Arts / Society

Unmasking the Beautiful Ladies of the Opera

Auction Lunch at a Top Houston Restaurant Raises Questions

BY // 03.30.17
photography Priscilla Dickson

To wear, or not to wear a mask to Houston Grand Opera‘s “Carnivale di Venezia” white-tie ball on April 8. That was the question circulating through the San Remo Room at Tony’s during the annual “Ladies of the Opera” auction luncheon.

Ball chair Zane Carruth allowed that she is having a mask made for the Wortham Center gala but it is on a wand so that she can easily play peek-a-boo (and have no trouble dining). Others in the gathering of close to 80 were considering partial masks, full face masks and the prospect of no mask at all.

Mask or no mask, each of the ladies present joined the auction action: The only requirement to attend was to bring a $100 gift card from the restaurant, salon or retailer of your choice. Of course, there were beaucoup Tony’s gift cards in the mix. The cards are consolidated in one nifty package for the opera ball silent auction and then it’s the high-bidder’s delight.

Tony’s rewarded the generous throng with a yummy lunch that gave the ladies a choice between a salad or pasta starter and between grilled salmon or chicken scaloppine entrees. The show-stopping grand finale? One of Tony’s heralded soufflés, on this day a delicious raspberry.

Just as tasty as the soufflé were the glittering Venetian mask cookie favors (though almost too beautiful to eat) from Whip It Good Cookies. The lunching ladies were also buzzing over the beautiful floral bouquet centerpieces from LIVE! Event Design.

Soufflé fans: Brittany Clark, Frances Marzio, Kristina Somerville, Lynn Wyatt, Ellie Francisco, Franelle Rogers, Donna Vallone, Diane Gendel, Gracie Cavnar, Terrie Hogan, Robin Angly, Elizabeth Grim, Donna Josey Chapman, and Mady Kades.

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