Media Contact: Lori LaDu

June 10, 2007


Fred Tibbitts & Associates Fourth Annual

“A Summer Evening in Beijing with Very Special Friends”




Beijing, PRC – The Fourth Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates (FTA) “A Summer Evening in Beijing with Very Special Friends” proved a memorable event for the fortunate sixty plus who attended this annual FTA Spectacular.


All guest at the reception, held at the Kempinski Hotel Beijing, were formally introduced and enjoyed Moet Champagne courtesy of Moet Hennessy Asia Pacific and Aqua Panna and S.Pellegrino waters, courtesy of Nestle Brands China.


The guest list was a veritable “Who’s Who” of Beijing’s top hotel General Managers, Directors of Food & Beverage and edge restaurateurs as well as members of the ambassadorial and consular community; plus the some of the most prominent Beijing entertainment magazine Publishers and Editors.


The guests were next treated to a stunning violin performance by one of China’s most famous violinists, Siqing Lu, accompanied by famed concert pianist Professor Yuan Sheng.  The performers were given a standing ovation and presented bouquets of flowers by the Joy Taprakhon, Manager Asia Pacific, Fred Tibbitts & Associates and Wenjun Wang, Dean, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, Tianjin University of Commerce.


The four-course dinner, prepared by Executive Chef Wolfgang Schmelcher and his team, was preceded by Loyalty Toasts by His Excellency Ambassador Muhammad Ismail, Ambassador of Iraq in China; His Excellency Ambassador Mohamed Sahbi Basly, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia in China; Karen Wang, Consular Officer, Embassy of Canada; Ms. Samina Mehtab, Second Secretary, Embassy of Pakistan in China; Janusz Tatera, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in China; David Zhao, Personal Relationship Officer, HSBC Bank (China) Company Ltd.; Wenjun Wang, Dean, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, Tianjin University of Commerce; Thomas Fischer, Hotel Manager, Kempinski Beijing and Cerentha Chow, Brand Development Manager, Moet Hennessy Diageo China.

David Zhao, Personal Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank (China) Company Ltd. presented a donation from the proceeds of the dinner in the amount of $500.00 US on the account of Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc. to the China Tibetan Children Health & Education Fund, gratefully accepted by Siqing Lu, Concert Violinist on behalf of Madame Annie S.C. Wu, Founder.


The fourteen wines with the dinner were carefully paired by Kempinski Hotel Beijing Banquet Manager, Andreas Schuster, Banquet Manager.


The Sponsors for the dinner included IBM Retail Store Solutions; Moet Hennessy Diageo China; Phillips Foods Asia; Beam Global Brands-Maxxium China; Jebsen Fine Wines; Equip Asia Beijing (Stolzle Lausitz); Taste it Presents; Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery; Torres China; Barokes Wines and Nestle Waters China.


Fred Tibbitts and Associates – headed by President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts, Jr. – is the pre-eminent, global consultant and facilitator on wines and spirits to some of the leading international hotel and restaurant groups.  The company is based in New York State with Asia Pacific offices at Bangkok, Thailand.