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18 Adam Roberts, from left, Maghan Malloy-Pruitt and Ruel Sosa at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Adam Roberts, from left, Maghan Malloy-Pruitt and Ruel Sosa at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 Kelly Gaynes, from left, Tiffany Vernon and Laura Espinoza at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Kelly Gaynes, from left, Tiffany Vernon and Laura Espinoza at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Claire Borchers, left, and Kim Marcum at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Claire Borchers, left, and Kim Marcum at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
19 Victoria Grinbaum, from left, Marissa Hershon, GONZO247 and Sarah Schultz at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Victoria Grinbaum, from left, Marissa Hershon, GONZO247 and Sarah Schultz at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
17 Jasmine Richardson, from left, DJ Sun and Asol Shokati at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Jasmine Richardson, from left, DJ Sun and Asol Shokati at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 Ryan O. Harris, from left, Parissa Mohajer, Michael Rearson and Whit Bones at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Ryan O. Harris, from left, Parissa Mohajer, Michael Rearson and Whit Bones at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 Morgan Lynn Razi, from left, Jason Fang and Sofia Medeiros at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Morgan Lynn Razi, from left, Jason Fang and Sofia Medeiros at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 Kate Horton, left, and Leslie Fowler at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Kate Horton, left, and Leslie Fowler at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 The crowd at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
The crowd at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 Katie Chachere, from left, Kristin Kruse and Elva Franco at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Katie Chachere, from left, Kristin Kruse and Elva Franco at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Leslie Hassen, from left, Robert Elder and Andi Chambers at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Leslie Hassen, from left, Robert Elder and Andi Chambers at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 Joel Towner and Anna Wiliams at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Joel Towner and Anna Wiliams at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 Christi McLeu, from left, Lisa Siefert and Roaxana Tamijani at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Christi McLeu, from left, Lisa Siefert and Roaxana Tamijani at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 Carrie Ann, from left, Elena Sickinger and Gabriella Aliberti at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Carrie Ann, from left, Elena Sickinger and Gabriella Aliberti at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
6 Chris and Lauren James, from left, Carey Hain and Kasi Chadwick at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Chris and Lauren James, from left, Carey Hain and Kasi Chadwick at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 Robert Lazzari and Annie Johnson at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Robert Lazzari and Annie Johnson at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 Rocko Stedy Narvios, from left, Donna Solomay and Betirri Bengtson at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Rocko Stedy Narvios, from left, Donna Solomay and Betirri Bengtson at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Sandra Garcia, from left, Valerie Simpson and Shaun Smithson at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Sandra Garcia, from left, Valerie Simpson and Shaun Smithson at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or . Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Tracey Keegan, left, and Tracy Leibovitz at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
Tracey Keegan, left, and Tracy Leibovitz at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or. Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
18 Adam Roberts, from left, Maghan Malloy-Pruitt and Ruel Sosa at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
15 Kelly Gaynes, from left, Tiffany Vernon and Laura Espinoza at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
5 Claire Borchers, left, and Kim Marcum at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
19 Victoria Grinbaum, from left, Marissa Hershon, GONZO247 and Sarah Schultz at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
17 Jasmine Richardson, from left, DJ Sun and Asol Shokati at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
16 Ryan O. Harris, from left, Parissa Mohajer, Michael Rearson and Whit Bones at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
13 Morgan Lynn Razi, from left, Jason Fang and Sofia Medeiros at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
14 Kate Horton, left, and Leslie Fowler at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
12 The crowd at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
11 Katie Chachere, from left, Kristin Kruse and Elva Franco at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
10 Leslie Hassen, from left, Robert Elder and Andi Chambers at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
8 Joel Towner and Anna Wiliams at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
9 Christi McLeu, from left, Lisa Siefert and Roaxana Tamijani at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
7 Carrie Ann, from left, Elena Sickinger and Gabriella Aliberti at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
6 Chris and Lauren James, from left, Carey Hain and Kasi Chadwick at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
4 Robert Lazzari and Annie Johnson at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
3 Rocko Stedy Narvios, from left, Donna Solomay and Betirri Bengtson at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
2 Sandra Garcia, from left, Valerie Simpson and Shaun Smithson at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014
1 Tracey Keegan, left, and Tracy Leibovitz at the CultureMap Social at La Colombe d'Or February 2014

So many cozy nitches to settle into and get friendly in and so many larger spaces to mix and mingle — and with plenty of beds around in case the mingling heated up to a higher level. Nah, no one actually booked one of the lavish suites at La Colombe d'Or during the CultureMap Social but there was plenty of young professional schmoozing.

More than 300 guys and dolls took over the Montrose-area boutique hotel for a CultureMap-inspired, Yellow Cab-sponsored night of revelry. Aerosol artist GONZO247 provided his brand of entertainment while DJ Gabe Bizonee kept the decibel level at high party range and the bartenders kept high-brow culturally-inspired libations flowing. Anyone for a Monet or Vivaldi champagne concoction?

Guests perused all three levels of the historic Fondren mansion where the five suites are named after French impressionists — Monet, Cezanne and the like. The third floor art gallery offered plenty of sophisticated eye candy for art enthusiasts.  In the sitting groom of the Renoir suite, we found Tiffany Vernon, Kelly Gaynes and Laura Espinoza tete-a-tete. Coursing up and down the stairway as we surveyed the hotel top to bottom, we encountered guests including Robert Sakowitz, James Sivco, Donna Solomay, sports artist Betirri Bengtson, Christi McLeu and Lisa Siefert.

In addition to the "match game" for meeting up with new faces, the evening provided the opportunity to join one of several of the city's top young professional groups. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Art Crowd, the Houston Symphony's YP Backstage, Houston Grand Opera's Opening Night Young Professionals and the American Heart Association's Young at Heart.  

Yellow Cab had its party girls on the scene sharing info about the various cab opportunities and reminding guests to visit the vintage Yellow Cab out front. And, of course, anyone needing a ride home knew exactly where to turn. Smilebooth provided its party pix for the energized crowd.

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