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Shelby Hodge

Editor at Large

Social Scene

After 18 years as society columnist at the Houston Chronicle, Shelby Hodge jumped ship in October 2009 to join CultureMap as Editor-at-Large.

While at the Chronicle, she covered a variety of subjects from Presidential inaugurations in Washington D.C. to travels of the British Royal family in the U.S. Her main area of expertise was and continues to be Texas society — the black tie galas, the fancy weddings, the swell parties. But since joining CultureMap she has expanded her writing repertoire to include a variety of subjects of interest to Houstonians — business, design, a bit of politics and breaking news when she gets the scoop on a hot happening.

Shelby is a native of Baton Rouge, La., and a journalism graduate from LSU. 

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Party Watch

Slicing giant sandwich cake takes the place of ribbon cutting at new Kids Meals facility

By Shelby Hodge

What: Grand opening of the new Kids Meals facility. Where: In the new 5,400 square foot headquarters in Garden Oaks. The 411: No ordinary ribbon cutting for this open ...


Too Big To Believe

With 46 bedrooms and 26 full baths, this unique mega-mansion is in search of a special buyer

By Shelby Hodge

Somehow this 60,175 square-foot property on a country road outside of Manvel, Texas, missed Mother Jones "Top 10 Mega-Mansions of the Filthy Rich." Probably because the 46-bedroom house, up ...


A Taste of India

Interfaith Ministries' colorful celebration of Houston's diversity raises close to $1 million

By Shelby Hodge

With a cultural cornucopia of guests, honorees and entertainment, Interfaith Ministries celebrated the city's diversity at the Hilton Americas-Houston and raised $950,000 in the process. It was a ...


Party Watch

SEARCH gets a head start on Picnic in the Park at River Oaks kick-off party

By Shelby Hodge

What: SEARCH Homeless Services kickoff for the annual "Picnic in the Park." Where: The River Oaks home of Robin and Danny Klaes. The 411: The steering and host committees of ...


High Level Patronage

Houston Symphony dedicates opening night to $5 million benefactor after receiving largest personal gift in a decade

By Shelby Hodge

The timing could not have been more perfect for Margaret Alkek Williams to make a $5 million commitment to the Houston Symphony. The philanthropist, whose beauty and grace belie her ...


Supermodels Galore

Supermodels take over River Oaks Country Club for fundraiser to help the homeless

By Shelby Hodge

What: I Am Waters fourth annual "Supermodel Luncheon." Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: More than 250 community leaders and social heavyweights joined I Am Waters founder Elena Davis ...


Party Watch

Sombreros and festive drinks fuel Friends of DePelchin Cinco de Mayo fiesta at Revelry Bar

By Shelby Hodge

What: Friends of DePelchin Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Where: Revelry Bar. The 411: Friends of DePelchin chair Jessica Gonzalez and incoming chair Anna Lyssa Cuevas welcomed more than 100 young ...


Party Watch

Ballet's young professionals discover hidden courtyard at soon-to-open Midtown hotspot

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Ballet's young professional group Ballet Barre restaurant preview party. Where: Fluff Bake Bar at Post Midtown Square. The 411: It was a night of firsts for Houston ...


Party Watch

Crime Stoppers salutes heroes who make Houston a safer place to live and work

By Shelby Hodge

What: Crime Stoppers Houston's Heroes Awards luncheon. Where: Hotel ZaZa. The 411: H-E-B Houston president Scott McClelland entertained the gathering of more than 375 with a playful keynote address ...


Save the Date

Houston, we have a Super Bowl date as NFL makes up its mind: Let the party planning begin

By Shelby Hodge

Houston Super Bowl LI Host Committee members have been waiting to know the exact date of the 2017 kick-off ever since the announcement two years ago that H-Town had won ...


Becca's 100 Best Buddies

Sheriff & socialites: New Washington Avenue steakhouse rocks with two killer preview parties

By Shelby Hodge

B&B Butcher and Restaurant owner Benjamin Berg couldn't have asked for a more power-packed preview. His private party for investors and friends upstairs and Becca Cason Thrash's ...


Party Watch

Art is in full bloom at Blaffer museum gala with guests in floral-patterned designs

By Shelby Hodge

What: Blaffer Art Museum "Flora Obscura" gala dinner and art auction. Where: The Blaffer museum on the University of Houston campus. The 411: Marc Melcher joined Jo and Jim Furr ...


Rhyme Time

Hip hop, slam poetry and improv performers highlight Writers in the Schools fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

For the uninitiated, the Writers in the Schools fundraiser for the 2015 Meta-Four Houston slam poetry team was a learning experience in itself with performances by rapper Biz Vicious, improv ...


Oh Give Me A Home

Luxury East Texas ranch sold to top-secret buyer at record price, with bidders as far away as China

By Shelby Hodge

Real estate circles are buzzing over the record sale of luxurious Timber Creek Ranch, a 346-acre western playpen on Lake Cypress Springs, 90 minutes east of Dallas. Concierge Auctions, which ...


What Seven Year Itch?

TV two-steppers and lovebirds swing western at couple's River Oaks anniversary party

By Shelby Hodge

The seven year itch — fact or fiction? For this Houston couple it's total fiction, which is one reason why philanthropists/lovebirds Michelle and Frank Hevrdejs pulled out the stops ...


Partying With the Animals

Young professionals go ape over new gorilla habitat at Houston Zoo preview party

By Shelby Hodge

Bachelors were on the prowl when Houston Zoo's young professional group, Flock, took over a corner of the zoo recently for a party night. And we're not talking ...


Party Watch

Shopping with top designer is a win-win for boutique and American Heart Association

By Shelby Hodge

What: Shop With Heart Card brunch featuring designer Josie Natori, . Where: Tootsies. The 411: The bubbly flowed and the brunch bites enticed when Ilene Allen, Julie Haralson and Roz Pactor ...


Party Watch

Mayor Parker and spouse engage luncheon crowd with their personal story of adoption

By Shelby Hodge

What: Spaulding for Children inaugural "Home Is Where the Heart Is" luncheon. Where: Houston Country Club. The 411: Who better to address the adoption and foster care agency's fundraiser ...


Party Watch

Stormy weather can't dampen party spirit as Katy Prairie Conservancy bash brings in $200,000

By Shelby Hodge

What: Katy Prairie Conservancy Prairie Bash. Where: Private home in Memorial overlooking Buffalo Bayou. The 411: The party was supposed to have been on the grounds of Clayton and Shel ...


River Oaks Dinner Party

Indian chef partners with River Oaks philanthropists for one of tastiest dinner parties ever

By Shelby Hodge

Chef Kiran Verma, who seems to never stop smiling, was grinning with extra verve during Recipe for Success' "The Flavors of India" dinner party in the River Oaks home of ...


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