A Lunch for Gentlemen at Cowboys Stadium

The late Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus used to host an annual holiday party for 50 or so of his closest male buddies. Now it seems the tradition’s been taken up, on a slightly larger scale, by businessmen Alan White (PlainsCapital Bank) and Barry Andrews (Andrews Distributing). The pair hosted their yearly “Gentlemen’s Luncheon” today at Cowboys Stadium, where 500 members of DFW’s power elite chowed down in style, then enjoyed a performance by C&W’s Gatlin Brothers.

It was the sort of event where you saw Ross Perot Jr. locked in conversation with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, T. Boone Pickens chatting up former New York Gov. George Pataki, Roger Staubach jawboning with Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel). Larry Gatlin recognized others in the crowd–from Nolan Ryan and Pat Summerall to Jerry Jones–and then thanked Jerry for hosting “this little party for our mother,” who was also among the guests, celebrating her 82nd birthday.

After he and the brothers sang a set of Christmas songs, plus a couple of rousing patriotic tunes, Gatlin turned to commenting for the crowd on the down-home luncheon fare. “That gravy didn’t have any salt in it, did it?” he laughed. “I wonder how the governor liked that gravy?” the singer continued, as Pataki waved one arm high in approval. “I don’t know how they do it in New York, but down here we have a saying: If it don’t have gravy on it, it ain’t food!” Out at Cowboys Stadium today, there was plenty of gravy–and testosterone–to go around.

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