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Pam’s Party Line: Roasting the ‘Pols’

Photo provided by LEO HONEYCUTT --- Politicians beware! --- Madly working on this year's Gridiron script are, from left, Marji and Mike Hasten, Marsha Shuler and Leo Honeycutt.

Politicians beware! Members of the Capitol Correspondents Association are currently writing the scripts for this year’s Gridiron. The scribes include The Advocate’s Marsha Shuler, Edwin Edwards biographer Leo Honeycutt and Gannett News’ Mike Hasten, and my sources tell me their pens and wits are extra sharp this year… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Jan. 25, 2015

You know Mardi Gras in the Capital City is in full swing once you start seeing lots of pink. It means the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe, better known as Spanish Town Mardi Gras, is starting to party, and no one does it better. Spanish Town Royalty The Lyceum was awash in a sea of pink for the… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Jan. 21, 2015

Photo provided by CHARLES BENNETT --- Women's Council --- At the Women's Council of Greater Baton Rouge's installation luncheon are, from left, Kristina Shapiro, Karen Vingiello, Sydney LeJeune and Dee Mather-Muenzler.

Karen Vingiello was sworn in as president of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge at its installation luncheon Jan. 8 at First Methodist Church. Also taking the oath of office from past President Kr istina Shapiro were Secretary Penny Stobaugh, Treasurer Mary Beth Groze, assistant… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Jan. 18, 2015

Freezing temps tried to damper the 15th annual Laurel Street Palooza Jan. 9, but it takes more than an arctic blast to slow down the party scene here in the Capital City. Several hundred brave and heavily bundled souls turned out for the Arts Council of… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Calendar

Welcome’s to Pam’s Party Calendar! We hope this information makes your event planning easier. In an effort to prevent multiple events from taking place on the same night, competing for the same fundraising dollar, we’re trying to maintain a comprehensive list of all upcoming nonprofit fundraisers and related events in the Greater Baton Rouge area. We’ve even… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Jan. 14, 2015

Photo provided by REBECCA CHRISTIAN --- Camellia Society --- At the Baton Rouge Camellia Society's annual Christmas party hosted by Rebecca and Bob Christian Dec. 9 are, from left, Jeff Kueney, Dyer and Joyce Lafleur and Charles Crowder.

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Pam's Party Line for Jan. 11, 2015

For more years than I can count on fingers and toes, Ann and Rob Guercio have hosted a lovely open house on New Year’s Eve for several hundred of their friends and their friends’ friends. It’s one of those parties where you can count on seeing familiar faces and making new friends.… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Meet the new members LSU’s Public Administration Institute’s honor society

Photo provided by JOSHUA DUPLECHAIN --- Honors Banquet --- At the LSU Public Administration Institute Student Association Honors Banquet Dec. 12 are, from left, Charles Brown, Ellice Richardson and PAI Director Jim Richardson.

Christmas came early for several graduates of LSU’s Public Administration Institute. Inducted in to Pi Alpha Alpha honor society for public affairs and administration were Cameron Golden, Drew Larose, Jasemane Brown and Crystal Carter, who was also presented with the David B. Johnson Outstanding Student Award at the December honors banquet at… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Jan. 4, 2015

Happy New Year! I hope you rang in 2015 in style. Goodness knows, 2014 went out in good fashion. If you missed Wednesday’s Top 14 of 2014, you can check it out online at theadvocate.com/columnists/pambordelon. Typically, I just pop in and take photos of the debutantes prior to their balls but since the daughters of several friends… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Premier Parties

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Miss USA --- The nation’s spotlight turned on Baton Rouge for the Miss USA pageant and the two weeks of festivities leading up the June 8 finale. The After Party hosted by Visit Baton Rouge! was the cherry on top. It was a great mix of locals, contestants and celebrities partying into wee hours. We got to rub shoulders with the current Miss Universe, Gabriella Isler, of Venezula; New Orleans Saints coach Sean Peyton; NBA great Karl Malone, a Louisiana native who served as judge; his fellow judges Melissa Peterman, Randy Couture, Ian Ziering (of “Beverly Hills 90210” fame) and Rumer Willis (Bruce and Demi’s daughter); 2013 Miss USA Erin Brady, from Connecticut; lots of the contestants;  our own Mayor Kip Holden and Visit Baton Rouge CEO Paul Arrigo.Also seen partying wer, from left, Leo Verde, Vinny Mazzurco, Laurie Stoma, Miss Connecticutt Desirée Pérez, fiancé Steven Mazzurco, Olga Mazzurco, mom Caroline Sacotto and Gina Otero.

