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:

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The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation

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Palm Beach Daily News

January 2023

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.


Culture & Cocktails: In Time, In Tune

Culture & Cocktails: In Time, In Tune

April 11, 2022

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: Badgley Mischka

Culture & Cocktails: Badgley Mischka

March 7, 2022

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.

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