Restaurateur Steve Martorano to be Honored for Culinary Excellence at 13th Annual Cuisine for Art Fundraiser on Thursday, May 20

Some new faces will rock this year’s Cuisine for Art fundraiser slated for Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and you’re invited to this party, which honors local restaurateur Steve Martorano for his contributions to culinary excellence. Benefiting the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, this fun event features public officials and, for the first time, local movers and shakers serving as celebrity waiters. 

This year’s celebrity waiters include Hollywood Commissioner Patricia Asseff;  Broward County School Board Member Robin Bartleman; Memorial Healthcare System Senior Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer John Benz; Hollywood Commissioner Dick Blattner; City of Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober; AutoNation Vice President of Corporate Affairs Gale Butler; Hollywood Commissioner Beam Furr; Bitner Goodman Partner Michael Goodman; Broward County School Board Chair Jennifer Gottlieb;  Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger; Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Alan Koslow, Esq.; Broward County School Board Member Ann Murray; Hollywood Vice Mayor Heidi O’Sheehan; Seminole Tribe of Florida Hollywood Council Representative Max Osceola; Nova Southeastern University’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Dean Don Rosenblum; Funding Arts Broward! President Drazia Rubenstein; Miami Dolphins Alumni and Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation Founder Twan Russell; Hollywood Commissioner Fran Russo; Winterfest, Inc. President and CEO Lisa Scott-Founds; and Hollywood Commissioner Linda Sherwood. Cuisine for Art Event co-chairs are Jules Meyer, Susan Renneisen, and Anna Smith

The party kicks off at 6 p.m. with wine and vodka cocktails courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits, beer compliments of Black Art Beer and bite-sized meatballs from Martorano’s Italian-American Kitchen. Following will be a sit-down dinner featuring petite filet mignon and fennel roasted salmon, a silent auction of one-of-a-kind items, a raffle for prizes, and entertainment by Rock With U. Also, everyone present will have the opportunity to bid on red-hot, authentic Fender guitar centerpieces. 

Event sponsors include Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.; Black Art Beer; the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; and Southern Wine and Spirits. South Philly native Steve Martorano is the owner of the critically acclaimed and hugely successful Café Martorano in Fort Lauderdale and Martorano’s Italian-American Kitchen in Hollywood, Fla. at the Seminole Paradise/Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on the strip in Las Vegas. Martorano’s original concept of combining food, music and films under one roof attracts celebrities and is often imitated, but never duplicated. In 2007, Gourmet magazine wrote that Martorano “may just make the best meatball in the world.” Martorano recently demonstrated his meatball-making skills on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”   

Cost of this event is $85 per person before or on Monday, May 17; $105 per person after that date and at the door. To reserve your seat, become a sponsor, or receive more information about this don’t-miss event, visit or call 954.921.3274. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located at 1 Seminole Way and complimentary self-parking is available in the garage and parking lots. 

The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood presents contemporary gallery exhibitions, live stage performances and high-quality education programs for adults and children. The Center fosters a creative environment where new and challenging work can flourish through programs that reflect the highest standards of artistry and diversity. To learn more, call 954.921.3274 or visit

About the Art & Culture Center

The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported in part by its members, admissions, private entities, the City of Hollywood, and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. We welcome donations from all members of the community who wish to support our work. 

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to PLAYHARD!  Play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination. Eighty-nine tables offer Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Play one of the more than 2,500 Vegas-style slots including the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player’s Club members may enjoy an exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef’s Table show kitchen. Convene in The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise for Texas Hold ‘em, limit Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe -Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 130 globally recognized rock ‘n roll themed restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA, Four Diamond rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 18 restaurants and lounges, 40,000-square-feet of meeting room space, a European-style spa, auto salon, 25 boutique shops, 12 nightclubs, Paradise Live, and Hard Rock Live, a 5,500- seat concert arena. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at or

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