What kind of birthday bash does a party girl throw for herself? If you’re Merilyn Crain, one of the most elegant soirees Acadiana has seen in years. Known as the consummate hostess, Merilyn is the owner of L’Eglise, a chapel that once lay in ruins in rural Vermilion Parish which she has transformed into a charming setting for weddings and private parties. Her husband George is loved for his warm hospitality, good nature and generous spirit. For Merilyn’s six-oh celebration, the classy couple left no detail untended, including a four-course dinner, imported French wines, after-dinner chocolates and cheeses served with a selection of rare 1963 ports (with cigars for the gents, of course). Merilyn invited people who had touched her life in some way, including family members and longtime pals — even her college roommate was there. The rule for dinner seating? No couples together and one vacant seat at each table so the host or hostess could move from one to the next with each course and spend time with every guest. Family friend Chef Georges Guy of Houston presided over the full menu, which included appetizers of foie gras followed by a beautiful seasonal vegetable terrine that even earned raves from John Chappuis. (“Please don’t tell Colleen I ate my veggies!” he said.) The Skyliners provided the soundtrack for the evening, including a late-night appearance by crooner Ron Gomez. By the last song, Merilyn had kicked off her shoes for one final spin around the dance floor, which is, of course, as it should be.
|Dr. Georges and Susan DesOrmeaux,
Cindy and Ed Krampe, Peggy Hebert
|Melanie McKenzie and
|Joanie and Allen Penniman with host
George Crain, center
|George and Merilyn Crain|
|The Skyliners Orchestra||The tables were elegantly
set for the birthday feast
prepared by Chef Georges Guy
|Merilyn Crain and her sister Nancy Williams||Chef Georges Guy|
|Creighton and Lori Crain, who shared a birthday
with her mother-in-law and received her own
special miniature cake
|John Chappuis, Merilyn Crain and the Skyliners|
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
Hashtag, retweet, like, share and do whatever else it takes to get in good today with the jolly man in red.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.