Anthropolgie Birthday Event
Anthropologie CityCentre held a birthday event from 12-3 pm on Thursday, October 2 for people with birthdays in September or October. The event was tea-party themed, and all of the employees were sporting cute Anthropologie aprons.There was a table filled with treats to nibble on including miniature muffins, cookies, biscotti and macaroons. There was also water infused with fresh fruit, and of course, being a tea party there was tea! The birthday attendees received favors of miniature burlap bags with lavender sugar cubes in them. Also, they were given a special birthday discount of 15% on purchases. This birthday tea party was a relaxing and laid back way to celebrate the September and October birthdays of devoted Anthropologie customers.
By Ali Valach HHH intern
Are you craving something sweet that is homemade, but you are not in the mood to bake or you are not sure what you want? Thankfully, Houston is a wonderful city with delicious places to eat including Red Dessert Drive in the Heights, which is perfect if you are craving a homemade treat. Red Dessert Drive is a café and dessert shop that offers many delicious treats both savory and sweet. They also have coffee, wine and beer to sip on while enjoying a meal, snack or delectable treat. They have muffins and kolaches for those looking for a light breakfast in the mornings, and they have salads and sandwiches for lunch that vary each week. The desserts also vary because everything is made fresh.
For example, desserts can include pumpkin cheesecake, honey pecan bars and cupcakes of several flavors. These flavors could be chocolate with peanut butter frosting or red velvet. They also offer dessert options in the Clean Sweets category that are gluten free and vegan. This adorable shop is great for so many different options and is definitely a Houston find that everyone should check out.
Red Dessert Drive
Houston, TX 77008
By Ali Valach HHH intern
Brides Against Breast Cancer
October is national breast cancer awareness month, and Modern Luxury’s Houston Brides Magazine teamed up with many Houston vendors to create a fabulous event benefitting Brides Against Breast Cancer. The event Petals and Pearls took place from 5-9 pm on Thursday, October 9 at Ouisie’s Table, Janus et Cie and The Cotton Club Collection. The event began in the furniture store Janus et Cie where guests were greeted with white wine and some appetizers from Ouisie’s Table. The registration table was staffed with volunteers from the University of Houston Zeta Tau Alpha sorority all wearing pink shirts in honor of breast cancer awareness. The appetizers included tomato caprese, smoked salmon and some tasty finger sandwiches including pimento cheese, a cucumber sandwich and a chicken salad sandwich. Guests began the evening by looking around and chatting with the vendors including Stella and Dot jewelry and Crumbs bakery. Crumbs bakery brought mini cupcakes to sample along with a stunning wedding cake display.
The next stop was the garden of Ouisie’s Table where more vendors greeted the attendees including Mary Kay and Two Be Wed. White wine, champagne and a pink champagne cocktail flowed throughout the evening along with some more appetizers. When it was time for the fashion show, guests moved inside of Ouisie’s Table to the main dining room, which had been transformed to look like a fashion runway with chairs lining the sides. The models strutted wedding gowns by Joan Pillow Bridal Salon and bridesmaid dresses from Bella Bridesmaids. After the show, people continued to bid on the silent auction items until the auction closed. Items in the auction included a pink and silver Stella and Dot necklace, Mary Kay cosmetics, a Spec’s wine basket, linen rentals, a spa package, wedding photography and many other treats. The winners of the items were announced, and people collected their winnings before picking up their swag bag. The swag bags included a copy of the Houston Brides magazine along ith little goodies from the vendors. Overall, the event was a great way to raise awareness for breast cancer and funds for breast cancer research through a fun event. Many vendors donated their time and products to make this event possible, and hopefully it will become an annual event!
By Ali Valach, HHH intern
Fifth Annual Best Cellars Dinner
Raises $200,000 for Cancer Research
Franelle Rogers with Robert Sakowitz
Photo by Kim Coffman
The sold out Fifth Annual T. J. Martell Foundation's Best Cellars Dinner, Thursday evening raised more than $200,000 for the Physician Scientist Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The event, Chairman Franelle Rogers with Honorary Chairmen Jeanie and Jim Janke brought together top chefs,wine collectors and highlighted guest celebrity Warner Music Nashville recording artist Ryan Kinder to create a lively blend of food, wine and music. Shara Fryer led the evening as emcee.
