“Sunday at Emeril’s XX” cooked up cash for the LSU Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry, thanks to invitations extended by the department’s advisory board and the LSUHSC Foundation; the law firm of Phelps Dunbar hosted a reception for the Amistad Research Center in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and, mixing business and related pleasure, the 35th annual Tulane Business Forum teamed with IberiaBank and the Tulane Association of Business Alumni for a reception in honor of the forum’s speakers and sponsors. Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House was the site for the night.

n Emeril’s Sunday Salute

Dr. Howard Osofsky, who holds the Kathleen and John Bricker Chair of Psychiatry in the LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry, praised host Emeril Lagasse both before and during the course of the recent Sunday dinner, the 20th one at the acclaimed chef’s namesake restaurant. “Emeril has made a personal commitment to build on mental health strengths in order to meet the health, educational, and developmental needs of children and adolescents,” Osofsky said. “His (Emeril’s) efforts and work in this area are legendary.”

Because of Lagasse’s commitment and dedication, he was chosen to be the fundraiser-dinner’s honoree.

Event Chaircouple Sheldon and Michael Schmidt opened the formalities after guests relished some lively mingling. Then came welcoming remarks by advisory board President Anne Redd, the invocation by Loyola President the Rev. Kevin William Wildes, S.J., the tribute to Emeril by Dr. Osofsky and spouse Joy, and the host/honoree’s comments. Bryan Batt shone as the auctioneer.

Among the auction items that dazzled were art work, vacations, and dinners, including one for 14 in Emeril’s Wine Room with music by Irvin Mayfield.

Culinary delights at “Sunday” were myriad and included passed appetizers during the cocktail hour and a multicourse dinner, concluding with a dessert of blood orange tart, chocolate mousse and pistachio merengue. The musical menu came from University of New Orleans students Miles Berry and Dominic Minx, a saxophonist and a guitarist.

More thanks tapped Johnny Lopez (Perfect Presentations), Margaret Jones and David Isganitis (Scriptura), and Tiffany Adler (Adler’s), respectively for the flowers, programs, and gifts.

Making the 20th more special was the attendance of Emeril’s wife, Alden, and her parents, Cherry and Kent Lovelace. Adding their presence, too, were Edmund Redd (with the above Anne), Mary Clare and Danny Conwill, Phyllis Taylor, Ann and Dr. Tony Fuselier, Susan and Jimmy Gundlach, Dick and Betsy Nalty Simmons, Ella and Walter Flower, Peggy and Jack Laborde, Elizabeth Boh, Marjorie Colomb, Gretchen and Joel Dondis, Tom Cianfichi with Bryan Batt, Martine and Juan Linares, and Sandra and Joel Chaisson.

Dozens more savored the Emeril encomiums.

n Amistad Research Center

Numerous local officials and dignitaries attended the reception at Phelps Dunbar that paid tribute to the Amistand Research Center, “the nation’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive independent archive which specializes in the history of African Americans and other ethnic minorities.” In keeping with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the center was recognized as the first archive to document the movement.

Kim Boyle, the center’s board president and chairwoman and a partner at Phelps Dunbar, gave the introductory remarks. Longtime Amistad board member Sybil Morial stepped forward for the center’s history. Among the evening’s many aspects were a tribute in pictures and music from the Civil Rights era featuring vocalist Stephanie Jordan; Bishop Lester Love’s auctioning off of Dwayne D. Conrad’s commemorative artwork; and information about the research center that is housed in Tulane University’s Tilton Memorial Hall.

From the Amistad board came Dr. Lance Query (the center’s interim director), Dr. Charles Teamer with Linda, Judge Terri Love, and Ron Wilson. The hosting Phelps Dunbar had representation from, among others, Harry Rosenberg, Nan Alessandra, Allen Miller, and Chris Ralston.

Also within the reception’s ranks were Xavier University President Dr. Norman Francis (who recently announced that he will retire), City Attorney Sharonda Williams, Councilman Jason Williams, Judge Kern Reese, Judge Tiffany Chase, Dr. Silas Lee, Entergy New Orleans CEO Charles Rice Jr. and Vonda, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce CEO Ben Johnson and Barbara, Ed Marshall of FNBC, and about 130 more who, at Amistad’s invitation, joined in the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. History made this happen.

n Taking Flight on Terra Firma

IberiaBank presented the 35th annual Tulane Business Forum, which was bannered “Taking Flight: Business Leaders Executing Plans for Success.” Registration and conferences unfolded in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on a Thursday (with Ira Solomon, dean of the A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, for welcoming remarks), but it was on a Wednesday, the eve, that the business bonhomie occurred.

Noted at Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House, a forum underwriter along with The New Orleans Advocate, were the above dean; associate Dean Peggy Babin; David Kearney, forum co-chairman, Tulane Association of Business Alumni; Gary Lorio, of Whitney Bank; David Dunlap, president and CEO of Superior Energy Services Inc. from Houston; Ozgur Karaosmanoglu, of Raymond James; Laurie Ann Goldman, former CEO of Spanx; Aimee Freeman, forum co-chairwoman; forum sponsor Chairman Brian Banks, and Forum coordinator Jennifer McCausland, joined by Patrick..

Others — several from out of town — were Laura Cox Kaplan, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Gregory C. Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health; and Wan Kim, CEO of Smoothie King. Answering to titles, too, were Michael Brown, Margaret Beer, Bill Hudlow, Gay LeBreton, Chris Bonura, Scott Cunningham, Paul Spindt and Rhonda Brown.

The above Perfect Presentations did the floral arrangements, Helen Maxwell purveyed lovely harp music, and Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House made sure that the collective appetite was delightfully sated. Guests loved the food, which included duck poppers, oysters on the half shell and bourbon-glazed shrimp.