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2. COVER STORY: “HOW TO HIRE A CATERER” by Barbara McKnight, My Table Magazine, Dec. 2012
3. BARBARA MCKNIGHT, OTHER HOUSTON CHEFS INVITED TO WHITE HOUSE, June 10, 2010
4. BARBARA MCKNIGHT HONORED AS ONE OF UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON’S TABLE TALK SPEAKERS
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Shelby Hodge: This boat was rocking
SHELBY HODGE, Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle | February 18, 2008
Galveston’s Pier 21 will never be the same — not after this weekend’s series of over-the-top, back-to-back parties hosted by Sheridan and John Eddie Williams aboard their 190-foot super yacht, the Lady Sheridan.
The floating palace alone was enough to raise the real-estate value, at least temporarily, in the Willie G’s/Harbor House neighborhood where the vessel was anchored. Add the luxury-laden party tent where more than 500 guests wined and dined over a two-day period, and you have a gilded transformation of the otherwise prosaic pier setting.
Offshore oil rigs floating in port waters across from the Lady Sheridan added to the Texas Rich tableau. John Eddie’s business interests beyond trial lawyering (tobacco and asbestos) include oil and banking.
The parties were all about sharing the fun, according to the Williamses. They spared no expense. The Events Co.and Richard Flowers created a tent setting reminiscent of Old World ocean travel. White carpeting, crystal chandeliers, hundreds of candles, fabric wall coverings, gilded mirrors, banquettes, beaded tablecloths and bushels of peach-hued roses evoked the grandeur of the venerable Queen Mary.
Barbara McKnight‘s Catering by Culinaire created food stations representing international ports of call including France, Italy, Germany, Mexico and the Texas Gulf Coast, where an elaborate ice sculpture of the Lady Sheridan rose from a bountiful buffet of boiled shrimp, crab claws and oysters.
Swooning over the Friday night festivities even before boarding the yacht were guests including Carol and John Howenstine, Cherryll Walzel and Bud Frick, Paige and Tilman Fertitta, Courtney and Bo Hopson, Sylviaand Tommy Dorsey and Sherry and Charles Gordon.
Among those diving into caviar served on board the mega-yacht were Franci and Jim Crane, Sandy and Lee Godfrey, Ileana and Michael Treviño, Janet Gurwitch and Dr. Jay Morris, Sally Salners and Sandy and Dr.Barney Barrett.
Some guests — including Cynthia and Bucky Allshouse, Donna and Tony Vallone, Karen and Mike Mayell andSusan and Jim Hart — were already familiar with Lady Sheridan’s luxuries and its attentive crew of 15, having sailed with the Williamses last summer in the Mediterranean.
Saturday’s parties included an afternoon barbecue and a repeat of Friday night’s extravaganza. Among the lawyers, clients and friends attending were Houston Police Chief HaroldHurtt, Judge Elizabeth Ray and Frost Haenchen, Charlene and Bill Dwyer, Gail Brown, Beth and Dr. CrisPapasakelariou and Amanda and Robert Brock.