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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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Surprise New Hotspot

Houston's surprise new hotspot: Showy supermarket draws social swells, delivering grocery war shockwaves

By Shelby Hodge

Master Sommelier Guy Stout stood tete-a-tete with famed chef Randy Evans as they once again went over the wine pairing menu just before the social swells started pouring in. The ...


Party Watch

River Oaks goes ooh-la-la with can-can dancers, bubbly & French flair: No ordinary country club night

By Shelby Hodge

What: Culinary Institute LeNotre's annual "Champagne & Chocolat Scholarship Gala." Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: The rush of can-can dancers through the ballroom and the free-flowing bubbly left ...


A Cardinal's blessing

Feather boas, beads and partying priests add up to one wild, $1.1 million Mardi Gras: It's a record breaker

By Shelby Hodge

As Cardinal Daniel DiNardo blessed the black-tie crowd at the University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras celebration, he prayed "Grant us, oh Lord, to celebrate this Mardi Gras with great ...


Puppy love

The ultimate pooch party: Pet fashion show, doggie snack bar and owner cocktails help raise a cool $100,000

By Shelby Hodge

It was a poochie party on Valentine's Day when the ballroom of the Omni Houston Hotel was delightfully overrun with dogs for the Saturday brunch that raised $100,000 ...


Hearts aflutter

A $2 Million Night: Valentine's Day party shatters records as sexy ladies in red show a lot of heart

By Shelby Hodge

It was a sweetheart of a night indeed when the American Heart Association's annual Heart Ball, held on Valentine's Day, earned a whopping $2 million, breaking previous records ...


Party watch

Young professionals turn into absolute animals at this thumping brunch: Beer and champagne flow free

By Shelby Hodge

What: "Beastly Brunch" hosted by Houston Zoo's Flock. Where: Houston Zoo's Masihara Pavilion. The 411: The zoo's young professionals gathered more than 300 strong — before the cold ...


Buzzy Coffee Food Truck

New coffee food truck creates a major buzz: Made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls are the big sensation

By Shelby Hodge

Launched less than three weeks ago, the Mobile Mug has cast its coffee beans into H-Town's caffeine competition and its popularity is growing. Perched in the Ibiza parking lot ...


Party Watch

Houston's Sweethearts revealed: Six sizzling women get their just due — and crystal hardware

By Shelby Hodge

What: The fifth annual Houston Sweethearts Valentine's Day Celebration. Where: The couture salon at Saks Fifth Avenue. The 411: BFFs Warner Roberts, Anne Carl, KTRK Channel 11's Deborah ...


Party Watch

$500,000 raised for grief support: This gala touches hearts and honors a community leader

By Shelby Hodge

What: Bo's Place annual "Hearts of Hope" luncheon. Where: The Westin Galleria. The 411: Giggy and Matt Thanheiser and Paula and Rusty Walter chaired the luncheon that raised $550 ...


Popping The Question

A rugged hike turns into a romantic ring surprise: Best wilderness marriage proposal ever?

By Shelby Hodge

Jacqueline Gonzalez, marketing and administrative director for Ars Lyrica, and Jason Altobelli, Texas sales director for Appian Corp., met through an online dating site in November 2012, but it wasn ...


Dramatic Park Revamping

More than 14,000 new trees are transforming a vital Houston park: $50-million-plus project's uber green

By Shelby Hodge

The uber-greening of Buffalo Bayou Park is running in high gear these days as work crews and volunteers rush to complete the addition of 14,000 native trees and an ...


Picture this

Famed celebrity photographer returns to Houston to give one lucky bidder the Jerry Seinfeld treatment

By Shelby Hodge

Next week, an individual with deep pockets will make the winning bid on a photo opp unlike any other. High School for the Performing and Visual Arts grad and famed ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Sexy beauty queens and a brainy former mayor help a newbie charity score an impressive windfall

By Shelby Hodge

Raising a quarter of a million dollars with a first-time event is no small feat, but successful businesswoman Tammy Tran Nguyen did just that with KnowAutism's "Deep in the ...


Party Watch

Pregnant minors protected in a swank Kirby high-rise — and a crusader gone too soon is honored

By Shelby Hodge

What: Jane's Due Process celebration. Where: The Sunset Lounge on the seventh floor of 2727 Kirby, the swank high-rise. The 411: Supporters of the organization that works to ensure ...


Houston Billionaire Parties

Houston billionaire turns Galveston into Monaco with glamorous Mardi Gras that draws astronauts & Giffords

By Shelby Hodge

GALVESTON — When billionaire Tilman Fertitta and wife Paige throw a party, the riotous fun is all but guaranteed. Case in point, Friday night's San Luis Salute to Mardi Gras ...


Party Watch

Courageous plastic surgeon inspires an $800,000 night at River Oaks Country Club

By Shelby Hodge

What: Young Life's "Transforming Lives" dinner. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: With Kim and Chuck Watson at the helm as chairs and Doris and Terry Looper as ...


Party Watch

Superheroes and a local TV news star come together to help raise big bucks for an important school

By Shelby Hodge

What: Crossroads School's "Superhero Soirée." Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa ballroom. The 411: Crossroads parents Estella and Randy Hale gave testimony to the gathering of more than ...


Sex Movie Controversy

Fifty Shades of Grey draws F-bombs in Houston from stern domestic violence expert who hates the sex movie

By Shelby Hodge

As Fifty Shades of Grey opens in Houston movie theaters today, a national expert on domestic violence shuns the message and warns of patterns of abuse. And this isn't ...


Party Watch

Cattle Barons ladies round up a passel of hot gents to ignite an important fight

By Shelby Hodge

What: Cattle Barons Gentlemen's Committee Party.  Where: Goode Co.'s Armadillo Palace. The 411:  Victory members Price DuBose, Cody Tinney and Ashley Wright rounded up a lively bunch for ...


Texans Play Male Models

Houston Texans hunks, a hot TV weather star and other powerful amateur models make the runway sizzle

By Shelby Hodge

The fashion catwalk running through the middle of Tootsies Wednesday night presented a challenge for the untested male models, all of whom are clearly more comfortable on the football field ...


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