Surprise New Hotspot

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

Houston's surprise new hotspot: Showy supermarket draws heavyweights

Mike and Terrie Turner at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Mike and Terrie Turner. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Robert Sakowitz, from left, Cyndy Garza-Roberts and Hank Wetzel at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Robert Sakowitz, from left, Cyndy Garza-Roberts and Hank Wetzel. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Soraya and Scott McClelland, left, with Grace Kim at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Soraya and Scott McClelland, left, with Grace Kim. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Table 57 Dining Area 2 at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Table 57 dining area. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Linda Gale and Mark White at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Linda Gale and former Gov. Mark White. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Table 57 Dining Area with Kitchen View at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Table 57 dining area with a view of the kitchen. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Ellie and Michael Francisco at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Ellie and Michael Francisco. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Steve and Cyndi Ford, left, with Ralph Burch at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Steve and Cyndi Ford, left, with Ralph Burch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Philamena and Arthur Baird at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Philamena and Arthur Baird. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Arvia Few, left, and Cindy Petratis at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Arvia Few, left, and Cindy Petratis. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Hank Wetzel, left, and Guy Stout at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Hank Wetzel, left, and Guy Stout. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dave and Laura Ward, left, with Scott McClelland at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Dave and Laura Ward, left, with Scott McClelland. Photo by © Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Tanglewood H-E-B, Feb. 2015
The floral department is equipped for everything from small nosegays to full-blown weddings. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Tanglewood H-E-B, Feb. 2015
Beef is dry-aged on site. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Tanglewood H-E-B, Feb. 2015
The vegetable section is as pretty as a picture. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Wine Cellar
An impressive selection of 1,600 wines and craft beers complement the Wine Cellar and pneumatic tasting station. f Photo courtesy of H-E-B
Mike and Terrie Turner at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Robert Sakowitz, from left, Cyndy Garza-Roberts and Hank Wetzel at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Soraya and Scott McClelland, left, with Grace Kim at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Table 57 Dining Area 2 at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Linda Gale and Mark White at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Table 57 Dining Area with Kitchen View at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Ellie and Michael Francisco at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Steve and Cyndi Ford, left, with Ralph Burch at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Philamena and Arthur Baird at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Arvia Few, left, and Cindy Petratis at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Hank Wetzel, left, and Guy Stout at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
Dave and Laura Ward, left, with Scott McClelland at the H-E-B San Felipe and Table 57 Social February 2015
News, Shelby, Tanglewood H-E-B, Feb. 2015
News, Shelby, Tanglewood H-E-B, Feb. 2015
News, Shelby, Tanglewood H-E-B, Feb. 2015
Wine Cellar

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 tables were graced with flowers and hostesses were ready to hand out Mardi Gras beads for the early evening celebration. All systems were go for a chichi affair.

But the gathering was in a most unexpected venue — a grocery store.

Not just any grocery store, mind you. Rather the new Tanglewood H-E-B that has garnered more attention in recent weeks than H-E-B honcho Scott McClelland could have imagined when he began plotting the chain's biggest and best store.

 In all, some 60 well-heeled neighbors from Tanglewood and Memorial arrived to schmooze in the most unusual of social settings. 

Tuesday night's wine tasting in the supermarket's Table 57 restaurant saw the likes of Philamena and Arthur Baird, Ralph Burch and Linda Gale and Mark White pour in. In all, some 60 well-heeled neighbors from Tanglewood and Memorial arrived to schmooze in the most unusual of social settings.

They were treated to the full breadth of Alexander Valley Vineyards offerings with comments by winemaker Kevin Hall and personal time with proprietor Hank Wetzel

It was the fourth special event held in the restaurant, which did not officially open — along with the supermarket — until Wednesday. There was a Sunday brunch for TH Rogers and Briargrove Elementary School teachers and principals. Executing the good neighbor policy, H-E-B presented both of the schools with a $2,500 check. Then on Sunday night, Angie Light hosted a dinner party for young professionals in the area and on Monday night, Grace Kim hosted another seated dinner.

For the Tuesday fete, Evans oversaw preparation of various party foods that included his famous deviled eggs, Korean barbecue pulled pork sliders, fried oyster tostadas, gumbo shots and, for dessert, tres leches and marble fudge blondie bites. Guests such as Ellie and Michael Francisco and Terrie and Mike Turner approved.

Following the social events Scott McClelland and store manager Donna Theriot conducted tours through the 91,000 square foot grocery behemoth showing off the exceptionally wide aisles, the mega yogurt display, the case for dry aged beef, etc.

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