Polo club serves up a brunch to remember

Over the past 11 years while some of the world’s best polo players compete on the field at the International Polo Club Palm Beach something else has been getting the attention of spectators – Sunday Brunch at The Pavilion.
“The brunch has become a destination onto itself over the past 11 years,” International Polo Club Catering CEO Aaron Menitoff. “People are traveling from around the world to come enjoy this unique experience. In fact we have found that about 80 percent of our guests are first-timers.”
He said people are coming to enjoy gourmet food while socializing, shopping and enjoying some of the best polo in the world.
“Each Sunday we have over 80 items of food,” Menitoff said. “The menu changes each weekend and is very eclectic and international.”
As is with everything at IPC, the atmosphere plays a major role with the food placed in action stations from a water buffet in which guests pick Tapas-style items from floating boats traveling a river to hanging shelves in which the food looks like it is floating in mid-air.
“It really is a unique experience,” he said.
Brunch tickets cost $120 per person and include brunch, two drink tokens and one glass of champagne. For those who just want to people watch and enjoy the atmosphere but not eat, a reception ticket is $65.
This year to provide an extra VIP experience the venue added the Veuve Clicquot Airstream Lounge, which sits about 60 people and offers a fresh alternative to the veranda champagne brunch.
“We got the idea last year after Veuve Clicquot hosted a pop-up event with a similar Airstream,” Menitoff said. “We liked it so much we decided to purchase our own and have it year round.”
Sporting the daring Veuve Clicquot signature yellow-orange color as décor accents, the exclusive area offers premium field-side seating in clear Lucite chairs, offset with black-and-white brocade linens, along with plush sofa settings and, of course, a private Veuve Clicquot bar.
“Everything is custom and super elegant,” he said. “We went with a 1920s elegance and everything is plush.”
The area is available at $330 per couple.
Wondering what the dress code is?
Menitoff said they encourage people to wear what they like.
But fashion does play a part during the traditional divot stomping because the best dressed receive free glasses of champagne, “Pretty Woman style,” he said. This is all part of Fashion on the Field sponsored by The Gardens Mall in which women look to get noticed for their fashion forward flare.
Brunch is from 2 to 5 p.m. each Sunday. But after the game the fun doesn’t end because the dance floor opens and DJ Adam Lipson gets the room going.
“From 5 to 8 p.m., The Pavilion becomes a real club atmosphere with up lighting, music and fun,” Menitoff said. “The after-hours party has also become its own destination with people coming who didn’t come for polo.”
There is no cover charge for the after party.
Menitoff said that although they offer brunch during polo season until April, IPC Catering also handles onsite and off-site special events as well as catering for 15 off-site venues.
The Pavilion seats 700 guests, but an expansion this summer will add room for 200 more.
“This summer we are adding a second level, which will allow us to accommodate more guests,” he said.
For tickets visit InternationalPoloClub.ticketleap.com.