Some are old favorites, some made their debut and some teamed up to create a whole new experience. 2014 was packed with fun events benefitting lots of nonprofits in our community. Here are my Top 14 parties of 2014: Vew all Pam's Party Line: Premier Party photos here.Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Making Merry

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Mix & Mingle --- Standing in front of Forum 35's new logo are board members, from left, President Eric Dexter, Tori Thomas, Kasey Henry, Melissa Parmalee, Jason Hijuelos, Jennifer Dyer, Kelly Glymph, Kenissa Mckay, Candace Parker, Bryan Fontenot, Sarah Moran, Sean McDonald and Sabrina Vutera.

I hope your Christmas was merry and bright. It was a good one for Katherine Scherer, Forum 35 and the Baton Rouge Ballet. The Manship Theatre presented its third annual Marquee Award to Katherine Scherer, deputy director of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, at the beginning of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Celebratory mood and a great time for several Baton Rouge members of YMCA Capital Area staff

Photo provided by KRISTEN HOGAN --- Y awards --- At the YMCA's Staff Recognition Dinner are, from left, Joe Capece, Don Clark, Eddrick Martin, Ronald Smith, Ronnie Walters and Debbie and Bob Jacobs.

Happy Christmas Eve and last night of Hanukkah! I hope this holiday season finds you and yours doing well. It was certainly a great time for several members of the YMCA of the Capital Area staff. Courtney Guillen was named the Staff Associate of the Year, and Kevin Broussard and Jonathan Lee were named Directors of the Year at… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 21, 2014

“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat …” and parties galore are filling the calendar leading up to the big day. If you have no plans tonight, join us in Kenilworth subdivision for luminaries. It starts at 6, and I promise it’ll put you in the holiday spirit. Gingerbread Tea The ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel was abuzz the afternoon of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Dec. 17, 2014

Photo provided by TIM ELDER --- 'hOLLIday Party' --- At the Lagniappe Chapter of OLLI at LSU's 'hOLLIday Party' Dec. 3 at the Main Library are, seated from left, Karen Link and Jeanette Marino; and, standing, Karen Egedy, Delores Dyer, Camilla Stevenson, Brenda LeBoeuf, Linda Gray, Frances Billeaud and Connie Smith. Members and guests were entertained by a bell choir directed by Kay Hawthorn and a men's quartet under the direction of Randy Gurie, of University Baptist Church.

Looking for some fun holiday experiences to share with friends and family? Check out The Advocate’s new app, BR 24/7, and start a new tradition. Follow Pam on Twitter @pamspartyline. Items for Pam’s Party Line must be received by 9 a.m. the Monday preceding the run date. High-resolution digital… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 14, 2014

. The holidays are a time of tradition for many. Several of my holiday traditions took place last week, putting me in the Christmas spirit. Christmas Tea The holidays means it’s time for my annual trek across the river for the Plaquemine Garden Club’s annual Christmas Tea, which I did Dec. 5. This year marked my 21st visit with this talented… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Dec. 10, 2014

There are 14 shopping days until Christmas and only 21 days left in the year. That means folks are starting to plan events for 2015. To make it easier to avoid conflicts, be sure and check out Pam’s Party Calendar online at http://theadvocate.com/columnists/pambordelon/8530318-123/pams-party-calendar. Once you get your event date chosen, be… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Dec. 7, 2014

Girls in white dresses and pink starfish top this Sunday’s agenda. Fourteen senior members of Les Jeunes Amies were presented at the Baton Rouge Symphony League’s annual Bal de la Symphonie Nov. 29 at the Crowne Plaza. Welcoming guests and sponsors were Symphony League President Jenny Gray,… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Dec. 3, 2014

Photo provided by FRANCES BENNETT --- Draft Party --- Former LSU Tigers catcher Tyler Moore, second from left, celebrates being drafted by the New York Mets in the sixth round at a Draft Party hosted by grandparents Margaret and Tom Moore, third and fourth from left, at their home Oct. 26. With them are Steve Moore and Tina Moore.

