Letter: Thanks For Making Flavors A Success

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce 12th annual Flavors of Wellington was once again a smashing success. Our event attracted 1,000+ attendees! We wish to thank our Chairman Michael Ferreira, 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 of the best Wellington Chamber member restaurants, catering venues and wholesale/gourmet markets, as well as country clubs, who 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.

Thank you to Roxanne Stein and WPTV News Channel 5 for live pre-event broadcasts, as well as Dean Piper of Talk4Media, Mike Ferreira of Chukker.TV and Dawn Rivera of Wellington The Magazine and the Town-Crier for their exceptional pre-event media coverage, as well as The Palm Beach Post, Around Wellington and South Florida Dines in their support in the promotion of Flavors. With their consideration, many residents learned of our event and attended as a result of their efforts.

Congratulations to our winners of the evening: Stonewood Grill & Tavern for Best Taste, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza of Wellington for Best Plate Presentation, Trader Joe’s for Best Display and Chef Shannon Atkins for Best Dessert, as well as all our fantastic showcase vendors: Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Costco Wholesale, Greenacres Bowl, Herdade Do Esporao, Hurricane Grill & Wings Wellington, Jimmy Brooklyn’s Pizza Parlor, Jordan’s Steak Bistro, Jos A. Bank, Kona Ice, New World Wines & Spirits, Posch Boutique Palm Beach, Rudino’s Pizza & Grinders, Smoke Inn Wellington Cigar Lounge, Starbucks, Stonewood Grill & Tavern, the Winey Wench, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market Wellington and the Wild West Diner. If you have not visited any of these establishments, please make it a point to stop in and try them out! Each one offers a unique flair, and 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 Patti Meile 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, Melissa Ganzi of the Grand Champions Polo Club, Stephanie Mitrione of FPL, Dr. Randy Laurich of the Wellness Experience, Johnny Meier of My Community Pharmacy, Carlos Andara and Leo Romero-Divo from Maaco Wellington, Leslie Olbrys of Associated Estates/Waterstone at Wellington and Alec Domb of the Law Offices of Alexander L. Domb PA.

Thank you to our VIP table sponsors: 5 Star Builders, Distinctive Title, Effective Solutions, Equestrian Footings & Services, Equestrian Sport Productions, FPL, the Grand Champions Polo Club, Harrington Law Associates, Kearney Reo, Keyes Real Estate Mortgage & Title, the Law Offices of Alexander L. Domb, Maaco, My Community Pharmacy, Prescriptions Plus, TD Bank, the Kroupa Team LLC, the Wellness Experience, Waterstone at Wellington and Wellington The Magazine/Town-Crier.

Celebrating his 12 years as founder of Flavors was John Mercer. He and his wife Saundra chaired the judging portion with our fantastic celebrity judges: Michael Stone, Roxanne Stein, Mike Ferreira, Stephanie Mitrione, Johnny Meier, Councilwoman Anne Gerwig and Jose Costa. Michaela Paige as always is the most exceptional celebrity emcee and brings a smile to everyone she meets. We are thrilled to have the honor of working with such professionals.

Thank you Sal Lucca and the Music Masters International Stage Band, as well as our mentalist/magician Gary Goodman for providing exceptional entertainment all evening.

A very special thank you to Flavors Event Specialist Nina Anschuetz, as well as Board Member Debbie Crompton and ambassadors and volunteers for all their hard work on the event. Thank you to Judith Lauro, Kathleen Williams, Denise Carpenter, Sheldon and Mrs. Laskin, Sharon Lasko, Karen Gorham, Jen Hernandez, Kim Hernandez and Tracy Thomas, as well as students from our exceptional Wellington schools.

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.

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

Michela Green, Executive Director, Wellington Chamber of Commerce