John Hardy Dinner Party Benefits The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Greg Harrison and Candace Schaddelee
THE SCENE: San Antonio’s Roosevelt Library, a 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival gem, was the setting for an enchanting evening where Enrich Gurus, the Roosevelt Library’s proprietor Leland Stone, and event producer Richard Gallaway created an unforgettable experience. The event honored John Hardy’s latest five-star jewelry collection and 40 of San Antonio’s most notable sociables, with a Balinese-inspired multi-course meal prepared by chef Shih-Hua Fuh.
THE VIBE: From the moment upon entering the Roosevelt Library, guest could feel the heritage the John Hardy brand conveys, seamlessly combined with a Balinese flair while blending in the elements that make the Roosevelt Library such a grand, stately space. As guests walked through the library’s parlor, John Hardy’s retail partner for the event, Neiman Marcus, elegantly displayed their finest jewels which added to the wow factor of the evening. John Hardy’s artisans, flown in from Bali for the occasion, were on hand designing jewelry, showcasing the detailed craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece. In fact, it takes at least three days to create each item of jewelry, and many take longer.
Guests sipped two signature cocktails for the evening provided by San Antonio-based distillery Dorćol Spirits, as well as La Marca Prosecco provided by Glazer’s Distributors. The action then moved to the main dining room which Gallaway transformed into a Balinese-inspired tent, complete with extravagant white floral décor and greenery with John Hardy’s jewels placed in domed centerpieces along the table. Illusions Rentals provided additional touches of decoration for the evening’s enchanting atmosphere.
Marc Hruschka, John Hardy’s Chief Creative Officer, toasted the guests and thanked Neiman Marcus for being John Hardy’s first customer when the company was founded in 1975. Following the opening toast, Neiman Marcus General Manager Michael Rolhf made a toast to the long-standing partnership between the two brands. The diners then feasted on a delicious three-course meal featuring sea bass flown in specifically for the event, perfectly paired with the William Hill Chardonnay provided by Glazers. This meal was capped with a dessert featuring coconut ice cream with fresh mango, which was paired with the second signature dessert cocktail provided by Dorćol Spirits. As guests mingled after dinner well into the night, they departed with gifts provided by Neiman Marcus, capping off a perfectly bejeweled evening.
THE CAUSE: A portion of the proceeds from this event and the preceding Neiman Marcus trunk show held at Neiman Marcus San Antonio earlier in the day benefitted The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio, which helps further the artistic confidence, stamina and and confidence of children ages seven and older.