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4 bedroom/2 bath lakefront home. Many upgrades and extras, including 66 gallon H2O heater, whole house gutters and accordion shutters. Screened patio with fullyfenced backyard. Gated community with easy access to the turnpike and I-95. 2-car garage.$310,000.


Palm Beach Polo and CC - 3 bedroom/4.5 bath/2-car garage. Superior built, 1-story Eccelstone estate home. Featuring high end finishes including Impact windows and whole house generator. Water and golf course views. Fully-fenced yard with pool and spa. $1,395,000.



Palm Beach Polo and CC - major renovations including roof/gutters, impact windows, a/c to this 4 bed (plus den)/5 bath, 2-story home with golf views, private pool, on quiet culde-sac. Master suite on the ground floor, guest room and loft on upper floor. $1,595,000.


Palm Beach Polo and CC - 3 bedroom/3 bath pool home. Marble floors, all redone. Large master bedroom suite that cabanas to over-sized private pool area. Screened and open patios, fully-fenced yard. 2-car garage. $799,000.



Palm Beach Polo and CC - 2 bedroom/2 bath second floor unit. Totally remodeled. Granite counters, Stainless appliances, marble flooring. Newer A/C and water heater. Offered Turn-key furnished. Centrally located to all club amenities. $269,500.

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Working horse farm on 2.78 acres, with 12-stall center aisle barn plus feed and tack rooms, wash stalls, ring, fenced paddocks and ample trailer parking. 3 bedroom/2.5 bath house with 2-car garage, and private, tropically landscaped pool. $595,000.

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11381 Long Meadow Drive


This one of a kind custom estate home is located on an oversized private cul-de-sac. The sprawling floor plan showcases a gourmet kitchen and bar area perfect for entertaining. All living areas open into a tranquil resort style backyard paradise complete with a summer kitchen, heated pool and spa, cabana bath and fenced in yard. Just minutes away from all equestrian venues and some of the most spectacular golf courses, dining and beaches in South Florida. $2,500,000 | 5BR | 5.5BA | 6,870 SF

2345 Golf Brook Drive


This custom built home is possibly the most appointed and immaculate home located in Golf Brook at Palm Beach Polo. Features include refinished stone floors throughout downstairs, solid wide plank wood floors upstairs, gourmet kitchen with Wolf Stainless Steel appliances and solid wood cabinets, Pecky Cypress ceilings, and remodled bathrooms. Being sold fully furnished. $2,425,000 | 5BR | 6.5BA | 5,907 SF



This beautifully upgraded turnkey Stockton Model includes gourmet kitchen, large fenced in yard and heated Freeform pool. Being sold fully furnished.



This spacious home features a stunning backyard complete with an outdoor kitchen, and a saltwater pool with a Grotto design waterslide and waterfall.



5BR | 4.1BA | 4,833 SF

4BR | 3BA | 3,550 SF

14927 Wellington Trace SOLD

11115 Silver Ridge Street


A short hack to the showgrounds, this property provides the opportunity to build your dream home or equestrian facility.

14860 Rolling Rock SOLD


SADDLE TRAIL Situated on 4.74 acres the charming and private equestrian hideaway features a 4 stall barn, a grass riding field, a sand ring and an ample turn out. $1,850,000

2.05 ACRES | 89,298 LOT SF

4BR | 3BA | 5,218 SF

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Stunning Wellington Penthouse Stunning 3/4 Penthouse, always bright and sunny, open layout, glamorous modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances, modern fixtures, quartz countertops and new floors. Balcony in every room and screened terrace where you can enjoy sunsets with fresh breeze from the lake. Includes 2 storage rooms and 3 parking spaces. $650,000

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577 Peppergrass Run, Royal Palm Beach 5/3 home, vaulted ceilings and a balcony where you can enjoy the beautiful lake view. Stainless Steel appliances and granite counter top in the kitchen. New front load washer and dryer and spacious laundry room. The A/C unit is only 1 year old. Enjoy the quiet afternoons at this amazing property! $369,000

1st Floor Condo in Wellington

11397 Pond View Drive E103, Wellington Beautiful 1st floor condo completely remodeled with porcelain floors, quartz counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms. It also features frameless shower doors, new kitchen and stainless steel appliances. Do not miss the opportunity to invest in one of the most prestigious communities in Wellington. $320,000


PALM BEACH POLO & CC TOWNHOME | $585,000 | RENT AT $8,500/ MONTH FOR SEASON | Spacious and private, this well-appointed townhome overlooks the golf course in Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club. The professionally decorated space includes 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, boasting two lush master suites. Modern convenience is embraced in a fullyupgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Step outside through a two-car garage to enjoy a secluded courtyard, or visit the beautiful and private community pool.

PALM BEACH POLO & CC | EAST LAKE BUNGALOW | $749,000 | With both IPC and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center close by, this newly-renovated home falls nothing short of phenomenal. The property is complete with a 1 bedroom/1 bath guest cottage and a 3 bedroom/2.5 bath main home, in which everything is new, including impact windows and doors, custom-built kitchen and cathedral wood ceilings.

PALM BEACH POLO & CC | OAK TREE VILLAS | $419,000 | Incredible spacious, this 3 bedroom, 3 bath villa is ready to be enjoyed. Relax with fantastic views of the water and the 14th hole of the Dunes golf course, all from the comfort of your oversized screened-in patio or the adjacent living room. Easy access to WEF and all equestrian events. Ready for Season!

EQUESTRIAN CLUB ESTATE | $819,000 | Classic and comfortable, this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath estate sits on a spacious lot with expansive polo field views. Embracing the best of Florida style and design, this home features high ceilings, a formal living room, stunning bay windows, granite countertops, and a master suite and bath complete with a tranquil whirlpool spa. A second-floor loft serves is a perfect bonus room while the private, idyllic pool and backyard creates the ultimate outdoor retreat.


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BOYS & GIRLS CLUB DINNER DANCE MARKS MILESTONE The Boys & Girls Club Dinner Dance will celebrate 30 years helping kids next month when the much-anticipated event returns to the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Jan. 5. A committee of dedicated volunteers has come together to plan the milestone gala.












A curiosity about winemaking has grown into a local start-up company for Brandon West, CEO of Rich Oak Vineyards, Wines of Wellington. The small-business owner and longtime Wellington resident started like many others with a curiosity that has grown into a passion. By Jack Lowenstein ’Tis the season for holiday parties, and holiday signature drinks are a central theme. Looking to spruce up the libations menu at your holiday party? Check out our list of traditional signature drinks popular this holiday season. By Ray Burow Although our focus usually turns to women’s fashion for the holidays, this year Wellington The Magazine checks in with Henry Mosley of HNM Menswear to get advice on what is stylish for the men in our lives this holiday season. By Abner Pedraza


Everything diners want is right here in Wellington, including trendy nightlife settings, hidden foodie havens and comfortable spots for a more casual night out. The next time you’re out on the town, check out a few of our trendy Wellington hotspots. By Ray Burow The Young Professionals of Wellington recently honored Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Robbin Lee with its annual Community Impact Leader Award, thanking her for her service to the community. By Deborah Welky

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Annexo Coffee & Bites Hosts Grand Opening Party In Wellington Red, White & Blue Jeans Salute To Heroes Raises More Than $55,000 Wellington Seniors Dance The Night Away At Anniversary Gala Popular Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Returns To Wellington Village Of Wellington Holds Veterans Day Ceremony And Parade Medical Specialists Open House & Health Fair On WRMC Campus





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We conclude our Wellington Designer series with a profile of Nina Williams of Nina Williams Interiors, who brings a unique international view to her work as an interior decorator. Part of it comes from a youth spent on the move. By Deborah Welky ‘Centanni’ means 100 years in Italian, and Centanni Café owner Fidel Alvarez hopes to reach that many years at his new location in Wellington’s Village Walk community. Centanni offers classic Italian cuisine. For a restaurant that calls itself a café, it boasts a sizable menu with many options to choose from. By Jack Lowenstein


ON THE COVER Wines of Wellington owner Brandon West, profiled in this issue, photographed on location at Suri West, styled by Henry Mosley of HNM Menswear. Never forget the traditional attire for any event. West is wearing a three-piece black Statement suit, and the name says it all. With a light gray shirt that has white collars and white French cuffs, the red paisley tie adds to the holiday spirit. It is finished with a solid, bold red pocket square, keeping the look traditional and elegant. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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WELLINGTON Bringing You The Best Of Wellington Since 2004


volume 15, number 12 december 2017

executive editor

Joshua I. Manning


Dawn Rivera

senior graphic designer Stephanie Rodriguez

graphic designers

Nancy Pobiak Yolanda Cernicky

account managers

Betty Buglio Evie Edwards Wanda Glockson Joetta Palumbo


Jill Kaskel Carol Lieberman

photography Abner Pedraza


Matthew Auerbach Lindsay Brock Ray Burow Craig Campbell Chris Felker Denise Fleischman Jack Lowenstein Y.A. Teitelbaum Deborah Welky Elaine Wessel

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The Holiday Season Is Here, And It’s Time To Celebrate! The scents and sounds of the holiday season have arrived! Twinkling lights beckon us into nearby stores, where customers are shopping for gifts and ornaments that make the season a more celebratory event. ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and holiday signature drinks are a central theme. Looking to spruce up the libations menu at your holiday party? Check out our list of traditional signature drinks popular this holiday season. Then, when you’re ready for a night on the town, we’ve put together a list of some of the many trendy places to eat in Wellington. Everything patrons want is right here in Wellington, including trendy nightlife settings for a crowd that enjoys live entertainment, hidden foodie havens and comfortable settings for a more casual night out. From work-related parties to traditional get-togethers with family and friends, you’ll have to decide what look is best. Although our focus often turns to women’s fashion for the holidays, this year we check in with Henry Mosley of HNM Menswear to get advice on what is stylish for the men in our lives this holiday season. Once you are ready to party, we also preview some of the Wellington community’s popular upcoming events, such as Winterfest, the Wellington Holiday Parade and the annual Boys & Girls Club Wellington Dinner Dance. On our cover this month is Wellington entrepreneur Brandon West, CEO of Rich Oak Vineyards, Wines of Wellington. West, profiled in this issue, has taken his passion for winemaking and turned it into a growing business. We also profile the Young Professionals of Wellington group this issue, which recently honored Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Robbin Lee with its annual Community Impact Leader Award. Also featured is rider Victoria Colvin. Following a highly successful junior career as one of the winningest young riders in history, Colvin is launching her own enterprise, Victoria Colvin LLC. Wellington Real Estate this month tours the community with Martha Jolicoeur of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, viewing some amazing equestrian properties in the Paddock Park 2 and Palm Beach Point neighborhoods. Wellington Designer visits with Nina Williams of Nina Williams Interiors, who brings a unique international view to her work as an interior decorator. We close out our Wellington Sports series with a profile of 14-year-old Chris Duprey, who has his focus set on a professional baseball career. Wellington Health checks in with Richard Cosola of Yogachi USA, who offers clients a holistic path to better health through yoga and nutrition. Finally, Wellington Table stops by the new location of Centanni Café, where owner Fidel Alvarez serves up classic Italian cuisine in Wellington’s Village Walk community. From our family to your family, everyone here at Wellington The Magazine wishes you a merry Christmas, a happy New Year and a wonderful holiday season. Coming in January, we will be featuring our annual look at Wellington’s high-goal polo season.

