The first-ever CultureMap Tastemaker Awards had more happy people than in a Pharrell Williams song. And who could blame them for spontaneously breaking into a smile, with so many great Houston restaurants offering tasty treats, drinks made specially for the evening, samples of tequlia at the Herradura lounge and great music played by DJ Bizonee and Melodic?
Just about everyone stopped by the Smilebooth to show off their best grins (although some contrarians refused to crack a smile). Here are some of our favorites.
Peace, baby, from Shawn Parks and Dena Florida.
Come on, smile!
Eatsie Boys chef Matt Marcus, far right, and friends.
Ronnie Killen, left, was all smiles.
From left, Urban Swank co-founder Felice Simmons Sloan, Stuart Rosenberg, Urban Swank co-founder Shanna Jones and Mark Sullivan.
Happy couple: Taylor Byrne Dodge and Kale Petersen.
The CultureMap team had a great time.
Aw, how sweet!
No, they really had a good time!
Sonny Patten, from left, Olivia Fisher and Lindsay Shive. Where'd the flowers come from?
CultureMap's Tod Eason, center, and friends. Don't mess with the one on the left.
Smiley faces by Mayra Conejo, from left, Annie Shen, Isa Munez and Kyle B.
CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh cavorts with Amy Chien, second from right, and Darla Guillen, right.
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