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Reality TV star chef wows socialites and a financial heavy hitter in a special business lunch

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3 Lou Pelz and Vivian Wise at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014.
Lou Pelz and Vivian Wise. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
4 Michelle Coopwood, left, and Patti Murphy at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
Michelle Coopwood, left, and Patti Murphy. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9 Chef Ja'Nel Witt at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014.
Ja'Nel Witt. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
7 Leisa Holland Nelson, left, and Liz Glanville at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
Leisa Holland Nelson, left, and Liz Glanville. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 Nicole Lassiter, left, and Debbie Festari at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
Nicole Lassiter, left, and Debbie Festari. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6 Rasha Nasreddin at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
Rasha Nasreddin. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Cody Soutar, left, and Jonathan Blake at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
Cody Soutar, left, and Jonathan Blake. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2 Tammie Johnson, left, and Diane Caplan at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
Tammie Johnson, left, and Diane Caplan. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1 Floral arrangement at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
Floral arrangement. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Lou Pelz and Vivian Wise at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014.
4 Michelle Coopwood, left, and Patti Murphy at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
9 Chef Ja'Nel Witt at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014.
7 Leisa Holland Nelson, left, and Liz Glanville at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
5 Nicole Lassiter, left, and Debbie Festari at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
6 Rasha Nasreddin at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
8 Cody Soutar, left, and Jonathan Blake at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
2 Tammie Johnson, left, and Diane Caplan at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014
1 Floral arrangement at the Corner Table business lunch July 2014

It was almost all-business as a group of Houston's social swans, along with a few gents, gathered at Corner Table for a mid-week luncheon hosted by the restaurant's owner Darla Lexington, her daughter and co-owner Michele Coopwood, and Debbie Festari. 

In addition to discussing their recent summer travels and trading gossip about assorted social topics, the guests talked money matters with Lou Pelz, investment manager and owner of Core Capital Management & Research.

The restaurant's new chef Ja'Nel Witt, who shot to fame as the Season 11 winner of the Gordon Ramsay reality TV show Hell's Kitchen, dazzled the diners with her award-winning specialties, including Chicken Orzo and cauliflower grits. The group topped off the meal with a spectacular avocado mousse and desert wine.

In the stellar luncheon crowd were Vivian Wise, Leisa Holland Nelson, Liz Glanville, Patti Murphy, Rasha Nasreddin, Nicole Lassiter, Tammie Johnson, Diane Caplan, Cody Soutar and Jonathan Blake.

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