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Shelby Hodge

Editor at Large

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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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Shelby's Social Diary

The Dream Dinner: 22 top chefs come together to cook for high rollers in a foodie carnival night

By Shelby Hodge

Reef's Bryan Caswell was on a culinary high Monday night as he and 21 other chefs gathered in the Royal Sonesta Hotel ballroom for the annual Bon Vivant Houston ...


Houston's Best Dressed

Houston's Best Dressed revealed, setting off a wild night of champagne partying for stunning fashionistas

By Shelby Hodge

The celebrations went on into the night following the Wednesday evening announcement of the Houston Chronicle's 2015 Best Dressed honorees, a celebration fueled pre-reveal with loads of bubbly and ...


Crying Groom Rocks

This Houston couple's four-day wedding leaves the groom in tears: A New Orleans Voodoo dream?

By Shelby Hodge

New Orleans has long been the favorite playground of Melissa Guerra and Chris Stump. So where else would this young couple hold their destination wedding?


Ladies of the Nile

Hunky near naked "guards" and a snake charmer make this distinctive women power gala unforgettable

By Shelby Hodge

When Winter Ball chairs Elizabeth Stein and Patti Murphy selected "A Night on the Nile" as the theme of the annual Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America gala, they could ...


Drink up!

Mad Men and bottomless drinks: This sexy martini party tests the limits

By Shelby Hodge

As a die-hard martini maven, I really hated missing Houston Center for Contemporary Craft's seventh annual "Martini Madness," the mid-century themed fundraiser awash in Deep Eddy Vodka. By all ...


Party watch

A Houston college celebrates a milestone anniversary: The university where hard-fought dreams come true?

By Shelby Hodge

What: The University of Houston Downtown 40th anniversary gala. Where: The Picasso Room at the J W Marriott Houston Downtown. The 411: UHD graduates Maria Chavez-Berry and Carlon Johnson, both ...


Hottest Young Party?

Hot young professionals break out the costumes — and dance the night away at a Houston club

By Shelby Hodge

What: JuniorVolunTIRRs “TIRR’n Back to the '20s” fundraiser. Where: House of Blues. The 411: Party chairs Stacy Freeman, Whitney Miller, Brittany Stephens and Katie Wooldridge were joined by several ...


Party Watch

UTHealth president toasts major supporters at Tony's for stellar fundraising efforts

By Shelby Hodge

What: UTHealth winter reception for development board members. Where: Tony's restaurant. The 411: UTHealth president Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo hosted and toasted major University of Texas Health Science Center at ...


Houston Billionaires Unite

Two Houston billionaires spearhead $330 million museum push — right before the oil bust

By Shelby Hodge

Move over Texas Medical Center and Rice University. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has successfully tapped into some of the city's deepest pockets for the Fayez S. Sarofim ...


High-Flyin' Fashion

High-flyin' fashion: Aerial dancers soar while leather looks heat up the runway at steamy benefit

By Shelby Hodge

The intriguing mash-up of aerial dance and a steamy fashion presentation brought a Cirque du Soleil vibe to Vault headquarters in the Spring Street warehouse district Saturday night. The sellout ...


Truffle love

With $17,000 worth of black truffles, top chefs create a feast for 200 lucky guests and one charity

By Shelby Hodge

Long associated with the French champagne house, the name Roederer (as in Louis Roederer bubbly) has a whole new meaning for Houstonians who attended Monday night's inaugural "Truffle Chef ...


Dramatic Museum Expansion

Museum of Fine Arts unveils $450 million expansion plan with new buildings, roof garden, top-tier restaurant

By Shelby Hodge

When the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's $450 million master plan expansion is completed in 2019, the city as well as the museum will be poised for an enviable ...


Style File

No mere mannequin: Texas A&M polo player shows off her sizzling fashion style

By Shelby Hodge

When Ralph Lauren in the Galleria invited the founders of Dec My Room to hold a benefit shopping night in the sleek boutique, Susan Plank and daughter Kendall Plank were ...


Beauty at Your Fingertips

The Uber of beauty hits Houston: Hair stylists come right to your door thanks to entrepreneurs' vision

By Shelby Hodge

The on-demand, app-based beauty service that our Dallas neighbors have been enjoying since October is now available in Houston with the local launch of beGlammed, the biz that provides professional ...


Buzzy New Store

New Houston antiques shop draws A-Listers to vintage bungalow: New York transplant behind eclectic store

By Shelby Hodge

When New York transplant Christopher Gardner opened the doors on his whimsical antiques shop in December, the opening day reception was something of an unexpected success as A-Listers poured in ...


So last year, so much fun

Beautiful young professionals party hard — with Great Gatsby flair — at a hot River Oaks bar

By Shelby Hodge

We take one last look back a the last day of 2014 when Local Pour rang in 2015 with a Great Gatsby themed bash and the sellout crowd of more ...


Baby & Bubbly

Expecting TV news anchor and friends rock trendy River Oaks bistro at baby shower brunch

By Shelby Hodge

Not long before she took a temporary break (maternity leave) from her post as KHOU Channel 11 weekend news anchor, the charming Rekha Muddaraj whooped it up with BFFs at ...


The Sphinx says "I do"

Houston billionaire weds son's mother-in-law at his Hawaii retreat with lavish New Year luau

By Shelby Hodge

True love was officially sanctioned on the shores of Hawaii's glam Oahu island during the holidays when Houston billionaire Fayez Sarofim, 85, after batching it for 15 years, tied ...


Celeb Spotting

Champagne Johnny Manziel parties with friends at trendy River Oaks bistro and TexMex hot spot

By Shelby Hodge

Give me liberty or give me champagne! That could be the rallying cry for the much-maligned Johnny Manziel, who can't throw a bender without being labeled an alcoholic. That ...


Party Watch

Alley Theatre holiday party for major patrons and board is an unscripted delight

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Alley Theatre board's annual holiday party. Where: The River Oaks home of Kristi and John Schiller. The 411: 'Twas several nights before Christmas and all through their ...


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