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A feast fit for Marie Antoinette: Top chefs at a palatial Memorial estate make it chateau good

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AVDA gala, October 2012, Kristy Junco Bradshaw, Sofia Adrogue, Lynn Kamin, Caroline Baker Hurley
Kristy Junco Bradshaw, Lynn Kamin, Sofia Adrogue, Caroline Baker Hurley Photo courtesy of AVDA
AVDA gala, October 2012, Marie Bosarge, Dr. Ed Bosarge
Marie Bosarge, Dr. Ed Bosarge Photo courtesy of AVDA
AVDA gala, October 2012, Eric Andell, Chef Chris Shepherd
Eric Andell, Chris Shepherd Photo courtesy of AVDA
AVDA gala, October 2012, Chef David Cordua, Kristy Junco Bradshaw
David Cordua, Kristy Junco Bradshaw Photo courtesy of AVDA
AVDA gala, October 2012, Larry Likover, Bonnie Likover
Dr. Larry Likover, Bonnie Likover Photo courtesy of AVDA
AVDA gala, October 2012, Eva Guzman, Nathan Hecht, Jackie Pontello
Justice Eva Guzman, Justice Nathan Hecht, Jackie Pontello Photo courtesy of AVDA
AVDA gala, October 2012, Claire Cormier Thielke, Rick Thielke
Claire Cormier Thielke, Rick Thielke Photo courtesy of AVDA
AVDA gala, October 2012, Shannon Morton
Shannon Morton Photo courtesy of AVDA
AVDA_gala_October_2012_Marc_Hennessyedited
Marc Hennessy Photo courtesy of AVDA
AVDA gala, October 2012, Kristy Junco Bradshaw, Sofia Adrogue, Lynn Kamin, Caroline Baker Hurley
AVDA gala, October 2012, Marie Bosarge, Dr. Ed Bosarge
AVDA gala, October 2012, Eric Andell, Chef Chris Shepherd
AVDA gala, October 2012, Chef David Cordua, Kristy Junco Bradshaw
AVDA gala, October 2012, Larry Likover, Bonnie Likover
AVDA gala, October 2012, Eva Guzman, Nathan Hecht, Jackie Pontello
AVDA gala, October 2012, Claire Cormier Thielke, Rick Thielke
AVDA gala, October 2012, Shannon Morton
AVDA_gala_October_2012_Marc_Hennessyedited

With chefs including Le Mistral's David Denis, Mark's Mark Cox, RDG's Robert Del Grande and Mockingbird Bistro's John Sheely putting their best dishes forward, how can an evening go wrong? It can't.

Just ask the several hundred who grazed through the palatial Memorial area home of Marie and Dr. Ed Bosarge for the annual Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) Home Safe Home evening. For a number of guests, the vast, elaborately-decorated home recalled Versailles. Perhaps fittingly, the Bosarges have named their new abode Chateau Carnarvon.

 While the focus was decidedly on palate-pleasing, the evening was not without its serious side. 

Kudos to chairs Sofia Adrogué, Caroline Baker Hurley and Kristy Bradshaw, who orchestrated the gourmet tasting event.

Among the most popular dishes: butternut squash pansoti with parmesan puff from Tony's chef Grant Gordon; foie gras meatballs from Americas chef David Cordua; seafood terrine from Olivette chef Neal Cox; and house-cured charcuterie from Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd.

Also providing taste sensations for the gathering were Stacy Crowe-Simonson of Chez Nous, Andrew LaRue of Abuso Catering, Kiran Verna of Kiran's and sommelier Antonio Gianola.

While the focus was decidedly on palate-pleasing, the evening was not without its serious side. The event honored the Supreme Court of Texas and in attendance were Justices Nathan Hecht and Eva Guzman, accepting praise for the court's work at resolving the state's funding crisis in the legal aid system.

Supporting the cause and savoring the various dishes were Jackie Pontello, Luvi Wheelock, Claire Cormier Thielke and Rick Thielke, Bonnie and Dr. Larry Likover, Bruce Hurley, Chris Bradshaw and Eric Andell.

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