It was a lesson in Houston's social heirarchy as scions of the old guard as well as a sprinkling of newcomers to the social ranks mixed with those of well-established credentials at the annual Rienzi spring party. Reckling, McConn, Liedtke, Bookout and Masterson were among the surnames of note.
Rienzi has long been the provenance of the city's most respected families. And the recent gathering of notables raised more than $151,000 for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum for European decorative arts.
Joy and Edward Randall chaired the evening that followed a "Laissez les bons temps rouler" theme.
And that New Orleans mindset provided inspiration for A Fare Extraordinaire which served a menu of taste sensations that included seafood gumbo, boudin balls, fried oysters, crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice and more. Add Bananas Foster bread pudding, bourbon pecan balls and miniature beignets. No late-night stops at Whataburger required.
The Zydeco Dots kept toes tapping as guests mingled outdoors on the terrace and around the pool while sipping on Bayou Breezes and Sazerac Cocktails.
Grand underwriters contributing to the evening's success were Laura and Tom Bacon, Diane Lokey Farb, Eliza Lovett Randall, Roy and Edward Randall, Isla and Tommy Reckling and Barbara W. Winston.
The party crowd included Gary Tinterow and Christopher Gardner, Eliza Lovett Randall, Mary Eliza and Park Shaper, Angie and John Reckling, Cliffe Reckling and Annie Amante, Debbie and John Daugherty, Molly and Ken Delery, Fran Fauntleroy, Isla and Joseph Jornayvaz and Matt LeBlanc.