By Sharon Robb
WELLINGTON, Fla.—Nov. 20, 2018---Award-winning Ken-Rose Catering and Event Planning, serving clients for 25 years from the Treasure Coast to Miami-Dade, will cater the VIP tent for the Nov. 24th International Cup at Grand Champions Polo Club.
The International Cup game will be part of a polo doubleheader, a holiday tradition that ends the biggest week of fall polo and season at the nation's largest and most innovative polo clubs. It is the club's season-ending marquis event.
This year's International Cup will feature defending champion Team USA against Azerbaijan. This year the U.S. team will put its six-year winning streak on the line against Azerbaijan, known as the Land of Fire and Ice, and one of the most improved polo teams in the world. Recently, Azerbaijan finished runner-up to Italy in the FIP European Championship.
Last year Team USA ( Grant Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida, Julio Arellano, Mike Azzaro) defeated Brazil, 9-7, to capture the sixth annual International Cup event. Arellano was named Most Valuable Player for the third consecutive year. Since 2012, Team USA has defeated England, Chile, Mexico, South Africa and Uruguay in International Cup history.
The International Cup will be the opening game of the doubleheader, set for 1 p.m. followed by the Legends of Polo Carlos Gracida Memorial at 3:30 p.m. The memorial game continues the former 10-goaler and Hall of Famer’s legacy by honoring one of the sport’s greats, who died tragically in February, 2014 at age 53.
Ken-Rose Catering and Event Planning, located in Lake Worth and headed by owner Kevin Kenny, has won several awards including the Wedding Wire Couples' Choice awards for four consecutive years and Caterer of the Year for the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast for three years.
Kenny has put together a personalized menu for the VIP tent, catering the special diet of the Azerbaijan guests. From the beginning, the company's foundation has been based on high quality, delectable cuisine with fresh ingredients and impeccable service with outstanding attention to detail.
Also joining Ken-Rose Catering and Event Planning as event sponsors are Alta Palla, which will supply the flavored sparkling mixers for the VIP bar and Perfect Vodka, the official VIP liquor.
Vodka Perfect is an international brand of vodka, produced by Renaissance-Perfect, an Israeli-based company which operates three large manufacturing facilities in Israel and Romania.
The brand was first introduced in 1995 with the launch of the first production facility in Cricova settlement, Moldova. In 2000 the company moved its headquarters and center of operations to Or Akiva, Israel.
Vodka Perfect, which has won several awards, is produced according to an old family recipe originating in Russia. Each of the three plants, produces the company's main products (classic, premium and flavored vodkas) as well as custom products for the local markets in which they operate.
San Francisco-based Alta Palla, founded in November 2015, is a healthy, organic and Fair Trade-certified sparkling fruit juice beverage the whole family can enjoy any time of the day.
It will be the seventh time Grand Champions Polo Club will host a major international men’s game in club history. The annual battle for the coveted cup will be live streamed by ChukkerTV.
Proceeds from the doubleheader benefit The Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the development, history and tradition of the sport of polo by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport.
Tickets, ranging from $20 to $1500, are on sale and various sponsorship packages are still available. They are:
$1,500 VIP Sponsor: Includes one reserved table for eight in the VIP tent, corporate partner signage and parking.
$250 Grand Champions Tailgate Package: Includes a reserved tailgate spot with parking for one car, tent and one table with 4 chairs.
$200 VIP Pavilion Tickets: Includes one VIP admission ticket to the VIP tent with a field side view of the game.
$20 General Admission. Field side parking not included.
For tickets, tailgates and sponsorships call 561-644-5050.
World-reknown polo announcer Jan-Erik Franck will call the action. The club announcer is also calling the action during the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen in December and winter season featuring the debut of the World Polo League at Grand Champions. Franck, popular among fans, makes it both entertaining and educational. He has been a polo announcer at various tournaments around the world for more than 20 years. Franck is also a polo player, HPA instructor, La Martina ambassador and polo columnist. He was recently the featured cover story in POLO+10 magazine.
Grand Champions and Santa Rita Polo Farm hosts polo tournaments ranging from six to 26-goal during the winter season in addition to special events at its well-manicured fields during the fall, winter and spring seasons.
Grand Champions Polo Club and Santa Rita Polo Farm cater to men, women and youth polo players at all levels. Its' expert staff can customize a complete playing experience including horses, pros and certified umpires in addition to lessons and practice sessions as part of its' Polo On Demand program at the turnkey facility.
Club owners Marc and Melissa Ganzi, both accomplished players, take pride in teaching and sharing the exciting sport of polo with anyone interested in learning.
The Polo School, a 501c3 organization and stand-alone USPA club, is thriving at Grand Champions and Santa Rita Polo Farm. It is dedicated to teaching polo to all ages, particularly grass roots youth. Its mission is to provide individuals opportunities in polo at every economic and ability level. Scholarships are available. The Polo School operates in Wellington January through June and September through November.
By Sharon Robb