Cité des Arts lured guests looking for a little romance and wine to their day-before-Valentine’s fundraiser on Vine Street. The debut event featured complimentary roses and more, plus signature drinks by Glazer’s and food by Bailey’s, The Filling Station, Petroleum Club, Vermilionville and Reve Coffee Roasters. “This is going to benefit our programming for the entire year,” said Danny Ladmirault. Among the Cité supporters were writer Jean François, Pat Snyder, Jim and Janice Vildibill, Jackie Lyle, Conrad Comeaux, French musician Walter Homs and not-to-be-upstaged aerialist Alisha Melançon.

Throw me somethin’ mister

Who says you can’t mix a little business with pleasure. The Advocate caught and defended beads with the best of them on Mardi Gras Day. The parade route runs right by our Johnston office and you couldn’t ask for a better vantage point. Getting their share: Billy Gunn, intern Heather Osbourne, law ’n’ order Kenny Franques Jr., radio god Don Allen and barbecue chef extraordinaire Randy Curtis.

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