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11 February 2012

 

The First Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates

“A Winter Evening in Ho Chi Minh City with Very Special Friends”

InterContinental Asiana Saigon

Thursday 9 February 2012

 

Ho Chi Minh City.-The First Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates “A Winter Evening in Ho Chi Minh City with Very Special Friends” proved to be a memorable event for the more than fifty guests, who included hotel executives, managing directors, regional general managers, general managers, hotel managers, directors of food & beverage and executive chefs, government officials, the press and valued sponsors.

 

The reception was hosted by Pernod Ricard Viet Nam and Treasury Wine Estates, whose luxury cocktails and premium wines beautifully complimented Executive Chef Rolando Manesco’s delicious canapés and hors d’ouvres.  All guests were formally announced with style and gonged with distinction by Gem Doornbos; Assistant Food & Beverage Manager.

 

The four-course gala dinner brought Fred Tibbitts to the podium, who welcomed the guests and asked that they consider “Service as the Highest Calling”.  Tibbitts explained that the primary purposes of the FTA dinners are to recognize hospitality excellence, provide scholarships in the names of those whom are honored and to make charitable contributions to benefit those less fortunate.  Tibbitts promptly called for the evening’s nine “Loyalty Toasts” with Champagne G. H. Mumm by some of the dinner seniors, including Thomas Schmelter, Regional General Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group, InterContinental Asiana Saigon; Pascal Caubo, Hotel Manager, InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel & Residences; La Quoc Khanh, Vice Director, People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Michael Golden, General Manager, Park Hyatt Saigon; Dr. Nguyen Quang, Country Programme Manager, UN-HABITAT Viet Nam; Jake Jacob, Regional Director-Asia Pacific, Gerard Bertrand Wines; John Sciarrone, Vice President, Global Accounts Asia Pacific, Institutional, Ecolab; Donald J C Lee, Associate Director, FoodClub/PHULU Co. Ltd.

 

After the guests enjoyed their elegant First Course of Crab Meat and Prawns Tian, Smashed Potatoes, Shallots and Tomato Dressing, Balsamic Drops paired with three delightful white wines from Marlborough, New Zealand, South Australia and the South of France, Tibbitts announced a donation of USD$500.00 from a portion of the dinner proceeds to UNICEF Viet Nam; as well as a donation of  USD$500.00 from a portion of the dinner proceeds to UN-HABITAT Viet Nam, which was gratefully accepted by Dr. Nguyen Quang, Country Programme Manager, UN-HABITAT Viet Nam.  Dr. Quang then addressed the guests to explain the meaningful work being accomplished by UN-HABITAT Viet Nam to upgrade the living conditions for many living in shanty’s and improving urban planning across Viet Nam to address the quality of life for those less fortunate.

 

Tibbitts returned to the podium after the Main Course of Pan Roasted Tenderloin, Foie Gras Sauce, Red Wine Reduction, Onion Compote, Carrot Puree with two great red wines from South Australia and the South of France to announce the Recipients of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence, which will be presented at the 2012 FTA Fall Awards Dinners at The Langham, Hong Kong on 9 October and the Vanderbilt Suites in The MetLife Building at New York City on 13 November.

 

The Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator-North America was announced as being Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications, Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International.

 

The Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator-Asia Pacific was announced as being A. Patrick Imbardelli, President & Chief Operating Officer, Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

 

The Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Lifetime Excellence was announced as being Julia Stewart, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Dine Equity, Inc, (Parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants).

 

The Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an IT Innovator was announced as being CLK CLK, Inc.  Greg Demetri, CEO will be accepting at NYC in November.

 

The Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Executive Recruiter & Human Resources Leader as being Benoit Gateau-Cumin, Chief Recruiting Officer, The Boutique Search Firm.

 

The Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Humanitarian was announced as being Dr. Joan Clos, MD, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).  Recognition was accepted by Dr. Nguyen Quang, Country Programme Manager, UN-HABITAT Viet Nam.

