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Let’s Talk Turkey!

It’s that time again, to gather with family and friends and count our blessings. Make life easier and pick one of these restaurants for your Thanksgiving celebration.

Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE
800 Sorella Court

photo credit: Hotel Sorella CITYCENTR

Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE is ushering in the holiday season with a Cyber Monday deal, starting on Monday, November 28. The special, online-only winter rate – valid into the New Year – provide your out of town family and holiday visitors a one-of-a-kind hotel surrounded by boutiques and Houston’s best in dining and entertainment outside the loop. The Cyber Monday package offers up to 30% off of a Junior Suite in addition to complimentary continental breakfast, garage self-parking and Wi-Fi for stays between December 19, 2016 and March 31, 2017. Learn more and book Cyber Monday here.


Le Colonial
4444 Westheimer

photo credit: Eric Laignel

Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial in River Oaks District will open their doors on Thanksgiving Day, and welcome diners who don't have home cooking in their plans. The new hot spot for authentic Vietnamese cuisine will offer guests a number of specials that day, along with their regular lunch and dinner menu. Specials include Smoked Turkey Spring Rolls with a creamy basil dipping sauce; Roasted Duck with a cranberry ginger sauce and wok fried Brussel sprouts; and Pumpkin Cheesecake with a brandy cumquat sauce.


Le Mistral
1400 Eldridge Parkway

photo credit: Shannon O'Hara

At Chef David Denis' classic French restaurant, get a Thanksgiving meal with Gallic leanings. Sit back and relax as you let this Energy Corridor, tour-de-force take care of Thanksgiving for you and your loved ones. Priced at $55 per person, enjoy an impressive four-course feast, featuring starters like Veloute de Maos Aux Lardons, a velvety white corn soup, sour cream and crispy bacon julienne; followed by Strudel de Champignons Sauvages et Confit de Canard, a wild mushroom duck confit strudel with shaved brussels sprouts. Entrée options include La Dinde Rotie, a roasted free-range turkey breast, with Le Mistral gravy, Swiss chard filled with traditional stuffing, caramelized bourbon sweet potato and homemade cranberry marmalade. For dessert, sink your fork into a Pumpkin Soufflé topped with spiced rum sauce and vanilla cinnamon whipped cream. An a la carte and children’s menu is availible upon request. Reservations can be made between 11 am - 2 pm and 5 - 9 pm.


PESKA Seafood Culture
1700 Post Oak Blvd

photo credit: Karen DeAmat

Create a new tradition and give thanks at Peska Seafood Culture. Join the Galleria-area restaurant and enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with a twist. Although turkey is the main attraction at Thanksgiving feasts, historians believe that much of the original Thanksgiving meal consisted of seafood. On November 24th, PESKA is turning back the clock and serving a “traditional” menu with a variety of seafood and seasonal ingredients. Given the close proximity to the Thanksgiving holiday lighting ceremony and fireworks that starts at 7 pm, Peska makes it easy for guests to dine early and walk over to the festivities.

Priced at $60 per person, guests can delight in a three-course prix fixe menu with offerings like Mussels (served family-style), with smoked tomato, chorizo, white wine and toast; Whole Roasted Branzino; and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Family Style sides include, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy and green bean casserole. A $20 kids menu will also be available. Peska’s convenient Uptown location also offers early diners an easy walk to Houston’s 31st Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting Ceremony and firework show at 7 pm.

For the avid sports fan, PESKA offers an opportunity to combine football and family on Thanksgiving Day with a private "suite", complete with flat screen, outdoor patio and three-course menu. PESKA's private dining room is available all day for the family to eat, celebrate and enjoy.

Reserve your dinner in advance to guarantee seating and availability by visiting www.peskathanksgiving.eventbrite.com. To book a private room, please call the restaurant at 713.961.9229. ??


Prohibition Supperclub & Bar
1008 Prairie St.

Keep your family and out of town guest entertained throughout Thanksgiving weekend at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar to enjoy show-stopping entertainment with a holiday twist. The downtown destination will be introducing their new holiday musical Tales of a Hard Nut, a burlesque-inspired adaptation of the timeless classic, The Nutcracker. Through veils of glistening snowflakes and song, their majestic odium transforms into the Stahbaums’ annual Christmas party - only this year you and your guests are invited to savor seasonally-inspired cuisine, while partaking in holiday games and festivities. The show runs every Friday and Saturday throughout the month of November with two seatings each evening – Friday, 7PM & 9:30PM and Saturday, 6PM & 8:30PM. To reserve your tickets visit: www.prohibitiontheatre.com


Radio Milano
800 Sorella Court

photo credit: Debora Smail

Radio Milano’s Jose Hernandez welcomes the season with Thanksgiving dinners to-go, allowing customers to wow guests minus the mess. Serving 8 to 10 and priced at $300, the package includes pumpkin soup, green beans, Brussel sprouts, sweet potato puree, mashed potatoes, stuffed turkey, gravy, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. Orders must be placed by November 21. To reserve yours, call 713.827.3545.

