Champagne & Chocolate Gala

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February 14, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm River Oaks Country Club
1600 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77019

Champagne & Chocolate Gala
Celebrating 25 years

You are cordially invited to…

Cathy Valby
2024 Gaston Lenotre Scholarship Ambassador Award

Gaston Lenotre Scholarship
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
6 :30 P.M. Champagne Réception & Silent Auction
7:15 P.M. Dinner & Show

River Oaks Country Club
1600 River Oaks Boulevard
Houston, TX 77019
Complimentary Valet Parking

Attire: Black Tie or Valentines Chic
For further information call or email
(713) 358-5051 | [email protected]

Our Deepest Gratitude to our Sponsors

  • Veuve Cliquot
  • Sallymoon and Alan Bentz
  • Marie & Alain Lenotre
  • Taittinger
  • Shane and Dennis Steger
  • Moet & Chandon
  • Vivien Leong and Ronald Gensburg
  • Mignon and Steve Gill
  • Murphy and Ann Graham
  • Paula Sutton and Bill Gross
  • Neda Zafaranian and Gary Miller
  • Giovanna and Steve Payne
  • JoAnn Petersen / Mike Taylor
  • Tina Raham Stewart
  • Nadia Tajalli and Shahin Tavackoli
  • Gregg & Valby LLP
  • Tom & Debbie Woehler / Oliver Foundation

The foundation is grateful to Chef Christelle Pradat and the Pastry Department students of the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE for the chocolates, the table centerpieces, and the dessert buffet.

Many thanks and appreciation goes to Kristen Cannon and Valobra Master Jewelers for hosting a Champagne Reception for our generous Sponsors.

Gala Chairs

  • Murphy and Ann Graham
  • Neda Zafaranian and Gary Miller

Honorary Chairs

  • Katrina and Cecil Arnim
  • Giovanna and Steve Payne

Lifetime Honoree

  • Margaret Alkek Williams

Honorary Chef

  • Aaron Bludorn
  • Bludorn, Navy Blue and
  • Bar Bludorn restaurants

Board of Directors

  • Paul Davey
  • Mignon Gill
  • Tucker Knight
  • Marie Lenotre
  • Paula Sutton
  • Joana Tagaropulos
  • Nadia Tajalli
  • Cathy Valby
  • Debbie Woehler

Founded by third generation French Chef Alain Lenotre and Marie Lenotre, CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE, was ranked number One Culinary Arts College in the United States in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2024 by The College is providing world class education and Associate Degrees in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts and Hospitality and Restaurant

Gaston Lenotre Scholarship is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization which supports high quality education in the Culinary Arts. Its mission is to provide tuition scholarships to deserving students aspiring for a rewarding career. Since 2001, up to $1.5 million have been
awarded in scholarships to qualified students.



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