Ski re­sort’s first Asian food court

Mt Buller News - - MT BULLERS CIALSCENE - By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY

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.

PHOTO: An­drew Rail­ton - Mt Buller

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.

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