Dawn Rivera Dawn Rivera, Publisher



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LEGACY’S COSMICO Ridden by Paula Matute Bred by Juan Matute Photo by Joanna Jodko

LEGACY’S AMBICIOSO Ridden by Paula Matute Photo by Joanna Jodko

LEGACY’S ALMINAR Ridden by Paula Matute Photo by Joanna Jodko

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Annexo Coffee & Bites Hosts Grand Opening Party In Wellington

(Left to right) Annexo co-owner Andres Zambrano, with Gonzalo Garcia and Iagor Garvicu in the kitchen; Tara Perdomo with Annexo co-owner Erika Salleres; and Ken Moskowitz takes a bite of a short-rib tostada served by K’Quan McNease.

Annexo Coffee & Bites held its grand opening celebration on Friday, Nov. 18. The bites were coming out of the kitchen fast, as guests arrived at the new restaurant. Annexo is located at 10120 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Pointe at Wellington Green. The event included a tap takeover by Lexington Brewing, along with other beer and wine selections. For more info., call (561) 333-0287 or visit

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(Left to right) Flowetic performs at the grand opening; Carlos Perez served beer on tap from Lexington Brewing; Miguel and Rosemary Matos, Sarita Henao, and Isabel and Marco Micocci; Joe and Fiamma Stein with Sara, Barbara and Dale Williamson; and Colleen Fitzgibbons serves up wine.

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Foundation’s Red, White & Blue Jeans Salute To Heroes Raises More Than $55,000

(Above) Dr. Gordon Johnson, John McGovern, Robbin Lee, Tanya Siskind, Anne Gerwig, Michael Drahos, Tom Wenham, Maria Becker and Mickey Smith.

(Above) There were many there from Wellington Regional Medical Center. (Below) Many veterans were in attendance.

The Wellington Community Foundation held its second annual Red White & Blue Jeans: Celebrating Our Wellington Heroes patriotic event Friday, Nov. 10 at the Wellington National Golf Club. Veterans and local heroes, their families and members of the Wellington community came together for dinner, dancing and fundraising. All money raised — more than $55,000 — will be used to benefit residents of Wellington.

(Above left) Stan Kilbas, Rachel Bridge, and Dr. Edward and Maria Becker. (Above right) Donors of the “Virtual Wish List Table.” (Below, left to right) Steve and Allyson Samiljan, Maggie Zeller, and Don and Maureen Gross; WCF Chair Tom and Regis Wenham; and Barry Manning, Mike Sonsini and Mickey Smith.

Bring your horses to high, dry, cool land! Get out of the heat and up to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina! These magnificent equestrian estates are waiting for you! Luxury living with panoramic mountain views, open floor plans, beautiful pastures, and cool evening breezes.

Modern Mountain Home 4036 SF 3 bed/3.5 bath home with stunning mountain views, 4000 SF fully equipped 8-stall barn with 2 heated birthing stalls on 20.61 acres, 4 fenced pastures + 1 bedroom apt. Offered at $1,395,000 Custom-built state-of-the-art home on 13.5 acres with 270-degree 80-mile views, 3 fireplaces, 4854 SF, 3 bed/2.5baths, 2-stall barn, 2 run-in shelters, + workshop and fruit orchards. Offered at $1,390,000 Leatherwood Equestrian Center is a gated community which offers 80 miles of horseback riding trails, multiple barns and training pens, riding ring, walking trails, bike trails, community pool, tennis courts, stocked fish ponds, campground and restaurant. Airports in Boone and Wilkesboro NC.

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Wellington Seniors Dance The Night Away At Anniversary Gala

(Left to right) Nathalie and Councilman Mike Drahos, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind, Jerry Springer, Peg Caliendo, Vice Mayor John McGovern and Councilman Mike Napoleone; current club president Tony Alfalla with former club presidents Howard Trager and Jerry Springer; and Eda LoVerso, Eileen Dix, Rose Marie Goldson, Mary Alfalla and Jackie Anderson.

The Wellington Seniors Club held its 25th Anniversary Gala on Friday, Oct. 20 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington. Wellington Village Council members were on hand to read a proclamation, and Michelle McGovern read greetings from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. The Whitestone Band played oldies perfect for dancing the night away.

(Left to right) Sheron and Bob Flaster on the dance floor; Lee and Bob Greene with Leanor Appleton; Kelvin and Pamela Lopez; Lorraine Gray and Gi Gi Mathews; and Wellington Seniors Club board members Howard Trager, Cecilia Torrisi, Peg Caliendo, Karen Gabriel, Mae Loglisci, Tony Alfalla, Mary Alfalla and Bruce Howlett.


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Popular Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Returns To Wellington

(Left to right) Cast members Dr. Herb Nerdster (Andrew Brown), Patty “The Mouse” Melt (Patricia Stansel), Pete “The Geek” Gross (Robert Kan), Tina Flatotopolos (Megan Basile), the Detective (Joey Scot) and Rick O’Shea (Ron Parker); Heather, Christian and Kathy Rollins with Mayor Anne Gerwig; and Bob and Candy Coppoletta with Joe and Susan Rodgers.

Standing Room Only Productions presented its popular Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Wellington Community Center. The theme for the event was “1987 High School Reunion,” and featured actors portraying characters at their 1987 class reunion. When a mysterious murder occurred, it was up to each guest to piece together the clues and identify the suspect.

(Left to right) Costume contest winners Stephanie and Mauricio Perilla, Larry Mayer and Roberta Holbrook; Wellington Mayor Anne and Alan Gerwig; Maxwell Nelson, who solved the murder, is shown with Pete “The Geek” Gross (Robert Kan) and the Detective (Joey Scot); and Wellington staffers Michelle Garvey, Bruce DeLaney, Eric Juckett and Christine Jarriel.

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Village Of Wellington Holds Veterans Day Ceremony And Parade

(Left to right) All veterans who attended the ceremony gather together at the Wellington Veterans Memorial; Post 390 Commander Jim Napuli and Mayor Anne Gerwig place a wreath in honor of the U.S. Army; and Vice Mayor John McGovern, Tom and Regis Wenham, and Al Ziker place the wreath for the U.S. Air Force.

The Village of Wellington held its annual Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11. The parade began at the Wellington Municipal Complex and headed down Forest Hill Blvd. to the Wellington Veterans Memorial, where the ceremony was held. Veterans and members of the community attended to observe the special occasion.

(Left to right) Guest of honor Loren Heistand and Mike Pancia of Post 390 place the U.S. Navy wreath; Councilwoman Tanya Siskind and Henry Tocci of Post 390 place the wreath for the U.S. Marine Corps; Councilman Michael and Julia Drahos, Ernie Zimmerman and Jerry Klein place the wreath for POWs and those who are missing in action; Linda Hunt of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Bill Martels of Post 390 place the Coast Guard wreath; and Robert Napi and Dale Holland place the wreath for U.S. Merchant Marines.


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Medical Specialists Open House & Health Fair On WRMC Campus

(Left) MSPB CEO Elizabeth Strombom, Central Palm Beach County Chamber CEO Mary Lou Bedford and Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Robbin Lee. (Right) Doctors James Heron, Adam Wellikoff, Seth Steinberg, Teresita Casanova, Andrew Krasner, Robert Levin, Frederick Sherman, Peter Schwartz, Lyle Hurwitz, MSPB CEO Elizabeth Strombom, Todd Simon, Joshua Simon and Michael Shiman.

Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches held an Open House Health Fair, hosted by Wellington Regional Medical Center, at its Wellington location (10115 W. Forest Hill Blvd. on the WRMC campus) on Thursday, Nov. 2. The event offered free health screenings and office tours to guests, who met with MSPB’s doctors, administration and staff members. For more information, visit

(Left to right) Maria Darrisaw, Karina Mejia, Kelly Heerbrandt, Tonya Davis, Glynis Coy, Minerva Picarro, Dianis Ruiz and Karla Rogers; Cristy Mckillop, Michelle Weise, Penny Rybocki, Debra Miller, Suzan Haymond, Elizabeth Strombom and Jeff Phillips; Elizabeth Strombom, Dr. Adam Wellikoff and Robbin Lee; Dr. Michelle Weise and Glynis Coy; and Mary Lou Bedford, Jim Mourelatos, Veronica May and Elizabeth Paine.

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Annual Wellington Holiday Parade Set To Amaze Spectators Sunday, Dec. 10 By Craig Campbell

The 33rd annual Wellington Holiday Parade, produced by the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, is set for Sunday, Dec. 10. The theme for this year’s event is,

“ A World of Make Believe.”

The parade route will run along its traditional Forest Hill Blvd. route, starting at the intersection with Wellington Trace. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m., but roads along the parade route will be closing at 1 p.m. to ensure safety for everyone. Holiday Park, a special location with crafts, arts, food, music and fun events for children, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater. Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office representatives will serve as the parade grand marshals for 2017, as a way to thank them for their service — not only during natural disasters such as Hurricane Irma, but throughout the year. The Schumacher Family of Dealerships — a longtime supporter of the

event — will return as the automotive presenting sponsor. “Schumacher Automotive Group is proud to once again support the Wellington Holiday Parade,” Schumacher Executive Manager Sal DelGreco said. “We are grateful to the community for supporting our many brands over the years and consider it an honor to give back.” DelGreco added that the parade is a great opportunity for the dealership to showcase its vehicles. “Sponsoring the Wellington Holiday Parade is something we have done for so long that it is a part of us,” DelGreco said. “We are truly thankful for the relationships that we have made and look forward to making many more. We wish you and your loved ones warmest wishes this holiday season and a prosperous new year.”

