Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
I hope everyone had a frightfully fun Halloween!
It is one of my absolute favorite holidays when it comes to catering and event planning. One of our clients this year let me run off with my imagination. Some of you might remember the little stunt we set up at one of Cheryl Johnson’s past Halloween parties (looking at you, Gwendolyn Condoleo Crawford) where we had some of the staff dressed as zombies crawling out of the bushes as guests arrived – this time around they did double duty as they also served as valets and passed appetizers while staying in character. Our bartender was dressed as Neo (from “The Matrix”), offering up either one of the two signature drinks – the Red Drink or the Blue Drink. These clients live on a fabulous gated compound in Conroe with lots of outdoor entertaining space, so we set up tableaus of spooky little scenes everywhere that served as appetizer stations – the graveyard scene was set for our antipasti display, “Sweeney Todd” carved up roast beef, and the sound of screaming came from underneath the barbecued ribs display. Like I said, I have SO much fun with this holiday!
But enough of the ghoulishness! Because there was also a romantic outdoor destination wedding between Michelle Parnell and John Sorrentino surrounded by their family and closest friends at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in San Antonio. The wedding weekend began with a bridal brunch hosted by Ashley Parnell for sisters and soon-to-be sisters-in-law. The couple exchanged wedding bands belonging to the bride’s grandparents and discovered in the aftermath of Harvey. The ceremony and cocktail hour featured a violin and guitar duo. Signature drinks were a Texas Manhattan and Sorrentini. Dinner and dancing continued ‘til late in the evening. The couple’s adult children – Andrew, J.D., Patricia, Hannah and Ashley – served as attendants. Maylis Boulay, niece of the bride from Crested Butte, Colo. and the groom’s grandson, Brayden Peterson, made the most adorable flower girl and ring bearer ever seen! Guests included Michelle’s parents, Judy and Guy Williams; John’s father, Chuck Sorrentino; friends: Jay and Sally Mincks, Steve Timms, Joan and James Clinton, Katy and Cody Braun of the band Reckless Kelley, Layna and Mike Netek, friend and photographer Michelle Bruton and husband David, Kim Maxey, and Sandy Lee who introduced the happy couple to each other almost four years ago. The food was delicious, beginning with appetizers – spicy Asian tuna in edible cones, house-made, bacon-wrapped Medjool dates stuffed with chorizo, skewered bacon-wrapped scallops, and blue crab cakes with mustard seed remoulade. Dinner followed immediately with local greens, goat cheese, roasted fruit and candied pecans with white balsamic vinaigrette; all-natural, organic grilled beef tenderloin; pan-seared natural chicken breast; oven-roasted fingerling potatoes; and chef’s seasonal vegetables. For the finale, there was a three-tiered Black Forest cake with buttercream frosting and – in lieu of a groom’s cake – a vanilla creme brûlée cake for John’s father’s birthday.
The In the Pink luncheon was another rousing success for Project Mammogram and the Northeast Hospital Foundation. Sadly, I failed to wear anything pink this year, but everyone else made up for it! There was a veritable cornucopia of raffle items to win and auction items to bid on – fantastic job by raffle chair Christi Cardenas and her team (looking at you, Cynthia Calvert)! Foundation President Tim Baker welcomed everyone while Emmy Award-winning reporter Melissa Wilson of Fox26 emceed the event, introducing Honorary Chair U.S. Congressman Ted Poe. Speaker Dr. Stephanie Parke, a cancer survivor, recounted her story of family, friends, bravery, despair, survival and triumph. The foundation honored Dr. Angel Munoz, founder of WeeKare, a comprehensive pediatric medical care clinic. Sipping on champagne while upping bids on the board and visiting amongst each other were Twila Carter, Liz Fagen, Gwendolyn and Dave Crawford, Jill and Christopher Curran, Nancy Shortsleeve, Kelly Paull, Tom Broad, Tricia Racine, Millie Garrison, Mark Linabury, Robin Martinez, Michele Dykstra, Kim Brode, Danell Fields, Charles Cunningham and Bob Rehak. Gina Remmes couldn’t make it but entrusted me with her stack of raffle tickets – lucky for her I won her the spa basket!
Happy October birthday to my very dear friend, Denise Krieger! We celebrated with a leisurely five-hour lunch on Chachi’s patio with nachos and margaritas from the food truck and had a blast!
Don’t forget to get your tickets to the Texas Sawmill Festival on Nov. 11 at Bull Sallas Park! Lots of amazing competitions like log rolling and a chainsaw-carving demo, vendor booths, food, carnival rides and an all-around good time for everyone! Also amazing raffle prizes (I have my eye on the compound bow, so please choose something else). I hope to see some of you at the Buzz Party the night before!
Moving on to more results of the annual Sorority Bid Day from the Kingwood Area Alumnae Panhellenic Association:
At Texas Tech: from Kingwood High School – Victoria Szeplaki with Alpha Delta Pi, Taylor Welch with Alpha Gamma Delta, Sara Vogel with Delta Delta Delta, and Kendall Fisher with Zeta Tau Alpha; from Kingwood Park High School – Olivia Cherry with Chi Omega and Elly Kloesel with Zeta Tau Alpha. At the University of Georgia: Keri Nichols of Kingwood High School with Delta Gamma. At the University of Oklahoma: Megan Cambio and Karsen Kruger with Alpha Chi Omega.