All of the Lights
Downtown hosts the Festival of Lights this Friday night and as part of that celebration the Foundation for Historical Louisiana throws open the doors of the Old Governor’s Mansion for its annual open house. Admission is a nonperishable food item for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
So, bring the kiddies by for a showing of a holiday… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 30, 2014

I hope you and yours enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving. Now the countdown to Christmas is officially underway, with 24 shopping days to go. That also means the local social scene slows down a bit — at least on the nonprofit front. But, fun lies ahead in the new year. Dancing with Big Buddy The wait is over — we… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: City Nights

Photo provided by STACI BRIMER --- Cornerstone dinner --- Attending the YMCA of the Capital Area's annual Cornerstone Society Dinner are, from left, Matt and Lara Falcon, Eddrick and Shanda Martin, Josh and Sylvia Landry, Jeff Casey, Mischa and Michael Breard, C.C. and Alex Lewis, Bob Jacobs, Debbie and Rickey Heroman, and Barry and Jon Blumberg.

Lifetime members and donors of the YMCA of the Capital Area were honored at its annual Cornerstone Endowment Dinner Oct. 28 at the City Club. Guest speaker for the evening was Barbara Delacourt, a member of the ExxonMobile Y, who told how her membership has changed not just her lifestyle but the impact she’s able… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 23, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Trianon's 40th --- Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Trianon are committee members, seated from left, Sharon Lanius, President Ann Suire and Chris Enright; and, standing, Adele Noonan, Lynda Michelli, Tammy Duos, Sandra Fox, Sharon Richard and Yvonne Crew.

Several of my favorite folks were deservedly in the spotlight last week for all they do for our community — Whitney Vann, Leonard Augustus, Kim and Trey Bowman, Michael Robinson and Don Boutté, Jim Brandt, Pinki Diwan, Lowry Griffon and Margaret Womack Hart. They and their fellow honorees are part of the fabric that makes this community such a great… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Nov. 19, 2014

Photo provided by CATHERINE SIMPSON --- 'Waiting Their Turn' --- Judge Betty LaBauve, center, with the winning artists of the annual show sponsored by the of the Louisiana Art & Artists Guild Iberville Chapter, from left,  Patricia Delk, Laurie Broussard, Claudia LeJeune, Larry Downs, Jim Packard, Calvin Balencie and Kathy Miller Stone.

Baton Rouge artist Larry Downs took first-place honors for his acrylic painting “Waiting Their Turn” in the Louisiana Art & Artists Guild Iberville Chapter’s annual Art Show at the Rosedale Art Depot Oct. 17-19. That honor came with a $250 cash prize. Second place and its $150 prize went to Baton Rouge artist Claudia… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 16, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAMELA LABBE --- Belly Up --- Serving as judges for the 16th annual Belly Up with the Bar are, from left, Chris Bild, Sheryl Kellar, the Rev. Bryan Owen, Candra Burges, Pam Bordelon, Charlie D'Agostino and Louis Reine.

. WHAT A WEEK!!! So, let’s get right to the highlights. Belly Up For more years than I can remember I’ve had the honor of serving as a judge at the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section’s Belly Up with the Bar event. Joining me in sampling this year’s 29 entries were Chris… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line: Set the Date

Photo provided by WANDA WASHINGTON --- 'Jazzy in Pink' --- At Sisters Supporting Sisters-Baton Rouge's third annual 'Jazzy in Pink' fundraiser Oct. 12 at Hemingbough in St. Francisville are, from left, Vice President Linda Daniel, President Wanda Washington, board Chairwoman Gwen Brooks, Financial Secretary Sandra Porter, Julia Bradford Moore and Corresponding Secretary Mary Stewart. Survivor Michelle Turner received the debut 'Ida's Gift' of a one-night's stay at Hemingbough in memory of the late Hemingbough manager Ida Cage.

