Maintaining and preserving our history is vital, especially in this day and age. It is also important to celebrate it! That’s why the Historic Houses Society held its seventh annual Fall Gala for its members at the Garden District home of Andrew and Susu Stall. Lois Downing and Susan Brennan co-chaired the Nov. 16 party, which treated members to a variety of delicacies prepared by Ralph Brennan’s restaurant group—Bacco, Red Fish Grill and Ralph’s on the Park—with the party food supervised by executive chef Haley Bittermann. Partygoers dined on seared jumbo sea scallops (which was cooked to order), jumbo lump crabmeat salad, shrimp remoulade, grilled lamb chops, rosemary-crusted pork tenderloin, seared beef tenderloin, grilled redfish and Bacco’s signature lobster ravioli. For those who still had room for more, outside in the garden was a raw oyster bar, as well as dessert stations with sundaes, bananas Foster and s’mores.

The weather was lovely for the autumn evening, and the record-breaking crowd enjoyed the historic home’s back terrace, gardens, as well as the art-filled interior. Guests sipped on flutes of champagne while Matt Scoggin played the grand piano
in the Stalls’ living room. Floral arrangements, organized by board member Katherine Hovas, consisted of multi-colored roses and other garden flowers.

The party raised $190,000 that went towards the preservation and education
programs of the Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses, which the Historic Houses Society helps support.

Living in HistoryRalph Brennan, event co-chairs Susan Brennan and Lois Downing, and Carl Downing

Living in HistoryMuffin Balart, Marilee Hovet and Kristen Dry

Living in HistoryChris and Irene Daley with Janet and Stanwood Duval

Living in HistoryChef Haley Bittermann with Hermann Grima/Gallier Historic Houses executive director Stephen Moses and Dee Moses

Living in HistoryKathryn and Merritt Talbot with Sybil Favrot

Living in HistorySusan and Jimmy Gundlach with Susu and Andrew Stall