Parties & Openings
April 22 – E. Chatham
Habitat For Humanity Brunch
April 14 – Pittsfield
Susan Merrill Exhibit Opening
April 7 – Ghent
Ghent Playhouse Gala
Lil’ Deb’s Oasis Commits To The Future
Amy Krzanik reports from Hudson. Raucous laughter, heartfelt embraces and happy tears were seen and heard throughout the Hudson Elks Lodge during Lil’ Deb’s Oasis Fundraising Gala on Saturday, March 31… and that was before the main event — the owners’ professional commitment ceremony — had even begun. Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black, the owners of Lil’ Deb’s Oasis — a friendly, funky “tropical comfort food” restaurant on Hudson’s Columbia Street — threw the party to celebrate their creative partnership and to invest in its future. Top donors were treated to a cocktail hour with drinks by Arley Marks, and dinner by Lil’ Deb’s and New York City chefs Angela Dimayuga, Gerardo Gonzalez and DeVonn Francis. The ceremony, and a dance party with performances, followed. A silent auction featuring artwork, fashion, experiences and more included more than 70 contributors from near and far. The restaurant, launched two years ago, is sporting a redesigned website and has opened a private dining room adjacent to its main seating area. We can’t wait to see what else they’ve got planned for the future. [Above: Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black (with co-worker Wheeler, who gave the wedding sermon) address the crowd pre-ceremony. Both brides were brought to tears discussing how their chance meeting and partnership have changed their lives.]
Three members of the Gallardo Family: Julian, Carla’s mother Ines, and Juan; Grace Caiazza and Tomm Roeschlein.
Davon Rainey, one of the evening’s performers, with R.B. Schlather, Jesse Hart and Tom Taylor.
Frances Sultan and John McCulloch of Half Moon Hudson; Ezra Glenn, Dalia Fakhouri and Pedro Ventura.
Creating the “‘Til Deb’s Do Us Part,” a martini with Yola Mezcal, Amaro Angeleno and floating flowers.