The Perfect Ladies Lunch

The perfect ladies lunch: Award-winning chef and glittery jewels add delicious touch

Top chef and glittery jewels add delicious touch to sold-out luncheon

News, Shelby, Dec My Room, Oct. 2015, Ellie Francisco, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Ippolita, Susan Plank
Ellie Francisco, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Ippolita, Susan Plank. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Alice Mosing, Elzabeth Stein and Denise Monteleone
Alice Mosing, Elzabeth Stein and Denise Monteleone. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Amy Lee, Claudia Contreras
Amy Lee, Claudia Contreras.  Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Christina Webb, Layne Clark, Lyndsey Havel, Karen Lake
 Christina Webb, Layne Clark, Lyndsey Havel, Karen Lake. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Joanna Marks, Robert Del Grande, Ellie Francisco
Joanna Marks, Robert Del Grande, Ellie Francisco. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Ileana Trevino, Laurie Krohn
Ileana Trevino, Laurie Krohn.  Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Katherine Murphy, Stephanie Davis
Katherine Murphy, Stephanie Davis. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015  Sheree Frede, Jan Bailey, Barbi Clariday
Sheree Frede, Jan Bailey, Barbi Clariday. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Dec My Room, Oct. 2015, Megan Sutton-Reed, Anna Osborn
Megan Sutton-Reed, Anna Osborn. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, shelby, Dec My Room, Oct. 2015, Mauri Oliver, Vicki Rizzo
Mauri Oliver, Vicki Rizzo. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Colleen Dippel, Claudia Contreras, Marita Fairbanks
Colleen Dippel, Claudia Contreras, Marita Fairbanks. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Dec My Room, Ippolita, Hannah McNair
Ippolita, Hannah McNair. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Dec My Room, Oct. 2015, Ellie Francisco, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Ippolita, Susan Plank
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Alice Mosing, Elzabeth Stein and Denise Monteleone
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Amy Lee, Claudia Contreras
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Christina Webb, Layne Clark, Lyndsey Havel, Karen Lake
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Joanna Marks, Robert Del Grande, Ellie Francisco
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Ileana Trevino, Laurie Krohn
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Katherine Murphy, Stephanie Davis
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015  Sheree Frede, Jan Bailey, Barbi Clariday
News, Shelby, Dec My Room, Oct. 2015, Megan Sutton-Reed, Anna Osborn
News, shelby, Dec My Room, Oct. 2015, Mauri Oliver, Vicki Rizzo
News, Shelby, Dec My Room luncheon, Oct. 2015 Colleen Dippel, Claudia Contreras, Marita Fairbanks
News, Shelby, Dec My Room, Ippolita, Hannah McNair

With chef Robert Del Grande in the kitchen whipping up one of the tastiest charity luncheons on record and Italian jewelry designer Ippolita displaying her mouthwatering wares in the foyer of RDG + Bar Annie, Dec My Room's annual fall luncheon was particularly delicious.

The sellout crowd of more than 200 practically drooled over the glittering cache of Ippolita, from the $18,000 gold necklaces to the $1,000 mother of pearl drop earrings, rings for less and plenty of bracelets and adornments priced in between.

For the record, Del Grande served crab tostada and chilled corn soup for starters, roasted chicken vegetable salad with either sun-dried tomato pesto or buttermilk dressing and a lush plate of fresh berries topped with creme fraiche for dessert.

Three cheers for Dec My Room founder Susan Plank and luncheon chairs, Ellie Francisco and Leisa Holland-Nelson, for orchestrating a charity luncheon long on fun, no preaching to the choir. Applause, applause to Neiman Marcus and GM Bob Devlin for bringing in Ippolita and her terrific jewels.

In the very, very short program, Ippolita applauded the charitable efforts of those in the room saying, "Recently, I have been involved in some charity work in New York and I know it's one minute of glamour," she said gesturing around the restaurant, "and lots of hard work in the trenches to make it happen."

Among those helping make it all happen were Marita Fairbanks, Ursaline Hamilton, Elizabeth Stein, Lesha Elsenbrook, Hannah McNair, Joanna Marks, Chree Boydstun, Alice Mosing, Melissa Mithoff and Christie Sullivan.

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