Joining Schumacher as presenting sponsor is Wellington Regional Medical Center. “This is an exciting time of year,” WRMC CEO Robbin Lee said. “This is an opportunity for us to connect with the community, businesses, residents and visitors. We especially look forward to interacting with previous patients in a setting outside of the medical facility.” The parade is the largest event produced annually by the chamber. “The parade attracts approximately 20,000 spectators, with more than 3,000 people marching in the parade,” said Dennis Witkowski, longtime chair of the Wellington Holiday Parade Committee. Witkowski looks forward to another great parade year. “The Wellington Holiday Parade means the world to me, because of the

Many Wellington Holiday Parade Committee volunteers make the big event happen.

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Sponsors (Right) Tonja Mosley, Sam Cassel, Robbin Lee, Pam Tahan, Elizabeth Paine and Rick Hayes of presenting sponsor Wellington Regional Medical Center. (Far right) The Schumacher Family of Dealerships is the automotive presenting sponsor.

“We could not do this without the support of the Village of Wellington and our sponsors.” Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce CEO Mary Lou Bedford

joy it brings to the community,” he said. “I have been blessed to be chairman for the past 30 years, and the parade is no longer a tradition, but rather it is a ritual. This event is the soul of Wellington and brings everyone — of all ages — in the western communities together.” Mary Lou Bedford, the chamber’s chief executive officer, invites the entire community to come out and enjoy the parade. “The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors support this wonderful event,

as it brings together businesses from throughout our chamber’s geographic footprint,” she said. “We could not do this without the support of the Village of Wellington and our sponsors.” Community sponsors include: the Center for Bone & Joint Surgery, the City of Greenacres, Minto Communities of South Florida, Republic Services of Palm Beach, the Mall at Wellington Green, TD Bank, J&J Produce, Wellington Golf Cars, the Boynton Financial Group, Whole Foods Market, Two Men and a Truck, Carrabba’s, Starbucks,

Hill Audio Visual, JJ Muggs Stadium Grill, Print-it Plus, PCI, Prime America, AGTS Insurance and Walgreens. Media partners include: The Palm Beach Post, the Town-Crier, the Sun-Sentinel, Wellington The Magazine, Around Wellington, ESPN West Palm Beach, WRMF and SCORE-ing Your Business/900 AM. Holiday Park is sponsored by Waste Management, Retreat Palm Beach and Equestrian Sport Productions. For more information about the Wellington Holiday Parade, call (561) 790-6200 or visit







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Dec. 8 Event At The Wellington Amphitheater Will Kick Off Holiday Fun In Wellington By Craig Campbell

One of the ways the community will be kicking off the holiday season is with Winterfest, being hosted by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Wellington on Friday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. As in previous years, the featured performer will be Vanilla Ice, who will bring his 1990s-style dance concert to the stage at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Robert Van Winkle, a.k.a. Vanilla Ice, is a Wellington resident and philanthropist who uses the event as a fundraiser. “We really love you people who have a really great heart,” Vanilla Ice said, inviting everyone in the community to the event, along with their toy donations. “Winterfest is all free, and keep in mind we’re raising money for the Children’s Hospital at Palms West and for Little Smiles.” Little Smiles ( is a nonprofit that helps children of all ages who are facing devastating circumstances, including terminal illness, abandonment and other trauma. The professionals working with them understand each child’s unique situation and how to help them heal, but they often lack the resources and financial support to make them smile. They turn to Little Smiles, which provides volunteers, supplies and funds to bring joy into the lives of these children, usually

through gifts and fun activities. Winterfest will also feature musical and dance performances by local talent, the Blizzard Beach live show, the Kids Winter Wonderland Village, exhibitors, shopping and food vendors, as well as a beer and margarita garden. Kevin, Virginia and Jason of the KVJ Show on 97.9 WRMF FM are teaming up on Winterfest this year and can’t wait until the big day. “Twelve years ago, the Vanilla Ice Holiday Block Party was a massive keg party, with live music, in a field in Lake Worth,” they explained. “Since then, it has evolved and moved from Clematis Street to Downtown at the Gardens and will finally land in a logical location this year, Wellington — Vanilla Ice’s hometown. In partnership with Wellington Winterfest, we plan on presenting the biggest family event of the entire year in Palm Beach County. We are hoping to smash previous year’s records for toy donations to our charity, Little Smiles.” This year’s presenting sponsor is ChukkerTV and its president and executive producer, Michael Ferreira.

Winterfest will feature special guest Vanilla Ice.

“This year, I have the pleasure to not only be the presenting sponsor of this event, but also serve as the president of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce,” Ferreira said. “This event brings to the residents of Wellington a one-of-a-kind holiday event like none other in Palm Beach County. We are so grateful to our headline performer Vanilla Ice for continuing to participate each year. ChukkerTV and the Grand Champions Polo Club are honored to participate each and every year, bringing this event to the residents of Wellington.” Vanilla Ice encouraged everyone to put the event on their calendar. “Get ready for a good time!” he said. “Get in where you fit in, because it’s going to be the best time ever! We’re going to have thousands of people, and we’re going to have everybody dancing and having a good time, but the main thing is it’s all for a good cause.” For more information about Winterfest, call the Wellington Chamber at (561) 7926525 or visit Get Facebook updates at winterfestwellington.

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Boys & Girls Club Dinner Dance Celebrates 30 Years Helping Kids The Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington will celebrate 30 years of impacting area youth in a safe environment during nonschool hours at the annual Wellington Dinner Dance next month. The International Polo Club Palm Beach will serve as the backdrop for the anniversary event on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. The much-anticipated affair is the club’s largest annual fundraiser and one of the highlights of Wellington’s social season, attracting high-profile equestrians and philanthropists each year for an evening of cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. A committee of dedicated men and women from the Wellington community has come together to plan the milestone gala to continue the club’s legacy for decades to come. Co-chairs include Georgina Bloomberg, Nicolette Goldfarb, Eric and Jennifer Goldman, and Marley GoodmanOverman. Honorary chairs are Dr.

Edward and Maria Becker, Dr. Colette Brown-Graham, Julie Kime and Dr. Daxa Patel. For Palms West Hospital CEO Eric Goldman and his wife Jennifer, the dinner dance has become a family affair. “Raising two beautiful children of my own, I understand the importance of being able to teach children how to socialize with others and put themselves on the right pathways toward success,” Jennifer said. “The Boys & Girls Club is not only a place for children to go after school, but they work carefully with the children to instill these same ideals. When an organization has simi-

lar values to your own, it is a natural fit to get involved.” Jennifer was fortunate to grow up in a household with a parent who was home when she arrived after school. Eric, on the other hand, has fond memories of engaging in sports and other fun activities at the YMCA and Jewish Community Center in his hometown of Canton, Ohio. “So much of who I am today, and how far I’ve come in life, is attributed to socializing at those wonderful places after school and in the summer,” Eric said. The Children’s Hospital at Palms West also caters to the children in the community, so it was logical for the Goldmans to partner with the Boys & Girls Club. Many area medical professionals are involved with the club, and its board meetings are usually held in a conference room at the hospital.

Dinner dance committee members Jennifer Martinez, Shelley B. Goodman, Dr. Daxa Patel, Colette Brown-Graham, Eric and Jennifer Goldman, Nicolette Goldfarb, Julie Kime, Maria Becker, Tawny Wolf and Julie Khanna with club members. PHOTO COURTESY TRACEY BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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Nicolette Goldfarb and Eric and Jennifer Goldman with Boys & Girls Club children. PHOTO COURTESY TRACEY BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY

One of this year’s honorary chairs and longtime board member Maria Becker said her family’s involvement with the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington began 30 years ago. “It was the first formal event that I can remember attending in Wellington,” she recalled. “We had moved here the year before, and I didn’t think we had enough of a need to sustain the club. I remember asking my husband, Dr. Edward Becker, why they were building a club out here when we were such a small community? We found out why soon enough.”

From the moment it opened, Maria said the club provided a haven for the children of her community who needed a place to go after school. Before they knew it, the club was at capacity. Since then, the Beckers have attended the Wellington Dinner Dance almost every year. Palm Beach Urology Associates, her husband’s practice, has been an annual sponsor. The couple has cochaired the event twice. “Right after the 25th anniversary, we were able to open the new club, which is three times the size of the original club and is an amazing facility,” she said.

The 22,500-square-foot facility features incredible amenities, such as a full gym, computer room, dance and music studios, and multiple game rooms. Children enjoy educational, vocational, social, recreational, health, leadership and character building skills in a safe and positive environment. The Boys & Girls Club model has received the highest effectiveness rating from the National Dropout Prevention Center. Club members graduate at a higher rate than the general population. Regular attendees also perform better in school and make healthier choices than their peers. “What attracts me to the Boys & Girls Club is that, unlike other organizations that are geared toward solving a singular issue, the club gives youth the building blocks for a successful future as productive members of society,” Eric said. Funding from the dinner dance helps to enhance programs such as sports and recreation, education, com-

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puter technology, youth leadership development and health/life skills. More than 450 youth benefit from such programs at the Wellington club. Although nationally recognized, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is locally run, responsible for raising its own funds, allowing every site to be responsive to the needs of its neighborhood. While Wellington is a community of means with an average household income of nearly $90,000, the areas served by the club are comprised of families who are in dire need of services. Many of the children served by the club live in households with an annual income of less than $12,000, and more than 50 percent live in households with annual incomes of less than $40,000. “More important than the facility are the unbelievable staff and volunteers that make the club run so smoothly. They serve as role models to the children, and their dedication is second to none,” Jennifer said. “Last but not least,

I am impressed time and time again with the children. They are incredibly happy, polite and genuinely grateful for the services that are provided to them. Seeing all the smiles on their faces each time I enter the club makes the time involved with putting on the dinner dance worth every minute of the work.” Becker said she is honored to serve on the dynamic, active and energetic board of directors that is always ready to do anything that needs to be done to enhance the club. “No project is too big or too small to tackle, and the enthusiasm is contagious,” she said. “It’s hard to believe that 30 years have gone by, but it is so rewarding to see what has been created through the dedication and support of our community. So much has been accomplished, but the real excitement is all of the possibilities for the future.” Wellington Dinner Dance committee members include Jennifer Martinez, Joann Dee, Susan Ferraro, Heidi

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By Jack Lowenstein

A curiosity about winemaking has grown into a local start-up company for Brandon West, CEO of Rich Oak Vineyards, Wines of Wellington. The small-business owner and longtime Wellington resident started like many others with a curiosity that has grown into a passion, which grew into a business idea, and now it’s a finished product. Originally, West thought he might want to learn about the process of brewing beer, but that faded. Instead, he found himself interested in a process not too far off his original path. “I started Googling and YouTubing about how to actually make wine,” West said. “And then, that day, I took action and bought a wine-making kit.” The rest is recent history, and West has made a mark for himself by introducing his Red Blend to the local community and beyond. His Red Blend is 70 percent cabernet, 20 percent zinfandel and 10 percent Syrah. Where does a winemaker in Florida get his grapes and start the process for something like this? “I work with Royal Caribbean, so I was able to travel to many areas of Europe and actually visited a lot of vineyards over there,” West said. “Also, I took some trips over to California. I found that I wanted to keep it in the United States as the first go-around. After a lot of research, I found an excellent vineyard in Lodi, Calif.”


