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Under 30 Palm Beach Profile: WYATT KOCH

You may have seen Wyatt Koch at one of Palm Beach’s elite events carrying the dance floor dressed to the nines, playing tennis at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, or enjoying the serenity of his farm in Florida. Palm Beach has taken notice of Wyatt’s charm and bold fashion sense since he moved here from New York City in 2006. Today, the son of renowned businessman William (Bill) Koch has some big news to announce coming up this winter. Altima sat down with Wyatt for a Q&A and we are excited to share it with our readers!

Altima: What events do you look forward to the most each season?
Wyatt: GOG Halloween Party, Lily Pulitzer Beach Bash, Paradise Casino Gala, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Gala, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man & Woman of the Year, and of course, POSH Palm Beach, which I will co-chair this year.

Altima: Where do you enjoy spending your weekends in Palm Beach?
Wyatt:  I like to get out to my farm on weekends. When I am in town, I like to play tennis at Mar-a-Lago, shop on Worth Avenue, grab lunch at Nick & Johnnie’s, Café Sapori or Bice, or just relax at the beach.

Altima: What are your Top 3 restaurants on the island?
Wyatt: Café L’ Europe, Echo and Palm Beach Grill.

Altima: What is your favorite store on Worth Ave?
Wyatt: Neiman Marcus, and my sales associate, Michael Diaz, is great.

Altima: We heard that you have some big news coming up in December 2015. Care to dish with Altima readers?
Wyatt: I have recently decided to pursue my lifelong passion for fashion by starting a fashion line. Wyatt Ingraham LLC was launched a few months ago.  We are very excited about the upcoming line of men’s shirts.  I am also excited that 10% of all profits will be donated to charity.  You can learn more about the clothing line and my inspirations at www.wyattingraham.com

Altima: What should we expect from your first collection?
Wyatt: The first collection will be exclusively men’s shirts.  We have a fabulous line about to be released, with bold colors and inspired patterns.  These are high quality, American made shirts for the impeccably dressed man.  These shirts will grab attention and inspire the men who wear them to be bold.

Stay tuned, we plan to follow-up with Wyatt in a few months when he officially débuts Wyatt Ingraham!

Designs coming soon to www.wyattingraham.com.

 

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

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Join Author Annie Falk with a Seat at the ‘Swank Table’

Swank Farm Dinner

Swank Farm Owners, Darrin and Jodi Swank

The Farm-to-Table buzz has not only been a movement encouraging a healthier and cleaner form of consumption, but marketed in such a way that will make you want to eat up every bit of the dining experience. Annie Falk, entertaining doyenne and author, has teamed up with Swank Specialty Produce for their annual “Swank Table” al fresco dinner series hosted right in the middle of their fresh field of greens sourced by top restaurants in all of Florida!

Joining Falk on December 6th will be the “Best Of” Florida’s farmers, ranchers, artisanal producers, micro-brewers, distillers and organic wine makers, who have curated a multi-course meal inspired by Hamptons Entertaining, Falk’s newest book. A $350 ticket will get you a seat at the Swank Table, a signed copy of Falk’s  book Palm Beach Entertaining, preferred VIP seating, and a professional photo of you and your guests with the author Annie Falk. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Children’s Home Society of Florida.

BYOL- Don’t forget to Bring Your Own Lantern for your table and add your own little flare to this rustic retreat. Join your hosts as they illuminate the barn at sunset!

SAVE THE DATE (And your appetite!): Sunday, December 6th | 4:00 to 6:00 PM 


PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

If you can’t wait until December (like us), you can purchase Annie’s newest book, Hamptons Entertaining on Amazon and brush up on your host(ess) skills in the meantime!

SWANK FARMS SIZZLE REEL from grapeseeker on Vimeo.

 

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

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Racial murders happening in our own backyard…… Thank you One Jupiter for raising awareness through exhibit of Guatemalan Art and local history

I’m always asked to click the right box.. Am I Hispanic/Latino  or Caucasian?  It was an added plus when applying to Ivy League colleges, as there was a quota to be filled, but for some reason,years later, I’ve continued to click the ‘Latino’ box… It’s just something I’ve always done in an effort to champion opportunities for fellow Hispanics who will go way beyond what is required to prove themselves.   Recent vocalizations by running officials and hate crimes this past month have made me more passionate…I’ve witnessed first-hand employees who have crossed the Rio Grande, lost a spouse during their treacherous trip at the hands of greedy smugglers, only because they were eager to work hard, pay taxes/social security (which they do) .  In my case, the surviving spouse continued to pay taxes hoping to become legalized, and sent whatever was left to her children in Guatemala… (like her there are so many…) 

Then we hear about 18 year old Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos...who came to this country to support his family in Guatemala.  An aspiring young chef, murdered because the color of his skin.  Funds needed to be raised to ship his body back to Guatemala.. Ironic, as he was trying to bring his family here legally, and he is sent back in a body bag ONLY after monies were raised to ship him back….A tragedy which never would have happened without the HATE involved, and triggered by some of our influential community leaders.

So here’s the good news:

One Jupiter Community event is a Jupiter community initiative, created with the collaboration  of El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center,  Jupiter Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta and the Town of Jupiter Community Center all of whom decided to make a difference with an extensive exhibition of Guatemalan art and local history on display at the Jupiter Community Center beginning on September 10th.    We are All one and we need to remember that!

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In addition, please join the Jupiter Lighthouse ArtCenter as they celebrate Guatemalan Legacy and remember Onesimo on September 18th.  Event is free for all ages and will begin at 5:30 pm at Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail.  At 6pm, there will be showing of the documentary film, “Brother Towns.” The film is the story of two towns linked by immigration, family and work: Jacaltenango, a highland Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, our coastal town where many Jacaltecos have settled. Following the film will be a discussion led by Jamie Stuve (President and CEO of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society), Dr. Timothy Steigenga (Professor of Political Sciences and Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Florida Atlantic University) and Jeronimo Camposeco (advocate and expert in social and anthropological research including consulting on farm worker labor practices and Maya culture for various universities).

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To help Onesimo’s family with expenses, please visit www.youcaring.com/inmemoryofonesimo  they have raised $1,150, but they’re not at the finish line yet…

For more information on how to get involved, contact Cynthia Trone, Director of Education at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, cynthia@lighthousearts.org,

(561) 748-8737.