Culture & Cocktails makes its triumphant return for a star-studded 18th season of cultural conversations! Join us on the rooftop at The Ben, Autograph Collection for craft cocktails and light bites with a spectacular waterside view of Downtown West Palm Beach. Then, hear stellar stories from top personalities on art, culture, food, music, and more.

WHERE: Blue Heron Ballroom, The Ben, Autograph Collection
251 N. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach

WHEN: Cocktails at 5 p.m. Programs begin at 5:45 p.m.

Tickets are $100. $150 for VIP seating.
Free for members of the Cultural Council at the $300 level and above.

Seating is limited. Valet parking is included in ticket price. 

Topics and speakers are subject to change depending upon the availability of scheduled participants.

To learn more about Culture & Cocktails, contact Debbie Calabria at (561) 472‑3330 or


Event Schedule

Culture & Cocktails: Palm Beach Style, Today & Tomorrow

January 9, 2023

Culture & Cocktails: Palm Beach Style, Today & Tomorrow

Bonnie Roseman is a fashion stylist and designer who began her career selling art before shifting to “art to wear” collections from designers all over the world. Featured in People Magazine and on NBC’s The Today Show, she went on to design collections for the Home Shopping Network before opening her own retail boutique off Worth Avenue, and now hosts the weekly Bonnie’s Buzz About Town on Legends Radio 100.3 FM.

Steven Stolman is a designer, author, and “observer of all things stylish” who spent many years as a “worker bee’ on Seventh Avenue before launching his own collection of resort wear sold in tony towns like Southampton, Palm Beach, and Beverly Hills. He later served as president of Scalamandré, the renowned textiles house, where he wrote his first book, Scalamandré: Haute Décor. More books followed including the popular Confessions of a Serial Entertainer and, most recently, Bill Cunningham Was There, co-authored John Kurdewan, the photojournalist’s longtime partner at The New York Times. Stolman currently consults on matters of design, product development, and marketing for a host of designers and manufacturers.

Annette Tapert is author of The Power of Style and The Power of Glamour and has published 12 books from a collaboration with style icon Slim Keith to books on celebrity, society, fashion, style, decorating, and entertaining. Her picture and textbook The Power of Style profiled 14 icons including Coco Chanel, The Duchess of Windsor, CZ Guest, Jacqueline Onassis, and Babe Paley.

The conversation will be moderated by Pamela Fiori, author of In the Spirit of Palm Beach and former editor-in-chief of Town & Country.



Culture & Cocktails: History’s Mysteries

February 6, 2023

Culture & Cocktails: History's Mysteries

Sue Gillis is Curator of The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum and the author of eight books on local history and has received the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History and the Cooper Kirk Award from the Broward County Historical Commission for her publications.

Jeremy W. Johnson, CAE is President & CEO of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and the award-winning Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, which received the Cultural Council’s prestigious 2020 Muse Award for Cultural Impact.

Charlene Farrington is Executive Director of the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, whose mission is to expand, preserve, and present the culturally diverse history of the Black communities of Palm Beach County. The daughter of Spady co-founder Vera Farrington, she oversees programming that uses local Black history as a teaching tool to promote understanding, equity, and unity.

The conversation will be moderated by Rick Rose, author of Palm Beach: The Essential Guide to America’s Legendary Resort Town and popular Worth Avenue tour guide.



Culture & Cocktails: Acting, Adventures & Art

March 6, 2023

Culture & Cocktails: Acting, Adventures & Art

Regan Rohde is an actor, longtime art collector, and guiding force behind the popular multi-gallery exhibition series Arts & Conversations, whose mission is to demystify the art market and to expand emerging artists exposure in South Florida. After giving up her 40-year acting career (What Women Want, Under the City, Chicago Med), she became an international traveler and board member (New Moms, Lyric Opera’s Women’s Board, Emerge with Chicago’s Museum of Modern Art).


The conversation will be moderated by Joel Straus, Principal at Straus Art Group which focuses on estate art collections for sales, fine art appraisals, and assisting collectors with building and maintaining their collections.



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The 2022-2023 season of Culture & Cocktails is generously sponsored by*:

The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, Founder

The Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation

Milton and Tamar Maltz

Jean Sharf

The Gardens Mall


With additional support from:

Palm Beach Daily News

Legends Radio

Public Relations By Schweikhart
*As of 10/1/22. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.