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On Saturday it's lunch with RecoverAssist.
Major sponsors include Microsoft and HP Solutions in SMB. Yes the Gnome is getting out his travel gear and will be hitting the road to New Orleans.
SATURDAY EVENING BON VIVANT!
THE HONOR OF YOUR COMPANY IS REQUESTED
June 9, 2012 for 6:45 pm Saturday
We assemble at the New Orleans Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, departing promptly there from on a brief stroll to our destination for
Saturday Evening with Cocktails, Dinner and Music until the moon is high.
We are gathering friends together for a laissez fare evening
on a special occasion to be announced when appropriate just prior to this affair. We hope to
entice and prepare you for your travel and carefree enjoyment with more details below.
It’s soon to be June, wedding season of summer in New Orleans
and we too are planning a bit of an old southern soirée. Ours is a casual summer dinner
party with service on white linen, to revisit gentile days of recent past. We’ll gather
among French Quarter courtyard townhomes with a sense of nostalgia where you once
might have been introduced to Sachmo, the Kingfish, or Tennessee Williams. In mind, it’s
not the time of antebellum Old South, this is the hip New South, the birthplace of jazz in a
time when everything is cool but the weather.
Southern hospitality is in our nature,
we want you to be as comfortable
with our climate as with the evening surroundings. On balmy evening nights such as
these, in the Crescent City a local would choose linen, or seersucker, or the most
comfortable cotton anything to wear to fine evening affairs of this sort. Of course, such
sensible attire locally is traditional, but sadly not so common for visitors from abroad.
As our guests prepare for this special Saturday night
may we therefore gently ask forgiveness to indulge the local evening dress code and suggestions?
Above all we observe for fear of proper service declined that no shorts or jeans, certainly
no, not even invoking ‘Stella!!’ transforms Stanley’s t-shirt as appropriate to appear on
this evening. If you will please entertain our orientation to follow, the attire most
appreciated for the occasion is suggested in kind manner.
A FESTIVE OCCASION IS A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION
A jacket in these summer nights suggests refined tastes, even if you just
carry it to look “ready” for proprieties. In truth, to arrive with no jacket is also
graciously understood for a fete among friends, but in such case (this is very important),
a plain WHITE DRESS SHIRT is quite essential to maintain the formalities. Remarkably,
no one seems to notice when white sleeves are rolled or short, as it is the sea of white
that appears so graceful when no jackets are in view. Certainly, the Avenue Uptowner’s
would don a bow tie or madras plaid skinny in June, and it would indeed be perfect. Yet,
no tie at all is required for our “costume” night unless that is what completes your
statement for the evening. If you are stumped or the constant traveler: Khaki pants (or
summer slacks avoiding dark colors) are ever sensible, joined with a proper buttoned
white shirt, these are a gentleman’s universally confident choices of summer. Hunting a
fine meal in the French Quarter, your foot is in the door as you now look smart to enter,
so long as the maitre de is properly tipped, and we have that covered!
Imagination shall be yours for an evening of summer cocktails and a seated
dinner party, for which we wouldn’t dare to suggest your choice of outfit. From beneath
the lazy ceiling fans of the south, we have embraced air conditioning in fine dining, and
the courtyards are optional throughout the evening. So the tradition remains simply that
the color and style in the room is informed by the choices the ladies offer for their
comfort with grace. With sincerity, since the arrival here of our family name, we fear for
your finest heals on the French Quarter flagstones, and observe that many southern
ladies choose the modesty of flats or simpler designs for even short walks or courtyard
affairs, when they plan for such occasions.
How to beat the heat of New Orleans for a dinner party in town is the mid-year
challenge. Simple or sophisticated…mademoiselle, c'est si bon… it’s entirely up to you!