For 14 years, Susan G. Komen New Orleans has regaled area residents with the Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner. The annual event held its 2015 festive feasting at the Windsor Court Hotel with, as joint event chairwomen, Patricia Denechaud, Holley Haag, Kristi Post, Dottie Reese, and Jordan Teich, wife of the hotel’s general manager, David Teich. “A night with outstanding chefs paired with wine importers extraordinaire” is promised each year — and delivered.
Liz Bodet, Carin Evans, Regan Forrester, Tracie Garner, Jenn Neil, Lisa Plunkett and Elizabeth Williams composed the event committee, and a threesome in Mark Romig, Greg Reggio and Joe Briand served, respectively, as master of ceremonies, auctioneer and event coordinator.
Daniel Causgrove, the Windsor Court chef de cuisine, was the dinner’s host.
(Daniel was also noted at lunch on a recent Tuesday swapping hellos with Arthur Hardy. At a nearby table were a dynamic trio of blondes in Charlotte Bollinger, Kathleen Mix and Jenny Hamilton. Their discussion: the New Orleans Ballet Association.)
Several of the above-mentioned serve in other posts for Komen New Orleans. Holley Haag is a board member, Lisa Plunkett is the executive director and Carin Evans, the affiliate coordinator. Headlining the Komen New Orleans board are President Henry Kothmann, Secretary Lori Barthelemy and Treasurer Christine Chifici.
Within the 2015 culinary constellation were the five chefs. Chef Nathan Richard of Kingfish Kitchen and Cocktails prepared the first course, boiled peanut soup; chef de cuisine Jeff Bouillion of Galatoire’s 33 Bar and Steak, the second offering, escargots in a cream sauce; chef Kristen Essig of Meauxbar made braised Chappapeela pork belly the third course; the above Daniel Causgrove, the entrée of roasted flounder; and Maggie Scales, executive pastry chef of the Link Restaurant Group, concluded the repast, thanks to a peach galette with almond frangipane.
As he has done beautifully in the past, Johnny Lopez of Perfect Presentations created the centerpieces. They included pink roses, hydrangeas and a pink fish that was lighted from beneath to cast pink lights upon it as it swam. All the fish were “adopted” and went to their new homes with fish-care instructions and food.
The pink chromatics foreshadowed an upcoming event. In October 2015, NOLA Goes Pink! will be led by the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group as “Go Pink New Orleans” to fight breast cancer, the purpose of Susan G. Komen.
Another highlight of the annual Summer Cure dinner is the live auction with each featured chef offering a prized package. Maggie Scales’ proposed dinner at Herbsaint (of the Link Restaurant Group) copped the highest bid. Purchased by T.J. and Penn Iarocci, it won the Silver Spoon award for chef Maggie.
More purchases of note in the evening, which included a silent auction, were those by Rod West — two works of art by Terrence Osborne, a dinner attendee; and the above board President Henry Kothmann — pearls donated by Valobra Jewelry & Antiques — and given to Henry’s wife, Mary. Another set of Valobra pearls found Blake Jones as the buyer and spouse Lois as the happy recipient.
Among Komen’s comely crowd were David Briggs with Mark Romig, Kelly Theard with Greg Reggio, and the five event chairwomen. Joining Jordan was husband David ; Dottie, Judge Kern Reese; Kristi, husband Bill Larzalere; and Holley Haag, Patrick Quinn. From the committee guests were a James brace, who accompanied their wives, the above Elizabeth Williams and Tracie Garner.
Then there were Leopold and Karen Sher, Kit and Lesa Gamble, Matt and Kendra Popp, Adam and Michelle McDermott, Karen Stone with Steve Deputy, Billy and Bridgette Gaudet, and dozens more, such as Frank Liantonio.
Frank, accompanied by Kim, will co-chair the October 24, 2015, Susan G. Komen New Orleans 19th annual race for the Cure in City Park, which is billed as “more than an event for runners. It is an extension of Komen’s promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever.” Present at the dinner as well were Wes and Sarah Bordelon of Bordelon Marine. Their Race for the Cure team has already raised more than $50,000 for the Oct. 24 race.
Scholarly Socializing with a French Twist
The invitation began “The Louisiana Association of the Society of the Cincinnati (and) Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Cooper Woods, Request the honor of your presence for Cocktail Buffet.” Held at the Woods home, the soiree honored Gregoire de Lambert, the 2015 French Scholar. Ladies and Successor members were welcomed.
Each year, the Society selects a French Scholar, who tours the U.S. as a guest of the Society. Likewise, an American Scholar tours France. Gregoire de Lambert made New Orleans the second stop of his five-week tour, which included a first stop at the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati in Washington, DC, and post-Crescent City visits to Texas, California, New Mexico, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.
A resident of Versailles, France, Gregoire (whose longer title is de Lambert des Granges) is currently studying at ESCP Europe Business School, one of France’s prestigious Grandes Ecoles, for a master’s degree in management. (According to the Financial Times, ESCP Europe “is the world’s oldest business school.”)
Gregoire has also run two marathon races, played tennis in competition, was a saxophonist in a wind orchestra, and, following his oenological interests, was president of Supelec Wine Club in 2013.
Pigeon Caterers supplied most of the party food at the Woods home, and guests rallied around the spread of pork tenderloin, grilled chicken and a Thai shrimp salad. Monroe Kelly, a member of the Louisiana Association, did the flowers in the Society’s colors.
Mingling with one another, and swapping summer news, as they conversed with Gregoire, were hosts T. Cooper Woods (Association chairman) and Elizabeth, William Harper “Bill” Forman Jr. and Olive, William North Blanchard and Sandra Querbes, committee member Rutledge C. Clement Jr. and Joy, the Very Rev. David Allard duPlantier and Karla, Ben Foster and Julie Breitmeyer, Howard Soper and Carroll, Lawson A. Smith, and committee member T. Scott Monsted and Mary.
In addition to those members, there were guests, notably Olivia Lamy, vice consul of the French Consulate General at New Orleans; Sally F. Suthon; Mr. and Mrs. John E. Walker; and Noel Williams, who was escorted by her brother-in-law, Frank Williams.
Founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution, the Society of the Cincinnati is the oldest patriotic organization in the nation. The Louisiana Association was founded in 1983.
Around and About
Flo Ward, a beloved charter member of the Inner Wheel Club of Metairie, celebrated her 100th birthday several months ago. Over the years, she has served as the club’s president and treasurer, and continues to participate enthusiastically in all the activities. As concerns her family, she has three great-great-grandchildren. She was married for 72 ½ years to her late husband, Don Ward, a member of the Rotary Club of Metairie.
On a recent Saturday night at the National WWII Museum, BB’s Stage Door Canteen was filled with nostalgia as the Victory Swing Orchestra played such hits as “Begin the Beguine” and “Sentimental Journey” with Dodie Nolan as the singer. Joining others on the packed dance floor were Leonard and Marie Louise Culotta, Dr. Gerald and Joan Berenson, and Herbert and Sue Barton. The latter two men are World War II veterans.
Barbara and David Waller just received friends and family at their Uptown home to recognize daughter Helen, a former queen of Oberon, who has been living in Burma (Myanmar) for several years. She talked about her passion for the Pre-Collegiate Program in Myanmar and her work with it. Applause was hearty.