Published On: Mon, Jul 29th, 2019

South Palm Beach County Social Scene

By Pamela J Weinroth

Where were you last week?

Gladys Martinez, Maria Fife, Felette Branch, Pamela Polani, Agata Ren and Pamela Weinroth

This past week, the long-awaited Elisabetta’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria Italian restaurant by the Big Time Restaurant Group threw open its doors at the former 32 East restaurant space in downtown Delray Beach.

The restaurant name is a play on Big Time’s longtime partner and executive chef, Lisabet Summa who has been with Big Time for more than 20 years as a partner.

Robert Weinroth, Suzanne Boyd and Lori Rex

“Elisabetta’s is a hybrid of Louie Bossi’s,” explains Lisabet Summa, the corporate culinary director at Big Time and the new restaurant’s namesake. “Louie Bossi is [one of] of my partners. With the concept of Louie Bossi’s, we do a lot of Italian dishes that I think will be in people’s lexicon of standards — the greatest hits of Italian cuisine.

We also want to diversify the experience because it is very unique. Every restaurant has a different feel and vibe. The differentiation is important to us. About 10 to 15 percent will be unique to Elisabetta’s.”

The designer took staff and management to Italy, and Tuscany turned out to be a goldmine. There, they found a 300-year-old fireplace mantel, which now serves as the centerpiece of a private dining room for 18 on the second floor.

The first and second floors feature regular dining and bars. The upstairs bar is an indoor-outdoor bar, taking advantage of the patio that overlooks Atlantic Avenue.

Turn-of-the-century fixtures, including chandeliers, also are part of the restaurant’s decor, which feature a great deal of giving it a vintage feel.

“It’s really a jewel of a location,” Summa says. “We can open the front of the restaurant to sidewalk dining. The balcony is up there among the live oak trees. There are fans and lots of light and it’s covered. We try to blur that line between indoor and the outside. There’s a European tradition of dining al fresco. Having that open space … it feels right for the Italian cuisine. It feels right for the kind of hospitality we’re trying to convey. It is just beautiful, and the food is simple, because it is a real nod to traditional Italian cooking, which is a very simple cuisine.”

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The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily, with brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cindy Curry Winter, Laurie Susan Dubow, Felice Broidis Souliotis and Stephanie Herbert Pereira.

Joannie Knight and Julie Brown

Women for Excellence held their monthly luncheon meeting on Thursday.  Child Rescue Coalition presented an extremely informative on global child exploitation.  Child Rescue Coalition is a nonprofit organization that rescues children from sexual abuse by building technology for law enforcement, free of charge, to track, arrest and prosecute child predators

They collaborate with a global force of child exploitation investigators, police officers, digital forensic experts, child welfare agencies and donors to rescue children and apprehend abusers in real time.

More than 10,000 law enforcement officers in all 50 U.S. states and over 90 countries use their technology to target and apprehend predators who are most likely to sexually abuse children.

Using their technology, police have rescued more than 2,500 children from sexual exploitation and abuse and has prevented the abuse of more than 500,000 children.

Rose Parry, Marissa Herman and Bonnie Kaye

Joined the celebration as Dance With Me Boca Raton marked its one year anniversary at Town Center Boca Raton.

Val Chmerkovskiy, Arlene Herson and Makism Chmerkovskiy

Whether you want to learn to dance socially, take your skills to the next level in International Latin & Standard, American Smooth & Rhythm styles, hip hop, or contemporary– the Dance With Me team of dance professionals does it all!

Salsa, Tango, Hustle, Swing, Waltz, Rumba, Foxtrot, Kizomba… you name it… they teach it!

At their Boca Raton dance studio they offer a variety of services including private dance lessons, group dance classes, and create unique experiences at our events.

They promise you’ll be dancing confidently in no time! You don’t need a partner or any previous dance experience!  Val & Makism Chmerkovskiy hosted a grand celebration!

