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Beat the Heat with Houston Restaurant Week!



As we know all too well, the month of August is always accompanied by unrelenting heat, but dont sweat it, because Houston Restaurant Week is upon us! Visit your favorite Houston restaurants and try special items on their menus! Especially with the kiddos going back to school, this would be a great opportunity to get the family together before busy schedules get in the way. Whether you choose Relish Restaurant & Bar, Le Colonial, Franks Americana Revival, or any of the other delicious Houston restaurants participating, the important part is getting the whole family together to spend some quality time...with no phones at the table!


Family Dinner 





Houston Happenings




Fantasy Football Draft Night will be at NRG Stadium on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 6pm. Houstonians can draft their own NFL team while enjoying a buffet dinner, an auction, and prizes. The event benefits Today's Harbor for Children, an organization dedicated to caring for children dealing with neglect or abuse. Tables for 10 begin at $3500.



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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. Another SBEF event taking place is the Ungala, on Saturday, November 9, 2019, with co-chairs to be named. In addition the SBEF will have a Sporting Clay Tournament on Monday, February 10, 2020 with Co-Chairs Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart, and a Golf Classic on Sunday, April 19, 2020 with co-chairs Scooter Hicks and Jay Sartain.



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The Best Cellars Celebrity Wine Dinner will take place at Hotel ZaZa on Thursday, September 26th at 6:30pm. The event will feature a champagne reception and a gourmet four-course meal prepared by celebrity chefs: Chef Drake Edwards (Executive Chef-Partner of Eunice), Chef Luis Roger (Chef/Owner of BCN Taste & Tradition, Chef Philippe Verpiand (Chef/Owner of toile Cuisine et Bar). Individual tickets start at $750, and tables are $7,500. The event is benefitting the T.J. Martell Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) that has raised $280 million to date in order to fund innovative cancer research at flagship hospitals across the United States. The foundation was founded by the music industry. Attire is cocktail. Contact Ellie Francisco at info@franciscoandco.com or 866.366.5274 for more info on event.



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The Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award Dinner will be on October 15, 2019 at River Oaks Country Club. The event will include cocktails, dinner, a raffle and awards presentation. The event will benefit Houston Hospice. Contact Cynthia Nordt for more details at 713.677.7123 or cnordt@houstonhospice.org. Tables go for $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500.





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On Site: 50 Years of Public Art of the University of Houston will take place October 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Wilhelmina's Grove, University of Houston. Attire will be cocktail (Artfully chic with sensational sneakers!"). The event celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Public Art of the University of Houston System (PAUHS). The artist honoree will be Trenton Doyle Hancock. The event will have cocktails and Strolling Supper Under the Stars, and guests will be surrounded by art. Sponsorships are $5000+ and individual tickets are $500+.

Contact Rebecca Gentry at rmgentry@central.uh.edu or 713.743.3573.


The Grove




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On October 25, 2019 the Annual Accolades Luncheon will be held, benefitting CHILDREN AT RISKs work to improve the quality of life for all Texas children, including health, safety, education, and economic conditions. CHILDREN AT RISK is celebrating 30 years of advocating for the state of Texas children. The lovely luncheon will be held in the ballroom at Hotel ZaZa at 11:30am, with registration beginning at 11:00am, and Deborah and David Roylance will serve as Chairs for the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on Big Board items, including a Bourbon Dinner for 12 from Franks Americana Revival, and Live Auction items, as well as purchase Grab Bags with jewelry from Peran & Scannell Jewelers and more. Child advocates are nominated and voted on by members of the Academy of Child Advocacy. Individual tickets are $500 and tables range from $5000-$25000.




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The Medical Bridges One People, One World Gala will take place on October 30, 2019 at 6:30pm at Hotel ZaZa in the Museum District. The event benefits Medical Bridges, an organization that recovers medical surplus that would otherwise be discarded and redistributes it to hospitals, clinics and healthcare providers in less fortunate countries. Individual tickets start at $400.


Hotel ZaZa



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The 14th International Risotto Festival will take place at The Houston Design Center on Sunday, November 10th from 2-6PM. Top chefs will serve up delicious food and winning wines to benefit BEAR (BE A Resource for CPS Kids).



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National Philanthropy Day will take place on Friday, November 15 at the Hilton Americas. The event benefits the Greater Houston Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, an international association of professionals who advance philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising.



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The Jubilee of Caring is hosting an event to benefit the Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:00pm at River Oaks Country Club. Festivities include a reception, dinner, award presentation and celebration of 25 years of HCHD Foundation. Tables of 10 start at $5,000. Attire is cocktail.

 





Houston Society/Philanthrophy


Claudia Williamson Announced to be
Scenic Houstons Interim President and CEO


Scenic Houston, a nonprofit dedicated to maintaining focus on Houstons beautiful cityscape through reducing billboards and creating city streetscape enhancement, has appointed an interim President and CEO, Claudia Williamson. This appointment was effective July 24, 2019. Former President and CEO Anne Culver led the organization since 2008. Derrick Mitchell, Chairman of the Board of Scenic Houston, stated, Although we will miss Anne dearly, we are fortunate to have a solid Scenic Houston staff she assembled.