West created a partnership with a vineyard there, and he picked the grapes he would use to create the Red Blend. “I worked with them to get a blend, to get it all packaged, all labeled and shipped to a warehouse in Miami,” West said. “I got all the licenses and regulations, started up the business, and then started selling with retailers around Wellington.” All of the grapes used in his blend come from Lodi, which West said rivals the vineyards from close neighbor Napa, Calif. “I think Napa is a little overvalued,” West said. “It’s great wine, but there is also some great wine next door that doesn’t have that name to it. It’s still excellent wine. I think it’s probably number two in the California region… so it has a lot of quality, and the price is not as expensive as Napa, so it gets a lot of value in that aspect.” Wines of Wellington is the foundation for West and the company. Rich Oak’s Red Blend, beyond the different grapes, offers a wine low in added sulfites, which are found to varying degrees in all wine. West noted that enjoying a glass of wine high in added sulfites may give the drinker an annoying headache. “When you have these mainstream, mass-produced, cheaper wines, many times those sulfites are 200 to 300 parts per million, which is really wellington the magazine | december 2017


Brandon West pours a glass of his Red Blend. PHOTO BY JACK LOWENSTEIN

high,” West said. “So, people who make homemade wine have very, very low parts per million, so you can drink wine without getting a headache. It’s down to about 20 to 30 parts per million, which is very low.” When it’s all mixed together, West’s Red Blend offers something that he loves and finds to be unique. It can be served with red meat, chicken, pasta and sauce — even pizza. It also pairs well with Thai and other spicy foods. The cabernet, zinfandel and Syrah work together to offer many different flavors, particularly the addition of the Syrah. “It gives it a pretty well-rounded flavor, a hint of pepper, chocolate, cherry and a few other flavors,” West said. “For me, it’s something that I love. And so far, tasting it and sampling it with many other people, I’ve found that even many [non-wine] drinkers love this wine… They really liked this type of blend because it wasn’t too over powerful, and it wasn’t that watery. It’s a very neutral, well-rounded wine.” 44

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West has received positive feedback from the community, and he continues to look for a way to spread his Wines of Wellington concept. “I’ve been able to meet a lot of different business owners, which has been awesome. I’ve been able to communicate and find best practices and be able to grow as an individual, grow the business, and help other businesses grow,” West said. “Being able to know the business owners has been very valuable, to see how people are using different strategies in their businesses.” West is not new to developing a product. He is a full-time information technology business analyst and product owner with Royal Caribbean. “I help work on the new products, ITrelated technical products on the ship, primarily in the guest services area, guest port services and housekeeping,” West said. “Really, the driving factor is problem-solving, and for me, problemsolving [is] basically making a situation better and enhancing the experience.” As someone searching for solutions

daily, West is still working on the logistics and hopes to establish his winery locally, solving the want and need for a space to bring people together. “Having something like a winery or similar to that vibe or atmosphere, working on building a really nice facility that people could come together at, to bond and create events, and to share those experiences over a glass of wine [is something I hope for],” West said. Wines of Wellington’s Red Blend can be found at Star Liquors’ locations in Wellington, as well as the Publix location in the Town Square and Courtyard Shops plazas, and it’s beginning to pop up in local restaurants as well. “My goals right now are to get into 20 retail locations, launch two new varietals and to continue to grow, turn a profit and to give back more to the community,” West said. “We wanted to deliver a very rich wine for Wellington. It took us a long time to find, but we did find it.” Visit to learn more about Rich Oak Vineyards, Wines of Wellington.

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The scents and sounds of the holiday season have arrived! Twinkling lights beckon us into nearby stores, and clamoring customers are shopping for gifts and ornaments that make the season a more celebratory event. But mistletoe, holly wreaths and an Elf on the Shelf aren’t the only harbingers of this festive time of year. ’Tis the season for holiday parties, and holiday signature drinks are a central theme. Looking to spruce up the libations menu at your holiday party? Check out our list of traditional signature drinks popular this holiday season.


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Coquito Puerto Rico is traditional coconut liquor. Coquito, or baby coconut, is actually a nut harvested from the Chilean wine palm and is sweeter than regular coconuts. Coquito Puerto Rico is a common, seasonal party drink and a favorite at this time of year. It is more commonly known as “Puerto Rican eggnog.” Like American eggnog, Coquito Puerto Rico is rum based. Unlike American eggnog, it is sweetened with condensed milk, and coconut is a central ingredient.

Christmas Martinis are the colorful cousins of your ordinary, year-round martini. What’s the difference between a Christmas martini and any other martini? A Christmas martini is defined by its versatility and color. Red is the signature color of Christmas, and so it is of the Christmas martini. The color is achieved with the use of cranberries, cherries and/ or raspberries. The alcohol component of a Christmas martini is vast: vodka, bourbon, whisky, scotch, gin and more. Peppermint schnapps is the base for a Peabody Peppermint Martini, which is also flanked with red and white peppermints — thus the designation as a Christmas martini.

The Mojito Cocktail sounds much more complicated than it actually is to make. Mint leaves, lime slices and sugar are crushed together in a tall glass, before the muddled mixture is covered in ice, club soda and white rum. This signature holiday cocktail had its beginnings in Havana — at least that’s one popular version of its derivation story. There is some evidence to suggest that the mojito is a remnant of the El Draque, a 16th Century drink that was named for Sir Francis Drake.

The late actors Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson are credited with creating the original chocolate martini. You can thank them for Orange Chocolate Dream, which is a fragrant mix of orange and chocolate. Orange liqueur is floated atop a shaken and strained mixture of chocolate liqueur and Irish cream. It is often served in martini glasses, rim-dipped in cocoa powder and sugar. Chocolate may be Valentine’s signature confection, but in cocktail form, it’s most certainly a holiday signature drink. wellington the magazine | december 2017


Hot Buttered Rum is another example of how flavors and fragrances associated with the season are netted in a single drink. It’s not gold, frankincense and myrrh, but the buttery brew of hot buttered rum has a very rich blending of ingredients. Rum, of course, is the main ingredient, but aromas of cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg and mace meld in a refrigerated batter to transform a plain, but piping hot cup of water into an aromatic cocktail that has a deep mahogany hue. It has been a basic staple associated with holiday parties for centuries. Apparently, Bing Crosby, in addition to “dreaming of a white Christmas,” also dreamt of a hot cup of buttered rum, and referenced the drink in a scene from the iconic movie, White Christmas.

Holiday White Russians are made with Kahlua, a Mexican coffee liqueur, which in itself is ironic. Additional ingredients include heavy cream, vodka and lots of ice. A holiday party favorite, White Russians are traditionally served in the evening or as a nightcap. There’s a bit of discrepancy concerning its origin, though the drink dates back to the 1930s. However, White Russians have a popular connection with The Big Lebowski, a well-known BritishAmerican crime comedy starring Jeff Bridges. Don’t judge the drink by the movie. Its appearance is worthy of signature holiday drink status. When served with candy canes, it is much more attractive than it appears on screen.


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Tropical residents dream of a different kind of Christmas, where palm trees sway in the ocean breeze and celebrants sip Citrusy Mimosas. Oranges, lemons and grapefruit ripen during the holiday season, which may explain why the colorful, fruity cocktail is a traditional drink this time of year. Introduced in France in 1925, mimosas became the wellto-do drink of well-to-do passengers in first-class sections of trains and airplanes — and now the favorite of every brunch aficionado. The champagne or wine mixture is typically chilled and served in champagne flutes.

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Raspberry Cordials bring to mind the misfortunes of a loveable, redhaired, literary orphan. Anne of Green Gables, was delighted to serve tea to her best friend. Spoiler alert: things didn’t quite turn out the way she’d envisioned, when her bestie, instead imbibed red currant wine. Drinking raspberry cordials by accident could have been equally disastrous. The mixture of sugar, lemon juice and raspberries, also has vodka, brandy or rum as its base. Red raspberry cordials are as enticing at holiday parties as they were to young Anne, but serves as an acceptable holiday signature drink for adults.

Orange & Cranberry Sangria is arguably the most vibrant of traditional holiday signature drinks. Bright cranberries, vermilion oranges and red wine produce a deep red beverage, which is cheerfully reflected and poured from glass or crystal pitchers. It is also appropriately served from a punch bowl. Spain gave the world Sangria, but it was first introduced to the United States during the 1964 World’s Fair. Visitors to Spain’s exhibit were served the fruity drink, and the rest is history.

Martini-Lemon Drop even sounds like a holiday beverage. If lemons are the version of “sugar plums dancing in your head,” then perhaps this lemon-infused martini is your dream come true. It involves the rims of chilled martini glasses that are dipped in sugar and are reminiscent of a dusting of snow. It fits the definition of holiday signature drinks, since it’s a very pretty concoction; some might even call it dainty. Legend has it, that the vodka-based, martini-lemon drop was created as a lady drink, but no worries. Your manhood won’t be called into question, nor your feminist card revoked should you choose to enjoy this tasty holiday drink.

Party season is here, but it’s important to remember that drinking responsibly is always in season. Additionally, if you or your guests like to party, but don’t particularly care for liquor, then many of our traditional signature drinks can be made sans alcohol.


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The holiday season has begun, and from now through the New Year, many of us have a full schedule of invites. From work-related parties to the traditional get-together with family and friends, you’ll have to decide what look is best for mingling with the boss and trading stories with grandpa. Although our focus usually turns to women’s fashion for the holidays, this year we check in with Henry Mosley of HNM Menswear to get advice on what is stylish for the men in our lives this holiday season. Featured on these pages are several different looks put together by Mosley and shot on location at Kish Events & Decor’s stylish showroom, which set the stage as our backdrop. The dedicated event specialists of Kish Events & Decor are ready to help you create a distinctive vision for your event. Wellington The Magazine thanks both Henry Mosley of HNM Menswear and Rose Kish of Kish Events & Decor for their assistance. Henry N. Mosley Jr. is styling a navy blue grid. Designed by ENZO, this suit has Italy in mind. From the purple mini square shirt to the paisley necktie filled with lavender, yellow, blue and purple. This outfit will cause everyone to watch you as you enter the room. wellington the magazine | december 2017


(Right) Randy Bailey wearing a suit by Giorgio Fiorelli, tan in color with a tailored body style. The shirt is sky blue with white collars and white French cuffs. The necktie design is unique in color, as well as style. With a mixture of red, blue and tan, it’s a great look for the holiday season. A solid red pocket square brings everything together.