Rotary Club of Boca Raton West  Installation:

It was a pleasure to join the Rotary of Boca Raton West as it installed its new officers and directors on Thursday evening.

The Club’s 2019/2020 Officers are:

Gabriella, Douglas and Dini Heizer

  • President – Douglas Heizer
  • Vice-President – Vera Schäfer
  • Secretary – Vania Amorim
  • Treasurer – Luciana Beuke
  • Dini Heizer
  • Janne Gessund
  • Angelica Blakely – Immediate Past President
  • Lucia Notare
  • Marcia Silva
  • Ligia Assunção

Robert Weinroth, Ambassador Pereira and Douglas Heizer

The Annual Installation Reception was held at All Meats Brazilian Steak House in Boca Raton. It was an extra special treat to meet Ambassador João Mendes Pereira, Consul General of Brazil, and his lovely wife.

Rotary International is the world’s oldest (est. 1905) and largest service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide!  Rotary club members are volunteers who work together locally, regionally, and internationally to leverage their resources and skills to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate deadly diseases like polio, all under the motto of Service Above Self.



It was the 4th Annual Pooches on the Patio, generously hosted by Hooters in Boca Raton.

Robert Weinroth and “Chilly”

Tri-County Animal Rescue is a 100% No-Kill, 501(c)3, nonprofit animal shelter working to prevent the killing of over 170,000 unwanted pets in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties each year.

Since its inception, they have saved over 55,000 domestic animals from being euthanized, placing them in homes through their adoption center.

TCAR also works with several organizations, businesses, and the local school district to educate the community on animal awareness.

At Tri-County Animal Rescue, they believe every cat and dog—regardless of breed, gender, temperament, etc—deserves to live a happy and healthy life.

The TCAR mission aims to shelter and provide a comfortable home for all animals placed in their facility.

They consider every animal that comes to their shelter a member of their own family, loving and caring for them with the utmost respect and tenderness until they can place them in their safe, happy, fur-ever homes.

Coming up this week:

Boca Raton Bowl Idol – August 1st from 6  – 8PM

Join us August 1st for the official kickoff event for Boca Chamber Festival Days, as eight competitors perform live with the music of their choice at Boca Raton Bowl Idol.

A combination of audience vote and judges’ selections will determine three finalists who will move on to perform the National Anthem in the next round. One performer will be named Boca Raton Bowl Idol and will perform the National Anthem at the 2019 Boca Raton Bowl on Saturday, December 21st at FAU Stadium.

Admission is a $35 donation to support Spirit of Giving’s Back to School Bash.

Bohemian Heat – Saturday  August 3rd at 7:30PM & Sunday August 4th at 2PM

Bohemian Heat is a mixed repertory concert which was inspired when Boca Ballet Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director Dan Guin attended a concert at the Southeast Ballet Association where he was “blown away” by new choreographers Ashlie Wells and Kassandra Taylor Newberry’s piece, Bohemian Rhapsody. Along with this beautiful piece we are planning to present an interesting and exciting blend of classical and contemporary pieces including: excerpts from Ramonda choreographed by Dan Guin after the original version; the David Parsons masterpiece Caught and David Parsons comedic Sleep Study.

There is something for everyone as Bohemian Heat explores the different genres of dance

Dates and Times:  Saturday  August 3rd at 7:30PM and Sunday August 4th at 2PM.
Location: The Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School (5100 Jog Rd Boca Raton FL 33496)
Ticket Price:  $40 for adults and $30 for children and seniors.
Tickets and Information:  (561) 995-0709

An Evening of Art and Entertainment – August 4th from 5:30 – 7:30PM

The Marvelous Mrs. Margaret Blume invites you to An Evening of Art and Entertainment

Dance Exhibition: The Marvelous Mrs. Margaret Blume with James Brann, Fred Astaire Dance Studio and

Museum Highlight Tour Led by Melanie Johanson, Curator (Cornell Art Museum)

Dates and Time: August 4th 5:30 – 7:30PM
Location: Cornell Art Museum (51 N Swinton Ave Delray Beach FL 33444)