 

The Cheese Course followed, Mascarpone and Blue Cheese Terrine, Walnut Paste Camembert and Emmenthal Wedges, Pineapple, Mango and Ginger Compote, accompanied by two premium wines from South Australia.

 

Following the Dessert Course of Japanese Green Tea and Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Sauce with assorted Cookies, Tibbitts asked Thomas Schmelter to return to the podium to “Summon the Brigade”.  Schmelter’s summons was answered by resplendent parades of the kitchen staff who prepared the dinner, led by Executive Chef Rolando Manesco as well as the service staff that served the dinner led by Anders Hallden, Director of Food & Beverage.  Schmelter, Hallden and Manesco were then joined on stage by the combined staff of thirty associates for the Assembly of the Brigade, posing for a group picture to commemorate the occasion.

 

Fred Tibbitts & Associates is the leading global wine, spirits and foodservice products and services consulting agency for National Account chain hotels and restaurants with offices at Bangkok, Thailand and Menands, New York, the United States.

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12HCMWinter0005 - (L-R) Salukchit Phantham, Corporate Account Director, Thailand, Indonesia & Philippines, Ecolab; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Michael Gapin, Director of Food & Beverage, Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0010 - (L-R) Courtney Dundy, Director of Sales & Marketing, Park Hyatt Saigon; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; John Sciarrone, Vice President Global Accounts Asia Pacific Institutional, Ecolab at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Saigon




12HCMWinter0015 - (L-R) Adam Tanner, Executive Chef, Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Saithip Tanner, Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Saigon




12HCMWinter0020 - (L-R) Henry Phua, Executive Director, visMarketing Pte Ltd; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Romain Pollicino, Director of Food & Beverage, F & B and New Concept, Windsor Plaza Hotel Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0023 - (L-R) Supinda Tripongpun, Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers; Michiel de Kleer, Director of Food & Beverage, Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Reineke Bernhard Wilhelm, Executive Chef-Western, Windsor Plaza Hotel Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0029 - (L-R) Nguyen Duy Dong Khoi, Sales Director, Tan Khoa; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Jake Jacob, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Gerard Bertrand Wines at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0034 - (L-R) Philippe Borde, Director of Food & Beverage, Park Hyatt Saigon; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Asif Mehrudeen, Executive Chef, Park Hyatt Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0040 - Nelson Lam, Manager, International Sales, Luzerne Pte Ltd. proposing his dinner toast from the podium at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at Ho Chi Minh City




