Chef Polo Becerra and Victoria Rowell


Beefy matters
Who: Don Shula and Bud Adams.

Where & what: At the opening of Shula's Steak House in the Hyatt Regency Downtown, where Shula and his son, Dave Shula, welcomed close to 500 guests.

Misc.: The feast raised $20,000 for the Houston Texans Foundation. Sampling the jumbo barbecued shrimp, crab cakes and loads of beef were guests including NFL greats Dan Pastorini, Elvin Bethea, Butch Woolfolk and Mark Clayton. An ice sculpture of the Vince Lombardi trophy centered the party space, a nod to Don Shula's 1972 undefeated season as Miami Dolphins coach.

Foster care

Who: Chef Polo Becerra and Victoria Rowell.

Where & what: At Polo's Signature Restaurant, where Rowell welcomed guests to a high tea/champagne brunch and book signing for her best-seller, The Women Who Raised Me, a love letter to her six foster mothers.

Misc.: The actress was in town over the weekend for a series of book signings and fundraisers hosted by Carla Burton and Tamara Brock and benefiting the Texas Foster Families Association and the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan. In the mix at Polo's were Gina Gaston, Ursaline Hamilton, Terri Jaggers, Yendi Thompson, Keva Horry, Melanie Miles Wilcox and Paula Harris.

Healing words

Who: Ginni Mithoff, from left, Elizabeth Edwards and Beth Sanders Moore.

Where & what: At Wortham Theater Center, where Edwards spoke to a gathering of Progressive Forum patrons on health care reform, the presidential race and surviving cancer.

Misc.: Ginni and Richard Mithoff and Beth and Jess Moore hosted their longtime friend's Houston visit. Joining in a standing ovation for Edwards were Progressive Forum president Randall Morton, Suzanne Longley, Michael Mithoff, Regina Rogers, State Rep. Ellen Cohen, Kathy and Tom Lord, Carolyn and Peter Taaffe and Dr. Richard Theriault.

Helping hands

Who: Sheridan and John Eddie Williams.

Where & what: At Del Frisco's, where the chairs of the Houston Children's Charity Oct. 25 gala took bows for their success at early table sales — 57 to date.

Misc.: Houston Children's Charity board president Tilman Fertitta welcomed guests and introduced gala honorees Houston Chronicle society columnist Shelby Hodge and her husband, architect Shafik Rifaat. In the mix were charity executive director Laura Ward, wine chair Carol Sawyer, Patsy and Greg Fourticq, George Ault, Monty Meave, Rick Watson, Bobbie and Stanley Weinstein and party host Arthur Mooradian, Del Frisco's general manager.