The past week had me partying with the best dressed, musically inclined and St. Patrick’s Day celebrants at some of my favorite events.
‘On the Rocks’
Mother Nature did her best to dampen the cocktail party fêteing the city’s Best Dressed March 18, but she was unsuccessful, other than making folks run a little late. The honorees all looked stunning in spite of the rain, as did the guests. This is one of those events where everyone pays close attention to their attire. A 2016 best dressed honoree. Dixon McMakin, aka LSU Elvis, was sporting his blue suede shoes, and the two of us had a lot of fun people watching.
Brenda and Danny Phillips opened their lovely home for the occasion. Brenda was one of last year’s Best Dressed and co-hosted the party with her fellow honorees Robin Bonnette, Melissa Campbell, Stacey Davis, Laura Domingue, Leslie King, Heather Kleinpeter, Stephanie Marcello, Michele Percy, Lexie Polito, Geno B ro wn, Pete Bush, Brian Dantin, David Delucci, David Duggins, Todd Howell, Nathan Matticks, Rubin Patel, Taylor Robert and Blake Whittle.
In the spotlight with Dixon as this year’s Best Dressed are Carol Arabie, Rebecca Butler, Stephanie Possa-Delgado, Holly Edmonds, Melissa Ferachi, Courtney Hart, April Hill, Remi Jenkins, Melissa Mouton, Kathy Victorian , Jason Dupree, Dr. Michael Hanemann, Kenny Hodges, Michael Marsh, Dr. Kevin McCarthy, Al Moreau, Nial Patel, James Peltier and Peter Scalfani. They’ll strut the runway at the American Cancer Society’s 49th annual Best Dressed Ball, “On the Rocks,” April 16 at the River Center. This year’s chairwoman is Katie Baron.
The weather the day before St. Patrick’s Day was gorgeous — perfect for partying. My day started off at the Music Club’s annual Scholarship Luncheon at Boudreaux’s, where we were welcomed by club President Victor Klimash. I always look forward to this event because LSU students from Terry Patrick Harris’ musical theatre class are the entertainment. Well, the class no longer exists but it’s been replaced by the Musical Theatre Club, and they didn’t miss a beat.
This talented group of young adults sang and danced through Broadway hits from “Gypsy,” “Pirates of Penzance,” “Grease,” Beauty & the Beast,” “Legally Blonde,” “Oklahoma” and “The Sound of Music.” Soloists included club board Chairman Curran Latas, Meghan Dawson, DeAundré Woods, Alaina Richard, Alex Gulino and Paige Bethea. You can catch them in action at “Singo de Mayo” at 7:30 p.m. April 30 at the LSU Union Theater.
The luncheon was chaired by Gwen Redding and Rose Mary Williams. Assisting them were committee members Jeanne Clement, Janelle Couvillon, Sara Ginn, Gail Kinney, Melanie Melville, Ken Nelson and Celeste Angelle Veillon.
In the afternoon, I traveled to Houmas House Plantation in Darrow for owner Kevin Kelly’s annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner. It was great to spend time in the starting-to-bloom gardens and visit with friends made over the years of attending this fun celebration. It was nice to reconnect with Cindy and Brian Pagragan and Bonnie Warren, and to meet Judi Bottoni, co-author of “New Orleans Mardi Gras Moments,” and Angelie Alciatore, who is the house artist at the Saenger Theatre.
Chef Joseph Dicapo and staff created a wonderful celebratory menu. My favorite dish was the Community Coffee Grilled Rack of Lamb, served with parsnip purée, truffle oil and asparagus tips. Can I get a “YUM!”
I was out partying the night before, as well. This time at Stroube’s in downtown Baton Rouge for the debut of The Advocate’s VIP Night. The restaurant was packed for the premiere event, which featured a special menu and cocktails. Among the VIPs joining in the fun were Mayor Kip Holden; Marketa Garner Wallace, who was recently appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services, and St. Elizabeth Foundation Executive Director Teri Casso, who earlier had been honored by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation with its John Barton Sr. Leadership Award.
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The week started off at the Woman’s Hospital Auxiliary’s spring luncheon at the City Club March 15. Welcoming guests, who included this year’s scholarship recipients Abby Allbritton, Jasmine Everfield and Trac ie Meeks, was auxiliary President Elaine Burke. Aside from recognizing the scholarship winners, veteran gift shop manager Peggy Vernice was recognized for her 27 years of dedicated service.
Updating everyone on the latest news from the hospital was CEO Teri Fontenot. Woman’s is expanding its neo-natal intensive care unit and relocating some doctors’ offices. It’s also expanding its cancer services at a cost of $38 million. “We’re also seeking proposals from developers regarding development of the rest of the campus,” concluded Fontenot.
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