Basin Arts and Runaway Dish featured movement and a meal, all hosted by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. A dance performance linked with food paired choreographers Frances Barker, Clare Cook, Gina Hanchey, Paige Krause and Sharon Leahy with chefs Jeremy Conner, Kelsey Leger and Jamie Harson, Justin Girouard, Manny Augello and Katie Platt, respectively. Precisely how that was done must remain a mystery, but in the atrium were proud parents Shane and Amy Moore, whose daughter Shelly performed, and writer Marian Rosser, whose poem "Neon Nights Fête" carries to this day.

Alaskan Steel Men

Iron Chef Lionel Uddipa was crowned King of Seafood 2017 at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans, courtesy of Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board. Uddipa stood off 12 other chefs, including Bonnie Breaux, of St. Martinville, with his Sea Asparagus Risotto with Alaskan King Crab, winning the hearts and palates of a renowned panel of judges. Massachusetts chef Kyle McClelland took runner-up with his Clambake with Gloucester Lobster and Corn Puree.

Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler

Bons Temps Grill entered the martini fray with its “Strawberry Fields,” a riff on the '60s invented by bartender Amy Gerald. The mixture of Absolut Citron, homemade strawberry syrup, mint and sweet and sour mix pleased die-hard Healing House supporter Sarah Cormier, who said her favorite was Walk On’s until tonight. Walk On’s take note, and ending their Tuesday on a high note (pun intended) was Rene and Melissa Dominique, and sisters Christy and Vivian Chicola. With one more competitor to go, the contest draws to a close on Saturday when the winner will be announced at a Doubletree Hilton gala. All proceeds go to grieving children.

Risky Business

The Profit Seekers Investment Club sought out Mazen Grill for its dinner meeting and more. The occasion marked 30 years of buy, sell and hold. “Our purpose is educating ourselves on evaluating stocks,” said spokesperson Yvonne Mitchell, of the women's investment group. “We made 13½ percent so far to date.” Celebrating some female financial success with cocktails and an elegant sit-down dinner were ever-chic Pat Miller, Connie Boustany, Ruth Moncus, former journalist Nancy Lewis and Laurie Richard.


Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.