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(Above) Featured third from the left, Barry Rivera wears a soft gray, sleek sharkskin — a simple, yet perfect style. A white shirt with purple dots gives this look a style that only a cross hatch necktie can bring. The additional flair that everyone will notice is the paisley purple pocket square.

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Finding just the right place to eat in Wellington is a delightful way to enjoy the village. Residents, snowbirds and visitors to Wellington have amazing opportunities to enjoy the same offerings of comfort food, fine dining and great entertainment that is available in larger communities. They haunt fine dining restaurants where executive chefs deliver works of artistic cuisine and those that deliver smaller portions of culinary masterpieces. Everything diners want is right here in Wellington, including trendy nightlife settings for a crowd that enjoys live entertainment, hidden foodie havens and comfortable settings for a more casual night out. The next time you’re out on the town in Wellington, check out a few of these trendy Wellington hotspots.

Suri West is famous for its signature small plate tapas, but also has regular-sized entrees on an expansive menu of contemporary American fare. The restaurant is proud of its commitment to farmto-table dining, and in addition to securing products from local farms, fresh herbs are plucked from the rooftop garden. The restaurant really heats up during the winter months, accommodating an equestrian crowd following the sun and horses to Wellington. Owned by Wellington resident Maureen “Bunny” Pata, Suri West is located near Wellington’s equestrian area, making it a favorite of both locals and seasonal visitors alike. Now entering its third season, Suri West is the sister restaurant of the extremely popular Suri tapas restaurant in downtown Lake Worth. Reservations to the happening Wellington hotspot can be made online or via phone. Suri West is home to an active nightlife crowd, especially on weekends, when the 275-seat restaurant hosts live performances. Learn more at www.


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Executive chef Dustin Parfitt and restaurateur Juan Gando envisioned a fine dining restaurant for the western communities that could be compared to that of Palm Beach dining. Their dream became reality in 2010, and since that time, Oli’s Fashion Cuisine has become a favorite spot for snowbirds, tourists and local residents. Oli’s is one of Wellington’s most fashionable hotspots. This isn’t due to the number of fashionistas who march through its doors (although there are plenty of them), but to the chic, stylish food that is served at this trendy restaurant. Food prepared by Parfitt is an artistic work of fine cuisine, prepared with the best ingredients that the local community has to offer. The atmosphere at Oli’s Fashion Cuisine is also exquisite. Patrons are equally comfortable in the crisp, upscale dining room or at the comfortable outside bistro where they can enjoy brunch or dinner. Learn more at

The Grille Fashion Cuisine restaurant is tucked away off South Shore Blvd. in Wellington, but despite the quiet location, it is a bustling hotspot serving delicacies such as truffle fries and cucumber martinis to patrons looking for a high-class atmosphere. Part of the Fashion Cuisine group, like its sister restaurant Oli’s Fashion Cuisine, the Grille has been serving up American bistro favorites that borrow from Latin and other world flavors since 2011. Patrons who’ve not visited the restaurant in a while may discover a few new favorite dishes sprinkled throughout a revamped menu. Ample portions are plated at the Grille, where food presentation is second only to taste. The restaurant is family-friendly, but after hours, it transforms into a trendy nightclub hotspot, where adults gather for dancing, drinks and music. There are special events year-round, with something going on nearly every night of the week during the winter season. Learn more at

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This six-year-running Wellington sports grille, Bonefish Mac’s is the place to be if you’re feeling even the slightest bit landlocked. A brightly colored interior, wooden tables, chairs, booths and boarding create a cabin-like feel, giving customers an open-seas sense — despite being anchored to Forest Hill Blvd. in front of the Mall at Wellington Green. The Angler’s Catch menu features many seafood favorites, but no need to be daunted by the Caribbean aesthetic if you haven’t quite found your sea legs. Non-seafood enthusiasts can still enjoy the island experience while sinking their teeth into a wide array of land-lovers’ favorites. Shrimp-sized swashbucklers will enjoy the 365-gallon saltwater tank filled with a variety of fish, as well as the arcade area. The covered outdoor bar area is a happening place nearly every night of the week. This local hotspot chain also has locations in Coral Springs, Lighthouse Point and Port St. Lucie. Learn more at

Wellington Trace Tavern is where steak lovers congregate. Located in the original Wellington Mall, it is also a well-kept secret. Folks come together for a good meal, but also for performances, a live DJ and bingo on select nights. The restaurant is under new ownership and a new chef is on board creating a wide-ranging menu that includes comfort food favorites, as well as new signature items. The chef-driven creative offerings on the menu have garnered many accolades and earned many returning patrons. Meanwhile, a blending of natural woods that formulate a comfortable setting in a relaxing dining room creates the tavern atmosphere where patrons dine on traditional American food. Learn more at

The location of White Horse Fashion Cuisine is one reason why it remains forever an iconic Wellington restaurant. The restaurant is joined to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center show grounds by a wooden walkway that crosses the lake in between. Its close proximity to the world’s premier show-jumping facility is convenient for show spectators and participants alike. The seasonal restaurant is perfect for all ages and varied occasions during the winter equestrian season. It is suitable for a romantic dinner, but is also where groups of people comfortably connect for the ambiance, pleasant meals or to gather at the bar following the horse show. Learn more at www.pbiec. com/page/whitehorse-fashion-cuisine.

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YPOW Honors Wellington Regional CEO Robbin Lee By Deborah Welky

While Wellington is known around the world for its equestrian community, it is also home to a huge working class and professional population that get up each day, take their kids to school and continue on to their jobs as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and more. This simple daily ritual quietly weaves the fabric of our community and burnishes Wellington’s reputation as a hardworking, family-oriented place to live. No one knows that better than the Young Professionals of Wellington (YPOW). Five years ago, this group of working adults, most of them under the age of 45, banded together to spread the word to others in their age group that Wellington is a great place to work and a great place to raise a family. “Our main goal, our vision, is to keep the Village of Wellington as the premier location to live and work in Palm Beach County,” YPOW President Pam Tahan said. “Our sole purpose is to attract young professionals to the area and for them to have their families here. We also work to encourage the community to offer amenities for our age group.” YPOW participates in several initiatives each year, including its annual Community Impact Leader Award, which was presented this year to Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Robbin Lee. The group has few expenses and operates through member volunteers. “We have very little overhead — no paid employees, no office,” Tahan said. Yet the group manages to hold several special events, raise money for charity and reward those who help advance the YPOW vision. The group’s biggest fundraiser is its Halloween-themed Wicked gala, which attracts 250 to 300 costume-clad revelers to the Wanderers Club. “It’s the biggest Halloween party in Wellington,” Tahan said. “In addition to dinner and dancing, there’s a casino for prizes, raffle tickets and a silent auction. This year, we had additional entertainment in the form of fire dancers, a magician and an acrobat performing during cocktail hour. It’s meant to be a fun night in Wellington. Our goal is to show the community that we can throw a big party and have a good time without leaving our community.”

The Young Professionals of Wellington recently honored Wellington Regional Medical Center CEO Robbin Lee with its annual Community Impact Leader Award.

The money raised goes to various programs supported by YPOW. “This year, we are part of starting a community garden at the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington, together with the Wellington Garden Club,” Tahan said. “The Wellington Garden Club needed funds for plants, tools and equipment. They are also hoping to buy a shed. The goal is to teach kids about healthy food choices and where food comes from.” Another annual event produced by YPOW is Xcelerate Wellington, based on TV’s Shark Tank. Young entrepreneurs tout their products to local judges, such as Lee and equestrian show promoter Mark Bellissimo. It was Lee’s support for programs such as Xcelerate Wellington that earned her this year’s Community Impact Leader Award. wellington the magazine | december 2017


“Each year, the group nominates a number of individuals and chooses the person who has most impacted our mission, who has had a large impact on the people who live here in a positive way,” Tahan said. “We want to say thank you for making a difference in our community. Robbin Lee is nothing short of what we as a group are looking for — someone who brings a lot to this community and a lot of support to our group. She really believes in YPOW and also gives back to the community. She expanded our hospital to include services our community previously did not have, she’s the incoming president of the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, she’s the past chair of the American Heart Association Heart Walk, she’s a board member of the Wellington Community Foundation, and she actively participates and fundraises for our community.” Receiving the award earlier this year was an event in itself. Lee was conduct-

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ing a meeting of department managers in WRMC’s administrative board room when she heard music in the hallway — it was a mariachi band hired to serenade the unsuspecting winner as YPOW members served breakfast, cupcakes and treats. The hoopla concluded with the trophy presentation. “I am not sure which was more surprising, the mariachi band marching through the hospital early on a Monday morning or the nomination,” Lee said.

“I am thankful for being recognized, however, I am just the face of the amazing WRMC leadership and staff. I am truly honored to lead this team of intelligent, dedicated, passionate people. There are so many people in this community who are focused on giving back and continuing to improve the lives of those who live here. I am honored to be selected and hope that others are inspired to impact our community in a positive manner as well.” Lee respects both the members and the mission of the Young Professionals of Wellington. “The group consists of individuals who are leaders in their professions and leverage their positions to make an impact in the community,” Lee said. “They collectively work toward providing advocacy for community issues and engaging the next generation in preserving Wellington’s status as a premier community to live and work. They also serve as role models and encourage en-

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brilliant minds behind the concepts. Proposals such as Oceana Coffee and HNM Menswear are opportunities for us to support projects that help our community grow.” In addition, Wellington Regional Medical Center supports YPOW at its annual Jump Off WEF event and its annual Wicked celebration. “I admire YPOW. They are our future,” Lee said. “I want to thank them for recognizing the advances and accomplishments of Wellington Regional Medical Center and for allowing me to be a part of the leaders they view as a critical part of our community.” Visit for more information about the Young Professionals of Wellington.

