Ski resort’s first Asian food court
GENERAL manager of Buller Ski Lifts (BSL) Laurie Blampied quoted a Chinese proverb when congratulating Rose Yong on opening the Asian Food Court at The chalet - the first in any Australian ski resort on opening weekend.
“Make happy those that are near and those that are not will follow,” he said.
Laurie introduced Rose Yong – although he said she needed very little introduction as she has had an association with Mt Buller for the past 21 years.
Rose is also the owner and operator of Extra Green Travel and has been bringing visitors to the mountain since 1988 after founding her Extra Green Travel company.
Originally from Malaysia, Rose has been adventurous over the years in travel and hospitality.
PoPo’s is not Rose’s first venture into this field as in 1998 she started summer tours to the high country and bringing guests to Almrausch – now Koala Lodge – she would cook for all of her guests.
Extra Green became BSL’s largest trade partner in 2012 and last year brought more than 14,500 guests to Buller.
“She is a trail blazer in many ways in this industry and a highly successful business woman who brings intellect and a determination to deliver the best possible experiences for her guests,” Mr Blampied said.
In recognition of her out- standing and long service to the mountain Laurie presented Rose with a ‘Spirit of the Skier’ statue – symbolising the bond between people from all walks of life and from all around the world and their shared passion for the snow.
“The Spirit is a piece of art that was commissioned by Rino and Diana Grollo many years ago,” Laurie told the crowd of around 300 people gathered for the official opening.
“On behalf of the Grollo family and BSL I would like to give this statue to Rose in recognition of her past and future achievements.”
Following the official opening Chinese ceremonies then commenced including dancing dragons, fireworks and music as well as food and drinks for all who attended.
PoPo’s Kitchen can be found in the basement level of The Chalet Hotel.
GREAT PARTNERS: Recognising the partnership between Buller Ski Lifts, the Grollo family and Rose Yong, Daniel, Diana and Rino Grollo attended the official opening of PoPo’s Kitchen with Rose Yong and Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management chief executive John Huber.