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Night of champagne, can-can and love songs oozes French savoir-faire

Night of champagne, can-can, love songs oozes French savoir-faire

Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Sally Moon Benz, Dr. Alan Bentz, Marie LeNotre
Sallymoon Benz, Dr. Alan Bentz, and Marie LeNotre with can can dancers.  Photo by Kim Coffman
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Rolanette Lawrence
Rolanette Lawrence. Photo by Kim Coffman
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Ashley Petersen, JoAnn Petersen
 Ashley Petersen, JoAnn Petersen. Photo by Kim Coffman
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Alain LeNotre, Marie LeNotre, Jane Seam, Sujiro Seam
Alain LeNotre, Marie LeNotre, Jane Seam, French Consul General Sujiro Seam. Photo by Kim Coffman
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Barbara Van Postman, Marie Bosarge, Beverly Kaufman
Barbara Van Postman, Marie Bosarge, Beverly Kaufman. Photo by Kim Coffman
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Jane Page Crump, James Crump
Jane Page Crump, James Crump. Photo by Kim Coffman
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Bob Cress, Anne Cress
Bob Cress, Anne Cress. Photo by Kim Coffman
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Sally Moon Benz, Dr. Alan Bentz, Marie LeNotre
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Rolanette Lawrence
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Ashley Petersen, JoAnn Petersen
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Alain LeNotre, Marie LeNotre, Jane Seam, Sujiro Seam
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Barbara Van Postman, Marie Bosarge, Beverly Kaufman
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Jane Page Crump, James Crump
Champagne & Chocolat gala, Feb. 2016, Bob Cress, Anne Cress

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.

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