Below, you’ll find featured guests from past Culture & Cocktails events, presented by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County at the Colony Palm Beach.

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Generously sponsored by:

The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, Founder

The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation

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Palm Beach Daily News

January 2023

Culture & Cocktails: Acting, Adventures & Art

Culture & Cocktails: Acting, Adventures & Art

March 6, 2023

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.


Culture & Cocktails: History’s Mysteries

Culture & Cocktails: History's Mysteries

February 6, 2023

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: Palm Beach Style, Today & Tomorrow

Culture & Cocktails: Palm Beach Style, Today & Tomorrow

January 9, 2023

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.


January 2022

Culture & Cocktails: Foodies

Culture & Cocktails: Foodies

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.


Culture & Cocktails: Washington to Warhol

Culture & Cocktails: Washington to Warhol

May 9, 2022

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.

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