Champagne & Chocolat Scholarship Gala 2013

Roswitha Vogler for Blacktie Houston
February 17, 2013
Event Date:
February 16, 2013

What: An evening of friendship, champagne, chocolate and live and silent auction to raise funds for the Gaston Le Notre Scholarship.

Where: River Oaks Country Club

When: Saturday, February 16, 2013

Time: 7pm

Ticket Prices: $300 individual ticket

Beneficiary: Gaston LeNotre Scholarship

Mistress of Ceremonies: Cleverley Stone

Honoree(s): Dennis Steger

Gala Chairperson(s): Jane Page Crump & James Crump

Honorary Chairperson(s): Donna & Larry Blackburn

Co-Chair(s): Kay & Stephen Horn

Invocation: Father Demetrio Tagaropulos

Welcome: Cleverley Stone

Entertainment: Cancan Show by the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Music: Bubba McNeely & Greg Giacona

Sponsors: Jane Page Design Group, Dennis Steger / Channel Shipyard, Deana & Larry Blackburn, Marie and Alan LeNotre / Culinary Institute Le Notre, Bob and Anne Cress, Diane and Jim D'Agostino, Soheila and Don Eastveld, Kaye and Stephen Horn, Jay and Jeanette Jenkins, Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic and Mrs. Ray Snokhous, Paula Sutton and Bill Gross, CACAO Berry, Greg and Valby, PC / Scott and Cathy Valby and Steve Toblansky.

Menu: Amuse Bouche: Celeriac custard with caviar petrossian; Seafood sampler: Pan seared sea bass with beluga lentil ragout and lobster cream; Duo of braised veal shank with spinach and cous cous, truffle crumble; Dessert station: Chocolate, Macarons and patisseries.

Attendance: 200

Attire: Black Tie preferred

Event Coordinator: Jackie Medina

Board of Directors: Bob Cress, James Crump, Randy Fournier, Marie LeNotre, Dennis Steger, Paula Sutton, Joana Tagaropulos, Deborah Woehler

Blacktie Photos by: Roswitha Vogler /

On Saturday, February 16, 2013 the upscale River Oaks Country Club was the venue for the 2013 Champagne and Chocolat Scholarship Gala. The Gaston LeNotre Scholarship is celebrating their 12th year in Houston serving their under privileged culinary arts students.

The "Parisian Valentine Champagne and Chocolat" evening was filled with elegance, glamour and romance for everyone to enjoy. The evening startet with a champagne reception. The event was chaired by Jane Page & James Crump, Co-Chairs were Kaye & Stephen Horn and Deanna & Larry Blackburn served as Honorary Chairs.

Cleverley Stone welcomed the guests, before Father Demetrio Tagaropulos gave the invocation. Guests enjoyed a Cancan Show by the high school for the Performing and Visual Arts.

The gourmet dinner included silent and live auction and live music performed by Bubba McNeely and dancing. Dennis Steger was honored with the Inaugrual Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Ambassador Award.

The dinner ended with a sumptious dessert buffet by Culinary Institute LeNotre Chefs and students, and guests had one more chance to bid on the many silent auction items before the event concluded.

About Gaston LeNotre Scholarship

Gaston LeNotre Scholarship, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization works to raise much needed scholarship funds for the deserving students who aspire to obtain a career in the culinary arts. Gaston LeNotre Scholarship wants to ensure that the heritage of this legend in gastronomy lives on, by supporting "student-chefs" that strive for excellence, inspired by Chef Gaston LeNotre and all that he offered to the culinary arts world.