Hey, isn’t that Lu­ray?

Rappahannock News - - NEWS -

Friends, fam­ily and honored guests cel­e­brated the un­veil­ing of “Heir Ap­par­ent” at The Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton on a very hot and steamy Sun­day af­ter­noon. One of Amer­ica’s lead­ing re­al­ist painters, Bradley Stevens cre­ated the por­trait of three Miche­lin-starred chef and Inn founder Patrick O’Connell and his most trusted com­pan­ion, a Dal­ma­tian named Lu­ray. In the whim­si­cal por­trait scene, O’Connell, who was the es­teemed re­cip­i­ent of the James Beard Life­time Achievemen­t Award ear­lier this month, dons Dal­ma­tian-print chef pants and is posed with Lu­ray on a 300-pound hand-carved chair fit for roy­alty. Bradley and the chef have a long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship and bonded over their love of dogs. In true Inn fash­ion, guests were sur­prised and de­lighted at every turn, think: French clowns, para­sols, ac­cor­dion mu­sic and more. The food served was as fun and whim­si­cal as the por­trait it­self, in­clud­ing The World’s Small­est Baked Potato, Cit­rus Lob­ster Spoons, Chilled Minted Pea Soup, Mini Strawberry Ice Cream Cones and more. Long­time NBC News jour­nal­ist An­drea Mitchell, seen here with O’Connell, at­tended the un­veil­ing and shared a few words with the crowd.

PHO­TOS BY JOHN MCCASLIN

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