Shelby About Town
Popular Buzz LadyRoseann Rogersthought that hubby Dr. Aashish Shah was taking her along on a business trip to Sacramento over the weekend. That was until they got to the airport where they were joined by a dozen of their closest friends. Destination: Napa Valley.
It was a surprise trip that Aashish pulled off to celebrate his bride's birthday over a long weekend in Yountville at the lovely Hotel Yountville resort. The festivities began with a birthday serenade at Domaine Carneros that was followed by dinner in the wine room at chef Michael Chiarello's Bottega.
The next day, Waco native Ann Colgin hosted the group at her St. Helena winery overlooking the Napa Valley. They traded Texas stories and sipped Colgin Estate IX and Ann gifted Roseann with a bottle bearing her special signature — a lipstick kiss. The wining and dining continued that night at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, where the group feasted on a sumptuous dinner.
The weekend was capped off by an Italian inspired feast at Houston cardiologist Dr. Madaiah Revana’s Revana Family Vineyard, where the group savored his cabernets and compared his California and Oregon pinot noirs.
Roseann always says her birthday is Christmas in July and this year was definitely that for her and the couple's friends. Rounding out the party people were Jyl and Keith Calcote, Gail and William Wood, Dr. Mark Netoskie and Paul Reade, Drs. Jessica and LuchoRossman, Esther and Jorge Puig and Katherine and George Biggs.
On the heels of celebrating a youthful birthday, the dazzling Joanne King Herring, who defies all concepts of "age," is celebrating her role as the darling of international media.
Hola! magazine has just interviewed her on her Marshall Plan Charities, completed a photo shoot of the remarkable eightysomething and plans to run a large spread in an upcoming issue. She adds on her Facebook page that a top magazine from Germany will interview her next week and that the Financial Times of London is also giving her the opportunity to explain her plan to transform Afghanistan.
Working the stats
Anyone who knows Patrick Gehm, president of RENAELC, knows that the guy loves basketball and loves running the stats for various teams in various corners of the planet. In fact, he's been all over the world with this hobby. Before the Olympic games began, he was in Manchester, England, and Barcelona, Spain, on the pre-Olympic tour with the U.S. Olympic men's and women's basketball teams.
As sports broadcaster Lisa Maloskysaid, "He's always been one of the best in the NBA, so obviously, he has been recognized for that."
Artists on the go
Artist Taft McWhorter's travels between Houston and New York found him last week as guest lecturer at the Art Institute of New York City, where he spoke on the "business of the arts" and gave students tips on management of their artful careers.
Hanh Tran fans will want to pay close attention to Hawaii Five-O in the coming season. One of the producers and set designers for the TV series spotted Hanh's "La Palma" painting, loved it and ordered a giclee (a replica-like print on canvas). The work will show up in scenes in future tapings. The original work remains in Hanh's stable and is available for purchase.
Winning the hearts of Australians is artist Allan Rodewald, whose works including his Dream Series are drawing raves at Makawao Fine Art Gallery in upcountry Maui.
That would be Jessica Rossman and Gordon Bethune who have signed on to chair the Dec. 3 World AIDs Day luncheon at the Hilton Americas-Houston benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston. AFH new CEO Kelly Young and chief development officer Melody Patelis are kicking up their heels over having landed this powerhouse couple to chair the annual luncheon.