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Great conversation is the icing on the cake in every social setting! So it makes sense the creative forces behind City Art Works would imagine and create The Art of Conversation annual event designed to engage luncheon guests in lively and stimulating talk! This year’s fund- raiser will be held Monday, November 8th at the Junior League. Each luncheon table will be joined by conversationalists the likes of talk show host Deborah Duncan, Sheriff Adrian Garcia; and, Mark Hanson of the Houston Symphony. Attend this fab event and you’ll be chit-chatting about it all through the holidays!

By the way City Art Works provides after school art classes and programs
for over 4,000 area children. Now that’s something to talk about.

City Art Works
Art of Conversation Annual Luncheon
Monday, November 8th
Jr. League of Houston
Tariff begins at $100 per person

For more information and to secure tickets contact Keelan Wackman, AOC@cityartworks.org or 713.681.1331 or go to www.cityartworks.org

Nothing is more inviting than the sense and smell of incredibly healthy and delicious meals being prepared in your own home. The challenge is the shopping and chopping necessary to pull this off. GourmetPrepMeals has recently launched in Houston and promises fresh, ready-to-cook recipe kits delivered directly to your home or office. Just like in the movies, you can slide in the door from work at 6, and magically serve a beautiful meal by 6:30.

The kits are white box modern and contain all the ingredients and instructions you need to make chef-inspired entrees such as Poached Salmon with Lemon Pesto Orzo and Herb Chicken with Whole Wheat Couscous. Salads and sides are also available. Each menu item is the creation of Chef Turner Justin, who also happens to be the personal chef of Houston Rockets', Shane Battier.

As if this weren’t enough, GourmetPrepMeals is a company with a higher calling. One hundred percent of the profits are dedicated to training young adults aging out of the foster care system. Job opportunities provide hands on job experience to young adults who have spent childhood years in foster care. There are angels in the kitchen.

Take a look at the GPM menu and place an order at www.gourmetprepmeals.com.

Houston Hip & Haute readers will receive free delivery – a $4.95 value -
on their first order of $15 or more through November 8.
Just enter promotional code HHHFreeD at checkout.

Fashion Week

Houston is filled with fashionistas and we just had our first fashion week,
sponsored by Audi, and directed by Blinc by Bambilynn. The Wortham lobby was transformed with a runway, seats, and big screen. Music was provided by Divisi strings (they take pop songs and make them classical), and the paparazzi’s cameras flashed at the local luminaries.
Former President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush were there with Neil and Maria Bush to cheer on Lauren Bush’s Lauren Pierce show.

The four day event featured local (Chloe Dao, Toni Whitaker, Cesar Galindo, Irina Shabayeva, Elaine Turner, David Peck) and national designers (Christian Siriano, Marc Bouwer, Lela Rose, Kiton, Lauren Bush, Lyn Devon) as well as honoring the city’s own fashion icon, Lynn Wyatt.

Elaine Turner paired her fab shoes and purses with new-in-town designer David Peck. "Collaborating with David Peck for Houston fashion week was a huge success. I appreciated the opportunity to showcase my shoes and handbags with David's beautiful clothing designs." David’s designs are perfect for the Houston woman and he should know-- his wife is a native. David’s line, CrOp was inspired by photographer Jaime Collier of Casadecamera’s photos of Uganda. His holiday collection is available at 310 Rosemont and Elaine Turner. (Look for a second ET boutique to open in Town Centre in December.)

Our wonderful HHH photographer, Howard Marshburn, took hundreds of photos at fashion week. They are posted on his site. Click below to view the styles for Spring 2011. We hope there will be an annual fashion week event!