
their lives with an open heart without qualification: To honor and respect all
others. He suggested that service is the highest calling, to serve the least of
humanity with compassion and reverence. He asked the guests to act based on
what is the right thing to do, not what would appear to be to their most
immediate advantage. He asked all to practice relieving the suffering of all
others by wishing that they could suffer for all others. He concluded by asking
that everyone not fill their day chasing after all they can take, but instead to
focus on receiving what is given.
Then it was on to the 2006 FTA Hospitality Award
presentations: Nick Hadgis, President, International CHRIE and Dean, School of
Hospitality Management, Widner University presented the 2006 FTA Hospitality
Award for Excellence in Writing on Food & Beverage to Hotel F & B Executive,
accepted by Margaret Rose Caro, Editor-in-Chief. Jason Frank, Sales Manager,
Park Avenue New York, HSBC then presented an FTA-HSBC bank draft to Vince Seale,
Senior Vice President of Advancement, Johnson & Wales University to fund a
scholarship for $5,000.00 in the name of Hotel F & B Executive, which he then
presented to Jeanne Bischoff, Vice President & Publisher of Hotel F & B
Leo Minervini, Marketing Manager, Channel Enablement, IBM
Retail Store Solutions next presented the 2006 FTA Hospitality Award as an IT
Innovator to David Teller, CEO of Beverage Metrics. Jason Frank of HSBC then
presented an FTA-HSBC bank draft to Vance Peterson, Vice President of
Advancement, The Culinary Institute of America to fund a scholarship for
$5,000.00 in the name of David Teller, which he then presented to Teller.
For the 2006 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an
Operator, the ceremony commenced by personal comments about the recipient, Roger
Taylor, Vice President of Food & Beverage, Columbia Sussex Corporation by two of
his best friends, Ross Kellman, Vice President, Strategic Markets, Avendra and
Henry Michaud, Assistant Vice President of Food & Beverage, Columbia Sussex
Corporation. Joe McInerney, President & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging
Association then presented the Award to Taylor. Vince Seale then presented a
scholarship for $5,000.00 in his name at Johnson & Wales University to Taylor.
Taylor announced that Columbia Sussex Corporation would continue the scholarship
for at least an additional five years in the annual amount of $7,500.00 to
benefit an employee of Columbia Sussex Corporation and if none could take
advantage in any given year, it would go to the advantage of a worthy student
selected by Johnson & Wales University.
The final award presentation of the 2006 FTA Hospitality
Award for Lifetime Excellence to Dick Cattani, President, Restaurant Associates
began with fond memories of Dick by Max Pine, Past CEO of Restaurant
Associates. Michael Kaufman, Treasurer of the National Restaurant Association
then presented the Award to Cattani. Jason Frank of HSBC then presented an FTA-HSBC
bank draft to Timothy Barnekov, Dean of the College of Human Services, Education
and Public Policy at the University of Delaware to fund a scholarship for
$5,000.00 in Cattani’s name, which he and Fred DeMicco, Professor & ARAMARK
Chair, Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management at the University of
Delaware then presented to Cattani.
Harriet Lembeck, renowned New York City wine educator then
explained in great detail to the joy of all assembled how she arrived at the
wine and food pairings for the evening. Fred recognized Harriet with a
recognition gift for fifteen year’s service of wine & food pairing at the FTA
New York City Dinners: Drinks, dinner and a cooking demonstration for Harriet
and Bill Lembeck at The French Culinary Institute in New York City with
world-famous chef Andre Soltner.
Fred concluded the dinner by thanking one and all for
attending and he invited everyone to the 2007 FTA NYC Spring Dinner at the Union
League Club on Thursday 15 March, at which time the 2007 FTA Hospitality Awards
and scholarships will be announced.
Fred Tibbitts & Associates, led by Fred Tibbitts, Jr.,
President & CEO and Founder, is the premier, global on premise resource for
National Account beverage and edge concepts, serving some of the world’s leading
hotel and restaurant groups as well as brand owners.
The Company is based in New York.