For those wanting to dine out rather than in, Radio Milano is also offering a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving lunch menu from 10 am until 3 pm on November 24. Highlights include Sunchoke Creamy Soup with smoked salmon, salmon rose and chives; Roasted Turkey Breast with green beans, sweet potato mash and cranberry cake; and Pumpkin Pie with marshmallow and vanilla ice cream. Priced at $45 per person. An a la carte kid’s menu with items like turkey, spaghetti, burgers and French toast will also be available.


Royal Sonesta Hotel
2222 West Loop South

photo credit: Debora Smail

Kick off the holidays with a bang that won’t break the holiday shopping budget with the Royal Sonesta Houston Uptown Lighting Black Friday package. Not only will you enjoy a prime, rooftop location for the annual Thanksgiving eve Post Oak Blvd. tree lighting and fireworks spectacular, along with champagne, hot chocolate and desserts for two, but you’ll also be ideally positioned steps from The Galleria to get an early start – without the hassle of parking – on Black Friday shopping. Priced at just $99 for the night, the package includes luxurious, double occupancy accommodations, complimentary self-parking and a 4 pm late check-out. Extend the celebration through the weekend for only $79 per additional night. To book: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=56925&Chain=5157&promo=PKG


The Westin at the Woodlands | CURRENT

photo credit: Julie Soefer

The Westin at The Woodlands gets an early start on Thanksgiving Day with a festive a la carte brunch offered from 10 am until 4 pm. Indulge in beginnings like Butternut Squash Soup with cinnamon crème fraiche and spicy pumpkin seeds; or Lil’ Emma’s Crispy Calamari with fresh Gulf calamari, peppadew peppers and lemons, roasted tomato basil sauce, lemon infused Old Bay remoulade and scallions. Brunch selections include Stuffing Eggs Benedict, traditional holiday stuffing cakes topped with tow poached eggs and spiced Hollandaise sauce; and Pumpkin Bread French Toast, house made pumpkin bread with maple glaze and candied pecans. Guests can also indulge in lunch items like the Turkey & Pear Sandwich made with house roasted turkey breast, poached pears, cranberry jelly, Boursin cheese and artisan pecan and cranberry bread; and Grilled Bay of Fundy Salmon with Yukon gold whipped potatoes, green bean casserole and orange butter sauce.


The Westin at The Woodlands | SideBar 2
Waterway Square Place

Tuber and Root photo
credit: Julie Soefer

The holidays are upon us and The Westin at The Woodland’s SideBar will be giving thanks to guests with a seasonal sip, the Tuber and Root..

Try your hand at this festive cocktail with the recipe below: ??
Tuber and Root
1.5 oz Boyd and Blair Potato Vodka
.5 oz Fruitlab Ginger Liqueur
3 oz House Sweet Potato Puree
.5 oz Pelocio Syrup
Splash of fresh lemon juice


Houston Philanthrophy


American Heart Association, Houston Board Chair Charles Flournoy and the Houston Heart Ball Executive Leadership Team will transform the Hilton Americas ballroom into a “secret garden” wonderland with all of the spring blossom trimmings on Feb. 18, 2017. While guests may arrive with coats still in tow, they will be greeted by a warm, indoor haven to celebrate arts, culture and the philanthropic spirit of the Houston community at the annual black tie event.

Richard Blades, Yara El-Sayed and Charles Flournoy

To kick off the Houston Heart Ball fundraising season, a private, invitation-only reception was held on Oct. 6 at River Oaks Country Club. Guests received special “secret garden” keepsakes upon arrival and were treated to a sneak peek of select auction items, including a Formula One experience, various weekend getaways, private culinary adventures with local celebrity chefs, and even a Houston Rockets Ultimate Road Trip, all of which will be up for grabs on the evening of Feb. 18.

Matthew and Lacey Goossen

The Heart Ball Executive Leadership has set a goal of raising $2.8 million, the highest goal in the event’s 34-year history. The event is well on its way with a number of individual gifts received prior to the reception and at the reception itself.


