While others suffered the travel challenges of checking in and spoofing their way into the sweet spot of the newly enhanced Admiral’s Club at DFW International, the getaway hassles didn’t bother the crowd at Les Femmes du Monde’s summer event on Thursday, July 18.
An SRO crowd toured the world from Tuscany, Puglia, and Ireland to Deep Ellum in Mozzarella Company’s founder Paula Lambert‘s fabulous townhouse overlooking Turtle Creek. And, of course, the afternoon gathering enjoyed the foodie travelogue with wine and Mozzarella cheese.
It was a wonder that the crowd didn’t gain weight as Paula told of her delicious junkets. Even more astonishing was that Paula’s upcoming trips to Egypt and Australia/New Zealand weren’t sold-out before the guests headed to their cars lined along Park Bridge.
There was bunking down in age-old villas; there was gathering produce and preparing dinners at estates; there were photos of Paula’s longtime friends like Stephan Pyles and Dean Fearing; there were private performances of Irish folks dance and tarantellas.
Each stop was described by Paula like a family get-together. And there were the travelogue touches like the tale of Alberobella, where the trulli houses were built with cone roofs. So the story goes that when the tax collector arrived to appraise the house, the owner would pull just one brick from the roof resulting in the building toppling down. With that the homeowner would say to the collector, there was no building, so no tax.
But the showstopper was Paula’s revealing that, after 36 years, she had sold the Mozzarella Company. It was a neck-whipper of an announcement that had guests like Les Femmes President Martha Cox, Carol Seay, Mary Lee Cox, Alyce Heinrich, Clare Cunningham and Karen Lukin dropping their jaws in disbelief.
But, like the late Ebby Halliday, Paula revealed that she had sold the company to her employees.