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30 December 2004
FTA Fifth 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 other partners) assembled for a black tie
evening at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on 29 October 2004. This was the Fifth
Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates (“FTA”) Evening in Hong Kong with Very Special
The guests were treated to a Champagne reception and
ceremonially announced upon arrival by a performer in evening dress in Boardroom
II. Some of the distinguished industry personalities received included Peter de
Jong, President, PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association); James Lu, Executive
Director, Hong Kong Hotels Association; Ambrose Cheung, Partner, Philip K.H.
Wong, Kennedy Y.H. Wong & Co.; Claudio Salgado, Director of Food & Beverage-Asia
Pacific, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts; and Gordon Fuller, General Manager, Grand Hyatt
It was then to the Drawing Room where Michael Charlton, FTA
President & CEO welcomed one and all, followed by numerous Loyalty Toasts, which
preceded a bountiful feast of warm, slow cooked lobster on marinated pumpkin
with basil dressing and arugula, followed by individual Beef Wellington with
foie gras and Champagne duxelle with glazed root vegetables and truffle red wine
sauce, a trio of cheeses (Saint Marcellin, Fresh Taleggio and Aged Cheddar) and
finally caramelized apple crumble with piedmont hazelnut parfait and white
Darjeeling cream, macaroons and coffee: All paired perfectly by the Hyatt staff
with ultra-premium wines from Australia, New Zealand, Chile and California.
Peter de Jong, President of PATA, presented the 2004 FTA
Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Humanitarian to Kevin Murphy, Senior Vice
President, Development, Langham Hotels International. A scholarship in his name
in the amount of $5,000.00 US was presented by Joanna Leung, Director, Academic
& Continuing Education, International College of Tourism and Hotel Management.
Kevin Murphy, Senior Vice President, Development, Langham
Hotels International, presented the 2004 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence in
Writing on Food or Beverage to Steve Shellum, Editor and Publisher, HOTEL Asia
Pacific. A scholarship in the amount of $5,000.00 US was presented by Bob
McKercher, Associate Head & Associate Professor, School of Hotel & Tourism
Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Fred Tibbitts & Associates 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.