Well-wishers gathered at Le Centre Internationale de Lafayette to bid farewell to Consul General of France Olivier Brochenin, who was promoted to deputy chief of a mission of the French Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. But the real surprise was the medals of the French Embassy to the U.S. presented to Le Marquis de Lafayette committee co-chairs extraordinaire — first lady of Lafayette Lynne Durel and businesswoman Virginia Stuller — who organized more than 100 events to honor the 250th anniversary of the Marquis. David Domingue coordinated the festive fête with beaucoup de vin and delicious apps from Bonnie Bell’s Bistro. Also attending was Honorary Consul General Dr. Dana Kress of Shreveport, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ Humanist of the Year. Party On!
David Domingue, Joey and Lynne Durel, Virginia Stuller and Olivier Brochenin
Mary and Warren Perrin
Olivier and Rina Brochenin
Olivier, Alexandre, Benjamin, Raphael and Rina Brocheninand Joey Durel
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.