Crowd Cheers as Former First Lady Barbara Bush
says a few words at CHILDREN AT RISK’s Accolades Luncheon

Dr. Bob Sanborn is President and CEO of CHILDREN AT RISK First Lady Barbara Bush, Bob Harvey Photography: Photos by Rovo

CHILDREN AT RISK hosted its annual Accolades luncheon “Parenting – Pathways to Family Well-Being” to honor outstanding community members and advocates for children. This year’s prestigious honorees were Former First Lady Barbara Bush (her award was accepted by son Neil Bush who told the audience he was her favorite, but she quickly corrected him), Houston Rockets Owner Les Alexander, Greater Houston Partnership’s President Bob Harvey, and Drs. Eileen and Angelo Giardino. Co-emcees Melissa Wilson of FOX-26, and CHILDREN AT RISK president and CEO Dr. Bob Sanborn, presented honorees with artwork beautifully created by students in the art club at IDEA College Preparatory Allan (Austin, TX).

Maria Bush, with Barbara Bush with son Neil Bush

Chaired by Laura and Steve Jones, more than 350 Houstonians filled the ballroom at Hotel Zaza to support the organization which works to improve health and nutrition for children, public education, and eliminate child trafficking, as well as provide increased access to and awareness of evidence-based parent education classes (see more at smartparents.org)

Drs. Eileen and Angelo Giardino with Barbara Bush

Auctioneer Judge Eric Andell helped to raise additional funds for the organization, encouraging guests to bid on a Houston Rockets Game Day package which featured watching a Rockets game from the Luxury Suite for 12, and a signed James Harden jersey; a 3-night stay in London, in a luxurious flat on land owned by the Royal Family; a relaxing week’s stay at a cozy farmhouse in Highland Country, Va., and more.

Chairs Laura and Steve Jones


Celebrating Houston Hospice with Kelli and Eddy Blanton 18th Annual Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award Dinner

Jim Faucett, Winnell Heron, Sue White, Cynthia Nordt
Photos Dave Rossman

Beautiful hues of purple and white florals greeted the over 250 guests gathered at River Oaks Country Club, October 18, to generously support the Houston Hospice Program. The 18th Annual Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award Dinner Chairman Sue White was pleased that the evening raised over $250,000. The recognition of 3 nurses receiving Excellence in Nursing Awards from the Good Samaritan Foundation brought a loud round of applause from the crowd. The comments by LaShunda Richardson of the Hospice Staff really helped the audience understand the impact Hospice has with families at the most difficult time in life. The evening’s recipient of the Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award, H-E-B, was introduced by Dr. Ronald DePinho and Eddy Blanton. H-E-B was represented by VP of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs, Winell Herron, as she reaffirmed the company’s commitment to the Hospice mission. Cheers were given as raffle winners accepted their great prizes. Melanie Lawson of KTRK Channel 13 led the evening as emcee and the invocation was given by Rev. Dr. Bill Heston.


Scenic Houston

Larry Johnson with wife Suzie Johnson

More than 360 people gathered for the 2016 Scenic Houston Annual Dinner at Houston Country Club, to honor the organization’s 2016 "Scenic Visionary" Larry D. Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Development Corp. Guests began the evening with an outdoor cocktail reception under the stars followed by a seated dinner in the club ballroom. The Scenic Visionary Award recognizes a community leader who has played a vital role to enhance the appearance and quality of life of the Houston region, particularly its streetscapes, public spaces and neighborhoods. Scenic Houston Board Chairman Harry Masterson welcomed the sold-out ballroom to the event, and thanked Annual Dinner chairs Julie Peak and David Hightower for producing the highest-attended and most financially successful Scenic Houston Annual Dinner on record. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse served as master of ceremonies for a lively program that included the debut of Scenic Houston’s new video, special remarks from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaiming "Larry Johnson Day" and introduction of Johnson by 2015 Scenic Visionary Robert Duncan, CEO of Transwestern. Mr. Duncan praised Mr. Johnson and his firm for setting a visionary standard for place-making, community-building and quality of life amenities in its master planned communities. Mr. Johnson graciously accepted his 2016 Scenic Visionary Award and spoke about the importance of building community character through thoughtful, and environmentally conscious, planning and development. Mr. Johnson went on to praise Scenic Houston’s work with an array of stakeholders to enhance the region’s public streetscapes and entryway corridors. The event raised more than $390,000 to support the work of Scenic Houston.

Check our calendar to plan
your social and shopping schedule!

October 26

Melissa & Mano DeAyala
Sheri & Wayne Gross
For tickets contact:

November 17

Armenta Trunk Show Designer Jewelry,
Level One 10am to 5pm View the newest collection

November 17

Sydney Evan Personal Appearance Designer Jewelry,
Level One Meet Jewelry Designer Sydney Evan and view her latest collection. Interviews are available.

December 16

6:30 pm
Location: private home
Attire: festive attire
Chairmen: Keith and Alice Mosing
Events: cocktail reception and karate demonstration by Kickstart Kids
Tables: $250 per person
Contact: ellie@franciscoandco.com or 866.366.5274
Benefiting: KICKSTART KIDS teaching character through karate. www.kickstartkids.org

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