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Rider To Teacher: Victoria Colvin Bases New Enterprise In The Wellington Area By Elaine Wessel

Born and raised in Wellington, Victoria Colvin knows the community like she knows the back of a horse. Now 20 years old, the young phenom is taking the next step in the equestrian industry by graduating from student to teacher. Following a highly successful junior career as one of the winningest young riders in history, Colvin is striking out on her own and launching her own enterprise. In only her first year as a professional, she recently opened the doors to her own business bearing her name, Victoria Colvin LLC, and has already achieved considerable success. Based locally, Victoria Colvin LLC offers clients the elite opportunity to train with an acclaimed show rider

and trainer. Colvin’s students will further have the opportunity to compete at horse shows across North America during the spring and fall, as well as in Wellington at the world-famous Winter Equestrian Festival during the winter season. The new venture also includes a strong focus on finding, developing and selling quality young show horses with the hope that they will each bring success to their future owners. “It was never a question that when I

started my own training business that it would be located in Wellington,” Colvin said. “Growing up in horse country around equestrians from around the world definitely fostered my riding, and I want the same to be true for my students. Wellington is home to a quality of training and competition that you can’t find anywhere else.” Uniquely qualified to develop successful riders, Colvin is known for her prowess in all three riding rings — hunter, jumper and equitation — and boasts an impressive list of victories accumulated throughout her career. A natural horsewoman from a young age, Colvin first caught the attention of the competitive equestrian community

Victoria Colvin has long been a fixture riding at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. PHOTO COURTESY THE BOOK LLC

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traveled all over the country to ride, Wellington will always hold a special place in my heart.” Colvin’s many accomplishments have propelled her to widespread recognition in the equestrian sphere, and her uncanny talent has led her to train with a multitude of elite trainers, most recently the legendary George H. Morris, who has described her as the most naturally gifted rider he has ever met and envisions her as a future Olympic medalist. If all goes well, and Colvin continues to work her way into the show jumping limelight, Wellington just may have another hometown rider to cheer for at a future Olympic Games. For now, only time will tell. “There is a lot going on in my life right now between riding, instructing, traveling and competing. Though I’m very proud of everything I, as well as the horses, owners and trainers that have helped me along the way, have accomplished, I’m always looking for the next step,” Colvin said. “I’m currently bringing along two horses of my own, and I’m eager to find a few more high-performance horses with the hopes of competing internationally.” Though she has her eye set on global stardom in the fu-

ture, Colvin has not forgotten her roots. While competition may take her from her hometown, the Wellington native always knows that she will be back, now with a new business to manage. “Not only is Wellington my home and the base of Victoria Colvin LLC, but I’ll be returning to the Winter Equestrian Festival year after year. It’s the place to be for all things equestrian,” Colvin said. “Wellington will always be where I was raised and where I had my introduction to riding. I’ll always be grateful for that, and this town will always be my home.” Visit to learn more about Victoria Colvin LLC.

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Martha Jolicoeur Helps Make Wellington Home For Horses And Humans Alike Story by Lindsay Brock • Photos by Erin Gilmore

It is no secret that Wellington is a winter haven for horses and humans alike. For many seasonal residents, Wellington has become much more than simply an escape from the cold. Offering non-stop horse shows in the sun, Wellington has become home for many equestrian athletes and their four-legged partners. The annual equestrian pilgrimage south has spurred a high demand for farms and homes in Wellington, a demand that real estate broker Martha W. Jolicoeur is uniquely qualified to fulfill. As the level of horse sport competition in South Florida has climbed higher and higher, so too has the need for bigger and more luxurious properties. The result is a flourishing market filled with “to-die-for” homes and farms. Jolicoeur first made a name for herself among the equestrian community as a top amateur rider who then competed internationally. Stepping into her role in the elite Douglas Elliman Real Estate sports and entertainment division, Jolicoeur exhibits the same passion she had for competing when matching her real estate clients with the homes and farms of their dreams. “I truly found my calling when I combined my zeal for horse sport with a talent for real estate,” said Jolicoeur, who has been a licensed agent since 1991. “I have watched Wellington explode onto the international show jumping, dressage and polo scenes, and become a hotspot for the best athletes and horses in the world. The real estate market has grown immensely alongside that, and it is an honor to be able to help members of the equestrian community find, or sell, their ideal farms and homes.” Looking for the perfect equestrian home? Take a stroll with Jolicoeur through several amazing equestrian real estate properties. Convenience and privacy are realized in a seven-stall centeraisle barn and estate at 1761 Clydesdale Avenue. Gated within Paddock Park 2, the property is within hacking distance to all the action at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, yet is tucked away on a slice of equine-inspired paradise. “This move-in ready property is perfect for any training operation,” said Jolicoeur of the custom-built barn, which features a tack room, indoor and outdoor wash stalls, as well as a feed and laundry room. “Just steps away from the barn itself is an expansive sand ring and large paddocks providing ample turn-out space.”

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A look at the barn and office at an amazing equestrian facility on Stables Way in Palm Beach Point East.

Turning off Clydesdale Avenue, the lavish main house with impact glass includes four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, fireplaces throughout, and a superb gourmet kitchen with custom granite countertops and a chef’s prep island. “A divine outdoor heated pool and spa with marble pool deck and full summer kitchen make the most of a sprawling backyard,” said Jolicoeur of the $3.36 million property. “And it doesn’t stop there. The estate also includes a detached one bedroom, one bathroom guest cottage with a full modern kitch-

en and living area. This Clydesdale Avenue estate is perfect for anyone looking to show horses during the winter or to find a new place to call home in Wellington.” Just a short distance from Paddock Park, 15491 Palma Lane can be found inside the gates of Palm Beach Point. Step out from an immaculately appointed home onto a covered Carrera marble patio and catch a glimpse of the eight-stall center-aisle barn. “Custom wood paneling in an openair setting make this barn a vacation in itself,” said Jolicoeur of the $5.4 million

farm that includes a 135-foot-by-230foot riding arena with all-weather sand textile mix footing and a surround sound system. “Adjacent to the barn are seven paddocks on 5.4 acres, creating a beautiful sight from the custom outdoor kitchen and saltwater pool.” Inside the home, an ideal blend of rustic and Mediterranean styles grace the completely updated residence. It features a split bedroom floor plan with sloped ceilings and decorative ledges that add personality to every room. The space boasts a formal dining area and eat-in kitchen, with granite coun-

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Equestrian amenities are second to none at these featured properties. (L-R) Palma Lane in Palm Beach Point, Stables Way in Palm Beach Point East and Clydesdale Avenue in Paddock Park 2.

tertops and stainless-steel appliances. In the master bedroom, a Roman tub, separate shower, dual sinks and a sitting area are stand-out attributes. “Whether hacking to a horse show or relaxing at home, this property is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the competition season,” Jolicoeur said. Venturing into Palm Beach Point East, 4770 Stables Way provides another property option only a short hack from the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. “This incredible ten-acre farm is fit for the professional horse person,” said


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Jolicoeur of the 12-stall center-aisle stable. “It recently underwent a full renovation and is ready for the new season featuring the finest amenities.” The $6.7 million property features a new tack room with granite countertops and unbeatable storage capacity, as well as a spacious owner’s lounge with a full kitchen and two-and-a-half bathrooms. “Ample space for riding is available, courtesy of a large Grand Prix field and a new ring with top-grade fiber footing and an underground drainage and water system,” Jolicoeur said. “The on-property tent pad holds 15 12-foot-

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Nina Williams Offers A Unique International Perspective By Deborah Welky

Nina Williams of Nina Williams Interiors brings clients a unique international view to her work as an interior decorator. Part of it comes from a youth spent on the move. On several occasions, Williams found herself packing up and moving to a new country — a country where she didn’t know the language, the customs, the food or the style of dress. “My father was an engineer who helped build power stations,” Williams recalled. “Our family lived in Hungary, Germany and South Africa. When I got married, I moved to the United States. Traveling around seems like a glamorous life, but when you’re being dragged around by your parents, it really isn’t fun. I had to learn to assimilate.” However, living on three different continents gave Williams a real insight into the citizens and styles of the world, a rare background that she uses every day in her work as an interior decorator.

“I am very sensitive to people’s different needs,” Williams said. “I love to find out where they’re from. I think it’s interesting what people find beautiful in different countries. German décor is completely different than South African décor. There are so many different ways to do things. So, even though these experiences were somewhat traumatic, really, I use all the skills I gained to give my clients what they want.” To do this, Williams first does a walkthrough, having the client show her the house or area of the house that they want her to design. She asks lifestyle questions — how many people are in the family; how many children or pets; how each space will be used. Whether the home is used seasonally or full-time is also important.

“They usually have lots of pictures of the style they like,” Williams said. “And the budget is very important, because not only do I want to stay on budget, I want to get them the best possible bang for their buck.” Once a client has decided to proceed, there’s a contract and a deposit. Then, Williams’ work begins. wellington the magazine | december 2017


Nina Williams has decorated homes in many styles, such as beach, equestrian, industrial and contemporary.

“I put together a design and e-mail it to them. If it’s a bathroom or kitchen, I send a CAD drawing; if it’s a living room or bedroom, they get a collage of everything that would be in the space,” Williams said. “Then they get back to me, saying, ‘I like this’ or ‘I’d prefer that,’ or maybe they’d like a different color. Hopefully, I’ve looked and listened and put together something they like. We’re not going to buy anything until they’re happy.” With her decades of international experience, Williams has a lot to offer, but

is not focused on any particular style. “Beach, equestrian, industrial, contemporary — my job is to figure out what my client wants to do and make it a reality,” Williams said. “It’s like cooking — if you tell me what flavor you like, I know which ingredients to put in. Once I’ve seen your pictures, I can put in the right ingredients to catch that.” Williams does a lot of second homes for equestrians who are in Wellington only part of the year. “Many designers don’t like to do second homes because the owners don’t want to spend as much

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hard,” she said. “Once they start telling me what they want, I am able to get into their brain and become like a personal shopper. I’m always interested to hear what they’ve come up with.” Sometimes, her clients will bring a unique perspective. “One lady bought a very formal house in Breakers West and wanted to do it all in bright blues and greens. I never would have thought of that, but it looks absolutely great,” Williams recalled. “Together, we got inspired. Another lady wanted all neutrals, only

textiles and a little bit of silver and gold to break it up. It turned out so pretty! Again, I needed the client to inspire that. I love seeing the final project and recording it in photographs.” If a client simply can’t make up his or her mind, Williams’ go-to look is a laidback, comfortable-yet-elegant “Hamptons shore” style with a bit of the “worn and distressed” thrown in. “And yet my store is all Moroccan,” she laughed. See the store for yourself at 3614 S. Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach. Look

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‘Baseball Lifer’ Chris Duprey Has His Focus Set On A Career In The Majors Story by Y.A. Teitelbaum • Photos by Abner Pedraza