Cocktails, light appetizers, silent auction – Complimentary valet parking
$50.00 in advanced, $65.00 at the door

Boca’s Got Talent – August 5th from 5:30 – 8PM (Part of BCFD – Benefitting Faulk Center for Counseling)

As part of Boca Chamber Festival Days, Crazy Uncle Mike’s will host this year’s “Boca’s Got Talent,” sponsored by Laureen Pannullo (Confident Bookkeeping Services), and John McClaskie (Leading Edge Mortgage Corp). The event will feature local professionals who sing, dance and perform other unique acts to benefit the Faulk Center for Counseling–a nonprofit mental health organization, providing free and low-cost mental health counseling to uninsured and underserved individuals in our community.

Tickets: $35 per person – includes one drink and appetizers and can be purchased via this link.

9th Annual White Coats-4-Care – August 5th from 6 – 8PM 

This year’s WC4C donor reception will again have an emphasis on scholarship funding as the event continues to celebrate the first and only medical school in Palm Beach County and the strides of its prior seven classes, embrace the incoming class of Florida’s future physicians. Donations for white coat sponsorship and scholarships are required to attend the White Coats-4-Care Appreciation Reception on Monday, August 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Delray Acura Club in the FAU Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton.

Unable to attend but would still like to make a contribution?  Please click here to make a donation. 

Put this on your Fall calendar:

Speak Up for Kids of Palm Beach County is excited to announce the “There’s No Place Like Home Inaugural Fall Gala” presented by Event Chair, Robin Henderson

Cocktails, Silent Auction, Dinner & Program!

They will be transforming Jonathan’s Landing Clubhouse, Jupiter, into our very own Emerald City!

We all recall the pivotal scene in the Wizard of Oz where the Good Witch Glenda gently leads Dorothy in the mantra, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home…” Dorothy’s yearning for home is like that of the children we serve through the Guardian ad Litem Program.

As the exclusive non-profit support of our local Guardian ad Litem Program, our mission is to provide 100% one-on-one child advocacy through the 600+ Volunteer Child Advocates serving more than 1,700 abused, abandoned, and neglected children in our county.

As a Guest, Sponsor or a Silent Auction Donor to There’s No Place Like Home Fall Gala you are helping us impact as many children’s lives as possible here at home.

Every child deserves a loving home, a warm bed, and the comforting arms of a caring loved one.  You can help every child live this reality as they repeat the heartfelt affirmation, “There’s no place like home.”

Honorary Chair: Dorothy Bradshaw


Voloridge Investment Management  “Tin Man” Heart

Rep. Rick Roth  “Lion”  Courage

Akerman LLC  “Scarecrow” Brain

With Mike Perry (DJ & Emcee) Kool 105.5

For tickets and info visit:

Following Boca’s Got Talent  … don’t forget:


August 7:  FondueRaiser for Lynn Cancer Institute at The Melting Pot

August 8:  Soleil Warriors:  a performance featuring aerial and acro yoga as well as singing and a salute to patriotism for Connected Warriors at the Wick Theater

August 10:  Guided Tour of the Historic Boca Raton Resort for the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum

August 12:  Back the Blue:  police equipment and technology demonstration for the Boca Raton Police Foundation at Prezzo’s

August 13:  Feed Your Funny Bone:  a comedy show for Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services at FAU College of Business Atrium

August 14:  Bingo for a Cause for American Association of Caregiving Youth at [email protected]

August 16:  Caribbean Dreamin’ Party for Be Like Brit Foundation at 50 Ocean in Delray Beach

August 18:  Beer and Bingo Bash for ChildNet at Maggiano’s Little Italy

August 19:  Margarita Monday for KidSafe Foundation at Rocco’s Tacos Boca Raton

August 20:  Midsummer Cosmos Party:  Come and view Carol Prusa’s recent sculptures and drawings. This is a reflection on the subject of cosmology and deep space in the form of light-speckled domes, 3D glowing orbs, and silverpoint drawings. The Party will benefit and be held at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