View all Pam's Party Line photos here. It takes the strategic skills of the Army’s top generals to pick the right date for an event. As you’re planning your next party or fundraising event, don’t forget to check out Pam’s Party Calendar, the advocate.com/columnists/ pambordelon/8530318-123/pams-party-calendar, to see what dates are available. I already… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 9, 2014

Two really fun events bookended the past week — the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Wine Opener and the Charity Ball Association’s new member French Fête. Wine Opener Dee Grant and her committee pulled out all the stops with help from Sullivan’s Steakhouse general manager Leo Verde and staff for the 12th annual Price LeBlanc Lexus Baton Rouge Wine Opener benefiting… Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon for Nov. 5, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Life's a Canvas' --- Visiting with actor and author Brian Batt, fourth from left, at a VIP reception prior to Baton Rouge General Foundation's 'Life's a Canvas' cancer awareness event are Joe Juban, Beth Veazey, Paula de la Bretonne and Mark Slytar.

“She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother” is the title of actor and author Brian Batt’s memoire of his mother’s battle with cancer so, it was fitting that he was guest of honor at an Oct. 23 reception for Baton Rouge General donors. You see, the festivities included tours of the General’s Pennington Cancer… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Nov. 2, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Dining in the Dark --- At the Lighthouse Foundation's Dining in the Dark dinner are, from left, Lonnie Stockwell, Ty Gosse, President Renée Vidrine, James Slayton, David Beach, Erin McQuade Wright, Robert Scheneckenburger and Rick Massengale.

Angels, activists, revolution, haute cuisine and haute couture were all on last week’s agenda, making for an interesting week of party hopping across the Capital City. Dining in the Dark The invitation for Lighthouse Louisiana’s fundraising dinner Oct. 23 definitely piqued your interest. It invited you to a scrumptious six-course dinner at… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: A lifetime of achievement

Photo provided by LAURA GILLILAND --- Red Stick Kiwanis --- Gerard Ruth, left, seen here with wife Selma, receives a lifetime membership in the Red Stick Kiwanis Club at its annual banquet at the City Club.

Charter member Gerard Ruth received a lifetime membership in the Red Stick Kiwanis Club as well as its Zeller Award at the club’s annual Installation and Awards Banquet Oct. 2 at the City Club. Gary LaBauve and Philip DiVincenti were named Kiwanians of the Year. Special guests for the evening, presided over by… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Oct. 26, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Seats for Seizures --- Serving on the Epilepsy Foundation's Seats for Seizures Gala Committee are, from left, Susannah DeNicola Babin, Leigh Wilson, Kim Bount, Jolie LeBlanc, Allison De Battista and Cyndney Wilson.

. You have to love it when an event goes from great to stupendous in just a year. That’s what happened with STAR’s Hunks in Heels after its debut last year. That and the announcement that Johnny Mathis is coming to town to perform with the Baton Rouge Symphony made for one great week.Seats for Seizures Price LeBlanc Lexus literally… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Oct. 22, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Live United --- Jammin' at Capital Area United Way's 27th annual Jambalaya Jam are, from left, John Turner, V Goss, Jerry Fischer, CAUW President Darrin Goss Sr. and incoming CAUW board President Ralph Bender.

Downtown’s North Boulevard Town Square was the happening spot Oct. 9 as the Capital Area United Way held its 27th annual Jambalaya Jam. It raised an additional $71,700 toward this year’s campaign. Jambalaya Jam Reigning over the festivities as Jam Queen was LSU Gymnastics coach D-D Breaux. I had fun hanging out in… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Oct. 19, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- With Deana Martin, center, moments before she took the stage kicking off the Columbus Day Festa Oct. 11 are Nickie Dimaio, Frank Arrigo, Phillip Cancilleri and John Griffeth.

I met myself coming and going last week. I also have to give a shout out to the staff at Juban’s for supplying Deana Martin with a martini glass for her performance kicking off Columbus Day Festa. But first, Woman’s Hospital jazzed up its Pink on the Plaza Oct. 12 silent auction event by adding the Bust Breast Cancer… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Oct. 15, 2014

Photo provided by JENNIFER ROCHE --- Law honors --- LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, left, with honorees Judge James Brady, Maryam Sabbaghian Brown, Cordell Haymon, Craig Murray and Patrick Ottinger.

A Distinguished Crowd The LSU Law Center handed out several wards at a Sept. 21 luncheon at the Lod Cook Conference Center. Cordell H. Haymon was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. This award honors a graduate for rare distinction in professional achievement and loyalty to the center. Federal Judge James Brady, Maryam Sabbaghian Brown, Craig… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Oct. 12, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'Party at the Pyramid' --- At the Louisiana Art & Science Museum's 29th annual gala are, from left, Susan Polowczuk, Dena Perkins, Laura St. Blanc, Errin Flynn, Kris and Jane Kirkpatrick, Scott and Heather Kirkpatrick and Susan Turner.