Even at 14 years old, Chris Duprey is a baseball lifer. He has been playing competitive baseball since he was 7, forsaking all other sports for his passion. “My dad started me playing Tball when I was four,” said Duprey, an eighth-grader who plays center field and pitches for Wellington Landings Middle School. “I played other sports, but baseball really stuck with me. I play basketball and football with my friends, but not in a league.” Duprey said he got his enthusiasm for baseball from his father. “My dad was athletic. He always pushed me to be an athlete, to work hard,” said the 5-foot-8, 140-pound Duprey, who has been on the middle school team all three years. Wellington Landings ended the regular season with an 8-2 record and reached the playoffs. Duprey finished with a .444 batting average and 16 stolen bases. And as a reliever, he struck out 10 in 10 1/3 innings. “With middle school baseball, you depend on your eighth-graders to carry your team,” Wellington Landings manager Jason Hugus said. “Chris isn’t normally a pitcher, but he stepped up big this year. He throws really hard, and he wants to compete, so he took on the role of closer this year, and he has done an excellent job on the mound.” In a late-season game against Crestwood, Duprey started in center field but was called in to pitch in the third inning with his team trailing 1-0. He promptly hit a batter on his first pitch, but battled over the next three innings to earn the win, as Wellington Landings rallied for a walk-off victory. He didn’t allow a run, while striking out two and walking two — and picking off a runner at second to end a scoring threat in the fifth inning. “You’ve got to use him where he helps 84

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the team win, and he’s all about helping the team win,” Hugus said. “He’s a team player, a great student, a great teammate. He can hit, he can run, he can field. His strength is definitely playing the outfield. Fantastic speed, premier speed, gets great reads, great jumps, knows the game.” Duprey, who wears the number 21, admitted he enjoys pitching more than playing the outfield. “When I have the ball, I feel like I control the game, that I can set the tempo for the game,” Duprey said. “It’s a lot more thrilling. Most of the time it’s a lot more thrilling than center field. I like that I can set the pace.” But his favorite part of baseball is hitting. And he emphasized that point by hitting a monstrous home run in a 2-1 victory over Polo Park in mid-October. “That was amazing,” recalled Duprey, whose favorite player is perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout of the Angels, who also wears number 21. “I felt it off the bat, and I took off running. I didn’t know where it was, I just took off

running. Definitely, my best hit ever.” Hugus was equally impressed with the blast. “It was all of about 360 [feet]. It was an inside-the-parker, no play at home,” Hugus said. “It was impressive. All the kids from last year’s team are jealous because Chris hit the farthest ball ever hit on this field. They’re all mad because a couple of them hit some bombs last year.” Duprey has the multitude of skills needed to continue to play in high school and perhaps beyond, but Hugus believes his best attribute is something that can’t be quantified. “Everybody who watches him play would say it’s his speed,” Hugus said, “because he is ridiculously fast. But I think it’s his competitiveness. He wants the ball on the mound even though he’s not a pitcher. He wants the bat in his hands; he wants to be the guy on the bases scoring the run. He’s probably the toughest competitor on this team.” Duprey agreed that he is competitive in everything he does. “I wouldn’t call myself a sore loser, but I get aggravated,” Duprey said. Duprey also has a unique nickname, “Coquido,” given to him at birth by his mother. It’s a combination of his heritage; his father is Puerto Rican, and his mother is Italian. A coqui is a small frog native to Puerto Rico, and guido is a common Italian slang term. “I like it; it’s different,” Duprey said. Like many athletes, he has his pregame rituals. He doesn’t have a specific pre-game meal, but rather likes all kinds of food. “I love food,” Duprey said. “Steak, chicken, all the meats. And I like rice and beans and pasta.” Before a game, he usually listens to music, mostly rap, and prays.


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“I give thanks for me, my family, all the players, to make sure no one gets hurt and everyone has a good game,” said Duprey, who usually prays near the Wellington Landings gym. Other games, Duprey and teammates will go to the outfield and say a prayer. Religion plays an important role in Duprey’s life. He regularly attends Christ Fellowship Church in Royal Palm Beach. He also wears a chain with three baseballs in the shape of a cross. “I never take it off. I love wearing that,” said Duprey, although the rules in middle school baseball forbid anyone from wearing jewelry for safety purposes, so he removes it for games. Duprey plans on playing high school baseball in Wellington and hopes to continue in college, followed by a successful career in the majors. “He’s already playing on the next level, against older kids [during the travel season],” said Hugus, who coaches Duprey during the summer travel baseball season. It takes a major commitment, especially during the fall season, as Duprey usually finishes practice at Wellington Landings and then joins his travel team for another practice. That’s life for a baseball lifer. This year’s Wellington Sports series profiles some of the many athletes across a wide range of sports who call Wellington home.



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Yoga Expert Richard Cosola Offers A Holistic Path To Better Health

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Richard Cosola has been a resident of Wellington for 20 years, and in that time, he has made a name for himself in the world of yoga, both here in the western communities and across South Florida. Cosola first become involved in yoga for emotional, rather than physical, wellness. It has been 11 years since his son, Michael, passed away suddenly at the age of 22. His wife and daughter were both devastated, and Cosola struggled to deal with his own grief. “My system was shocked, and I experienced major anxiety, which we now call PTSD,” Cosola said. Facing a regimen of prescription drugs, he sought out an alternative. Cosola feels he was emotionally healed by his practice of yoga. “I started the bereavement group at St. Rita Catholic Church, and I learned how many people out there are very sad,” he explained. “They’re carrying around a lot of burdens and excess baggage.” Cosola wanted to share his experiences and practices with people, and see if what helped him could help them. So, he started Yogachi USA. “I tell my clients, ‘I want you to be flexible until you’re 95.’ I want people to get out of their chair, go do something and be flexible,” he said. What Cosola offers is more than just yoga instruction. He also focuses his attention on nutrition. The vegetables and herbs from his home-grown garden are a significant portion of the Mediterranean diet he practices himself, and en-

courages others to emulate. “It’s the best for lifelong wellness,” he said. Cosola feels that yoga and a healthy diet are the major reasons why his wife of nearly 40 years is thriving, even though Randi suffers from multiple sclerosis. They enjoy spending time with their daughter Debra, son-in-law Jason and granddaughter Evie. The Cosolas have lived in Wellington’s Coventry Green neighborhood for 20 years in a newly remodeled and redecorated 2,300-square-foot townhome. “My wife is a fantastic decorator,” Cosola said. Upon reflection, Cosola said he is busy with teaching yoga six days a week. “Sundays are for cooking, eating and spending time with your family and friends,” he explained. He is an instructor at LA Fitness three days a week, he is at the Wellington’s Edge clubhouse two days a week and typically sees private clients one day a week. “My favorite place to teach is Wellington’s Edge,” he said. The LA Fitness classes have about 40 students, but he prefers smaller groups or one-on-one sessions. “In those large classes, it’s impossible for teachers to focus on the individual,” he said. Cosola likes to get to know his clients and understand what their life is all about, so he can offer them the best instruction possible. He helps people with all kinds of disabilities and illnesses, including neurological diseases, people with chronic pain, patients suffering from fibromyalgia, and those with back injuries and sciatica. Cosola can also work with someone who is wheelchair bound, and he has done some teaching in a pool. Aqua yoga

will be an aspect of the practice that he expects will soon become popular. He also does work with athletes, and in Wellington that means equestrians looking to become more flexible. Cosola was once a professional baseball player and did some boxing in his younger days, so he understands what athletes are looking for. “Athletes want three things: power, speed and flexibility. When they have all three, they become a very effective person,” he explained, noting that flexibility is the most important thing to have and that he is in better shape now than he was in his 20s. He also has clients from the corporate world who are looking for a place to de-stress. Apart from the physical benefits, Cosola helps clients improve their mental ability to focus, which benefits them in their career. “I have them get in the ‘quiet’ position at the end of a session, have them focus on all of the good things in their life and encourage them to let go of fear and anxiety,” Cosola said. What is most important for him is to have mutual communication with a client, and especially to connect with their sense of humor. For more information, call (561) 2827450, e-mail or visit wellington the magazine | december 2017


wellington | table Centanni Café serves its salmon piccata dressed in a white wine and lemon sauce with capers and roasted red peppers, accompanied by a red-white quinoa mix.

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‘Centanni’ means 100 years in Italian, and Centanni Café owner Fidel Alvarez hopes to reach that many years at his new location in Wellington’s Village Walk community. The restaurant has been at the location just off Lyons Road approximately one year after holding its grand opening in December 2016. Alvarez has been overjoyed with the response he has received from the community he is now immediately serving. Centanni Café is new to the residential community, but it has been in the western communities for more than a decade, originally located on State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach. While the restaurant is particularly convenient for Village Walk residents, it is open to the greater Wellington community as well. Centanni offers classic Italian cuisine. For a restaurant that calls itself a café, it boasts a sizable menu with many options to choose from. If you were to ask Alvarez what he would recommend for your first time at the café, he’d probably suggest the salmon piccata served

with quinoa. “This dish is a sauté with white wine and lemon, a touch of butter and capers,” Alvarez said. “In my picatta, I like to put a little roasted pepper, just because of the color. With food, you’ve got to catch the eye, too. It’s not just flavor, but also the colors.” Alvarez only recently began using quinoa as a main side option. “I wasn’t even familiar with it, but my chef, he is from Peru, and this comes from Peru, so he was knowledgeable of it,” Alvarez said. “So, I told him, ‘Let’s see how the customers react,’ and it was very good. It’s different, and it tastes good. Quinoa is something that you can put on salads and as a side dish. You can do a lot with it.” One amazing homemade item found at Centanni is Alvarez’s fresh mozzarella, which is served on the Centanni salad and more. wellington the magazine | december 2017


Signature Dish “My fresh mozzarella, I put some salt in the water when I’m making it, so that adds flavor, not really salty, but you just add a little flavor,” Alvarez said. “It’s a unique flavor. You don’t need any added salt, and you don’t need any dressing to have that mozzarella, because it already has flavor in it.” The menu offers many Italian favorites, including pizza, pasta dishes, entrees such as chicken marsala, sub sandwiches and more. Centanni also offers catering services. “The advantage that I have is that the menu is already established. People already know me,” Alvarez said. “So, when they found out I was coming here, there was a lot of excitement in the community.”

Alvarez said some people have been enthusiastic about the café in the gated community, to the point that he said his business has driven in new homeowners to Village Walk. “The atmosphere, it feels like you are on vacation,” Alvarez said. “The neighbors feel like they are on vacation. They come home. They come here. They eat. They go to the pool. It feels like a vacation resort.” Alvarez began his career in the restaurant business in high school. He had a decade of experience by the time he was out of college, and he found himself managing a network of restaurants in New Jersey, where he was raised. Born in El Salvador, Alvarez grew into the industry. It wasn’t something

he knew would be his life’s work at a young age. “I worked for the guy for 10 years. I went through high school, through college, working in this mom-and-pop pizzeria, so I learned a lot from them,” Alvarez said. That experience at the pizzeria is what propelled Alvarez into his role in restaurant management, impressing his future business partner. Alvarez helped manage five different restaurants in New Jersey. But, at the height of it all, he was at a different restaurant every day. “I got tired of that, so I left and came to Florida, because every time we came here on vacation, it was nice. My wife loved it, and I started to like it,” Alvarez said. “So, we moved here.”