12HCMWinter0050 - (L-R) Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Nguyen Tuyet Nhung, Senior Sales Executive, Pernod Ricard Vietnam; Pham Dinh Trung, Marketing Manager, Pernod Ricard Vietnam at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0057 - Jake Jacob, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Gerard Bertrand Wines toasting the others at his dinner table at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0064 - (L-R) Thomas Schmelter, Regional General Manager, InterContinental Asiana Saigon with Pascal Caubo, Hotel Manager ? Hotel & Residences, InterContinental Asiana Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0068 - (L-R) Anders Hallden, Director of Food & Beverage, InterContinental Asiana Saigon with Pascal Caubo, Hotel Manager ? Hotel & Residences, InterContinental Asiana Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0115 - (L-R) Thomas Schmelter, Regional General Manager, InterContinental Asiana Saigon with Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc. at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9644 - (L-R) Michael Golden, General Manager, Park Hyatt Saigon; Courtney Dundy, Director of Sales & Marketing, Park Hyatt Saigon; David Hill, General Manager, New Openings & Group Director of Rooms, WMC Group at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9648 - (L-R) Hide Ishiyama-san, General Manager, Legend Hotel Saigon; Romeo Bantling, Executive Chef, Legend Hotel Saigon; Donald J C Lee, Associate Director, FoodClub/PHULU Co. Ltd. at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9653 - (L-R) Thomas Schmelter, Regional General Manager, InterContinental Asiana Saigon; Hide Ishiyama-san, General Manager, Legend Hotel Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9655 - (L-R) Nguyen The Dan, Managing Director, Dan & Dan Co. Ltd.; Nelson Lim, Manager, International Sales, Luzerne Pte Ltd. at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9658 - (L-R) David Hill, General Manager, New Openings & Group Director of Rooms, WMC Group; John Sciarrone, Vice President Global Accounts Asia Pacific Institutional, Ecolab at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9669 - (L-R) Morio Sakayori-san, CEO, Morio Creative Studio; Romain Pollicino, Director of Food & Beverage, F & B and New Concept, Windsor Plaza Hotel Saigon; David Hill, General Manager, New Openings & Group Director of Rooms, WMC Group at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9707 - (L-R) Michael Gapin, Director of Food & Beverage, Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City with Pascal Caubo, Hotel Manager ? Hotel & Residences, InterContinental Asiana Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9671 - (L-R) Courtney Dundy, Director of Sales & Marketing, Park Hyatt Saigon; Asif Mehrudeen, Executive Chef, Park Hyatt Saigon; Salukchit Phantham, Corporate Account Director, Thailand, Indochina & Philippines, Ecolab at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at The InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9673 - (L-R) Melissa Golden, Park Hyatt Saigon; Susanne Schmelter, InterContinental Asiana Saigon At the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9685 - (L-R) Hide Ishiyama-san, General Manager, Legend Hotel Saigon; Nguyen Tuyet Nhung, Senior Sales Executive, Pernod Ricard Vietnam; Anders Hallden, Director of Food & Beverage, InterContinental Asiana Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9692 - (L-R) Colin McCandless, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Nha Trang; David Hill, General Manager, New Openings & Group Director of Rooms, WNC Group; Romain Pollicino, Director of Food & Beverage, F & B New Concept, Windsor Plaza Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9696 - (L-R) Courtney Dundy, Director of Sales & Marketing, Park Hyatt Saigon, Henry Phua, Executive Director, visMarketing Pte Ltd; Nelson Lim, Manager, International Sales, Luzerne Pte Ltd.; Nguyen The Dan, Managing Director, Dan & Dan Ltd. at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9737 - Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc., welcomes the dinner guests from the podium to the First Annual FTA 2012 Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9770 - Thomas Schmelter, Regional General Manager, InterContinental Asiana Saigon welcomes the dinner guests and proposes his dinner toast from the podium at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9776 - Pascal Caubo, Hotel Manager ? Hotel & Residences, InterContinental Asiana Saigon proposes his dinner toast from the podium at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9788 - La Quoc Khanh, Vice Director, People?s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, Department of Culture, Sports & Tourism proposes his dinner toast from the podium at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9812 - Hide Ishiyama-san, General Manager, Legend Hotel Saigon proposes his dinner toast from the podium at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9827 - Michael Golden, General Manager, Park Hyatt Saigon proposes his dinner toast from the podium at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9841 - Dr. Nguyen Quang, Country Programme Manager, UN-HABITAT Viet Nam proposes his dinner toast from the podium at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9855 - Jake Jacob, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Gerard Bertrand Wines proposes his dinner toast from the podium at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9867 - John Sciarrone, Vice President Global Accounts Asia Pacific Institutional, Ecolab proposes his dinner toast prom the podium at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9878 - Donald J C Lee, Associate Director, FoodClub/PHULU Co. Ltd. proposes his dinner toast from the podium at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9884 - Vo LeHong ?SunnyRose?, Contributing