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Mid-Year Motivation

June is one of my favorite months of the year for two reasons. The first, it’s the start of the summer season which means school’s out, pool days, vacation homes, floral patterns and brighter colors. Things begin to slow down in the city and we can finally take some well-deserved time off. I believe it is very important to relish in some necessary R & R because whether you’ve realized it or not - you’ve made it halfway through the year. This leads me to my second reason - June marks the start of the second half of the year. Use this month as a chance to step back, evaluate your year, goals and objectives thus far and be proactive about getting back on track if necessary. Chances are you forgot about your New Year’s resolutions back in February so now is the perfect time to reset your goals and get ready for the second half of the year. This month, I encourage you all to not only relax and recover, but also to find your mid-year motivation so you can finish the year off strong!

Jana Philips
Houston Hip & Haute

Houston Happenings

Delight the whole family in a ghoulish summer evening with a showing of The Addams Family at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The Broadway musical will be performed by Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, and are free to the public to attend from June 5th-8th. For more information, visit the Miller Outdoor Theatre website.


Raise a glass to master chefs, winemakers, educators and more, hailing from Houston and across the globe at this year’s Wine & Food Week. From June 3rd to June 9th, guests can experience national and international wines at wine tastings and wine dinners at the week-long extravaganza in The Woodlands.

Wine & Food Week - Photo courtesy of Woodlands Wine & Food Week


Loving Houston is hosting a Loving Houston 101 Workshop on How to Start a School Partnership, followed by a Leader Luncheon, on Tuesday, June 11 at 9:30 am at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Houstonians interested in how their church can begin or expand a partnership with a local school are encouraged to attend.


Save the Date – The Spring Branch Education Foundation Style Show will be held at Royal Sonesta Houston on Friday, September 13th. The style show will feature designers Chloe Dao, Elizabeth Purpich, Kimora Lee Simmons and Lucho. This year’s chairs are Kim Conrad, Sheri Goss and Tanna Myers.


Houston Society/Philanthrophy

CHILDREN AT RISK and Attack Poverty
kicked off spring with The Big Brunch – A Bridge to the Future.

Chef Chair David Cordua, Susannah and Chris Watt

CHILDREN AT RISK and Attack Poverty kicked off spring with The Big Brunch – A Bridge to the Future. Over 400 guests joined chairs Tracy and Harry Faulkner, Joy Winkler Chapman, Theresa Hildreth, Fallon Huff, Carie Lawson, and Chef Chair David Cordúa, at one of the most stylish brunch parties of the year. Guests were treated to an epic food throwdown, featuring the trendiest tastes in the city and the hottest chefs in H-town. Partygoers arrived dressed to impress in support of CHILDREN AT RISK and Attack Poverty whose mission together is to bridge the gaps for our children and ensure that all children in Houston and Texas have a bright future. Guests bid on auction items and enjoyed libations and an assortment of bites from Kiran Verma of Kiran’s Restaurant; Dominick Lee of Poitín Bar & Kitchen; Brandon Silva of Wooster’s Garden; Brandi Key, Kelly Laudadio & Jorge Valencia of LMN Hospitality; David Skinner of Eculen; and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar.

Chair Joy Winkler Chapman, Yelena Grinina, Chair Tracy Faulkner, and Rachel Fischer
Photo by CharlesDante Photography


Houston Pets Alive! announced a big pupdate

Attention - all pet lovers, Houston Pets Alive! is moving locations! Located at 2800 Antoine
Dr. Houston, TX 77092, the new facility has a fantastic area for their surgery center and clinic,
it is much better suited for animal care, and there are various additional rooms that will
provide opportunities they haven't had before.

In addition to announcing our new location, I'd like to welcome Houston Pets Alive!'s new Executive Director, Sharon Cosimano. Sharon comes to HPA! from the Rural Outreach Center where she developed and implemented the adult and children’s programming structures, linked outcomes to National County Health measures, and increased funding from all sources. Prior to the ROC, Sharon worked as a strategic communications consultant developing the entire corporate structure and increasing revenue 800% over 15 years. She has also worked developing messaging and media for AT&T and Paul Allen, among others.

Sharon Cosimano


Safe at Home Success for the Astros Foundation

The Astros Foundation hosted the inaugural Safe at Home Luncheon and Style Show on
Thursday, May 9th at Union Station. The event which raised over $200,000 will benefit the Astros Foundation and its domestic violence awareness and education efforts. 320 guests mingled and
visited with 16 partner agencies whose mission is to provide resources to help victims of domestic
violence and programs to prevent it from occurring.

