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Becca Cason Thrash serves up Texas best at dinner for French Ambassador

Becca Cason Thrash serves up Texas best for French Ambassador

News, shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015
French Ambassador Gerard Araud and Becca Cason Thrash. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Jessica Mena, John Thrash, Greggory Burk
Jessica Mena, from left, John Thrash and Greggory Burk. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Javier Loya, Phoebe Tudor, Jane Seam, Sujiro Seam
Javier Loya, from left, Phoebe Tudor, Jane Seam and French Consul General Sujiro Seam. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Tony Petrello, Maria Bush, Neal Bush
Tony Petrello, left, with Maria and Neal Bush. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Bill Caudell, Diane Lokey Farb, Diana Untermeyer, Randy Powers
Bill Caudell, from left, Diane Lokey Farb, Diana Untermeyer and Randy Powers. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Henry Richardson, Pat Burke, Monsour Taghdisi
Henry Richardson, from left, Pat Burk and Monsour Taghdisi. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Cathy Cary, Rivie Cary
Cathy and Rivie Cary. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Mark Sullivan, Glen Gonzalez
Mark Sullivan, left, and Glen Gonzalez. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015
A touch of Texas inspired the tabletop decor. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Jessica Mena, John Thrash, Greggory Burk
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Javier Loya, Phoebe Tudor, Jane Seam, Sujiro Seam
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Tony Petrello, Maria Bush, Neal Bush
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Bill Caudell, Diane Lokey Farb, Diana Untermeyer, Randy Powers
News, shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Henry Richardson, Pat Burke, Monsour Taghdisi
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Cathy Cary, Rivie Cary
News, Shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015, Mark Sullivan, Glen Gonzalez
News, shelby, French Ambassador dinner, April 2015

It was the charming French Ambassador Gérard Araud's first visit to Houston and in between speaking at Rice University's Baker Institute and a luncheon with the French-American Chamber of Commerce, the diplomat was feted Texas style by John and Becca Cason Thrash in their art-filled Memorial area home.

La Becca, a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, knows a thing or two about entertaining and had no trouble pulling together a Lone Star evening for Araud. The dinner began with the hostess welcoming the ambassador in French and pointing out that 90 percent of the 30 dinner guests had supported the Louvre, either at fundraisers in the Cason Thrash home or in Paris at Becca's Liaisons au Louvre benefits.

Cason Thrash tapped RDG chef Robert del Grande to put on a Texas-inspired spread that included quail steaks and pecan pie. The meal served in the pool room with guests seated at one long table decorated with silver cowboy boots and fresh flowers.

Sitting down for the feast was a host of notables including The Menil Collection director Josef Helfenstein and wife Dorothee, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Chase Untermeyer and wife Diana, Nabors Industries CEO Tony Petrello, Choice Energy president and CEO Javier Loya and Maria and Neil Bush.

"He was a blast," Cason Thrash said of the ambassador. "The wildly charming and dapper Ambassador toasted us and joked that after meeting guests at the party he felt he could leave and feel as if he experienced Houston to the max."

The experience included exchanging bon mots with guests such as Houston's French Consul General Sujiro Seam and wife Jane, Phoebe Tudor, Greggory and Pat Burk, Randy Powers and Bill Caudell, Robyn Lay, Diane Lokey Farb, Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson, Karen Henry, Mark Sullivan and Cathy and Rivie Cary.

Also on the ambassador's dance card was Houston Grand Opera's production of Die Walküre. He changed his travel plans in order to attend the opera with HGO board vice chairman Lynn Wyatt, also a French Legion of Honor recipient.

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