Smiles & Ukuleles

Best birthday party ever? Mortar turns milestone into a rollicking, food truck delight, bar crawl

Best birthday party ever? Mortar turns milestone into a rollicking, food truck delight, bar crawl

Mortar_OKRA event, musicians, June 2012
Tim DeSilva , Grace Rodriguez , Andrew Karnavas , Javier Fadul Photo by Bethany Quillin
Mortar/OKRA event, guests, June 2012
Mary Nguyen , Luke Cosby , Paul Westney , Rob Lo , Pepe Megre Photo by Bethany Quillin
Mortar_OKRA event, food trucks, crowd, June 2012
Photo by Bethany Quillin
Mortar_OKRA event, musicians, June 2012
Mortar/OKRA event, guests, June 2012
Mortar_OKRA event, food trucks, crowd, June 2012

What's a birthday party without friends?

On the occasion that men's fashion boutique Mortar turned a young two years old, owner Sacha Nelson called on his business neighbors Hay Merchant, Anvil and Poison Girl to turn his milestone into an informal crawl-cum-block-party-cum-food-truck fete with live music and ukuleles, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the efforts of OKRA', the new local organization devoted to promoting Houston's growing food culture and representing the interests of independent restaurants, bars, food trucks, producers and purveyors.

A lovely day it was to stroll from food truck to food truck and nibble on goodies from The Modular, Oh My! Pocket Pies and Phamily Bites and on Paulie's sunny, yellow-frosted cookies.

Owner Sacha Nelson called on his business neighbors Hay Merchant, Anvil and Poison Girl to turn his milestone into an informal crawl

Frozen potations from Grand Prize and Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company suds in one hand, colorful chalk in the other, guests morphed the hot concrete roads into a canvas where, on a whim, they shared thoughts and cutesy images, just like the handkerchiefs designed by Augustus Rag that the first 100 partiers received.

On the street scene were Paul Petronella, Jason Presley, Michael Burnett, Mills McCoin, Cecilia Marquez, Jarrod Hartwig, Rassul Zarinfar, Jenn Molina, Brad Moore, Monica Danna, Linda Salinas, Joshua Martinez, Tim DeSilva, Grace Rodriguez, Andrew Karnavas and Javier Fadul.