Guest chefs Mark Cox Chef/Owner Mark’s American Cuisine, Chef Charles Clark of Coppa Ristorante Italiano, Brasserie 19, Ibiza and Chef Ryan Hildebrand of Triniti Restaurant created magic with their culinary skills. Wine Hosts Chairman Robert Sakowitz pulled out all the stops and with hosts that brought out the best from their personal cellars to delight every palate. The champagne reception hosted by HEB had guests toasting before the first course. The Live auction was exciting with lots of hands raised for bidding. Guest Elaine Turner added to the funds by donating a shopping spree for a surprise trip to New York. Celebrity guest Ryan Kinder, opening artist on the Zac Brown Tour, mixed and mingled, taking photos with attendees. The crowd applauded during the unplugged performance that was just like being in a small club. "The Best Cellars Celebrity Dinner gives guests the unique opportunity to try world class wines, enjoy spectacular food prepared by some of the most beloved chefs and enjoy great music with some of country music's wonderful talent,” said Laura Heatherly, chief Executive Officer of the T.J. Martell Foundation. “We appreciated the wonderful support from our sponsors, chefs, celebrities, wine hosts and patrons who supported the event to help make a difference in the lives of those living with cancer.”
Enlightening Evening for Medical Bridges®,
One People. One World. 2014
Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Margaret Alkek Williams, Barbara Van Postman
Photo by Kim Coffman
Over 300 supporters attended the One People. One World. Gala on September 27 at the Hilton Post Oak. Led by Chairmen Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Barbara Van Postman and Honorary Chairman and past honoree, Margaret Alkek Williams, all for the second year in a row, they helped support those in basic need of healthcare with the event’s proceeds reaching over $250,000. Guests entered the ballroom through a map of the world with the ballroom décor having a global flair - elevated spherical bubble bowl centerpieces filled with golden calla lilies, orchids and curly willow. A native drum performance added to the theme of one world and had the guests applauding. Dr. M. Fares Albitar accepted the Dr. David Wray Volunteer of the Year award. Jitendra Kikani, General Manager for Reservoir Management for Chevron Africa and Latin America, accepted the Medical Bridges Corporate Honoree Award for Chevron for partnering with Medical Bridges and supplying many of the items needed in other countries. Community Honorees Drs. Mary Ann and Bob Wilkins were honored for their long-time support of many community organizations, especially Medical Bridges. Deputy Governor Samuel Mobio from Cote d’ Ivoire, spoke of the importance of the partnership they have with Medical Bridges and the deep appreciation for all the lives impacted. Catherine Clarke Murphy, a young photojournalist, shared her observations about Africa and what people there deal with daily. The room was enthralled as Catherine read a letter from a friend that lives there, talking about the extreme conditions in dealing with the current health situation. As one guest said, “seeing a young person that is so dedicated to helping others gives us all hope for the future”. This led to a successful appeal at the event to fund sending medical supplies to those areas in severe need due to the Ebola virus outbreak. Medical Bridges recovers medical surplus that would otherwise be discarded and redistributes this to hospitals, clinics and healthcare providers in less fortunate countries. Guests enjoyed cultural entertainment, reinforcing the global world theme, and viewed many of the items shipped to countries in need.
Camp Culinary Challenge
On Thursday, September 18 the Camp Culinary Challenge benefitting Camp for All took place at The Parador. The event consisted of a raffle, silent auction and tasting and voting for the best mac n’ cheese and s’mores. Several Houston restaurants participated in the event and brought their unique creations and twists on the classic mac n’ cheese dish for attendees to sample. Ouisie’s Table’s unique take on this famous dish included a deliciously creamy version topped with ground venison meat. Dish Society made a truffle mac n’ cheese, and Kris concocted a goat cheese version. Several other restaurants participated including Artisans, Sandy McGee’s and Sorrel. After sampling all of the divine mac n’ cheese creations, people then began to sample the s’mores options. River Oaks Doughnuts made a fantastic s’more doughnut that consisted of a cake doughnut with a chocolate frosting, sprinkled graham cracker crumbs and a few mini marshmallows as the finishing touches. This combination of a traditional breakfast treat and a campfire snack was mouth-wateringly scrumptious. Three Brothers Bakery created a miniature s’more pie, and Ooh La La served up a s’more macaroon. A few other places created s’more treats for everyone to sample, and it was wonderful to see how creative many Houstonians can be when it comes to cooking and baking and the unexpected takes on this classic dessert treat. The event also included a raffle with items such as a booze basket and cooking classes at Central Market. The silent auction item that appeared to be quite popular from the start of the night was a signed football by Houston Texan, JJ Watt. This wonderful event helped to raise money for Camp for All, which is a facility that offers programs to people of all ages with special needs and challenging illnesses.
By Ali Valach, HHH intern
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