Media Contact: Fred Tibbitts, Jr.

20 November 2010



“An Autumn Evening in New York with Very Special Friends”

The Union League Club, New York City, 16 November 2010


New York City – The Nineteenth Annual FTA “An Autumn Evening in New York with Very Special Friends” at The Union League Club proved to be another memorable event for the one hundred-twenty guests, who included the FTA 2010 honorees, hotel and restaurant senior executives, vice presidents, managing directors, industry VIP’s, industry press and sponsors.  The reception was trade show style, showcasing the products and services of many of the sponsors.  Executive Chef Arturo Paz and Chef Patrick Ach of Phillips Foods prepared and served their famous Phillips Mini-Crab Cakes, while Strassburger Meats prepared and served their Strassburger Fillet as well as “Suzy Sirloin” Lamb, Cheese & Parsley Premium Sausage and “Suzy Sirloin” Ground Veal Meatballs.  All guests were formally announced.


During the four-course gala dinner Fred Tibbitts, Jr., president & chief executive of Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc., welcomed the guests and urged them “To do more for those less fortunate.”  Tibbitts then called for the ecumenical prayers by some of the most renowned clergy in America.  Rett Zabriskie, Domine, The Holland Society of New York said the Reformed Grace, which was one of wit and substance; Reverend Curate Jacob Smith of the Calvary/St. George’s Episcopal Church asked that we count our blessings;  while Reverend Alexandra Honigsberg of the Old Catholic Church in America asked for peace and unity; Tenzin Robert Thurman, president of Tibet House and Jey Tsong, Khappa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, said the Tibetan Buddhist Grace and also chanted a special invocation with deep abiding serenity in Tibetan; and Rabbi Emerita, Congregation Shir Tikvah, Minneapolis spoke the Jewish Grace by educating the guests on the Hebrew word “l’chayim”, meaning “To life”…and how the many wines being enjoyed spoke to good health and to life.


The eleven Loyalty Toasts by several of the dinner’s VIP’s, including Alice Elliot, CEO, The Elliot Group; Jerry Leeman, CEO, Perk Dynamics, Inc.; Joe McInerney, President & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Richard Xu, Editor-in-Chief, New Western Cuisine Magazine; Kenneth Hill, President, Kenneth Hill & Associates; Scott Rohm, Senior Vice President, Operations, The West Paces Hotel Group;  Bill Samenfink, Immediate Past President, ICHRIE; George Korchowsky, Captain, United States Navy Reserve Retired; Walton Van Winkle III, Past President, The Holland Society of New York and Hugh Williamson-Noble, Prudential Douglas Elliman.   The toasts came to a rousing completion when America’s poet laureate, John Blake, raised his glass for the historic, “Knickerbocker Toast”.


Elliot, Leeman, McInerney, Xu and Hill surprised Tibbitts with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Tibbitts by Leeman at the podium.  The Award, “In Recognition of Your Outstanding Dedication and Advancement in the Hospitality Industry” is to be accompanied by a scholarship to benefit worthy students at the discretion of Tibbitts.  The fund will be administered without charge by C-Cap, a resource hub designed to assist those wishing to contribute to the Tibbitts scholarship.


Tibbitts then presented Thurman of Tibet House with a check from the dinner proceeds for $500, which will benefit the humanitarian work of Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak, Director of the Vikramasila Foundation for his work with Tibetan refugee youths in Nepal and India.


The 2010 FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence and scholarships in the names of the Recipients were next presented as follows:


2010 FTA Hospitality Award for Literary Excellence

Award presented by Bill Samenfink

Immediate Past President, I-CHRIE

(International Council on Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education)

Scholarship presented by Jennifer O’Neill,

Advancement Officer, The Culinary Institute of America

New Western Cuisine Magazine

Accepted by Richard Xu



2010 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an IT Innovator

Award presented by Jerry Leeman

CEO, Perk Dynamics, Inc.

Scholarship presented by Robert Nelson

Chair, School of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management,

University of Delaware

Visa, Inc.

Accepted by Desmond Docherty

Senior Business Leader, Cross Product Services


2010 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator – North America

Award presented by Joe McInerney

President & CEO, American Hotel & Restaurant Association

Scholarship presented by Bill Samenfink

Immediate Past President, I-CHRIE

Paul Daly, Vice President of Food & Beverage

Hyatt Hotels North America


2010 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator – Asia Pacific

Announced as having been presented at the Asia Pacific

2010 FTA Fall Awards Dinner at Hong Kong on 7 October

Scholarship to The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Martin Rinck

President – Asia Pacific

Hilton Worldwide


2010 FTA Hospitality Award for Lifetime Excellence

Award presented by Joe McInerney

Scholarship presented by Ed Korry

Department Chairman, College of Culinary Arts

Johnson & Wales University to benefit the Charlotte Campus

Horst Schulze

Chairman & CEO, The West Paces Hotel Group


2010 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Humanitarian

Announced as having been presented at the Asia Pacific

2010 FTA Fall Awards Dinner at Hong Kong on 7 October

Scholarships for both Recipients to the At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy

Otto Weibel

Director of Kitchens, Swissotel The Stamford & Fairmont Singapore


Rudolf Muller

Executive Chef, Hong Kong Disneyland


The menu was superbly crafted by Executive Chef Jacques Thiebeutt; the wines were artfully paired by famed New York wine educator, Harriet Lembeck, CWE, CSS who addressed the guests at length prior to dessert, detailing her logic for pairing each wine with each dinner course.


Fred Tibbitts & Associates is the leading global wine, spirits and related services consulting agency for National Account chain hotels, restaurants and event management, based at Menands, New York and Bangkok, Thailand.  In addition to global hospitality consulting, Tibbitts is a writer for two of the top, bi-lingual industry magazines based in Beijing for the China Mainland market.


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