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4 December 2003

Fred Tibbitts’ Fourth Annual Fall Evening in Hong Kong

With Very Special Friends

Another Great Success

Fifty of the top people (Including the following: Owners, c.e.o.’s and operational directors of world-renowned hotel chains; industry press; and FTA wine, spirits and coffee partners) assembled for a black tie evening at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on 31 October 2003. This was the Fourth Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates Fall Evening in Hong Kong with Very Special Friends.

The reception was sponsored by Moet-Hennessy Asia, and featured Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial. Guests were greeted by beautiful Korean ladies in traditional hanbok costumes and ceremonially announced upon arrival Royal Court style by crier with mace magnanimous.

Christian and Buddhist prayers, followed by as many as sixteen Loyalty Toasts, preceded the four-course dinner. Madame Eva Cheng, Commissioner for Tourism, led these toasts that included ambassadors, consul generals, dignitaries and concluded with a declamation style toast by the renowned American lyricist, John Blake “To Knickerbocker”, which particularly pleased one of the most esteemed guests, The Honorable Andre Brouwer, Consul General of The Netherlands in Hong Kong.

The culinary team at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong did a masterful job preparing a bountiful feast of lobster bavaroise with truffle flan, marinated scallops and grilled porcini mushrooms with parsley sauce, followed by oven glazed beef tenderloin and foie gras with pumpkin sage cannelloni and potato chestnut cake, a trio of French cheeses and finally warm-cold vanilla sable on marinated strawberry and yogurt ice cream with Douwe Egberts coffee: All paired perfectly with ultra-premium wines from Australia, South Africa, France, California and Chile.

Two Korean traditional music performers came to perform “fansori”, courtesy of Professor Moo Hyung Chung, Jeonju University Korea and The Honorable Kang Keun-Taik, Consul General of the Republic of Korea.

Cliff Wallace, Managing Director, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, presented the 2003 Fred Tibbitts & Associates Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Humanitarian to Professor Kaye Chon, Chair Professor and Head, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Fred Tibbitts presented Professor Chon with a cash award in the amount of $5,000.00 U.S., which Professor Chon then turned over to Professor Poon Chung-kwong, President, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. President Poon announced that he is matching the award from the University Grant Fund and it is expected that the government will as well match the award for a total of $15,000.00 U.S. available for scholarships.

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.