Media Contact: Lori LaDu

April 6, 2002


In The Food & Beverage Industries

The 2001 Fred Tibbitts & Associates “An Autumn Evening in New York with Special Friends” industry dinner took place at the Yale Club of New York on Tuesday 13 November.

The dinner brought together 140 of the nation’s top industry executives, suppliers, chain hotel and restaurant operators, press, New York ambassadorial and consular corps and many of the elite of the New York City socialites to honor the three recipients of the 2001 FTA Hospitality Awards.

The 2001 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator was presented to Curtis Nelson, President & CEO, Carlson Hospitality Worldwide, by Joe McInerney, President & CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, after remarks on Nelson by Wallace Doolin, President & CEO, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide.

The 2001 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence in writing on Food and Beverage was presented to Ariane and Michael Batterberry, Co-Founding Editors and Publishers of  Food Arts by Thomas Connolly, Chairman of the Board, International Council of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Educators after remarks on the Batterberries by Michael Bonadies, Partner, Myriad Restaurant Group.

The 2001 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Supplier was presented to Vina Luis Felipe Edwards in the person of Luis Felipe Edwards, Jr., Managing Director, by His Excellency Ambassador Oscar Fuentes of Chile after remarks on Vina Luis Felipe Edwards by David Spencer, President of the North American-Chilean Chamber of Commerce.

Each 2001 FTA Hospitality Award was accompanied by a scholarship to a student at Johnson & Wales University with commemorative certificates presented to the FTA recipients by Caroline Cooper, Executive Director, Hospitality & Business Relations.