This year, she also gave special loyalty awards to employees who were part of her five-year journey to celebrate her success.
For the fifth year in a row, the owner of a Vietnamese restaurant chain donated the entire profit from all five branches on Saturday (January 21st) to its employees to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Lily Hoa Nguyen, owner and executive chef of Vietnam Foodies, honored Vietnam’s “red envelope” tradition and shared a festive celebration with her team. “This year is the biggest employee day for a Vietnamese foodie, and Lunar New Year earnings will be shared with her 120 employees,” a five-year journey to celebrate her success with them.
“It’s really nice to see the team grow and get stronger every day. They are our motivation and our strength in our success,” she said.
A Vietnamese foodie’s journey began as a culinary Facebook page when Lily lived in Turkey and then Dubai. Intrigued by her content, she came up with the idea of opening a restaurant in 2018, but without her professional experience of F&B.
She was one of the first Vietnamese restaurants in the city back then, and today she has five locations open, many awards, and not to mention the hearts of her employees.
“As a foodie employee in Vietnam, I am honored to be part of an amazing and fast-growing company to take care of my staff. It’s not just a part of the family, but a part of the family,” said Operations Manager Remon Botros.
Lily sets a good example of taking care of her staff. During her pandemic, she made sure that no one on staff was laid off, and she was supported by her husband, who delivered food from time to time at the time.
Lilly told Caterer Middle East magazine last year: For example, during the pandemic, we had a very difficult year, but we didn’t lay anyone off or cut anyone’s salary because of the pandemic. We made sure they were cared for and in safe accommodation,” she said.
Lunar New Year, or Tet as it is known in Vietnam, is a time for family and friends to gather, as well as a time to invite good luck and good fortune for the coming year. A distinctive feature of Tết is the Hong Pao (red envelope). This includes a symbolic amount of money that the elder usually gives to the younger family members.