August 23:  Battle of the Bartenders for Best Foot Forward to be held at the Boca Raton Marriott

August 24:  Wine and All That Jazz for the Golden Bell Education Foundation at the Boca Raton Resort

August 25:  Bowling for Bread for Boca Helping Hands at [email protected]

August 26:  Sips and Sushi for Place of Hope Rinker Campus at Benihana’s

August 27:  Lip Sync Battle for Nat King Cole Generation Hope to be held at Crazy Uncle Mike’s

August 28:  Taste of the City for FAU’s Center for Autism & Related Disabilities to be held at Center State Bank.

And her’s an updated list of the Charity Social Scene for 2019-20:


August 24: Boca Raton Chamber’s Wine and all that Jazz
September 14: Brazilian Independence Day Gala Dinner
September 20: Boca Ballroom Battle for George Snow Scholarship Foundation
September 28: Golden Bell Battle of the Bands for Boca Chamber Foundation
October 4: Heart and “Soles” Gala for American Association of Caregiving Youth

October 14: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Golf Tournament

October 10:  Real Men Wear Pink Bartender Battle
October 16 Soroptimist Women of Distinction Luncheon
October 16: Impact 100PBC Kick off

October 17: JAFCO In My Shoes Luncheon
October 18: Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Go Pink Luncheon

October 18: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wine Opener
October 26: Boca Raton Chamber’s Ball
October 27: Making Strides for Breast Cancer
October 31: Halloween at The Addison.

November 2:  Place of Hope Rinker Campus Hope Bash

November 3:  Boca Ballet Theatre’s A Princely Affair

November 4:  Women of Grace Luncheon

November 6:  Boca Historical Society Walk of Recognition

November 6:  Jewish Federation Opening Event

November 7: Faulk Center Community Impact Awards
November 8: Junior League Woman Volunteer of Year
November 9: Connected Warriors Gala
November 10: Walk to End Alzheimer’s
November 16: Downtown Boca Raton Rotary’s Mayors Ball

November 21: Israel Bonds Unity Event
November 23: Boca Raton Holiday Tree Lighting

December 4:  JNF Winter Connection Kick Off

December 5: Sandler Family Major Gifts Event

December 6: FFCDC Wee Dream Ball

December 7: Jewish Family Services Gala
December 11: City of Boca Raton Holiday Street Parade
December 12: AJC Advocacy in Action Dinner
December 14: JAFCO Jacob’s Ladder Award Gala
December 21: Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
December 21: City of Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade


January 1:  Something Big Yoga

January 13-26 Elmar Oliveira Violin Competition
January 18:  OPAL Awards for Boca Raton Rotary

January 24: JNF Winter Connection Brunch

January 25: Boca Raton Museum of Art Gala Dinner Dance

January 28: US Holocaust Memorial Museum Dinner
February TBD: George Snow Foundation Cowboy Ball

February:7-9 Concours D’Elegance Weekend

February 8: Morikami Gala

February 12: I Am Hillel

February 13:  JFS Refection’s of Hope Luncheon
February 22: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Gala
March 4: YMCA Inspirational Breakfast
March 4:  New Directions Lunch for National Jewish Health

March 7:  Unicorn Children’s Foundation Gala
March 8: JARC Gala

March 14: Bethesda Hospital Ball

March 31: Place of Hope’s Angle Mom’s Brunch

April 2:  FIDF Women’s Luncheon

April 4:  Jewel & Jeans for Bethesda Hospital West
April 4: Child Rescue Coalition Gala

April 5:  TriCounty Animal Rescue’s Doggie and Kitty Ball

April 5:  Boca Raton Rotary’s Future Stars Competition

April 15: Impact 100PBC Grand Awards

April 22: JCC Shine Like a Star Luncheon
April 25: Best Foot Forward Gala

May 7:  JAFCO Mother’s Day Luncheon

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