An exciting new and heartfelt initiative conceptualised by Ho Chi Minh City-based champion of hospitality Chris Thompson and called Heroes of Hospitality was launched with an intimate dinner at Thao Dien’s Laang Restaurant recently.
In attendance were 11 of Ho Chi Minh City’s finest and brightest in hospitality, although on this occasion, they weren’t there to run orders, pour drinks or make sure guests were comfortably seated and satisfied.
This time for a change, they were the guests.
Thompson, who is editor-at-large at Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam magazine where he’s been covering the country’s increasingly dynamic hospitality scene for a number of years, came up with the idea Heroes of Hospitality because he wanted to give back to those who work tirelessly to make memories happen but perhaps don’t publicly receive the recognition they deserve.
“I’ve recently been reflecting upon my own experiences in the hospitality industry spanning seven years in London and now seven years based in Ho Chi Minh City,” says Thompson in his feature article introducing the Heroes of Hospitality. “My overriding recollection of some of the most epic of nights has not been so much about the venue, the menu or even the drinks consumed, but rather the people present and the feelings of engaging with them which nourished the longest lasting images.”
With that, Thompson pulled together a tight-knit, like-minded team that includes members of the media (including The Bureau) and from within the hospitality industry itself to pull off an evening that ensured plenty of memories of its own were made.
Quan, who is assistant manager at acclaimed steakhouse and cocktail bar Stoker Woodfired Grill & Bar in downtown District 1, shared his thoughts of the evening:
“That night was so amazing and it’s one of the most unforgettable moments in my entire career,” he said before thanking the organisers. “Thank you for helping me have the chance to connect to amazing people who work in hospitality so we can share everything about our jobs. I hope we can have more events like this so we can have a reunion again.”
And this from Hang who is managing partner of Eddie’s New York Deli & Diner:
“It was my pleasure to meet all of you on the night – everything was amazing,” she said. “Thank you for creating the chance for us to meet up over delicious food and amazing service that we’ll never forget.”
With the evening and the concept a raging success, Thompson is already planning to hold a second season when the time is right and once much-needed sponsors are secured to help with the expenses of continuing the momentum he’s already created.
“I feel the essence of hospitality is making memories and this impulse is driving me to explore this topic further and at the same time give thanks back to our local heroes for the hospitality they’ve shown me and many others over the years,” he says.
For more about Heroes of Hospitality, visit https://thebureauasia.com/about-heroes-of-hospitality/
For sponsorship enquiries, visit https://thebureauasia.com/hero-contact/