Bubbly on the Bayou

The champagne was flowing on the grounds of beautiful Patton’s, located at the Salmen-Fritchie House in Olde Towne Slidell on March 8. This historic home was a quaint location for the sixth annual Bubbly on the Bayou event. This year’s theme was “A Tip to the Derby” for the love of Rainbow Child Care.

Celebrity waiters for the event were Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan, Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith and Fire District One Chief Chris Kaufmann, who served guests champagne and beverages on the wide porch of the venue.

Rainbow Child Care is celebrating 32 years of serving families in St. Tammany parish. The center is a nonprofit child development program for working families in the parish.

Also featured at the event was a seasonal fashion show, with models highlighting the wonderful fashions available at My Girlfriend’s Closet boutique. The store is a United Way partner agency benefitting Rainbow, and is located at 881 Robert Blvd., behind Domino’s Pizza and Dollar General. The store is open on the first consecutive Thursday, Friday and Saturdays of each month. Donation drop-off are accepted on the last Thursday of each month.

The Bubbly on the Bayou committee included Ellen Lamarque, Linda Larkin, JoAnn Chelchowski, Amanda Hover, Gwen Wade and Dionne Graham. For more information on the center or My Girlfriend’s Closet, call Executive Director Dionne Graham at (985) 646-1603 or visit www.rainbowccc.org.

Chef Soiree

The Youth Service Bureau hosted their annual Chef Soiree event on March 15 at Bogue Falaya Park in Covington. This year, the event was dedicated to the memory of Judge Andy Clayton James Jr., who assigned the first Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer in the 22nd Judicial District in 1989.

The weather was stunning and cool for this outside event and more than 1,300 guests eagerly participated in the opening, which included a rousing second-line parade featuring the fabulous 610 Stompers and dramatic pyrotechnic special effects.

Patrons were treated to savory delicacies from more than 85 restaurants including meat dishes, pastas, desserts and drink specials. Benny Grunch and the Bunch, Gypsy River, Louisiana Spice, Voodoo Funk & Soul, The Wagners and local favorite Amanda Shaw helped keep the music flowing and the crowds grooving.

Rick and Tina Flick, with the Banner Drives Foundation, were on hand to congratulate the lucky winner of a 2015 Ford Mustang, with Chevron as the “Top Banana” sponsor and Capital One as the “Silver Spoon” sponsor.

The event also honored Matt Cole, local Marine Corps veteran and graduate of the Culinary Institute of New Orleans. This year’s poster was designed by local artist Suzanne King.

The evening concluded with a grand fireworks finale reflecting in the beautiful waters of the Bogue Falaya.

The Youth Service Bureau provides advocacy, counseling, education and intervention for at-risk youth and their families, helping them reach their full potential. The agency serves both St. Tammany and Washington parishes.

For information on the YSB, call (985) 893-2570 or visit www.ysbworks.com.

Missie Arata Noel is the society and features writer for the St. Tammany Advocate. She can be contacted by email at jrnoel@bellsouth.net.