Culture & Cocktails makes its triumphant return for a star-studded 17th season of cultural conversations in 2022! 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 $75 in advance or $85 at the door. $125 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: Badgley Mischka

March 7, 2022

Culture & Cocktails: Badgley Mischka

Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who have been hailed by Vogue as one of the “Top 10 American Designers” and as the darlings of the Hollywood set. The design duo made their mark over the past two decades with glamorous, stylish and wearable evening wear and accessories. Since launching Badgley Mischka in 1988, fashionable clients include Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Mirren, and Ashley Judd. Badgley Mischka is sold in the most prestigious stores in the world, including Bergdorf Goodman, Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue, in addition to the designers’ flagship boutiques in Los Angeles and Palm Beach.

Moderator: Roe Green is an arts patron, activist, and CEO of the Roe Green Foundation.



Culture & Cocktails: In Time, In Tune

April 11, 2022

Culture & Cocktails: In Time, In Tune

Deborah Silver is a #1 Billboard jazz vocalist, 2020 Broadway World Best Commercial Recording Award Winner, whose best-selling albums include Glitter and Grits, The Gold Standards, and Pure Silver.

Dennis Lambert is a 12-time Grammy-nominated songwriter who has helmed hit records for legendary recording artists such as The Four Tops, The Grass Roots, Dusty Springfield, Glen Campbell, Richard Harris, The Righteous Brothers, Natalie Cole, Dave Koz, Dionne Warwick, and more.

Moderator: Copeland Davis is an Emmy-nominated pianist and Tonight Show performer who was inducted into the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall of Fame in 2014.



Culture & Cocktails: Washington to Warhol

May 9, 2022

Culture & Cocktails: Washington to Warhol

This event has been postponed to May 9, 2022.
Bonnie Lautenberg is an esteemed photographer, writer, philanthropist, and businesswoman. The widow of former U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (Dem., NJ), Bonnie got to know many of the nation’s leaders from Clinton to Biden. Her portrait series How They Changed Our Lives: Senators as Working People is in the Library of Congress archives, and her work is featured in the Eli Broad Collection and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History. She is currently co-producing a musical based on the life of pop icon Andy Warhol, along with music manager Steve Leber, director Trevor Nunn, and writer/composer Rupert Holmes.

Moderator: Carol Rose is the editor of Palm Beach Daily News.



Culture & Cocktails: Foodies

November 7, 2022

Culture & Cocktails: Foodies

This event has been postponed to November 7, 2022.
Chef Lindsay Autry is co-partner and founder of The Regional Kitchen & Public House in West Palm Beach. She has held positions in restaurants on the East Coast and in Mexico, made headlines as a finalist on Bravo’s ninth season of Top Chef, and was a three-time James Beard nominee (2018, 2019, 2020) for Best Chef: South. Autry describes her cuisine as soulful, embracing Mediterranean flavors with a blend of her Southern roots.

Chef Pushkar Marathe is executive chef at Stage Kitchen & Bar in Palm Beach Gardens. Born in India, his culinary roots originate in the rich tapestry of flavors from his homeland. His early culinary training was in Switzerland and has held cooking positions in restaurants in the Caribbean, the Middle East and around the United States.

Chef Lisabet “LB” Summa is executive chef at Elisabetta’s Ristorante in Delray Beach and West Palm Beach. After working in restaurants in Chicago and South Florida, she became the culinary catalyst for the 18 restaurants of the Big Time Restaurant Group. Summa is one of the few women in the U.S. restaurant industry who is both a senior culinary operations executive and owner.

Moderator: Libby Volgyes is an award-winning food and restaurant photographer.



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The 2021-2022 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

Piano Distributors

Public Relations By Schweikhart
*As of 10/20/21. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.