Letter: Thanks To All For Flavors Success

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce 10th anniversary Flavors 2013 was once again a smashing success. Our event attracted over 1,000-plus attendees. We wish to thank our host venue, our chairmen and host committee, our vendors, our sponsors, our members, our volunteers and our residents for this success!

Flavors of Wellington brings together the best of the best Wellington Chamber member restaurants, catering venues, wholesale and gourmet markets, as well as country clubs, who showcase their businesses, products, menus and exceptional service staff. This event could hot happen without their participation, and we are so grateful to each of them for joining us for this event.

Each year our attendees enjoy an evening of dining and dancing to the Music Masters International 20-piece stage band. We receive calls five months in advance each year from people hoping to see the Music Masters. Their unique music makes this event unlike any other. Thank you to Roxanne Stein and WPTV NewsChannel 5 for live pre-event broadcasts as well as the Intertainment Network and Dean Piper for live coverage of this event!

Congratulations to our “winners” of the evening: Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Best Taste; the Cookin’ Yogi – Best Plate Presentation; Breakers West Country Club – Best Display; and Johnson’s Custom Cakes – Best Dessert. Thanks as well to all our fantastic showcase vendors: Anthony Paul, BIBA NY, Breakers West Country Club, Buca Di Beppo, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chick-Fil-A, Dunkin Donuts, Field of Greens, Fresh Wear, the Fresh Market, Hurricane Grill & Wings, India Grill & Bar, Johnson’s Custom Cakes, Joseph’s Classic Market, McDonald’s, Napolitano Cucina, PRP Wine International, Short Stacks, Starbucks, TCBY, the Cookin Yogi, the Diner of Palm Beach, Universal Living Sprouts, WelliDeli, White Horse Catering, Whole Foods Market, and WineHooch and all of her delicious winery partners!

If you have not visited any of these establishments in the past, please make it a point to stop in and try them out. Each can be found in our new dining guide at www.flavorswellington.com. Each one offers a unique flair. Why go anywhere else when we have so many exceptional choices right here? Plus, you will be supporting our local economy!

The event staff at Equestrian Sport Productions are nothing less than superb. Without the exceptional generosity of the Bellissimos, the logistical expertise of Vaneli Bojkova and the exemplary event staff at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, this event could not be possible. This group of consummate professionals allowed this evening to happen without fail, and our gratitude to them is beyond measure.

We could not be a success without our sponsors and host committee. Our deepest gratitude goes out to Mark and Katherine Bellissimo and Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Productions, Max Macon of FPL, Dr. Randy Laurich and the Wellness Experience, and Des Romm of IberiaBank, and our valet sponsors Joanne Dee, Floridian Community Bank and Bob Salerno of Ultra Cleaners.

Our host committee and volunteer team included chamber ambassadors Bob Salerno, Mark and Joy Bozicevic, Denise Carpenter, Joanne Dee, Carmine Marino, Kathleen Birmingham and Rosie Gekas. Special thanks to our incredible board of directors who supported the outstanding sales for this event: Victor Connor, Alec Domb Esq., Michael Stone, Dr. Randy Laurich, Bill Tavernise, Mike Nelson, Dale Grimm, Cheri Pavlik, Laura Hanson and Darell Bowen.

Thank you to our VIP table sponsors: Frank Suess and Prescriptions Plus and Diabetic Support, Erin Downey and Amore/Peace, Connor Financial, Dignity Home Health Care, Laura Jaffe and dinner group Friends of Flavors, Distinctive Title, Equestrian Sport Productions, Estate Properties of Palm Beach, Experimar, Floridian Community Bank, Footway, Florida Power & Light, the Herman Law Firm, IberiaBank, the Intertainment Network, the Law Offices of Alec Domb Esq., Lake Wellington Professional Center, Marilyn Smith, Mike Nelson, the Nieves family, Palm Coast Pest Control, Roofing Systems of Florida, South Florida Dines, Spectrum Speech, the Wellness Experience, Ultra Cleaners and WineHooch.

Celebrating his 10 years as founder of Flavors was John Mercer. He and his wife Saundra chaired the judging portion boasting our fantastic celebrity judges Victor Connor, Alec Domb Esq., Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig and former Councilman Dr. Carmine Priore, Roxanne Stein, Kris Kampsen, Max Macon, Michael Stone, Peter Robinson, Jan Norris and Leslie Gray Streeter. VIP guest Wellington Vice Mayor Howard Coates was also in attendance.

The Wellington Chamber also wishes to thank WPTV NewsChannel 5, Experimar, The Palm Beach Post, the Intertainment Network, Around Wellington, Scott Shulman, South Florida Dines, the Town-Crier newspaper, Wellington The Magazine, WineHooch and South Florida Savings Guy LLC for their support in the promotion of Flavors. With their consideration, many, many residents learned of our event and attended as a result of their efforts.

A very special thank-you to Kim Henghold from the Village of Wellington and her phenomenal volunteers, my fantastic Membership Director Rona Klein and all the fantastic young ladies and gentlemen from Wellington High School, Palm Beach Central High School, Wellington Christian School, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts and the King’s Academy for all their hard work.

Last but not least, we want to thank the Wellington residents and Wellington Chamber of Commerce members who support this event each year. You make it a pleasure hosting Flavors, and with your participation, we can only grow this event each year and make it the “signature tasting event” in Wellington!

For more information on the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and upcoming chamber events, please call us at (561) 792-6525.

Michela Perillo-Green, Executive Director, Wellington Chamber of Commerce