The best-looking six decades Party Girl has ever seen got quite the surprise in September when she walked into French Press downtown, expecting a quiet dinner with her family. Kiki Frayard’s husband Rick and the couple’s daughter, Katie, pulled off the perfectly planned birthday bash, inviting about 25 guests to help celebrate the milestone in the dimly lit private dining room next to the restaurant. David Egan provided musical entertainment, with Kiki joining him for a few numbers, including “Pennies from Heaven” and “God Bless the Child.” Guests were treated to fine wine and a sit-down dinner, and the food was almost as big a hit as Kiki’s singing.
Photos by Denny Culbert
(1) Kiki takes the stage at her b-day celebration (2) Rick and Katie Frayard surprise the birthday girl (3) Rick and Kiki and Lenny and Christine Lemoine (4) Lenny Lemoine and Kiki’s mom, Nancy Kimbrough (5) Two tables of guests enjoyed a delicious French Press meal (6) Colette Vige and Kiki Frayard (7) Rick and Kiki
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
Vintage rock band Prop Studio played for a soft re-opening of the all-new Oasis Sports Bar on Verot School Road, which is under new ownership and has undergone extensive improvements. Oasis has a full menu and is also now serving plate lunches Monday-Friday.
Photos by Blane Faul
(1) Robert Guercio, middle, and Oasis staff (2) Billy Pruitt, Brian Frederick, and Nicole and Jamie Setze (3) Party-goers dance the night away (4) Sam Terancino, Liz Richard and Harold Parker (5) Donna Frederick, Tess Prados, Roxanne Derouen and Raylee Berard
Martinis were flowing and patrons glowing at the Martinis 2011 event benefitting the Healing House. For the second year in a row, the Judge’s choice for best martini was Pamplona, which created the “Wild Thing” especially for the event. The People’s Choice was newcomer Walk-Ons’ delicious chocolate martini.
(6) Barbara Olinde, Jim Higginbotham and Billy Higginbotham (7) Holly Garrison and Anson Trahan of Pamplona (8) Annie Caillouet (9) Courtney Vincent of Charley G’s
Lafayette’s legal community and guests gathered for the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association Installation of Officers and New Attorney Reception at La Fonda. At the always well-attended event, Steven Ramos of the Onebane Law Firm was installed as LYLA president for 2011-12. Attorneys welcomed new colleagues into the legal fold with lots of margaritas, sangria, half-and-halfs and a great spread of Mexican food. Onebane, IberiaBank Private Banking and Jamie A. Roy Certified Stenotype Reporters sponsored the festive event. Spotted in the crowd were Judge Marilyn and Jack Castle, Lafayette Bar President Andre Douget and wife Nora Stelly and LBA past president Miles Matt and wife Glenda.
|Greg Moroux||Maisie and Jacob Hargett|
|Kenny Habetz and Keith Saltzman||Nora Stelly, Maggie Simar, Nicole Reynolds and Andre Douget|
|Kyle and Amy Bacon|
Crawfish Town USA executive chef Colt Patin was one of five chefs statewide chosen this year as a Chef to Watch by Louisiana Cookin’ magazine. The five chefs were honored at a dinner Aug. 22 at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. Crawfish Town USA owners Wendy and Johnny Hebert also attended the even, as did Charlie and Del Goodson. Charlie, owner of Charley G’s, was presented with the humanitarian award. The magazine recognizes community leaders from throughout Louisiana for their pilanthropic endeavors and who have “contributed to the betterment of communities where they have a business presence.”
|Donna Degatur Richard, Johnny Hebert and Paula Finley||Johnny Hebert, Randy Patin, Rachelle Patin and Heidi Patin|
|Charley and Del Goodson||Chef Colt Patin, center, with Wendy and Johnny Hebert|
|Angie Hebert, Wendy Hebert, Tina McNeil and Paula Finley|
LITE was packed to capacity for the Business After Hours kickoff celebration of Leadership Lafayette’s 25th Anniversary hosted by the Leadership Institute of Acadiana. The Leadership Lafayette and Lafayette Junior Leadership programs boast more than 1,000 graduates and have empowered participants in leadership development. Leadership alumni and well-wishers enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and beverages at the lively monthly gathering for Lafayette’s bustling business community.
|Babette Werner, Lori Broussard, Donna |
Delahoussaye and Jeanne Lantier
|Robin Chapman and
|Mary Neilhesel and Jeanette Alcon||Charlie Baudoin, Brian Bille and John
The ’90s ruled at Barbara Olinde’s Sweet 16 2.0 birthday celebration at her swanky party pad. Walls were decked with strings of pink lights and movie posters from the era, including Pulp Fiction, Fight Club and The Big Lebowski. Guests dressed as their favorite characters from the decade, including Barbie herself, looking perfectly precious as Alicia Silverstone’s character Cher from Clueless. Other “celebrity” sightings included Nash Bridges, Princess Di, Madonna and Anna Nicole Smith. After dancing on tables to tunes by the Spice Girls and Nirvana, the party moved to the rooftop and continued into the wee hours.
|Barbara Olinde and Shana Stumpf||Dr. Mike Liu and Guy Cannata face off|
|Barbara Olinde, Garrett Olinde and Joey Dupuis||Tucker Giles and Anthony Lascaro|
|Barbara Olinde and Tucker Giles|
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