What: Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Foundation "Champagne & Chocolate" scholarship gala.
Where: River Oaks Country Club.
The scoop: Culinary Institute LeNotre students and chefs prepared the profusion of chocolate treats and petit fours that were served along with bottles of bubbly during the pre-dinner reception. It was a French-flavored build-up to the evening of can can performers and a love song presented by foundation president Marie LeNotre for her husband, Alain LeNotre.
Ashley Petersen and JoAnn Petersen chaired the evening with co-chairs Beverly Kaufman and Barbara Van Postman. Marie Bosarge served as honorary chair. It was a special night for Rolanette Lawrence who received the Gaston LeNotre Ambassador Award. More than $200,000 was raised for scholarships to the culinary school.
Who: French Consul General Sujiro Seam and wife Jane, Sallymoon Benz and Dr. Alan Bentz, Anne and Bob Cress, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Anne and John Brent, Shane and Dennis Steger, Fran Peterson, Jame Page Crump and James Crump, Paula Sutton and Bill Gross, and Katina and Monty McDannald.