Friday, February 8, 2008

In Need of Catering, Corporate Parties, Special Events? Check Out Bogart's Bar & Grille's New Event Coordinator


For Immediate Release Contact: Sharon Levinsohn

Boca Raton, FL -- Notable South Florida restaurateur Burt Rapoport, President of Rapoport's Restaurant Group, Inc., of Boca Raton, Florida, is pleased to announce that talented hospitality executive, Francine Van Auken, has been named event coordinator for Bogart's Bar & Grille. This wonderful restaurant, on the JM Lexus Premier Level of Muvico Palace 20 in Boca Raton, serves a compilation of the "Best of Burt" -- favorite classic American dishes from his popular restaurants (past and present). Rapoport also owns Opus 5, at the Shops at Boca Center in Boca Raton, and Henry’s, at Addison Place in Delray Beach. Additionally, he is a partner in Max’s Grille, in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park, and Jazziz Bistro, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood.

Van Auken, who brings over 15 years of industry experience to her new position, is especially adept at creating and coordinating exceptional celebrations at Bogart's Bar & Grille. She notes, "We specialize in making every event memorable. We are a wonderful venue for corporate training, conferences, meetings, and seminars, and we are happy to incorporate breakfast, lunch, or dinner into any event."

Since Bogart's is located on the JM Lexus Premier Level, of Muvico Palace 20, Van Auken can incorporate private movie screenings in individual theaters. In the Premier Level theaters, guests may also enjoy a scrumptious array of menu items and a myriad of beverages -- including alcohol -- from Bogart's. Social and corporate clients may even rent out the entire theater (on the main level) for larger parties and special events.

Van Auken continues, "We have something for everyone. We can handle a small, intimate dinner party to a gala for over 1000 people. Every party receives the same personalized attention, along with delicious food and a host of deluxe amenities."

Van Auken is also in charge of coordinating and planning a multitude of social functions for diners, including parties for birthdays, anniversaries, Sweet Sixteen's, Communions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and weddings. She is also able to plan social and corporate events at Opus 5 and Henry's.

Prior to joining Bogart's Bar & Grille, Van Auken was the Special Event Designer and Manager of Boca By Design at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, in Boca Raton, Florida. At this position, she executed all on-site and off-site corporate events that were held at this premier resort property for the past three years. She was also the Sales and Marketing Manager for Windridge Yacht Charters, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for two years, as well as the Special Event Planner for Charters Etc., in New York City, for seven years. She planned all facets of a wide variety of parties on motor yachts, which sailed around the island of Manhattan, and developed and created advertising and marketing programs, for this well-known New York company.

A native of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, Van Auken earned an Associates Degree, in Fashion Buying and Merchandising, from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is also a member of MPI (Meeting Planners International) and ISES (International Special Events Society).

For additional information, please phone Francine Van Auken at 561.395.7682.

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