Shelby About Town
Partying in New Orleans with a felon, "pregnant" men at Philippe & Aspen honorsmake the scene sizzle
New Orleans' famed Galatoire's restaurant will probably never be the same after Suzy Bergner's birthday bash there on Friday. From the ladies wearing white cocktail dresses, Mardi Gras masks and feather boas (Suzy's table) to the Second Line parade to the presence of former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (just two days out of the pokey), it was a near riot of luncheon madness.
Suzy might have lived in Houston most of her adult life but she has never forgotten her Louisiana roots. This party queen is a Galatoire's regular and holds her "Gals at Gals" birthday luncheon there each year.
And each year, Suzy wears her bejeweled gold crown as the birthday queen. The heavy-duty adornment was presented to her about 10 years ago by Frankie B. Mandola when he crowned Suzy "Queen Parties Like a Rockstar."
"I did a masquerade theme this year," she said of Friday's bash "and had all the ladies dress in white and use nom de plumes. It was a hoot . . . When I presented Edwin Edwards with one of my Second Line hankies, he put his hands up as if to surrender. Considering he had just gotten out of prison, it was hilarious."
Joining Suzy from Houston were Stephanie Talafuse, Mimi Dinh, Roseann Rogers, Megan Bickel, Joan Allen and Beverly Burton Smith, from New Orleans Twila Huso and from Washington D.C. Jeannie Ohm, whom you might remember from her days as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KPRC Ch. 2.
Read about the scene at Galatoire's on this New Orleans-based blog.
Not your mother's baby shower
Who were those "pregnant men" with bulging bellies, sighted strolling on Post Oak Boulevard on Saturday?
Hello happy couple Michael and Matthew Burrus-Pearce, making a splash on their way to Philippe Restaurant + Lounge for their afternoon baby shower. The duo used the faux pregnancy costuming and the shower venue to announce the name of their soon-to-be-born daughter — Estelle Lillian Burrus-Pearce.
The costuming served as a playful schtick for these otherwise serious professionals. Michael is assistant general counsel for North America at Schlumberger and Matthew is chief communications officer with the Houston Association of Realtors. Their sisters, Marina Pearce and Michelle Burrus Fuller, flew in to host the baby event along with local honorary sister Gail Brown.
Posing for photos with the daddies and rubbing the fellas' bellies were guests including Cindi Rose and Erica Rose, HAR president Bob Hale and wife Susie, HAR executive vice president Rene Galvan and wife Malisa, Schlumberger deputy general counsel Dianne Ralston, Caroline and Dr. Gary Kenney, Houston Parks director Joe Turner and wife Lynda, city council candidate Ellen Cohen, Lori Freese, KPRC Channel 2's Kim Davis and KHOU Ch. 11's Deborah Duncan.
New dads in the mix included Monsour Taghdisi and Joe Hinojosa and John Ray. First-time moms-in-the-making Amanda Sutliff, Holly Chapman-Rosenow, Cara Federick and Barbara Keeling Steen, who gave birth to her son only two days later. That made Jeff Steen, Oil States International VP of legal affairs, one proud pappa. The Steens named the newborn Lias Fletcher Steen.
As Matthew reported, "You know it's a successful shower when it takes a parade of the entire staff of the restaurant to carry out all of the presents received."
An Aspen honor
Saturday was a big day for Cindi Harwood Rose, who preened in the spotlight at a private Susan B. Komen Foundation luncheon held in her honor in Aspen. The luncheon coincided with that posh resort town's 21st annual Race for the Cure.
Each of the 40 social scene-sters pouring into the home of Roberta and Howard Miller had their silhouette hand-cut by Cindi, who is preserving this age-old art form. Among guests were Aspen Peak publisher Alex Halperin and Komen honcho Sandy Israel.
Liz Gorman, Jerry Guerrero and Nick Espinosa at Zimm's Little Deck where they worked on plans for the Bering Omega Community Services "Sing for Hope" after-party, which is dubbed "A Venetian Masquerade." The 2011 Sing For Hope Gala is set for Saturday, Sept. 10 and will include a prelude dinner at the Houston Club, opera arias presented at the Wortham and an on-stage Encore! champagne reception followed by the after party . . .
Sheridan and John Eddie Williams among the partying throng dining at Tony's on Saturday night as were Jo Lynn and Gregg Falgout and Arlene and Marshall Hoffman, who dined in the bar.