Writer, Viet Nam News toasts Dr. Nguyen Quang, Country Programme Manager, UN-HABITAT Viet Nam at their table at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9901 - (L-R) Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc. presents a donation of USD$500.00 from a portion of the dinner proceeds to Dr. Nguyen Quang, Country Programme Manager, UN-HABITAT Viet Nam; and announced a donation of USD$500.00 from a portion of the dinner proceeds to UNICEF Viet Nam at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9918 - Dr. Nguyen Quang, Country Programme Manager, UN-HABITAT Viet Nam speaks about the many invaluable humanitarian projects they are funding in Viet Nam to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate as well as their extensive urban planning development to improve city life for the hundreds of thousands of poor moving to the cities from the countryside across Viet Nam at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9931 - (L-R) Michael Golden, General Manager, Park Hyatt Saigon congratulates Dr. Nguyen Quang, Country Programme Manager, UN-HABITAT Viet Nam on his speech describing the very important humanitarian work they are accomplishing on behalf of those less fortunate; as Nguyen Duy Dong Khoi, Sales Director, Tan Khoa looks on with approval at their dinner table at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9944 - (L-R) Thomas Schmelter, Regional General Manager, InterContinental Asiana Saigon; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Susanne Schmelter, InterContinental Asiana Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9947 - (L-R) Trinh Hien, Head of Sales Department, East & West Magazine; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Ravi Raj Singh, East and West Magazine at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9953 - (L-R) Melissa Golden, Park Hyatt Saigon; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Michael Golden, General Manager, Park Hyatt Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9958 - (L-R) Colin McCandless, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Nha Trang; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Nguyen Tuyet Nhung, Senior Sales Executive, Pernod Ricard Vietnam at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at The InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9961 - (L-R) Hide Ishiyama-san, General Manager, Legend Hotel Saigon; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO., Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Morio Sakayori-san, CEO, Morio Creative Studio at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9965 - (L-R) Patricia Caubo, InterContinental Asiana Saigon; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Romeo Bantling, Executive Chef, Legend Hotel Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9970 - (L-R) Pascal Caubo, Hotel Manager ? Hotel & Residences, InterContinental Asiana Saigon; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Patricia Caubo, InterContinental Asiana Saigon at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9972 - (L-R) Nguyen Mong Binh, Reporter, Saigon Times Daily; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Truong Vinh Tho, Head of Hotel Industry Division, People?s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, Department of Culture, Sports & Tourism at The First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9978 - (L-R) La Quoc Khanh, Vice Director, People?s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, Department of Culture, Sports & Tourism; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Nguyen Ky Nam, Press & Media Head Officer, Travel & Entertainment Magazine at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9984 - (L-R) Vo LeHong ?SunnyRose?, Contributing Writer, Viet Nam News; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Dr. Nguyen Quang, Country Programme Manager, UN-HABITAT Viet Nam at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9988 - (L-R) Nelson Lim, Manager, International Sales, Luzerne Pte Ltd.; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Morio Sakayori-san, CEO, Morio Creative Studio at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9994 - (L-R) Anders Hallden, Director of Food & Beverage, InterContinental Asiana Saigon; Victor Phua, Executive Director, visMarketing Pte Ltd; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Nguyen The Dan, Managing Director, Dan & Dan Co. Ltd. at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter9998 - (L-R) Vu Thai Binh, Reporter, Viet Nam Economic Times; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Tham Nguyen, Reporter, The Guide at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0129 - Thomas Schmelter, Regional General Manager, InterContinental Asiana Saigon on stage as he Summons the Brigade at the conclusion of the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at Ho Chi Minh City




12HCMWinter0137 - The Parade of the Kitchen and Service Brigades at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon




12HCMWinter0147 - The Combined Kitchen and Service Brigades on stage surrounding Thomas Schmelter, Regional General Manager, InterContinental Asiana Saigon along with Schmelter?s dinner seniors at the First Annual 2012 FTA Winter Dinner at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon (L-R) (Middle left row fourth from the left) Vo Phuc Khai, Banquet Manager; (Middle left row seventh from the left) Nguyen Truc Thanh Phuong, Instant Service Manager; (Center) Thomas Schmelter, Regional General Manager, InterContinental Asiana Saigon; (To the left of Schmelter in the back row behind his shoulder) Germ Doornbos, Assistant F & B Manager; (Immediately to the right of Schmelter) Rolando Manesco, Executive Chef, InterContinental Asiana Saigon; (Back right row behind Manesco?s shoulder) Anders Hallden, Director of Food & Beverage, InterContinental Asiana Saigon