Colorful condoms on coffee tables, leaflets about sexual health and more than an army's share of brie grilled cheese — with avocado. Add robust cocktails to that spread and voila, such was the scene at Tuesday night's CultureMap Mixers on the Map with Planned Parenthood Young Leaders at The Eighteenth Cocktail Bar.
The message from the organization's Gulf Coast chapter CEO Melaney Linton was clear: Managing sexual and reproductive well-being isn't a radical idea.
The topic du jour was the upcoming Party Like A Rockstar rowdy costumed fete, set for Aug. 11 at House of Dereon Media Center.
The topic du jour was the upcoming Party Like A Rockstar costumed fete, set for Aug. 11 at House of Dereon Media Center. Party chairs Lauren and Michael Reeder enticed the chatty throng, after knocking back a few potent Bootlegger Punches, Scarlets and Canary Fizzes, to drop cash and secure tickets early. That affair is notable for inspiring many look-alike Beyoncés, Weird Al Yankovics and Kinky Friedmans, among other kooky personalities.
More chimichurri chicken panini, capicola margherita flatbreads and deviled eggs? While no one is looking, of course.
As the skies cleared, the amicable crowd spilled on to the patio where, thanks to ceaseless rains earlier, the weather was lovely for al fresco socializing.
Mixing on the map were Yvonne Gutierrez, Lauren Reeder, Vika Filippov, Ashton Walker, Magen Pastor, Anastasia Molodtsova, Adam Van Doren, James Glassman in a chic summer suit, Michael Coppens, Gira Desai, William Fitzgerald, Ed Benyon, Lisa Benitez, Graham Gaskill, Kenya and Quincy Jackson, Lisa Lee, Amanda Williams, Ken Roberts, Angie Wiens and Julie Mickelberry.