Museum of Fine Arts Houston Grand Gala Gets Courtly
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Wilson Parish and Jacob Power
THE SCENE: The 2018 Grand Gala Ball welcomed more than 270 guests for a royal affair, celebrating the exhibition Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol. The museum’s Cullinan Hall was transformed to reflect the occasion, featuring luxurious red and blue floor-to-ceiling drapes, glittering chandeliers and framed projections of royal portraiture featured in the exhibition. British Royalty, old and new, was the evening’s regal theme.
THE VIBE: The décor by The Events Company included gold-accented furniture and gold-rimmed glassware, royal blue linens and grand centerpieces overflowing with red, pink and white roses. City Kitchen wowed with a menu that included twice-baked Stilton soufflé served with salad of celery, toasted walnuts, endive, green apple and watercress for the first course, followed by pan-roasted breast of pheasant with field mushrooms and Madeira crispy rissole of pheasant leg served with turnip mash with scallions and Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, asparagus and salsify. The spectacular feast concluded with a trifle with berries, sponge cake, sherry and cream. Following dinner, guests danced the night away to the musical stylings of Jordan Khan Orchestra.
THE CAUSE: As guests took their seats, gala chair Franci Neely and Director of the MFAH Gary Tinterow and Chairman of the Board of the MFAH Richard D. Kinder made remarks on the exhibit and its importance to the organization. The museum raised $2 million during the event to support its general operating budget.