Elizabeth Silverman is one of a kind. Generous, fun loving, smart, and kind are just a few of the words that apply to this wonderful individual who makes any event a party.
That said, it is no wonder she became founder, co-owner and executive chef of Catering by Lovables, a business well known for its support of countless charitable programs and activities, and for incredible customer service.
Born in Pontiac, Ill, at 10 days old Elizabeth’s family moved to South Florida where she attended various schools in Fort Lauderdale, Vero Beach and Miami, finally graduating from Miami Coral Park High School. After attending Miami Dade College, she earned her MBA in what she calls “the school of hard knocks.”
Elizabeth grew up in the food industry helping her dad in his bakery and later in his deli as a five-star waitress. Before earning an AA in business, an AS in management and her RPA (Real Property Administration) degrees, Silverman learned the hospitality and food business working in most every position from cake decorator, waitress, manager and bartender to administrator. After six years with a real estate company becoming their first female property manager and supervising more than 300,000 square feet of office space, her cooking DNA kicked in.
When she met her now business partner, Marilyn McSwiggan, they found common ground on their passion for cooking and started a catering business that expanded into a small restaurant for several years. Now, Catering by Lovables is strictly catering with 2,500 square feet of space for the commissary and offices. Currently, they are celebrating their 27th year in business.
A longtime Coral Gables Rotarian, Silverman is, or has been, involved in numerous charitable organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Coral Gables Chamber, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, Young Arts, New Theatre, United Way, BOMA, Guardianship Program of Miami-Dade County, and Elks Club. In addition, hundreds of other charities to numerous to mention have received her generous support over the years.
Elizabeth’s giving nature is also part of her DNA, learning to give back from her community- minded grandparents. She remembers attending functions for the DAU and American Legion with her grandmother and selling poppies and forget me knots in fronts of Publix for the charity. Later on, when she did not have money to support a worthy program, she always would find a way to help by giving in-kind. That mindset stays with her today. Ask anyone.
Elizabeth Silverman is a ray of sunshine whose wit and good humor can always bring a smile. Anyone who meets with her comes away feeling better about the day and, more often than not, chuckling about something she has shared.