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wellington | dining guide Arrabiatas Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is in Aberdeen Plaza at 8260 Jog Road. For more info., call (561) 336-3862 or visit Aroma Indian Cuisine, located at 730 Village Blvd. in West Palm Beach, serves delicious Indian food seven days a week, including a buffet lunch and dinner. For more info., call (561) 619-6437 or visit www. At BurgerFi, gourmet quality is the name of the game. The Wellington location of this growing gourmet burger chain is at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. Call (561) 612-7853 or visit to learn more. Catania Italian Restaurant is in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at 4115 S. State Road 7. Hours are 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 11 p.m. on weekends. On Sundays, doors open at 2 p.m. For info., call (561) 355-5900. Centanni Italian Restaurant is located in Wellington’s Village Walk community at 2540 Village Walk Circle. Catering is available. Call (561) 6428700 for more info. Gabriel’s Cafe & Grille is Wellington’s oldest restaurant. Serving breakfast and lunch, Gabriel’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily in the Wellington Plaza at the intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more info., call (561) 793-0675. The Grille Fashion Cuisine (12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 10) is open for lunch and dinner daily. It is also a popular gathering place, open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. For info., call (561) 7932110 or visit India Grill & Bar is now open in Royal Plaza at 650 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. serving authentic north and

south Indian cuisine. For info., call (561) 249-7168. JoJo’s Raw Bar & Grill (13889 Wellington Trace in the Wellington Marketplace) features steaks, burgers, fresh fish and more, along with a bar stocked with 100 different beers. For info., call (561) 427-1997. Experience the tastes of the world atop a burger at Lindburgers Restaurant in the Wellington Courtyard Shops at 13860 Wellington Trace. From Florida to the Far East, Lindburgers will take you on a trip as you bite into one of its 50 famous burgers. For info., call (561) 753-0555 or visit Enjoy great Mexican food in a friendly atmosphere at Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant, located 1179 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Village Royale shopping plaza, open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more info., call (561) 798-1229. A warm and welcoming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, Oak Bistro & Wine Bar at 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping plaza serves up delicious food complemented by great wine varietals. Catering and takeout are available, as are private parties and a great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. For more info., call (561) 753-6217 or visit Oli’s Fashion Cuisine & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks on Forest Hill Blvd. near the Mall at Wellington Green. For info., call (561) 7922220 or visit

Strathmore Bagels & Deli is a New York-style deli serving everything from smoked fish to corned beef. It is located in the Marketplace at Wycliffe at State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. For info., call (561) 357-0044 or visit Suri West Tapas Bar & Lounge is located at 13410 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. For info., call (561) 795-0080 or visit Taste of India is located at 7750 Okeechobee Blvd. Aside from a full menu, it offers a bountiful buffet for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends. For more info., call (561) 721-8600. Tokyo Bay Buffet, located at 165 S. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach, raises the Asian buffet dining concept to a whole new level with a large sushi bar and a tasty hibachi grill. For info., call (561) 753-5566. Drop by the award-winning TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli at its new location in Wellington Green Square near Whole Foods Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. TooJay’s is reminiscent of your favorite New York delicatessen. For more info., call (561) 784-9055 or visit Tree’s Wings & Ribs is located at 603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. in the Royal Plaza. Eat in or take out wings, ribs, chicken and more. Visit www.treeswings or call (561) 791-1535 for more info.

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Voi-La, located at 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A8, in the Wellington Marketplace, serves high-quality food that is good for the body and soul, with a focus on Venezuelan and South American favorites. For more info., call (786) 281-1589.

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wellington | calendar Friday, Dec. 1 • The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds from Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3. For more information, visit • Ballet Palm Beach will present The Nutcracker in the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall from Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3. For more info., visit • The musical Little Shop of Horrors will be at the Kravis Center’s Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse from Dec. 1 through Dec. 17. For more information, visit • Oak Bistro & Wine Bar (11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210, Royal Palm Beach) will host its Third Anniversary Party & Fundraiser benefiting the Semper Fi Fund on Friday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. For more info., call (561) 753-6217. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a free screening of Wonder Woman on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more info. • Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds will host Ghost Tours: An Evening In The Dark on Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. For more info., call (561) 790-5232 or e-mail Saturday, Dec. 2 • The Santas on the Run 5K and one-mile Family Fun Run will open the Royal Palm Beach Winter Festival on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 a.m. at Commons Park. Early registrants will receive a complete Santa suit, and all participants will receive finisher medals and 5K age group awards. Race proceeds will benefit Dogs to the Rescue, a nonprofit organization founded to raise awareness of and provide access to companion dogs for first responders and healthcare professionals who suffer from PTSD. For more info., visit • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www. • The Mall at Wellington Green will host stu-

dents performing holiday music in Macy’s Court on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. courtesy of the Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association. For more info., visit • The Palm Beach Winter Beer Fest will be at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit • Royal Palm Beach Winterfest will return Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 9 p.m. at Royal Palm Beach Commons Park. The event will include the illumination of the holiday tree. Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the sounds from local choirs, bands and dance teams on the main stage. For more information, call (561) 753-1232. • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a free Carpenters tribute concert featuring Top of the World on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 or visit for more info. Tuesday, Dec. 5 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tiny Tots for ages 1 and 2 on Tuesdays, Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Join in songs and movement, books, playtime and bubbles. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Art Club for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. Unleash creativity to produce unique, colorful art. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will be at the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit Wednesday, Dec. 6 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Cardsharks for ages 12 and up on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Play Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic the Gathering, Pokémon or regular card games against others, and trade and make new friends. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The December meeting of the Women of the

Western Communities will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Wanderers Club. Happy hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and the program starting at 6:30 p.m. The December meeting will feature the club’s annual ticket auction. For more information, call Mair Armand at (561) 635-0011 or visit www.women Thursday, Dec. 7 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Craftapalooza for ages 2 to 12 on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Choose to create multiple crafts from fun selections. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will host a concert featuring an INXS tribute by Listen Like Thieves, with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. Visit for info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Writers’ Critique Workshop for adults on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Share, offer and accept constructive criticism to improve your fiction, nonfiction and poetry in a supportive atmosphere. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, Dec. 8 • Wellington Winterfest will be held Friday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Hosted by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Village of Wellington, the event will begin with the annual tree lighting, and will feature musical and dance performances by local talent, exhibitors, vendors, a blizzard beach with snow and more, including special guest Vanilla Ice. This year, Winterfest is partnering with the KJV Show and will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for Little Smiles. For more info., visit Saturday, Dec. 9 • Buckler’s 27th anniversary Holiday Craft Fair will take place Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. For more information, visit

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wellington | calendar • The Green Market at Wellington will be open Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Wellington Amphitheater. For more info., visit www. • The Mall at Wellington Green will hold Share the Spirit Day on Saturday, Dec. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. as mall representatives randomly hand out gift cards throughout the day, a $50 gift card for the shopper and a $25 gift card to share with someone else. For info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Holiday Crafts for ages 5 to 12 on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. ’Tis the season to be crafty. Prepare for the holidays with fun and festive crafts. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches will present Winter Tapestry at the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. For more info., visit Sunday, Dec. 10 • The 34th annual Wellington Holiday Parade, hosted by the Village of Wellington and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, returns Sunday, Dec. 10. Enjoy this free day of fun and festivities, including Holiday Park at the Wellington Amphitheater, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a parade filled with imaginative floats, marching bands, characters, dance troupes and more. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. and winds its way along Forest Hill Blvd., from Wellington Trace to Ken Adams Way. Grab your family and your sneakers and come on out for this fantastic holiday event. Visit www.cpbchamber. com for more information. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Affordable Care Act Enrollment on Sunday, Dec. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. in partnership with the Health Council of Southeast Florida/Enroll Palm Beach. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • 98 Degrees at Christmas will be at the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit


Monday, Dec. 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Chess fans unite to practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet on Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit for info. Tuesday, Dec. 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Pokémon League for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Bring your DS or Pokémon Cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, Dec. 13 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Book & Film Discussion for adults on Wednesdays, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. with a screening and discussion of Like Water for Chocolate. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, Dec. 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Winter Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. Create your own card and see if luck is on your side. Call (561) 790-6070 for info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert with a food truck invasion on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Scrabble for Adults on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Join other Scrabble fans and enjoy a fun evening of wordplay. Basic game knowledge is required. Bring your own boards if you have them. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas will be at the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit


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Sunday, Dec. 17 • The sixth annual Wellington Holiday Jingle Bell Run 5K returns to Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) on Sunday, Dec. 17. The race begins at 7 a.m., and participants are encouraged to bring out an unwrapped toy to be donated to the annual Hometown Holiday Toy Drive. All participants will be provided with jingle bells to wear. For more details, and registration information, visit Tuesday, Dec. 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Consumer Reports Online for Free on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Need help with your holiday shopping? Not sure which advanced automobile safety system, personal assistant device or wearable tech to choose? The business librarian will show you how to access Consumer Reports for free by using your library card. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Book Parade: The Wimpy Kid Edition for ages 5 to 12 on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. Want more Wimpy Kid? Make a craft and find out what to read next. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, Dec. 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Holiday Card Making for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. ’Tis the season to create festive greeting cards to share with family and friends. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Teen Takeover for ages 12 to 17 on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii games, board games and more. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, Dec. 21 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 5 to 12 on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. Play, imagine and create with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater will hold a concert featuring the Whitestone Band, with a food truck invasion, on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. Visit for more info. Friday, Dec. 22 • The Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular will be at the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall on Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit Saturday, Dec. 23 • A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage will be at the Kravis Center’s Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, visit Wednesday, Dec. 27 • Forbidden Broadway will be at the Kravis Center’s Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse from Wednesday, Dec. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 31. For more information, visit Thursday, Dec. 28 • Miami City Ballet will present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the Kravis Center from Thursday, Dec. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 30. For more information, visit Sunday, Dec. 31 • The 2018 high-goal season will open on Sunday, Dec. 31 with Herbie Pennell Cup Final at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Polo matches are open to the public. For more information, visit www.

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Wellington The Magazine December 2017  
Wellington The Magazine December 2017  

December 2017 | ON THE COVER Wines of Wellington owner Brandon West, profiled in this issue, photographed on location at Suri West, styled b...