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

Additional support for the series is provided by:

Palm Beach Daily News

January 2018

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


Culture & Cocktails: Sing Sing Sing

Culture & Cocktails: Sing Sing Sing

April 3, 2017

A Conversation with Jill & Rich Switzer

And there may even be a surprise guest or two!

Jill Switzer co-hosts “The Morning Lounge” on Legends 100.3 FM with husband Rich Switzer. She has headlined at Birdland in New York City and locally at The Colony Palm Beach’s Royal Room and with the Palm Beach Pops, recently released the album “By Special Request,” and is the author of “The Diva Next Door: How to Be a Singing Star Wherever You Are.”

Rich Switzer is a gifted pianist and composer, who has been entertaining audiences in South Florida for the past 32 years. His four CDs of melodic piano instrumentals have made a significant mark musically, beginning with his debut release “Quiet Storm.” He is also an honorary board member of The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook.

Interviewed by Rob Russell, entertainment director at The Colony Palm Beach.


Culture & Cocktails: Sparkle & Shine

Culture & Cocktails: Sparkle & Shine

March 6, 2017

A Conversation with Coomi

Coomi is a true Renaissance woman, whose creativity and inherent artistic nature have driven her careers as a textile designer, architect and landscape designer, and now fuels her exquisite jewelry collection which is carried by leading luxury retailers. Coomi’s feminine yet powerful lines and motifs, handcrafted in high karat gold, rose-cut diamonds and precious gemstones have garnered industry awards and international acclaim.

Interviewed by Michele Jacobs, corporate director of marketing/operations Florida for The Forbes Company.

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