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.”

For more information, go to www.Elisabettas.com.

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.