Partying through the summer

| August 17, 2011
LaDonna Nicolas and Larry Shapin.

LaDonna Nicolas and Larry Shapin.

The Association of the Louisville Orchestra never gives up. Its series of fun fundraising events go on all summer.

This past week was a big dinner party at the Butchertown Market in the old Caudill Seed Co. on Story Avenue. Guests arrived and shopped their way through the building. The items for sale were hard to resist. There were beads from Turkey, jewelry, artisan chocolates, rugs and pashminas.

There was bourbon-flavored soy sauce, sugar and salt, as well as toys, handbags, outrageously named chewing gum, “Last Supper” breath mints – stuff you didn’t even know you needed until you saw it. Such fun!

Everyone was given a goodie bag filled with treasures. Then the hostesses urged everyone to sit down for a delicious dinner prepared by A Gracious Plenty.

After dinner, Metro Councilman and University of Louisville archivist Tom Owen gave a speech titled “Everyone Comes from Somewhere.” Guests were given cards with the name of a neighborhood. When they held them up, Tom gave a thumbnail history of the area.

The hostesses were Winona Shiprek, Sue Russell, Marge Harbst, Jeanne James, Barbara Jones, Jeanne Livesay, Roycelea Scott, Nancy Seitz, Barbara Wright, Rita Bell, Nancy Welter and Helen Prittie, who couldn’t attend because she was off getting a new knee.

Among the guests were Nancy and Allen Morris, Pat and Richard Montgomery, LaDonna Nicolas and Larry Shapin, Beverly Abraham, Joy Baron, Markie and Don Baxter, Del Tucker, Margaret Bromley, Susie Sheehey, Leslie and Bob Ewald, Sally and Pat Galla, Darlys Harmon Vaught, Cathy and Lee Lancaster, Carolyn Marlow and Bill Waddell, Gail Martin, Jo Snider and Bob Lindsay, Pam Englehart, Marcia and Bill Murphy, Caroline and Bill Lancaster, Dovey Palmer and Shirley Englehart.

courtesy photo Chef Anthony Lamas celebrated his victory at an “Extreme Chef” viewing party with Eric Newman and Hap Cohan.

courtesy photoChef Anthony Lamas celebrated his victory at an “Extreme Chef” viewing party with Eric Newman and Hap Cohan.

LAMAS WINS TITLE

Seviche chef/owner Anthony Lamas won the title of “Extreme Chef” on the Food Network show’s season finale. Lamas was a contestant in the “Wild Wedding Cook Off” in Los Angeles.

Three chefs competed to create the perfect wedding meal for a bride and groom in a luxurious Los Angeles high-rise hotel. Starting off with surprises, host Marsh Mokhtari informed the competitors that they must prepare the meal a day in advance and handed them $99 to purchase all the ingredients they needed for a catered meal at the 99-cent store two miles away.

After returning and climbing dozens of flights of stairs, the chefs prepared an appetizer for wedding guests in 20 minutes and made the meal following the age-old wedding saying: “something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new,” using an ingredient considered lucky in countries around the world.

After one elimination, the remaining two chefs swam across a pool, gathered ingredients in a cabana and made the perfect bite in 20 minutes using caviar, avocado, figs and almonds.

Chefs are pushed to their physical and mental limits in each episode of “Extreme Chefs.” The series takes chefs out of their comfort zones to test their wits, adaptability and artistry as they must adapt to extreme conditions and unpredictable factors. The competitors must impress judges and various guest critics with their out-of-box culinary masterpieces to earn the title “Extreme Chef.”

Anthony is always creative and this contest really gave him a chance to show his creative flair. His restaurant has been named one of the “10 great places for Latino flavor and flair” by USA Today.

photos by CARLA SUE BROECKER | contributing photographer

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