Claudia Williamson
Photo credit: Lauren Olvera-Garcia 





Restaurant/Food



Le Colonial Presents Its Houston Restaurant Week Menu



Houstonians will flock to Le Colonial for Houston Restaurant Week's famed three course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus benefitting the Houston Food Bank! Menu highlights include starters like the fresh Chilled Summer Rolls consisting of chilled shrimp, rice noodles, lettuce, bean sprouts mint & thai basil and a peanut plum dipping sauce. Stay hungry for the main courses featuring crowd favorites such as the Bo Kho Cari made of braised beef, toasted peanuts, peas, carrots, taro root, scallions, spicy panang curry and coconut sauce. Dessert lovers can expect to be wowed with new menu items such as the Coconut and Pineapple cake featuring orange scented rum coconut sauce and pineapple sorbet!



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Mutiny Wine Room Brings a Unique
Wine-Tasting Experience to Houston This Fall



Calling all wine connoisseurs! Mutiny Wine Room, started by California Native Mark Ellenberger and his wife, Houstonian Emily Trout, will be bringing to Houstons historic Heights neighborhood a new wine-tasting concept at 1124 Usener St. The Mutiny Wine Rooms specialty lies in its selection of distinctive wines not commonly found in the Texas market, providing a new wine-tasting experience for Houston in a gorgeous wine-country setting.





 

Fashion



Christina Greenes Sizzling Summer Collection


Jewelry trends come and go and, right now, geometric shapes are really having a moment. The creative force behind the luxury, statement jewelry brand, Christina Greene is launching a unique geometric collection to the brands typically southern-oriented designs. The collection will include edgy bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces all at approachable price points ranging from $120 for rings to $358 for an intricate necklace with Kingman Turquoise stones.

The brand is known for southwestern inspired statement pieces so with this line I wanted to take a step back from the expected and add something different to my collection, said Christina Greene, Founder and Designer. Its a nod to the modern coupled with classic, semi-precious stones and textured metals for a strong, feminine style.

Each piece is made with 18k gold plating over hypoallergenic and nickel-free brass. The baubles are customizable with three different stones to add a pop of color to the artistic shapes. The Kingman Turquoise originates from Arizona and both Black Onyx and Mother of Pearl are sourced from selected experts in Jaipur, India. The geometric collection will launch online at www.christina-greene.com prior to being available in retail stores worldwide.

Christina Greene, Geometric Collection
photo by Kristen Eide



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Princess Stephanie of Monaco Attends
Her Sons Wedding Wearing an Elegant THEIA Dress



Princess Stephanie looked stunning on wearing a THEIA primrose yellow dress as she watched her son and his college sweetheart marry on July 27, 2019. The dress was hand embroidered with delicate silk flowers set amongst trailing vines of glass beads, polychrome micro sequins and tiny pearls. THEIA Creative Director Don ONeill said that it was an honor to dress Her Royal Highness and that the princess is most definitely embracing her Irish roots with this beautiful dress. THEIA has become a Royal favorite in recent months! The Duchess of Sussexs Meghan Markle wore THEIA for her royal tour last October. Princess Stephanies yellow dress can be found in THEIAs Spring 2019 Collection and is currently available for purchase on www.theiacouture.com for $750.



CityPlace Closes Out Summer With Breezy August Activations



Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village will be putting on some summer favorite events! On Thursday, August 1 from 11 am to 2 pm, Lunch on the Plaza will kick off with a delectable culinary experience from adjacent Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Villages Switchouse Plates N Pours restaurant. Smooth jazz stylings of E.Nicole Bands namesake lead singer Erica Nicole will accompany the lunch. This same event, instead serving Mingoa Latin Kitchen gourmet street food, will take place August 15 from 11 am to 2 pm. Jake Bush, a local musician, with a unique style of Texas Country music, will accompany the Latin street food with a Texas flair. In addition, Childrens Storytime returns this year on Thursday, August 8 from 6-7 pm. The Disney film Moana will make its first district appearance, and kids are encouraged to dress up for the theme and also can bring props.



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Grand Opening of Cambria Hotel in Houston



Concord Hospitality officially announces the opening of Cambria Hotel, Houston Downtown Convention Center in the historic Great Southwest Building at 1314 Texas Avenue. A part of Choice Hotels upscale Cambria Hotels & Suites collection, Cambria Hotel offers contemporary style and convenience for the modern traveler. The hotel will officially host its first guests beginning August 1st.

The hotel features 226 rooms as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, ballroom and multi-function meeting spaces situated on the 20th floor with unparalleled downtown views. Cambria Hotel is known for offering a curated travel experience in sophisticated, boutique accommodations with tech-minded amenities. Each room is equipped with a Bluetooth enabled bathroom mirror that allows guests to stream their own content, along with full length mirrors and smart TVs. Additionally, the hotel will include The Rig restaurant, featuring creative, locally sourced, bistro fare.

photo credit: Concord Hospitality 






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