The Texas Biomedical Forum, which is fast approaching its 50thanniversary, once again held its annual Forum Gala this past May 4th, treating guests to a night of delight at the venerable Argyle. “The Night They Invented Champagne” may not have produced the alcoholic breakthrough of its namesake, but it did provide guests and donors a taste of Europe at the turn of the 20thcentury, albeit with slightly fewer of the byzantine political alliances that would eventually drag the world into historic conflict.
Or, at the very least, they were slightly further away from the crossfire this time.
Appropriately hoity-toity appetizers like escargot and caviar led into a main course of lobster, duck confit, and other treats far too rich for our ghoulish American palates as diners participated in a silent auction and raffle. Once full, they made their way to Maxim’s for the Forum’s legendary After Party, scored by Doc Watkins and his Orchestra. In addition to dancing, feather boas, and the like, donors enjoyed that most bourgeoisie of pastimes: getting their portraits painted, courtesy of Franco-Modini Ruiz.
You’re a lot less likely to die of tuberculosis or the flu than in those days, and with proceeds going to the Forum, mayhaps those in 2100 will look on our causes of death with similar relief. Keep up the good work; just include a pronunciation guide for the champagne types next time.