Names First Five Diamond, Leading Hotels of The World Hotel & Restaurant; Vermont Farm-to-Table Restaurant Featuring Best Chef in Vermont
LENOX, MA; MANCHESTER, VT, Jan. 5, 2015 — Fred Bollaci, CEO and President of New York and Palm Beach-based Fred Bollaci Enterprises https://www.fredbollacienterprises.com, the definitive international authority on healthy gourmet living, welcomes two new signature Golden Palate Partners in New England. Fred Bollaci is honored to welcome Wheatleigh, based in Lenox, MA, as his first Five Diamond, Leading Hotels of the World hotel and restaurant partner, and The Perfect Wife restaurant in Manchester, Vermont, featuring chef|owner Amy Chamberlain, named the Best Chef in Vermont. This announcement comes on the heels of the company’s first anniversary in November, commemorating its fast growing portfolio of exceptional restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, wineries, spas, cooking schools and leading destinations worldwide.
“Wheatleigh, http://wheatleigh.com located in the heart of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, raises the bar. It is an extraordinary AAA five diamond property and restaurant, and a Leading Hotels of the World Member,” Bollaci said. Built in 1893, the magnificent villa is reminiscent of a Florentine palazzo. Bollaci was a guest this past summer on a tour throughout New England and was very impressed. “Wheatleigh represents timeless, old world grace and elegance combined with exceptional cuisine and service, without the pretense. I felt very relaxed, pampered, cared for, and welcome at Wheatleigh. The amazing staff did everything possible to see that my expectations were exceeded.”
The cuisine by award-winning Chef, Jeffrey Thompson, combines the freshest local, regional, and seasonal bounty with global influences. “I am thrilled to have a property of this caliber as one of my inaugural Signature Golden Palate Partners. This is a very special place, there are not many like it in the world.” According to Andrea Verardo, restaurant manager, “It is a great honor to have Wheatleigh included in the company of such esteemed global destinations. Mr. Bollaci’s healthy gourmet lifestyle is one to be emulated.”
A Vermont favorite since 1996, The Perfect Wife Restaurant & Tavern http://perfectwife.com in Manchester, Vermont, is owned by Chef Amy Chamberlain, a Vermont native, frequent guest on The Food Network, and Vermont’s Chef of the Year. Amy features fresh, top quality, local, regional, seasonal specials, and a warm, comfortable atmosphere. According to Bollaci, “I knew before we finished our recent meal at The Perfect Wife and had the pleasure of chatting with Chef Amy, that The Perfect Wife would be a perfect addition to my Golden Palate Family. Chef Amy is a friendly, engaging hands-on proprietor and chef, who truly puts her heart and soul into her restaurant, and goes the extra mile to deliver for her loyal patrons. It is this high caliber of chefs and owners who I invite into my Golden Palate Family.”
The Perfect Wife is a member of The Vermont Fresh Network, a cooperative of local farmers and artisans, and Chef Amy features a number of light, healthy choices, as well as vegan and vegetarian alternatives. “It is fun, fresh, and flavorful, without the guilt, and Manchester, Vermont area locals are very fortunate to have a dedicated superstar like Amy. Visitors to the Manchester area must add The Perfect Wife to their itinerary to enjoy excellent cuisine, great hospitality, and the best live music in Vermont. The Perfect Wife is a perfect spot for any occasion,” Bollaci said.
The Golden Palate Partner Certificate of Excellence is a prestigious international award conferred to every Golden Palate Partner, recognizing exceptional, quality cuisine, service, ambiance, hands-on dedication, and establishments that are pleased to accommodate their guests, especially those looking to offer healthy options.
Wheatleigh and The Perfect Wife join an impressive ‘who’s who’ of top dining, lodging, and vineyard destinations nationwide, comprised of New York City’s renowned SD26, owned by dynamic father-daughter duo Tony May and Marisa May, Homestead Inn-Thomas Henkelmann, an exceptional Relais & Chateaux luxury hotel and gourmet French restaurant located in Greenwich, Connecticut, with cuisine by one of America’s greatest culinary masters, and several excellent establishments across the globe.
Mr. Bollaci, a sommelier with a refined palate, continues to enjoy the world’s finest food and wine while maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle after losing more than 100 pounds in just one year. More than five years later, he continues to travel the globe hand-picking ‘Golden Palate Partners’ that embrace his vision. Bollaci believes that no one should skimp on quality, taste, or satisfaction when attempting to lose weight or enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Bollaci’s memoir on healthy gourmet weight loss, The Golden Palate Diet™ “Your Life. Your Way. Gourmet!™ due out in 2015|2016, features delicious and healthy gourmet recipes that he developed with chefs from 80 of the nation’s leading restaurants – all of which are Golden Palate Partners located in key markets across the United States, including New York City|Long Island and the Northeast to Florida, Atlanta, and California. Bollaci is also working on the Golden Palate Global Dining Guide similar to the famed international Michelin Guide.
Future plans include a line of healthy gourmet lifestyle products including an imported products division, and a select city rollout of upscale gourmet Italian American restaurants. Bollaci just returned from several weeks traveling throughout Italy, where he spent a week at the prestigious Toscana Saporita Culinary School near Lucca, which he recently named his first Golden Palate Culinary School, and had the honor of naming 70 Golden Palate Italia Partners, restaurants, hotels, wineries, and artisan producers who “go the extra mile to deliver an extraordinary experience and product, people who care and whose passion is evident,” Bollaci said. “This is only the beginning. My goal is to change the way the world looks at diet, weight loss, and healthy gourmet living.”