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  • Silas Christoher Reed (third from left) co-curated the Autism Society of the Mid-South art show and silent auction at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects. Participating artists included S. Julian Jenkins (from left), Elisha Gold, Michael Hovanec, Rachel Romero, Jarred Spicer and Karl Smith.
  • Tatiana King and Cody Scott were at the “50 to 1” party.
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Mine that Bird, the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner and the central character in the new movie “50 to 1,” attended a party Sunday with the film’s cast, including Skeet Ulrich (left), Todd Lowe (third from right), director James Wilson (third from left), co-writer/co-producer Faith Conroy and owners Mark Allen (second from left) and Dr. Leonard Blach.
  • Violinist Joshua Bell (right) and IRIS Orchestra conductor Michael Stern attended a party backstage following their concert at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.
  • From left, Sandra Lewis, Terri, Cooper (front) and Russell Hughes and Jeanine Watts were at the Home is Where the Heart is Gala. April 12 2014 PHOTO BY MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Nick and Sarah Gregory enjoyed the beautiful weather at the Overton Square Memphis Crawfish Festival.
  • DeAngelo Williams and Risalyn Burzynski were at the Home is Where the Heart Is Gala.
  • Carne Asada Taco at Chiwawa
  • Dr. Reginald Coopwood, CEO of Regional One Health Foundation, and his wife, Erica, are flanked by Med Night: A Soul Celebration co-chairmen Susan Arney (left) and Sally Pace.
  • Flavors of Memphis kicked off a week that included fundraisers with the emphasis on food. Hunter Underwood and Jacquelyn Sappenfield attended.
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  • Brian Thurmond, chef de cuisine at Restaurant Iris, joined Amanda Ghetia (left) and Michelle Bernstein from Michy’s restaurant in Miami at Le Bon Appetit.
  • Linda Galphin (seated, from left), Patrick and Carrie Galphin and Andrew Taylor, and (standing) Brennan Trezevant and Todd Chapman were at Forging on the River Wild Game Dinner and Art Auction at the National Ornamental Metal Museum.
  • Rachel and Scott Bendere were part of the crowd of 800 who attended Le Bon Appetit at Minglewood Hall.
  • Greg (left), Brenda and Stephen Duckett were at Med Night.
  • Saralyn Weiss (right) sang “Love is Here to Stay,” the title of the cabaret and auction to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, March 30 at Amro Music. The event, hosted by Jeff Roberts, featured eight performers. With Saralyn are her husband, Danny Weiss, and their grandson, Isaac Weiss.
  • Angela and Kelly English (from left) are co-creators of Le Bon Appetit. Memphis native Claire Robinson of the Food Network was host for the event.
  • Lauren and Stephen Bowie were at Le Bon Appetit. April 5 2014 PHOTO BY MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Rick’s Power Chili from Ultimate Foods is packed with protein and good carbs.
  • Patrick Hendricks (left) and Brad Benham IV were at Mudbugs in March.
  • Brendan Blankenship and Morgan Durham were at Mudbugs in March. March 29 2014 PHOTO BY MICHAEL DONAHUE.
  • Brennon Yates (from left), Bethany Chapman, Audrey Parker and Bryson Meadows were at Mudbugs in March.
  • Shelby Douglas and Sardor Umarov were at Mudbugs in March.
  • Roger Cole Jr. (from left), Roger and Mary Cole, seated, Stacy Mulder and Katie Thomas were at Mardi Gras Masquerade.
  • Nick Tatum and Ashton Freeman share some crawfish at Mudbugs in March.
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  • Grand Krewe of Ptolemy for Carnival Memphis presentation included (from left) chairwoman Tiffany Yates, duchesses Kathryn Baker, Michelle Heck and Elizabeth Montesi, king Lee Wilson, queen Rebekah Shappley, duchesses Mary Alice Ruleman, Caren McCoy, Molly Fenwick and flagman Eric Montesi.
  • Brandon Byrd and Gray Morrison were at Brooks Uncorked on Friday night.
  • Matt Thompson (from left), Jim Maddy, Chuck Brady and Tim Dalfiume at the American Zoological Association Convention Icebreaker party at Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
  • Hamburger at Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House
  • Clam chowder is made New England-style at Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Germantown.
  • Kaiden, left, and Stephen Carter got a front row look at the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Beale Street. March 15 2014 PHOTO BY MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Paul Brazeau (from left), American Athletic Conference senior associate commissioner for men’s basketball; Pat Kerr Tigrett; and Mike Aresco, conference commissioner, were at the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championships luncheon at Gibson Guitar Factory.
  • University of Memphis broadcaster Dave Woloshin (left) and Tigers head basketball coach Josh Pastner were at the American Athletic Conference luncheon.
  • It didn’t rain, but Cristina Jabbour (left) and Meredith Carrozza were ready just in case Saturday at the Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale.
  • A horse wasn’t available, so David Lowe stepped in for Jase Lowe, 5, who was wearing his green for the Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • Singer Ruby Wilson, the “Queen of Beale Street,” helped create a “pure Memphis” vibe for the inaugural American Athletic Conference luncheon at Gibson Guitar Factory.
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Andrew Riley, all decked out for the Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street, looks like he knows where to find the pot of gold.
  • Dale Strand with his air plant terrariums at Saturday’s Cosmic Trunk Show, an annual artisan market at the National Ornamental Metal Museum.
  • Rebecca Harris (from left), Clarence Connery, Joellyn Sullivan, Addie McGowan, Laura Deakins, Elizabeth Packard, Mark Flanagan and Aidan Prendergast were at the Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Beale Street.
  • Shepherd’s Pie at Celtic Crossing in Cooper-Young. The restaurant’s executive chef came up with its new version, which replaced the “kind of plain” older version. Now, the dish is “very close to the Irish version,” says D.J. Naylor, Celtic Crossing’s owner.
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  • Lindsay and Holt Hestir were on hand for the Phoenix Club Mardi Gras & Casino Party for the Boys and Girls Clubs.
  • Sam Fargotstein and Becca Belz were at the Phoenix Club Mardi Gras & Casino Party. March 8 2014 PHOTO BY MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Alex Livesay is queen of the 2014 Germantown Charity Horse Show. She was presented at the Royal Ball. Her escort was Christian Guzman.
  • Audrey Hanisco (third from right) was presented at the Royal Ball. Her escort was Griffin Jett (third from left). With them are (from left) Nick Gardner III and Kathryn Morris, and Summer Jansen and Ryan Hanisco.
  • Jackson Baker, Mary Louise Carrick (center) and Emmaline Carrick are among revelers at the Phoenix Club event at The Cadre Building.
  • Brooke McDonald and Taylor Wynn chill out after hitting the dance floor at the Phoenix Club Mardi Gras & Casino Party.
  • Regan Sherwood and Michael Brennan attend the Phoenix Club Mardi Gras & Casino Party.
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Mansions on the Moon — Jeff Maccora (from left), Ted Wendler, former Memphian Lane Shaw and Codi Caraco — headlined the Phoenix Club Mardi Gras & Casino Party. The L.A.-based band is putting final touches on its debut album.
  • Signature eighty3 Gumbo at eighty3 food & drink
  • “MAND” revelers Charles Bowers and Jode Estes went headfirst into the Mardi Gras spirit.
  • John Cook (from left) and Raquel Adams, and Emily and Tyler Hildebrand were at the the Eat Right to Fight Hunger Gala, a.k.a. the “MAND Gala.”