| Last night Richard Feldman hosted a
small birthday dinner for Charlotte
Ford at La Grenouille, including her sister Anne Ford and
her niece Allegra Ford. Richard’s wife Diana and
Charlotte have been friends since boarding school although Diana was
home in bed
a bad cold and couldn’t join us. The “cake” was a large
chocolate soufflé with a special Happy Birthday Charlotte written
out on a white chocolate tablet. When it arrived at the table, we all
sang “Happy Birthday” after which the entire restaurant broke
out in applause.
After dinner I ran up to the Met where they were commemorating the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. People forget how radical a move it was for opera goers to move from the old house on 39th and Broadway that opened its doors in 1883 (with a performance of “Faust”) and remained in use for the next 83 years. The “new” Met opened in September 1966 with a performance of Samuel Barber’s “Antony and Cleopatra.”
After the performances there was a dinner on the Grand Tier, a glittering affair with many prominent New Yorkers dining on the Glorious Food menu of lambchops and fava beans and fine wines.
The performance was underwritten by the Annenberg Foundation and Lee Annenberg was the Honorary Chairman of the evening. The Gala Chairmen were Mr. and Mrs. Sid Bass. Mercedes Bass gave the Met $25 million last year for use as they saw fit.
|Although I didn’t see Mrs. Annenberg at the gala, I did see and photograph her daughter Elizabeth Kabler. Among the crowd were Irene Aitken with Konrad Kessee, Martina Arroyo, Susan Baker, Christine Baranski, Louis Begley and Anka Muhlstein, Rosalie Brinton, John and Violaine Bernbach, Olivier Bernier, Susan Braddock, Governor Tom Kean, Emilia Saint-Amand, her brother Nathan Saint-Amand, Patty Cisneros, Jayne Wrightsman, Lynn Wyatt who flew in from Texas just for the evening, Bob Colacello, Robert Couturier, Elizabeth de Cuevas, Simon de Pury, Helene and Paul Desmarais Jr., Georgette Mosbacher, Boaz Mazor, Gaetana Enders, Bob Silvers, Jackie and Paul Desmareais Sr., Ellen Futter, Lesley Stahl, Paul Fribourg, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gelb, Jim Zirin and Marlene Hess, David and Lisa Schiff, Dame Vivien Duffield, Miguel Ferrer, Billy and Ophelia Rudin, Scott Nelson and Alex Papachristidis, his mother (and Ophelia’s mother) Marya Papachristidis who was also celebrating a birthday, Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles, John Guare and Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Anne and Bill Harrison, Richard Hersh, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Maisie Houghton, Arnold and Ann Jurdem, Gov. Thomas Kean, Bruce and Suzie Kovner, Giovanni LoFaro, Bill Rondina, Stewart Manger, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mila Mulroney, Lynn Nesbit, Glenn and Susan Lowry, Bill Rollnick and Nancy Ellison, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ramey, Charlie Rose, Shirley Lord Rosenthal, Dailey Pattee, Peter and Bonnie Sacerdote, Chuck and Ellen Scarborough, Elaine Sargent with Philip Carlson, Beverly Sills, Steve and Christine Schwarzman, Kenneth Starr, John and Lauren Veronis, Deborah Voigt, Francie Whittenburg, Bunny Williams, and Brett Tollman, to name only a few of the guests dining on the Grand Tier.|
|Georgette Mosbacher with Adele Chatfield-Taylor, John Guare, and Giovanni LoFaro and Bill Rondina|
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