Veronica Rodrigue, of Blue Dog fame, celebrated her birthday in style — where else — at Blue Dog Café. Hosted by family and friends Kay Texada, Megan Morris and David Bennett, the birthday girl sparkled in turquoise as she greeted guests from Lafayette and several towns besides. Wishing her well and many more to come were sons Jacques and André Rodrigue, gentleman friend Neil Morein, handsome Shreveport bachelor Brian Hebert, Eddie Mouton and an entire contingent from Lake Charles. What we loved: The seafood wontons — don’t wait for a birthday to have these — and Morein’s quip that “now she’s officially my old lady.” You’d better have a Harley to back that up, sir.

Ready, set … dress!

Best Dressed of the Teche gathered at a City Club cocktail meet ‘n’ greet in preparation for their runway debut. Former “voice of the Cajuns” Don Allen previewed the fashion play-by-play as Penny Edwards, Danny Davis, Eddie Guidry, Rebecca Curry, City Club’s own Alan Jacobs, Jenée Jordan and Robert Jordan Jr., Dave Moore, Kay Lipari and Judith “JuJu” Stansbury got ready to strut the catwalk on behalf of Partners of the Americas, a global network of volunteers and institutions that fosters broad economic partnerships between countries. In its 16th year and organized by Miriam Krepper, Best Dressed of the Teche selects its chosen few based on style, character and community standing.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at or at