Families, foodies and Fido-lovers all came out to the Hotel Icon on Monday for the fourth annual Christmas Tail, a festive gingerhouse house competition and auction featuring some of Houston's best restaurants and pastry chefs.
At right, the "husband in the doghouse" gingerbread house by Dan Phalen and Anthony Foroi of Luby's.
The event raised $4,000 for Lucky Dog Rescue. This house by The Capitol at St. Germain's Kevin Bryant won Most Innovative (we love the dachsund being pulled on a sleigh in the foreground). Bryant, a Lucky Dog foster parent, actually created two houses: one for people and one that with dog-edible elements.
First place went to Julie Busch-Johnson and Liz Sanford of Westwood Country Club.
The entry by Johnny Wesley of Killen's Steakhouse included lighting via some sugary bulbs.
Three Brothers Bakery created a European street scene, complete with edible snow, winning second place for Heather Campbell, Robert Jucker and Rachelle Richardson.
The Lucky Dog giving tree.
This is the first time the Icon hosted the event specifically for families, offering kids hot dogs and gourmet cookies. Holden Mafrige Stackhouse, age 9, placed the winning bid on this house by BlackFinn American Grille using his lemonade stand money, and will display it in his classroom at school.
Dog house from Joy Vreeland of Line & Lariat, the new Hotel Icon restaurant.