So tasty … The annual Saint Joseph’s Day spaghetti lunch at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica Center will be Friday, March 16. At 10 a.m. is the blessing of the food on the Saint Joseph Table, and then from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dine-in and to-go lunches will be available. All of this delicious food can be yours for a donation of $10 per meal, with drive-through service behind the Cathedral Basilica on the corner of Forsythe and Archie. To reserve the to-go meals, call (409) 833-8996 The menu will be traditional pasta Milanese cooked by the Knights of Columbus, Council 951, fried fish prepared by Big Rich Courville, and assorted traditional vegetables, bread and dessert. Very special live Italian music will be provided by Jimmy Simmons. The luncheon is a communitywide event, and everyone is invited and welcome.
Giving back: To thank everyone for the recent success of their elegant Finch Hutton restaurant on Boston Ave. in Nederland, Chef Rafael and wife Christina and Lance and Tina Bradley of Inre Wines hosted a wonderful four-course meal with wine pairing and art auction by local artist Barney Stinett. This intimate evening raised over $8,000 for the local March of Dimes.
Gone for the Gold … Last Thursday evening, guests and hopeful winners once again enjoyed the Art Museum of Southeast Texas annual fundraiser Go for the Gold. Quaffing cocktails and enjoying the gourmet buffet from Cheddars and divine desserts from Two Magnolias as they played conversation catch-up with so many of their nearest and dearest were Jane and Joe Bob Kinsel, Judy and James Black, Andy and John Quigley, Elizabeth and Russ Waddill, Amy and Scott Renick, JoEllyn and Donald Jowers, Kathy Fisher, Christy Amuny, Michele and Mitch Smith, Mary Jane Garth, Charlene and Bud Leonard, Anne Winslow, Casey Winslow, Eve Anderson, Dean Conwell, Keely and Craig Kinsel, Martha Sue Jones, Natalie (who co-chaired the event with J. Earl Brickhouse) and S.L. Greenberg, Sally Bundy, Betty Leaf, Pat Klein, Marty and Revon Craig, Kit Ohmstede, Barbara and Bob Quinn, Beth Bommer, Kim and Roy Steinhagen, Tammy and Scott Crutchfield, Margi and Rocky Chase, Tam and Tom Kiehnhoff, Gloria and Mack Fulbright, Camille and Chris Ohmstede and too many more to mention. Emcees Brad Klein and Clark Winslow kept the crowd on the edge of their seats as each number was meticulously pulled in the reverse drawing. The final three numbers were drawn with Mark Steinhagen winning $1,000 in gold, Garrett Quinn winning $1,500 in gold and Marianne Cowan taking home $10,000 in gold. Congratulations to the winners and to all the volunteers who helped sell almost 500 tickets.
Candles and cakes … Belated best to Al Caldwell. Champagne toasts to Edward Persia, Bonnie Tortorice, Billy Elliott, Pagie Meighen, Tom Combs, Judy Ware, Gillian Jenkins, Andrew Chionsini, Mike Jenkins, Andre Cokinos, Foss Bean, Phoebe Bassana, Bart Nichols, Lisa Braneff, Tynell McFaddin, Stephanie Chenault, Lisa Causey, Kristen Godwin, Nancy McGrade, Debra Johnson, Cecile Burandt, Dana Reaud, Jimmy Simmons, Laurey Harmon, Katharine Carmichael and Therese Ruddy.Until the next RSVP!