Below, you’ll find featured guests from past Culture & Cocktails events, presented by the Cultural Council of 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

Additional support for the series is provided by:

Palm Beach Daily News

January 2018

Let Me Entertain You

Let Me Entertain You

April 2, 2018

A Conversation with:
• Daniel Biaggi, General Director of Palm Beach Opera
• Beth Clark, CEO of the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches

Culture & Cocktails will end the season with our traditional musical finale, featuring both conversations with cultural leaders and stirring live performances by some extraordinary musicians.


Shining Bright: The Eternal Allure of Silver

Shining Bright: The Eternal Allure of Silver

March 5, 2018

A Conversation with Michael James, Owner & Founder of The Silver Fund
The Silver Fund is the largest dealer worldwide in estate Georg Jensen silver, having sold more than $40 million since 1996 to private clients around the world. It has helped to build multiple large collections and exhibits at exclusive art and antique fairs in the US including New York, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco, as well as in London, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy.


Behind the Embassy Door

Behind the Embassy Door

February 5, 2018

A Conversation with Edward Elson, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (1993-1998)
In 2001, an article in the Palm Beach Daily News declared, “Since he served for six years as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark and helped create National Public Radio two decades earlier, it’s hardly a surprise that Edward Elson is a rich source of wild and woolly political tales.” A member of the Council of American Ambassadors, he has served on the boards for numerous businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Photo Credit: Capehart Photography


Heavy Perspective: From Metallica to Modern Art

Heavy Perspective: From Metallica to Modern Art

January 8, 2018

A Conversation with Jason Newsted, Musician, Artist
The talented bass guitarist was in the heavy metal band Metallica from 1986 to 2001, and played with them again when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. He also played with Ozzy Osbourne, Voivod and the self-titled Newsted, for which he provided lead vocals as well as bass. Beginning in 2006, he went “from making crazy and colorful music to crazy and colorful art,” and had his first gallery show in San Francisco in 2010.

Photo Credit: Harry Benson


January 2017

Putting it Together

Putting it Together

November 6, 2017

A Conversation About the Birth & Growth of the Cultural Council
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Council, two of our founders and earliest supporters will share behind-the-scene stories and amusing anecdotes about how it all began.

  • Alex Dreyfoos, Cultural Council Founder, Entrepreneur & Cultural Philanthropist
  • George T. Elmore, Founder & President of Hardrives, Inc. & Former Board Chair of the Cultural Council

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