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Friday, January 19, 2007

Happy birthday, Tommy Whitehead

NATCHITOCHES — Theodosia Nolan entertains with exquisite elegance.

That is the only way to describe an intimate candlelit dinner party for eight she gave Thursday evening at Cherokee Plantation to help toast Natchitoches resident Tommy Whitehead’s 60th birthday.

There was French pate and fine champagne by a roaring fire in the sitting room as seven guests arrived. Later they sat around the dining table and dined on a creative menu of salmon and turkey, with exquisite sauces served on the side ... a beautifully presented cold casserole of artichokes, asparagus, beets, cauliflower and brussel sprouts ... An assortment of very good cheeses. For dessert: a nut cake flaming with candles for the birthday boy and, instead of more pedestrian ice cream, egg nog topped with whipped cream, presented in stemware to eat with a spoon.

Murphy Oil Company’s Nolan of El Dorado, Ark., owns Cherokee. It is so old that no one is sure of the date it was built, but late 18th or early 19th century, think experts. It is marvelously well preserved, really, a national treasure.

Nolan jetted in to Natchitoches to host the dinner, the first in a round of parties for Whitehead that will continue through the weekend and will include pals from around the world.


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