Dr. Dame Evangeline Gouletas is the legendary owner of Cité Elegant Dining at The Top of Lake Point Tower. She has traveled around the world in style, dining in royal palaces, presidential residences, VIP homes, fine dining venues, luxury hotels, resorts & spas and has developed a refined taste for haute cuisine, haute couture and haute living. She thoroughly understands the importance of location, ambiance, décor, quality, freshness, creativity, consistency, service and attention to fine detail and has combined these elements into a magnificent dining experience at Cité Elegant Dining at The Top of Lake Point Tower.
She is also the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Skyline Equities Realty, a comprehensive residential acquisition and development company specializing in the sales and marketing of new premier residential condominium property construction. One of the United States’ leading real estate developers and currently one of the most creative forces in Chicago and South Florida real estate, Evangeline has been involved with the development of 120+ residential condominium towers in more than 40 geographic markets in the United States with sales exceeding $5 billion USD.
Evangeline has served as President of the Chicago Chapter of FIABCI (The International Real Estate Federation). Established over 50 years ago, FIABCI is comprised of members from 60 nations and is the only true international organization of its kind in the world. Its mission is to open the international community to its members on a local, national, and international level, so that they may develop a broad base of real estate contacts.
Evangeline has received numerous awards and honors recognizing her leadership role in the business world such as becoming the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Chicago Association of Realtors; the Artemis Award from the Euro-American Woman’s Council and the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World Award by the STAR Group (Strategies, Technology, Alliances, Resources). The South Florida Business Journal recognized her with the Ultimate CEO award and with the Influential Business Women award for her exceptional leadership. The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce awarded her company, Skyline Equities Realty, as a Top 100 Minority Business.
She received the Visionary Award and the Best Signature Luxury Condominium Collection from the Developers & Builder’s Alliance of Miami, Florida and the Aristeon Award from the Hellenic American Women’s Council, Washington DC. Evangeline was named Honorary President and Honorary Chairperson of the Developers & Builder’s Alliance. In 2009 she was named the Official Spokesperson of the Developers & Builder’s Alliance.
Evangeline is an inspiring lecturer and keynote speaker; she has spoken at the Institutional Investors Conference in London, the Finance Institute at Baruch College in New York for 12 consecutive years, and the Harvard Business School in Cambridge, MA and many other professional organizations.
She is an avid supporter of numerous cultural, religious, charitable and civic organizations. She has chaired many major charity benefits and is a tireless fundraiser, philanthropist and sports enthusiast. Evangeline helps support the worldwide relief efforts of UNICEF, the United Nation’s Children’s Fund. She is a member of the Advisory Council and has spent 10 years on the Board of Directors for both the U.S. National Board of Directors and the Midwestern Region Board of Directors. She was Chairperson for the 50th UNICEF Anniversary Gala.
Evangeline served as First Lady of the State of New York.
She is a Grand Dame with the dignity of Commandeur with the historic Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, Grand Priory of the United States of America. She received the National Merit Award, the highest honor bestowed by the organization. This Order is a Christian organization founded in Jerusalem in 1118 by nine French knights. The purpose of the Templars is to do charitable works, promote good will to all, and more importantly, take Christ and His Life and example seriously. Evangeline has been officially designated as a Delegate to the United Nations with Special Consultative Status to the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, Austria and later in New York City, by the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem. This entitles her to attend and participate in any Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) meeting of the United Nations.
While attending the Euro-American Women’s Council’s Global Forum to receive the Artemis Award, Mayor Avramopoulos of Athens, Greece presented Evangeline with the Gold Medallion of Athens in recognition of her leadership on a global scale.
LaGuardia Community College, New York established the annual Evangeline Gouletas Leadership Award to honor “the woman whose commitment to opportunity, equality, and social justice has been at the heart of every phase of her career. If there has been one central concern in her professional life, one commitment stronger than any other, it has been education.”
Evangeline has been indefatigable in her support of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States as well as the Christian Orthodox Patriarchate, in Constantinople. She is the Godmother of Kimisis Tis Theotokou ~ The Dormition of the Virgin Mary, Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton, New York, and a member of the Leadership 100 program of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. She was the Honorary Chairperson of the Centennial Restoration Committee Dinner for Evangelismos, New York, and the Capital Fund Chairperson for the Annunciation Cathedral, Chicago.
Evangeline received the Tree of Life Award, from the Jewish National Fund. She was further honored by having a park near Nazareth, in Israel, named after her. The park is known today as the Evangeline Gouletas Recreational Park. It is a symbol of Evangeline’s great hope that all people of the world may live together in harmony. Evangeline has also received the Great American Award from the International B’nai B’rith Foundation.
Sami Mikhail is one of the top restaurant managers in the United States. After training in Chicago for several years at some of the finest restaurants and Hotels Sami made Cité his home.
Having dined and operated at some of the finest venues in the country Sami takes great pride in implementing his knowledge at Cité. Having hosted Celebrities, politicians, and Royalty over the years Sami believes Cité is an excellent place to execute his experience.
His philosophy is simple: “Give your guests excellent food and service and they will remember. Give them a memorable experience and they will never forget…!”
During his well-known career in the Chicago upscale restaurant scene, Executive Chef Oscar Ornelas has worked along side some of the most prominent chefs in the world, including Chef Claude Bernard of France. Chef Oscar has perfected many of Cité’s signature dishes such as Rack of Lamb, Poppy Seed Encrusted Tuna and Chateaubriand.