Letter: Thanks For Making Flavors 2014 A Success

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Flavors 2014 was once again a smashing success. Our event attracted more than 1,200 attendees! We wish to thank our host venue, host committee, our vendors, our sponsors, our members, our volunteers and our residents for this success.

Flavors of Wellington brings together the best Wellington Chamber members’ restaurants, catering venues, wholesale and gourmet markets, as well as country clubs, which showcase their businesses, products, menus and exceptional service staff. This event could not happen without their participation, and we are so grateful to each of them for joining us last Friday evening.

Thank you to Roxanne Stein and WPTV News Channel 5 for live pre-event broadcasts, as well as the live coverage of the event.

Congratulations to our winners of the evening: the Wanderers Club for “Best Taste,” Universal Living Sprouts for “Best Plate Presentation,” Oh La La Catering for “Best Display” and Oh La La Catering’s Chef Eli Walter for “Best Dessert.”

Our fantastic showcase vendors were: Buca Di Beppo, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chef Trevor Smith and Season’s Cuisine, Chick-Fil-A, Christy’s Bakery, the Fresh Market, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Jordan’s Steak Bistro, PDQ Wellington, PRP Wine International, Starbucks, Stonewood Grill & Tavern, Universal Living Sprouts, the Wanderers Club and Whole Foods Market Wellington. If you have not visited these establishments in the past, please make it a point to stop in and try them out. 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 is nothing less than superb. Without the exceptional generosity of the Bellissimos, the logistical expertise of Patti Meile and the exemplary event staff at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the event would not be possible. This group of consummate professionals allowed the 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 Florida Power & Light, Dr. Randy Laurich and the Wellness Experience, Johnny Meier from My Community Pharmacy, Frank Suess and Prescriptions Plus Inc. and the Kathy Foster for County Commission District 6 Campaign.

Thank you to our VIP table sponsors: Carmen Cabral, the Connor Financial Group, Distinctive Title, Effective Solutions Inc., Elite Networking Pros, Equestrian Sport Productions, FPL, the Fred Fishback party, Greenstein & Associates, the Law Offices of Alexander L. Domb, My Community Pharmacy, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Prescriptions Plus Inc., Spectrum Speech & Language Services, the Wellness Experience, Wellington The Magazine, the Town-Crier newspaper and Winfield Dressage.

Celebrating 11 years as founder of Flavors was John Mercer. He and his wife Saundra chaired the judging portion, boasting our fantastic celebrity judges — Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, Roxanne Stein, Peter Robinson, Thomas Bean, Dr. Randy Laurich, former Mayor Dr. Carmine Priore and Jose Lambiet.

The Wellington Chamber also wishes to thank WPTV News Channel 5, the Town-Crier newspaper, Wellington The Magazine, the Palm Beach Post, Around Wellington and South Florida Dines for their support in the promotion of Flavors. With their consideration, many residents learned of our event and attended as a result of their efforts.

A very special thank you to our ambassadors and volunteers for all their hard work on the event. 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!

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


  1. I also did not like Flavors being used to support Foster. Glenn Straub who is bankrolling her campaign and husband Mike Nelson have cost me much grief and legal fees over the years.

  2. Yes Flavors was very good this year but I was annoyed with all the Kathy Foster campaign items at the event. This should be an event free of politics and it made me feel that by attending I was supporting her.

    So c’mon Chamber, we appreciate what you are doing in fighting the corrupt village government but give us a break from politics at social and networking events.


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