. One of my favorite parties took place last week, a week that seemed to get busier the closer to the end we got. ‘Party at the Pyramid’ I found myself humming the Bangles 1985 hit “Walk Like an Egyptian” as I approached the Louisiana Art & Science Museum for its “Party at the Pyramid” gala Oct. 3. Always one of… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Oct. 8, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- 'I'll Be Me' --- At a special screening of the film, 'Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me,' documenting his battle with Alzheimer's are, from left, Alzheimer's Services CEO Barbara Auten, Volunteers of America CEO Jane Shank and VOA board members Jim Kaiser and Georgia Ford.

Laughter through tears Just like Truvy in “Steel Magnolias,” laughter through tears is one of my favorite emotions, and there was lots of both at the special preview screening of the new documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” hosted by Volunteers of America at the Manship Theatre Sept. 23. The film, by award-winning filmmaker James Keach, follows Campbell’s… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Oct. 5, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Dinner with Susan Ford Bales --- At a dinner party fêteing Susan Ford Bales, center, to benefit O'Brien House are Mayor Kip Holden, dinner chairwoman Bobbie Carey, host John Turner, Dee Dee Riley, host Jerry Fischer and Barbara Anne Eaton.

Baton Rouge is known for its hospitality, and it was on full display last week as O’Brien House hosted a very special guest, the daughter of former President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford. Susan Ford Bales was in town for two days to help raise funds for O’Brien House, which treats those suffering from alcoholism… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Oct. 1, 2014

Photo provided by MYRTLE DAVID --- 40th anniversary ---Honored at the 40th anniversary celebration of the DeBose Foundation Sept. 9 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library are, from left, Wayne Talbot, fine arts director, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools; Mary Stein, administration director, EBRP Library; Melba Moye, Gamma Eta Omega chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Patricia Sterling, Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Elaine Phillips, Baker-Zachary chapter, Delta Sigma Theta, and Geraldine Simms, Mu Zeta chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority; Flower Lovers Garden Guild; and Baton Rouge Chapter The Links Inc. Also recognized were the Nu Gamma Omega chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Keyboard Musicians Club.

Happy Wednesday! The work week is almost over and weekend party time is fast approaching. So is LSU football. This is the weekend that I don’t pull for the purple-and-gold Tigers, as they are traveling to my native Alabama to take on MY Auburn Tigers. If you’re headed to the game, I hope you enjoy… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Sept. 28, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Woman's Week --- Kicking off Women's Week at the Sept. 19 luncheon at the Marriott are, clockwise from bottom left, Women's Council President Janel Chapman, Monique Moliere-Piper, luncheon Chairwoman Sarah Wilde, emcee Elizabeth Vowell, Teresa Taylor, Maureen Corcoran and speaker Holly Clegg.

You really have to like a week of events that include celebrating women, and that’s how last week wrapped up, with the kickoff luncheon for the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Women! A Week-Long Celebration. The ballroom of the Marriott was filled with women of all ages for the… Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon for Sept. 24, 2014

Photo provided by SUSAN POLOWCZUK --- 'Stand Up to Cancer' --- At the 'Stand Up to Cancer' viewing party hosted by the American Cancer Society at Perkins Rowe Sept. 5 are, front, Penny Cade, and, back from left, Angela Nantamu, Courtney Goodell and Amy Williams. The nationwide broadcast raised $109 million for cancer research.

On Thursday’s agenda are the Cenikor Foundation’s luncheon at Boudreaux’s, followed by Forum 35’s Viva il Vino at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Park Museum and the Blue Ribbon Soirée benefiting prostate cancer at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel. Hopefully I’ll see you at one or more of these events. You… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Sept. 21, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Woman's Auxiliary --- At Woman's Hospital Auxiliary's LSU-themed fall luncheon and membership meeting at Ruffino's Restaurant are, from left, CEO Teri Fontenot, Dixon 'LSU Elvis' McMakin, auxiliary President Rose Marie Fife and Machite 'Bengal Belle' Eyre.

