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The Twenty-First Annual Fred Tibbitts & Associates “A Spring Evening in New York City with Very Special Friends” proved to be another memorable event for the seventy-five guests, who included Chairmen, CEO’s, Presidents, General Managers, VIP’s, Directors of Food & Beverage, Executive Chefs and valued sponsors at historic Battery Gardens, overlooking New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. 

All guests were received and were presented their name badges by Cynthia Campbell of Andrei Jackamets Photography; and graciously announced by Osborn Focht, Actor and NYC entertainment celebrity.

The Reception was hosted by Paul Smith’s College, Phillips Foods, Coca Cola North America, FIJI Water, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Palm Bay International, Treasury Wine Estates, Constellation Brands, E & J Gallo Winery, Gerard Bertrand Wines, Pernod Ricard USA, and Bermar America.

Following the Reception, the four-course gala dinner was wonderfully created and supervised by Executive Chef Patrick Augustyn, while the wines were artfully paired and sequenced by Harriet Lembeck, CWE, CWS.  The dinner began when Fred Tibbitts took to the podium to very briefly welcome the guests, and stepping aside, called Dave George, President, Olive Garden, and Executive Vice President, Darden to the podium to announce the evening’s entertainment, a headliner, top comedian, Johnny Lampert.  George artfully spoofed the famous opening line from the very popular “Saturday Night Live” TV Show by loudly and robustly exclaiming “Live from New York – It’s Saturday Night, Starring Eddie Lampert, with Cathy Dove and yours truly, Dave George.”  The guests were thrilled with his surprise announcement, and returned his creative skit with hearty applause.

Following the entertainment Tibbitts returned to the podium to offer his formal remarks for the evening, centering on the importance of living a life of compassion, right intention, and celebrating the beauty of each moment, never forgetting that our value to humanity is how we serve those less fortunate, and with whom we should celebrate our connection, not look past it.  Tibbitts recounted how he has converted his “for profit” business model to a “not for profit” charity model, devoting his retirement to serving poor families in Cambodia and Thailand.

Tibbitts then called Rev. Rett Zabriskie, Minister, Reformed Church in America & Stated Clerk, Classis Passaic Valley to say the Reformed Christian Grace; followed by Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Director, Vikramasila Foundation to say a Buddhist prayer, which he summarized in English and chanted in Tibetan.

Following the prayers, Tibbitts called for the Dinner Toasts by several of the assembled VIP’s, beginning with Dave George, President, Olive Garden & Executive Vice President, Darden.

Following the Table Pictures Tibbitts called Harriet Lembeck, CWE to the podium to discuss how and why she paired and sequenced the dinner wines.

And Cathy Dove, President, Paul Smith’s College 

And Ariane Batterberry, Co-Founder, Food Arts Magazine 

And Charles, Forman, (formerly) Executive Vice President, Group Publisher, Cheers Magazine 

Dinner Menu
Appetizer Visions of Spring: Phillips Jumbo Lump Crab Salad, Avocado, Heirloom Tomatoes 1. Pinot Grigio “Infiné 1939” 2015 Trentino Superiore DOC, Italy 2. Franciscan Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Napa Valley, CA, USA 3. Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay 2014, North Coast, CA, USA 4. Talbott ‘Kali Hart’ Chardonnay 2014, Monterey, Salinas, CA, USA 5. Gerard Bertrand Château L’Hospitalet ‘La Reserve’ 2014, Coteaux du Languedoc, France (Grenache, Bourboulenc, Vermentino)

Entrée Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce, Two Potato Hash, Haricots Verts, Rainbow Carrots 6. Heritance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, CA, USA 7. Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Knights Valley, Sonoma County, CA, USA 8. Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, CA, USA 9. Gerard Bertrand Fitou 2013, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (Grenache, Carignan) 10. SAVED 2012 Red Wine, CA, USA (Majority of Merlot, Malbec + additions)

(Dinner Menu Continued)
Cheese Caveman Blue, Fontanilla, Alehouse Cheddar with Raison Crisp, Truffle Honey, Seasonal Grapes 11. Meiomi Pinot Noir 2014, Monterey, Sonoma, & Santa Barbara Counties, CA, USA 12. ‘Lyric’ by Etude Pinot Noir 2014, Santa Barbara County, CA, USA 13. J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA, USA 14. Sergio Zingarelli Chianti Classico ‘Gran Selezione’ 2011 DOCG, Tuscany, Italy 15. Gerard Bertrand ‘Grand Terroir’ La Clape, 2011, Coteaux du Languedoc, France (Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre)

Dessert Chocolate Two Ways: Warm Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Gelato, Caramel Sauce, Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Tom Cat Bakery
Aqua Panna, FIJI Water, S.Pellegrino
Harney and Sons Fine Teas
Executive Chef, Patrick Augustyn Wine & Food Pairing and Sequencing, Harriet Lembeck, CWE, CWS

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