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15 May 2008



“A Summer Evening at Bangkok with very Special Friends”


The Westin Grande Sukhumvit

Friday 13 June 2008 


Bangkok-The First Annual FTA “A Summer Evening at Bangkok with very Special Friends” proved to be another memorable event for the seventy plus guests, who included hotel executives, managing directors, GMs, industry VIPs, press and sponsors.


The reception was hosted by Diageo Moet Hennessy and Brown-Forman with a variety of their most popular spirits prepared to perfection by celebrity mixologists; Vittoria Waters and Phillips Foods Asia with an assortment of delicious canapés and hors d’ouvres, prepared with their finest crab meat.  All guests were formally announced and gonged.


The four-course gala dinner brought Fred Tibbitts to the podium, who reminded the assembled hospitality industry elite that “Service is the highest calling”.  Fred then called for The Venerable Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche, Abbot and Spiritual Chairman of the Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple (Canada) to say the Buddhist Grace for the evening, much to everyone’s delight.  The Abbot chanted at length in Tibetan and explained in English his meaning.


Fred next called for the eight Loyalty Toasts by the Bangkok embassy community and dinner VIP’s; all accomplished with none other than Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial, courtesy of Moet Hennessy.


The 2008 FTA Hospitality Award for Literary Excellence was announced as going to LifeStyle (China) magazine by Manat Chaisawat, Associate Professor and MBA Director, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus.  Chaisawat indicated that Ricky Xu, Editor in Chief of LifeStyle had accepted the Award at the FTA Summer Dinner at the Kempinski Beijing on 5 June.  Mr. Chaisawat added that a $5,000.00 USD scholarship in the name of LifeStyle had accompanied the Award and was granted to the Florida International University School of Tourism Management at the Tianjin University of Commerce. 


After the guests had continued enjoying their dinner, Fred Tibbitts announced that a portion of the proceeds from the FTA Summer Dinner at Bangkok would go to Hug Elephant Club (Chiang Mai, Thailand) and The Riwoche Society of Canada.  Tibbitts called forward Supasit Skontanarak, Assistant Vice President-Premier Relationship Development, HSBC Bank, FTA’s global bankers to present the FTA dinner donation to Anchalee Kalmapijit, President, Hug Elephant Club.  She announced that the donation would help with the birth of baby elephants and that they are naming one “Fred”.  Next, Tibbitts called forward The Venerable Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche to accept the FTA dinner donation, which was then presented by Skontanarak of HSBC.  The Rinpoche explained that the donation would help in the spread of “The Dharma” or spiritual teachings of his Tibetan Buddhist order.


At the close of the cheese and wine service, Charles Jack, General Manager, The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Summoned the Brigade to a standing ovation.  The service was flawless, the food and beverage the finest and a feeling of warm, inviting hospitality filled the room.


The menu, which was superbly crafted by The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Executive Sous Chef, Pierre-Andre Hauss and his culinary team, included Mango Dill Grain Flavored Phillips Crab Shingle; Mint Honey Cardamon Tender Lamb Filo Jacket; Assiette de Fromage being Comte, Mimolette and Cheddar; and a Dark, Milk and White Chocolate Chess for dessert.  The menu was complimented by eleven of the finest wines from Australia, Chile, Argentina, and Thailand, personally paired for each course by Director of Food & Beverage, John-Andrews Manley.  If this was not enough, the guests were treated to Glenmorangie Ten Years Old Single Malt Scotch with their dessert.


Fred Tibbitts & Associates is the leading global wine, spirits and related services consulting agency for National Account chain hotels and restaurants and event management, based at Menands, New York with Asia Pacific offices at Bangkok, Thailand.