The Valley Line: Guests celebrate 50th Showcase House of Design; Showcase media party

April 24, 2014|By Jane Napier Neely
  • The core team of the 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design are, from left, exterior chair Karen Butcher; benefit assistant Marti Farley, benefit chair Mary Ann Clayton; President Donna Gotch; exterior chair Annette Sellon and interior chair Karol Franks. They're looking glamorous at the premiere opening night party of the Showcase House.
The core team of the 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design… (Courtesy of Pasadena…)

What a thrilling celestial event we had last week with the spectacular "Blood Moon" eclipse. I must have been a sight to behold as I stood in my driveway in my pajamas with my binoculars around my neck and my camera in hand. I guess my neighbors weren't as tuned in as I was because I didn't run into any of them roaming the neighborhood — lucky them.

Just in case you missed this lunar spectacle, you will have another chance because in October there will be another total lunar eclipse. Unfortunately that one won't be red. I just love Mother Nature when she decides to be so dramatic!


Speaking of dramatic, it was just that when the membership of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts invited guests to celebrate the opening of the 50th Showcase House of Design with a gala premiere party.

Nearly 300 guests, the ladies in beautiful gowns and the gentlemen wearing tuxedos, gathered first for a champagne reception at the English Country estate featured this year, a house that is 100 years old.


The party then moved on to another historic private and elegant Pasadena club for cocktails and dining. The buzz was of course about the house and favorite design areas.

Guests nibbled on passed appetizers and sipped cocktails whipped up by mixologists in the club's garden before the dinner gong sounded.

Dining at this club is such a lovely experience and the food prepared by their chef is always perfection. The menu that night began with a salad of vine-ripened tomatoes with fresh Burrata cheese with crispy pancetta. It was dressed with extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic and basil pesto. The entree was a divine herb crusted beef tenderloin with a cabernet sauce served with roasted fingerling potatoes, haricot vert and baby carrots. The dessert was a flourless chocolate cake and chocolate ganache garnished with flecks of gold and a white chocolate embellishment that stated "50th."

Donna Gotch, president of the group, stepped to the microphone to welcome guests and she introduced Mary Ann Clayton, this year's benefit chair. Clayton presented her core team of Marti Farley, her assistant; Karol Franks, interior chair; and Karen Butcher and Annette Sellon, exterior chairs. Also called up front and center were past benefit chairs. Also introduced were Debra Scott and Vicki Liske, chairs of the premiere party who did a superb job.

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