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March 05, 1993 - Image 74

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-03-05

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY
CELEBRATION

WED., MARCH 17, 11 a.m. to 12 Mid.

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urally seem to go to-
gether . . . and that's
how it appeared to be
for Archives of American
Art's annual Lundi Gras at
Excalibur Restaurant.
After so many years
celebrating this gala occasion
at London Chop House and
varied spots, Excalibur, on
Franklin and Northwestern
Highway, looks like it will be
"home" for future festive
events by this excellent
organization.
Except for Hy Vogel's car-
toons of famous people, and
the downstairs New Yorky at-
mosphere, although Ex-
calibur has a bit of the Big
Apple look too, a strange
resemblance was there that
prompted some of the 100 at-
tendees to wince a bit at the
almost look-alike.
Even George Seille was
there . . . one of the waiters
when Archives of American
Art, founded in Detroit in
1954, had its first Lundi Gras
at the famed London Chop
House in 1961 at downtown
Detroit's Murphy Building
. . . George is a waiter three
evenings a week now at the
"Ex" and showed pictures of
him with others from that
first event.
Lundi Gras is held on Mon-
day prior to Mardi Gras in
New Orleans and the 33rd an-
nual occasion doffed its hat to
the talented artists who have
gifted so many with their
humor in American art .. .
displaying indirect ways of
recording American history,
humor, character and the
always-shifting social scene.
Robert Mounsey of Jacob-
son's, who has donated his
talents to many Archives
galas, was responsible for the
decorations that adorned Ex-
calibur for the event . . .
Zebra-striped tablecloths
were ribboned together under
the top as beautiful center-
pieces contained fresh tulips,
colored arched tubing and
large transparent balloons
that almost reached the
ceiling.
The walls and mirrors were
graciously adorned with
enlarged prints of humorous
art, and all waitpersons and
buspeople wore overly large,
colorful bowties.
Each year, the Archives'
Lundi Gras has a different
theme . . . and never runs out

of ideas for its black tie gala
. . . Even Minnie and Mickey
Mouse were there greeting
people during the sumptuous
cocktail hour.
Patrick Dunn, Excalibur's
fine executive chef, presented
a menu that was befitting for
such a prestigious group .. .
The gourmet offerings includ-
ed seven passed hors
d'oeuvres that were sheer
culinary works of art . . . sit-
down dinner of seafood mar-
tini appetizer, roast red pep-
per consomme with smoked
chicken ravioli, sorbet of
cranberry ice with campari
soda on a frozen lime, an en-
tree trio of filet mignon, duck
breast and lobster savarin,
spinach salad with sherry
vinaigrette, three cheeses and
splendid, yummy desserts.
Four select wines chosen by
general manager and evening
sommelier Victor Dazbaz ac-
companied the elegant feast.
We were privileged to sit
with Lilli and Harold
Camden and Jeanne and Dr.
David Penney . . . It had only
been three weeks since Lilli
fell in a doctor's office a day
before going with Howard on
an Arizona vacation . . . She
broke her ankle and tore a
ligament but was in a walk-
ing cast for the Lundi Gras.
While others danced to
music of the Larry Nozero
Quartet, and Suzi Marsh and
Dan Warren, Lilli enjoyed
watching . . . but laughed
with Howard at the antics of
comedian impressionist Joey
Vann with his many voices,
backed by the Bill Miejers
Trio.
Toby and Alex Etkin are
rightly proud of their sons,
Bruce and Doug, and make no
bones about it . . . Not to be
outdone by the Lundi Gras
men, Toby also came in a tux-
edo . . . Gloria Leader pro-
bably told her husband,
David, how great he was for
giving such a short welcome
speech . . . and that she won't
beat him on the golf course
. . . David is president of Ar-
chives of American Art .. .
Dotti and Richard Doerer,
who co-chaired the event with
Dr. Robert and Marilyn Sil-
ver, cordial welcomers; Robert
and Millie Pastor, Dorothy
Dunitz, Tom Schoenith, Jerry
and Carolyn Ash, Jean and
Manny Sulkes.
Herman and Pauline Can-
ner love to dance and it show-

ed as they glided smilingly
across the floor . . . Rosemary
and Jim Bannon a sweet lov-
ing couple . . . She may be
small, but Rosemary packs a
whopping amount of talent as
an Archives driving force .. .
Lorraine and Dr. Arthur
Schultz, Joan and Joe "Mr.
Joe's" Machiorlatti, a Kenny
Rogers took-alike; Peter
Levin, who says his middle
name is Raskin; Jean and
Howard Dubin, Sue and
Ansel Aberly.
Excalibur owner Marty
Wilk noted that it was 15
years ago to the date, March
22, that the late Pat Archer
opened the restaurant that
has received much note .. .
The evening was sort of like
a double celebration for him.
One of the three main booth
occupants explained, "I
always did wonder what it
would be like to sit in those
famous London Chop House
booths."
Each guest was given a
large signed print of the
original subtle-humor draw-

Excalibur hosted
the posh 33rd
annual event.

ing on its invitation by
Richard Guindon.
Archives of American Art
has been a division of the
Smithsonian Institutions
since 1970 and is the world's
largest collector of art items
pertaining to - United States
art and cultural history.
The 33rd annual Lundi
Gras can also be added to its
collection of yearly social
triumphs.
A GOURMET TASTE
adventure is in store for at-
tendees of the ninth annual
Cuisine Extraordinaire,
March 14, 6-10 p.m. at Dear-
born Inn by Children's
Hospital of Michigan Aux-
iliary . . . Dearborn Inn's
Grand Ballroom will be turn-
ed into a global wonderland
conforming to this year's
whimsical international
theme, "It's a Small, Small
World" . . . There'll also be
silent and live auctions .. .
Proceeds of Cuisine Extraor-
dinare, with chefs from many
Detroit area restaurants, will
benefit the Auxiliary's com-
mitment to the neonatal in-

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