Bonnie Fimiano is the owner and founder of Café Ala Carte and Chocolate Fountains of South Florida, both based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with additional locations in Tampa Bay, FL and
New York. Since 1996, Bonnie has proudly served South Florida’s event industry as a distinguished business owner, industry leader, philanthropist, and mentor.
An active member of the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) since 1998, Bonnie was Chapter President for two terms and served as NACE National CPC Vice-Chair and CPC Secretary. She was the 2005 National George Zell Spirit of NACE Award Winner for Humanitarianism, as well as the NACE Caterer of the Year for several years. Bonnie is also a member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) since 2003.
Bonnie has selflessly dedicated her time to advancing professionalism in the catering and event industry. Under her leadership, South Florida NACE attained Platinum Chapter status and established a student chapter that supports education and career opportunities within the hospitality field. In 2011, Bonnie achieved the Certified Professional Catering Executive (CPCE) designation through NACE.
A philanthropist at heart, Bonnie’s companies have consistently sponsored more than 50 charity or non-profit events each year. She serves tirelessly on a number of committees to raise awareness and funds for charitable organizations; however Bonnie’s passion lies with Feeding South Florida, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing relief for the food insecure.
Bonnie joined the Live Events Coalition to provide a voice for small businesses and independent operators. She is hypersensitive to the struggles they face keeping their companies afloat, feeding their families and assisting their workers and employees facing similar challenges with little or no help from their state and/or federal government. A lifelong problem-solver, Bonnie is committed to working with fellow industry professionals to create a safety net for the community she has called family for 25 years.