. Last week, I got to help celebrate the donation of right at a half-million dollars to various worthy community causes. It’s one of the perks of my job — getting to see firsthand just how generous Baton Rougeans are. And, make no mistake, we are a very giving, caring community. Woman’s Auxiliary The Woman’s Hospital Auxiliary doled out $10,000 in… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Sept. 17, 2014

Photo provided by KATE BRADSHAW --- Friends of LPB ---  Volunteer Award recipients Charles and Frances Bennett, LPB President Beth Courtney and President's Award recipient Dr. Rani Whitfield enjoy the annual Friends of LPB meeting Sept. 9.

The election of officers and the recognition of some very deserving volunteers topped the agenda of the annual Friends of LPB meeting and reception Sept. 9 at the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Telecommunications Center. Robyn Merrick was elected board chairwoman. Tapped to serve with her were Donna Ewing, vice chairwoman; Dan Hare, treasurer;… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Sept. 14, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Bengal Belles --- Bengal Belle President Aimée Simon, left, with LSU Football coach Les Miles and wife Kathy at the Sept. 4 Bengal Belle luncheon.

Kudos to our area chefs, restaurants and caterers, who over the past few weeks have pulled out all the stops for three huge gastronomic extravaganzas — the two-day Fête Rouge event, Dining By Design and, most recently, Capital Chefs’ Showcase. Please note which of the many wonderful restaurants and caterers stepped up to provide, at their… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Sept. 10, 2014

Photo provided by LESLIE DUPUY --- 'Cajun Livin' --- Visiting with Sonny Stroyer, aka Enos of 'Dukes of Hazard,' center, at the Hole n Da Wall Seafood Restaurant Aug. 23 are, Mike Nadeau, Chad Minvielle, Rodney Dupuy and Jacob David. Stroyer had just wrapped up filming an episode of 'Cajun Livin 'n' Cookin.'

Have you noticed in past few mornings that when you step outside, you’re not hit in the face with a blast of hot steam? Yes, I know you are by lunchtime, but it sure is nice to be teased by the promise of fall. Here in Baton Rouge, fall means football and… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line: Delightful dining

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Fête Rouge ---- he Baton Rouge Epicurean Society moved its two-day Fête Rouge event to a new venue this year, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel. Jay Campbell, president/CEO of Associated Grocers, seen here with Mama, was the man of the hour at the eighth annual Grace “Mama” Marino Lifetime Achievement Dinner Aug. 21. We returned to L’Auberge the following night for the grand taste of more than 200 wines and the delectable culinary creations where some of the city’s best restaurants and caterers all vied for bragging rights.

Where to begin? The Baton Rouge Epicurean Society’s two-day Fête Rouge celebration of food and wine just keeps getting better. The cherry on top was this year’s “Dining By Design” gastronomic treat benefiting the Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center. Fête Rouge Jay Campbell, president/CEO of Associated Grocers, was the man of the hour at the eighth annual Grace “Mama”… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Sept. 3, 2014

Photo provided by JAMIE TINDLE --- Summer fun --- At the Inter-Civic Council's annual Summer Party hosted by Barbara and Ed Bourgeois at the Live Oaks Apartments Club House Aug. 12 are, from left, the hostess, Renée Siccone, Charles Bennett, Dave Peek, LaMarylis Newman and Marjorie Green.

Fall social season kicks off Hope you had a nice relaxing Labor Day. Tomorrow night is Cancer Service’s Capital Chefs’ Showcase, the granddaddy of fall’s social events here in the Red Stick. It follows the Bengal Belle’s kickoff luncheon — both take place at the River Center. I’m sure I’ll see you at one or the other!… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Aug. 27, 2014

Photo provided by SHARON POL --- Delta Zeta --- Representing LSU's Sigma Chapter at Delta Zeta sorority's 51st National Convention in Tuscon, Ariz., July 7-11 are, from left, Hannah Hodges, Elise Fontenot, Avery McMahon, Alisha Patel and Rachael Greene. They brought home the Crest Award, one of the highest honors given, and the award for most dollars raised for a single philanthropic event.

Last summer swing Summer is about to officially be over. If you’re traveling this Labor Day, please be safe. When you get back to Baton Rouge, there are numerous events vying for attention, starting with the Bengal Belles luncheon and Cancer Services Capital Chefs’ Showcase on Sept. 4 and Heritage Ranch’s Gala the following evening. For information on these… Continue reading →