Media Contact: Fred Tibbitts, Jr.
4 June 2011
The Eighth Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates
“A Summer Evening in Beijing with Very Special Friends”
The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing
Thursday 2 June 2011
Beijing, P.R.C.-The Eighth Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates “A Summer
Evening in Beijing with Very Special Friends” proved to be another memorable
event for the one hundred-sixty guests, who included hotel executives, ceo’s,
presidents, managing directors, regional vice presidents, general managers,
hotel managers, directors of food & beverage and executive chefs, industry
VIP’s, the press and valued sponsors.
The reception was hosted by Pernod Ricard China, FIJI Water, Ronnefeldt Tea,
Distilleria Bottega, Vina Valdivieso and Stoelzle glassware. Phillips
Foods Asia provided their finest crab meat for many of Executive Chef Andreas
Krampl’s marvelous canapés and hors d’ouvres. All guests were formally
announced with style by Yvonne Liu, Sales Executive, The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing;
and gonged with distinction by Audrey Zhang, Events Assistant, The Ritz-Carlton,
The four-course gala dinner brought Fred Tibbitts to the podium, who welcomed
the guests and asked that they consider “Service as the Highest Calling”.
Tibbitts explained that the primary purposes of the FTA dinners are to recognize
hospitality excellence, provide scholarships in the names of those whom are
honored and to make charitable contributions to benefit those less fortunate.
Tibbitts promptly called for the evening’s nine “Loyalty Toasts” with Champagne
Moet & Chandon Imperial by some of the dinner personalities, including David C.
Wilson, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing; Tina Gao, Sales Manager,
Moet Hennessy Diageo China; Jamie FlorCruz, Bureau Chief-China, CNN; Michael Wu,
Vice President of Operations-North China, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia
Pacific; GP Yeow, Area Director of Operations-North East Asia, Marriott
International; Siqing Lu, Concert Violinist; Wenjun Wang, Dean, TUC-FIU
Cooperative School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Tianjin University of
Commerce; Richard Xu, Editor-in-Chief, New Western Cuisine Magazine; Antoine
Bruneel, Vice General Manager, LifeStyle Magazine.
After the guests enjoyed their elegant First Course of Phillips Lump Crab Meat
Tian, Avocado, Tomato, Saffron, Organic Micro Sprouts and Monini Gran Fruttato
Olive Oil paired with four delightful white wines from Italy, China and the
South of France, Tibbitts announced a donation of $500.00 USD from a portion of
the dinner proceeds to UNICEF China, which was gratefully accepted by William
Bikales, Chief, Social Policy and Reform for Children.
In addition, it was explained that John Northen, Area Vice President-South East
Asia, Marriott International and others at the recent 5 May FTA Spring Dinner at
Kuala Lumpur rose to the occasion and pledged a total of $2,500.00 USD to be
donated to the China Children Health & Education Fund, founded by Madame Annie
SC Wu. Richard Xu, Editor-in-Chief of New Western Cuisine Magazine, who
also attended the Kuala Lumpur dinner, was asked to take the cash donation back
to Beijing to present to Madame Wu. As Madame Wu could not be present at
the FTA Beijing dinner, she was represented by Niki Shishido, Executive
Director, World Trade Professional Education Institute Ltd. and Niymaphuntsok,
Concert Pianist at the Central Conservatory of Music Beijing. Joining Xu
on stage at Beijing for the presentation, representing Northern and Marriott
International was GP Yeow, Area Director of Operations-North East Asia, Marriott
International with Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts &
Tibbitts returned to the podium after the Main Course of Grilled Angus Beef
Tenderloin & Seared Foie Gras, Caramelized Garlic and Shallot Tart, Ratatouille
Vegetable, Monini Classico Olive Oil, Natural Jus, Hollandaise, Morel Mushroom
with four great red wines from Italy, Chile and China to announce the Recipients
of the 2011 FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence, which will be presented at
the 2011 FTA Fall Awards Dinners at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin on 11
October and the Vanderbilt Suites in The MetLife Building at New York City on 15
The Recipient of the 2011 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an
Operator-North America was announced as being Brian Abel, Vice President, Food &
Beverage, North America, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The recognition was
accepted on behalf of Abel by Charlie Dang, General Manager, The Westin Beijing
Financial Street & Area Managing Director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
The Recipient of the 2011 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an
Operator-Asia Pacific was announced as being Andreas Stalder, Senior Vice
President, Product & Brand Development, Hyatt International-Asia Pacific.
The recognition was accepted on behalf of Stalder by Ronald Kang, General
Manager, Park Hyatt Beijing.
The Recipient of the 2011 FTA Hospitality Award for Lifetime Excellence was
announced as being Eric Long, General Manager, The Waldorf=Astoria. The
recognition was accepted by on behalf of Long by Nils-Arne
Schroeder, General Manager, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing.
The Recipient of the 2011 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an IT
Innovator was announced as being MICROS Systems, Inc. Stefan Piringer,
President, Micros-Fidelio Asia Pacific accepted the recognition.
The Recipient of the 2011 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Humanitarian
was announced as being Robert Thurman, President, Tibet House US & Jey Tsong
Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University.
The Cheese Course followed, a trio of Truffled Camembert Prairie Normand, Tete
de Moie and Onion Ash-Coated Goat Cheese with Walnut Bread and Dry Fig & Date
Terrine, accompanied by four premium wines from California, the South of France
and South Africa.
Following the Dessert Course of a Selection of Flavours and Textures: Tea-Ramisu,
Ronnefeldt Jasmine Gold Tea Infused-18 Karat Gold Leaf – Brown Sugar Biscotti,
Milk Froth, Warm Chocolate Cake – Flamed Marshmallows, Monini Gran Fruttato
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Ronnefeldt Vanilla Tea Sorbet, Tibbitts asked David
C. Wilson to return to the podium to “Summon the Brigade”. Wilson’s
summons was answered by a resplendent parade of the kitchen seniors who prepared
the dinner, led by Executive Chef Andreas Krampl as well as the service staff
led by Raghu Menon, Executive Assistant Manager – Food & Beverage. Wilson
and his team of 46 seniors then posed on stage for several group pictures to
commemorate the occasion.
Fred Tibbitts & Associates is the leading global wine, spirits and foodservice
products and services consulting agency for National Account chain hotels and
restaurants with offices at Bangkok, Thailand and Menands, New York, the United
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