Women Who Wine® May Meetup at Tarpon Bend Coral Gables

Hi ladies, it's time for 'girl time'! And we are headed back to Tarpon Bend Coral Gables for our May meetup. My goal has always been to bring value to the Women Who Wine® community. But it's just as equally important for the Women Who Wine® community to support our local community –the restaurants and businesses that host our events. And as long as you keep joining us, I will continue working hard to bring the Women Who Wine® community a valuable event experience.

Women Who Wine® Support Local Restaurants Meetup

Join the Women Who Wine® community for conversations and connections at Tarpon Bend Coral Gables with guest speaker, Wayne Eldred of Tarpon Bend. Grateful to call Wayne my friend and business mentor. Excited that he'll be sharing his wisdom and knowledge with you!

Topic: The male perspective of women empowerment

Location: Tarpon Bend Coral Gables

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Community event fee: $20 (only 20 spots available)

Fee includes: access to guest speaker and community connections, Tarpon Bend happy hour specials, and every guest will leave home with a bottle of MADIA wine

If you choose to eat and drink, enjoy Tarpon Bend's famous 2-for-1 happy hour until 9 pm or try some of their new menu items.  

About Wayne Eldred

Wayne Eldred, Owner of Tarpon Bend 

Wayne Eldred, Owner of Tarpon Bend 

Born the son of an engineer working on foreign projects, Wayne Cameron Eldred grew up in many different countries.  The list of countries includes: Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Jamaica and England.  It was in Surrey, England where Wayne attended the prestigious boarding school Barrow Hills, a Franciscan Friar Order.  While attending Barrow Hills, Wayne had the opportunity to travel all over the world as a young man.  Through all of his travels and time abroad, Wayne learned a great deal of different cultures and cuisines.  He developed a palate for unique recipes and interesting ingredients that he brought with him to the United States of America, when his family moved to Florida in 1992. 

Wayne graduated from Florida International University with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and decided to make Miami, Florida, his permanent home. Wayne has dedicated more than 23 years mastering restaurant operations.  He spent over 13 of those years at the helm of Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill.  As of April 5th, 2013, Wayne achieved one of many longtime goals and became the majority owner of Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, right here in Coral Gables.  Wayne virtually built Tarpon Bend from the ground up by putting in endless hours every week making sure to provide phenomenal customer service, properly trained staff members and in knowing his patrons by name. 

Wayne has not only served Coral Gables by providing delicious brunch, lunch, dinner and its legendary happy hour options at his restaurant but he has also been very active in the Coral Gables community.  He has served the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce as a board member for over 7 years.  On several of those years, he has served on the executive board, as the treasurer, and in 2015 took the helm as Chairman for the 2015-2016 term. Wayne will be the first Chairman since the Chambers inception to be the first restaurateur and second youngest in 93 years. Wayne, in 2016 was appointed to the Chairmanship Position of Doctors Hospital Foundation Council, a Baptist Health South Florida Hospital Affiliate, where he will also serve on the Executive board of directors for the overarching Baptist Health South Florida Foundation, as well as holds a seat on operational board of the Doctors Hospital.  Wayne currently also serves on the board of directors for the Camillus House, and the Coral Gables Community Foundation, and a past executive board member of the Business Improvement District for downtown Gables. He has spent many years supporting the City of Coral Gables by consulting on hospitality issues as well as through partnerships and co-founding events like the annual Burgerlicious event and Coral Gables Restaurant Week.  In 2013, Wayne was honored as the winner of the Diamond Awards for outstanding restaurant.  In February of 2016 The Miami Herald selected Wayne to be one of South Florida’s Food 50, being only one of three 3 in the Hospitality Expert Section, and on March 15, 2016 Wayne and Tarpon Bend was honored for their culinary contributions to the City of Coral Gables. On November 2016 Wayne was also honored by Miami Today in their annual Book of Leaders.  In 2015 Wayne also launched his latest company Brown Label an Events Production and Entertainment Company.  Wayne cannot be prouder to be part of the Coral Gables Community.  Wayne continues to look ahead with gratitude and humility as he continues to serve and support the City Beautiful and its guests for many more years to come.

About Madia Wine


Infused with love from family over many generations, MADIA is a labor of love celebrating superior winemaking from the sun-kissed land of Puglia.

Winemaking has always been an integral part of MADIA's family history. In the late 1800’s, Nicola Napoletano was a pioneer in the Puglia winemaking tradition, his great-grandchildren Nicola Colelli and Tina Ippolito joined forces to co-create the MADIA label in his honor.

Uncompromised quality, family-tradition and divine feminine energy is the force behind MADIA. MADIA prides themselves in being one of the best boutique wineries in Southern Italy, specializing solely in the highest quality of small-batch niche wines.


The MADIA winemakers: Nicola Colelli and Tina Ippolito

The MADIA winemakers: Nicola Colelli and Tina Ippolito

Madia is a modern day goddess inspired by the Patron Saint, Madonna della Madia. She is the embodiment of the divine feminine energy within us all. A fearless mystical force. She is captivating with her beauty and elegance. A lover that ignites passion. She is courageous yet vulnerable. Provocative yet nurturing. She is a reflection of what women want to be and what men desire. Madia is the ultimate form of femininity. 

Learn more here.