I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to slow down a little. This compressed Carnival season was tons of fun but oh-so exhausting. That said, there are some fantastic events on the horizon.
Cookbook queen Holly Clegg was overcome with emotion at the luncheon officially asking her to be this year’s Grace “Mama” Marino Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. Baton Rouge Epicurean Society President Dori Murvin popped the question, so to speak, at Gino’s Restaurant Feb. 1. In the middle of lunch, Gino Marino excused himself and returned with one of the most exquisite floral arrangements I’ve ever s een, which turned out to be a gift from proud husband Mike Clegg.
Throughout lunch, Holly talked about her career and learned more about BRES. I’ve had the honor of working with Holly since she launched her first “Trim & Terrific” cookbooks more than 20 years ago, so I’m super excited to be a part of the dinner celebrating her success. The seven-course dinner prepared by local chefs will be held Aug. 25 at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel, kicking off the two-day Fête Rouge wine and food event. For more information, visit feterougebr.com.
I closed out January helping the Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority celebrate Founders Day at a lovely luncheon at the Marriott. Welcoming guests were chapter President Karmen R. Davis and committee Chairwoman Jo Lynette Johnson.
Special guests were 50-year member Bernadine Chube-Jenkins and 25-year members Faye C. Bradford, Terrie C. Butler, Barbara R. Collins, Betty J. Cook, Edith L. Cox, Florence C. Curry, Ruth K. Hall, Bettye F. Jackson, Lois S. LeDuff, Yolanda Martin-Singleton, Patsy S. Price and LaJoyce M. Wilson.
Doris Brown and Denise Clark gave a review of the chapter over the past 85 years. The Kids Orchestra entertained during lunch.
Later that evening, I joined the Krewe of Romany at its Mardi Gras Ball celebrating “the old” Las Vegas — the days of the Rat Pack, which was represented by a group of husbands of krewe members. Friend Dixon McMakin brought down the house as the leader of the Elvises.
I was the guest of Tara Schwartz, the board member responsible for handling publicity. We’d never met even though we’ve been email friends for years. Imagine our surprise when we learned I knew members of her family! Mom Jenny Anding has been a member of Romany for years; I had taken photos of dad Michael and sister Holly years ago when they reigned as king and queen; and her dad was once my pharmacist.
Not only did I have a blast partying with Tara and family but with my escort Brien Buxton, Leonard Augustus and Thomas Telhiard, Aimée Russo, Jerise Grantham and Peggy Moore.
This year is the 10th anniversary of “Dancing for Big Buddy,” and I was thrilled to be asked to be one of the returning Star Dancer alums. Rehearsals have started and everyone is focusing on the big day — April 23 (mark your calendar!)
One of the perks of participating in this annual event is the friends you make. Toward that effort, 2016 Star Dancer Wendy Lipsey hosted a get-together at her house for her fellow dancers, dance professionals and committee members. I’ll let the photo speak for itself.
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