River Oaks Dinner Party

Indian chef partners with River Oaks philanthropists for one of tastiest dinner parties ever

Indian chef shines at one of tastiest River Oaks dinner parties ever

News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Bobbie Nau, Kiran Virma, Andy and Liz Stepanian
Bobbie Nau, from left, Kiran Verma and Andy and Liz Stepanian. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Bob and Gracie Cavnar
Bob and Gracie Cavnar. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Omana and Sam Abraham
Omana and Sam Abraham arrive at the Recipe for Success event. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
Dr. Yvonne Cormier receive her bindi at the door.  Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian Dinner, May 2015, Randy and Neela Risher
Randy and Neela Risher. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
Beautifully decorated cookies given to departing guests. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Laura and Brad McWilliams
Laura and Brad McWilliams. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
Lesha Elsenbrook gets a serving of Tandoor quail legs. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Astrid Van Dyke
Astrid Van Dyke. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Sten Gustafson, Sofia Adrogue
Sten Gustafson and Sofia Adrogué, Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
Delicious samplings from Kiran Verma's kitchen. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
Alan Perry, from left, Laura Goodrum, Bobbie Nau and friend. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Dick and Carol Hunton
Carol and Dick Hunton. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Omana and Sam Abraham
Bonnie Campbell steps up to the buffet line. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
Saffron Panna Cottta for dessert. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
Dinner is served Kiran Verma style. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian Dinner, May 2015
Floral decorations and tent design by The Events Co. Photo by Dragana Harris
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Bobbie Nau, Kiran Virma, Andy and Liz Stepanian
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Bob and Gracie Cavnar
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Omana and Sam Abraham
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian Dinner, May 2015, Randy and Neela Risher
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Laura and Brad McWilliams
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Astrid Van Dyke
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Sten Gustafson, Sofia Adrogue
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Dick and Carol Hunton
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015, Omana and Sam Abraham
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian dinner, May 2015,
News, Shelby, Recipe for Success Indian Dinner, May 2015

Chef Kiran Verma, who seems to never stop smiling, was grinning with extra verve during Recipe for Success' "The Flavors of India" dinner party in the River Oaks home of Bobbie and John Nau. For not only did the hostess dress up her garden with tented Indian party flair but guests fully embraced the theme, many dressing in saris and modern Indian dress.

Liz and Andy Stepanian, the Nau's daughter and son-in-law, joined in co-chairing the dinner evening and all three hosts (John Nau away on business) dressed to the nines, Bollywood style.

Verma had flown in from India only the day before the fundraiser but in plenty of time to oversee preparation of a truly delicious array of Indian street food. She might have called it street food but everyone agreed that these samplings were definitely dinner table quality. Consider the bison meatballs, pani poori shots, paneer samosas and the Tandoori quail legs, to name a few of the offerings. For sweets, the tables were filled with selections of mango mousse, saffron panna cotta, spiced chocolate truffles and cardamom short bread cookies.

Indian musicians performed background music while guests picked up their samplings beneath tents decorated in colorful Indian silks.

Among those savoring this special evening were Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar and husband Bob, Kathy and Marty Goossen, Omana and Sam Abraham, Laura and Brad McWilliams, Sofia Adrogué and Sten Gustafson, Bonnie Campbell, Lesha Elsenbrook and Laura Goodrum.

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