The luncheon was emceed by Astros AT&T SportsNet sideline reporter, Julia Morales Clark. Guest speaker Judge Lincoln Goodwin shared his own personal story as a child of domestic violence and the critical need to help anyone a woman, child, or man be safe. The room erupted in cheers to greet the Astros wives, girlfriends and children as the fashion show by Tootsies was presented. Models included Nina Altuve, Kara McCullers, Erin Hinch, Kat Rogers, Gina Luhnow, Michele Kemp, Amy Cole, Allie Smith, Daniella Rodriguez, Lianet Gurriel, Alli Spivey and Katy Miley.

Executive Director of Astros Foundation, Twila Carter spoke of the ongoing involvement of the Foundation in the need to shed the light on domestic violence. Supporting organizations that not only shelter victims and protect, help them regain their lives, and programs that teach skills to promote respectful non- violent relationships and make a change in our society. Astros Owner and Chairman, Jim Crane concluded the day thanking everyone for attending and their support of this important cause.

Joe Smith, Twila Carter and Max Stassi
Photo by Jacob Power


Latin Women’s High Energy Success

Luncheon Chairs Michele Leal Farah and Maritza Gonzales and the Board of Latin Women’s Initiative (LWI) welcomed a sell-out crowd of 700 fashionistas to the 17th annual fashion show, luncheon and marketplace held at the Hilton Americas on May 17th.

Tootsies presented the fashion show highlighting Latin Designers including Alexis, Borgo De Nor, Carolina Herrera, PatBO, Oscar de la Renta, Robert Rodriguez, Silvia Tcherassi, and Casa de Novia. President of LWI Daisy Mendoza announced to the lively crowd over $3 million of financial support LWI has provided to women and children in Houston’s Latino community from the luncheon proceeds. Honorary Chair Trini Mendenhall was applauded by the guests, saying how close to her heart LWI is because of their mission to help women, children and families.

Emcee Jacob Rascon with KPRC Channel 2 led the day. A Latin power lunch unlike any other, raising over $300,000 with proceeds being distributed to Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack, Chinquapin Preparatory School, L.I.F.E. Houston, The Kid’s Reading Room, Undies for Everyone, UH Center for Mexican American Studies-Academic Achievers Program.

LWI Board of Directors
Photo by Daniel Ortiz


Relish Restaurant & Bar

Neighborhood Favorite, Relish Restaurant & Bar,
Introduces New, Seasonally-Inspired Dinner Items

Relish Restaurant & Bar, a neighborhood eatery offering classic, American cuisine fused with Mediterranean influences, introduces new dishes to its menu inspired by the spring and summer seasons.

Executive Chef Dustin Teague’s individuality and southern roots reveal themselves in his fresh take on these new offerings. Inspired by the Houston heat, Teague utilizes seasonal fruits, jalapeños, hazelnuts and tangy lime zest for a summer spin on Relish’s classic Snapper Crudo. Sides were given a seasonal spin with additions such as fresh mint to the sautéed squash and salty cotija cheese along with dill and cayenne to the grilled corn, a personal favorite of the Teague’s. Not to miss, the New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp wows with the holy trinity, a Creole-inspired pan sauce, crispy leeks, creamy polenta and charred okra. The Summer Tagliatelle is a perfect, fresh find for vegetarians with basil pesto, blistered tomatoes, pine nuts and parmesan and the Mediterranean Salmon features the chef’s favorite spring-summer vegetables and herbs such as asparagus, peas and mint.

With an ongoing focus on fresh ingredients and value placed on customer feedback, Relish Restaurant & Bar is no stranger to an evolving menu curated by seasonal ingredients and fan favorites. Its loyal customers, some of whom have become close friends and almost like family, will relish in the new dishes that remain true to the eatery’s roots of American food with a southern flare, Italian and French influence, served in a hospitable atmosphere.

Linguine & Shrimp with fresh linguine pasta,
Gulf Shrimp, blistered tomatoes, white wine sauce, basil


CRAVE Cupcakes - All American Summer Flavors

From Backyard BBQs to days spent by the pool, CRAVE Cupcakes has the perfect sweet treat for your summer celebrations. Their All American Summer flavors include Patriotic Confetti, S’mores, Peach Cobbler, Strawberry Lemonade and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!

All American Summer flavors
Photo courtesy of CRAVE Cupcakes


Father's Day

Father’s Day is a special day to show dad how much he is loved and appreciated.
We’ve rounded up the top 3 things to do in Houston this Father’s Day.

Head out to Minute Maid Park to watch the Houston Astros take on the Toronto Blue Jays.
Game starts at 1:10 PM.

Plan ahead and make reservations at Top Golf to make this Father’s Day one he’ll never fore-get.

Treat dad to a Father’s Day brunch at The Rustic.
With live music and delicious food it makes for the perfect Sunday funday. 

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