Brooke Palmer is the creative mastermind behind the PR and Event efforts at all of the Bern’s Steak House properties. With the exquisite taste she inherited from her mother, and an entrepreneurial spirit instilled by her father, she has dabbled in event planning and business since she was a toddler. Creating tea parties for friends at five, and discovering a knack for event design at her and her twin sister's birthday pool parties, all while managing a profitable lemonade stand, her hidden talent was noticed early on by her inner circle.
A self-proclaimed 'closet nerd', with a spunky identical twin, Ms. Palmer graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Molecular Biology , completed studies at the University of South Florida with a Master's in Environmental Science, all before pursuing her MBA. An accomplished student, golfer, lacrosse player and drummer, beneath those blonde locks, she has a sharp mind, and it is a known fact that she can run in high heels.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, this happy-go-lucky femme fatale has committed the last twelve years pursuing philanthropic endeavors with all sorts of charitable organizations including The Arts Center (now The Chihuly Collection), the 13 Ugly Men, the Tampa Theatre, and the Florida Aquarium. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Brooke additionally shares her talents in print and on Television, as the scene columnist for Tampa Bay Metro Magazine after stints with TBT* and Bay News 9, and occasionally as party planning expert on ABC Action News and on Daytime, Tampa's NBC Affiliate's syndicated morning show, in over 100 markets.
With the Bern’s organization since 2009, Brooke is in charge of all Public Relations, Marketing, community Relations efforts for Bern’s, Haven (formerly SideBern's) Bern’s Fine Wines, Élevage, EDGE, and Chocolate Pi. She provides support for the Epicurean Hotel in Public Relations efforts as well. In addition, she has headed up Bern’s Winefest for the last five years, expanding the event and creating a sell-out experience while enhancing sponsorships and overall guest enjoyment.
Brooke was named 30 under 30 by the TBBJ in 2005, and was a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2009 and 2010 Young Businesswoman of the Year. In 2010, she was named an Up and Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She was a finalist for National Rising Star 2010 and a finalist in 2011 for Event Planner of the Year by Event Solutions Magazine. Concurrently she was also nominated for Event Planner of the Year 2011 by Biz Bash Florida. She also is a four-time winner of Best of the Knot, Florida. Most notably however, was her win as the 2008 Suncoast Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raising $60,000 in a ten week fundraising campaign, setting the chapter record for a female. Her additional interests include her dogs, traveling, good books, golfing, Orangetheory Fitness and pilates. She remains active through her volunteer work, golf lessons, lacrosse, the occasional good bottle of champagne, teaching herself French, and being 'crafty'-- all while trying to save the world from its perils… or its event mishaps. Brooke is newly married to Craig Kuhl, and is obsessed with her Pit Bulls Lily, and Sacrlett, and her Husky Maya.