Nothing like a little unplanned excitement to ratchet up the party quotient. When the Houston Fire Department arrived to answer the alarm in the Deborah Colton Gallery during CultureMap's first social of 2016, the feverish energy enjoyed a palpable spike.
The smoke machines, while creating a sexy ambiance in the all-white art gallery, coughed out enough fog to clog the smoke detectors. Once the alarm was set, the firemen were on their way. With or without the extra diversion, this Good Friday was indeed a really good Friday — at least for the 200 guests who joined the Ultra edition of the CultureMap Social. The party spread from the gallery to the open-air garden where DJ Bizonee spun the discs.
A fashionable preamble to Easter, the all-white evening theme was inspired by party sponsor Tequila Herradura, which introduced its crystal clear Ultra, served elegantly in the Herradura Lounge in champagne glasses as only a sipping tequila should be served. Additional watering holes kept adult thirsts slaked with Herradura margaritas, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. suds and Korbel bubbly.
Guests were invited to color up the night whether creating spin paintings or adding their talents to the art wall. Dipped Nails provided "Art for Your Hands" while Kristina Marie Make-Up offered "Art for Your Lips." Throughout the night, artist Kristen Coleman worked at transforming a blank canvas into a swirling painting of vibrant colors.
Perhaps the most interesting white-to-color transformation was that of chef Michael Pellegrino of Lasco Enterprises. His tasty flow of appetizers began with an all-white cauliflower and cheese sensation, followed by sausage and "kitchen sink" sauce and continuing with colorful taste treats throughout the night. He ended with a table full of pastel-colored peeps drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with colored sugar.
Sure to pick up their swag bags containing Criquet Shirts, Marie d'Argan Macadamia Oil, Kendra Scott jewelry and a year's membership with our charitable partner Art League Houston were partygoers including Daniel Puchot, Emily Cotton, Anne Burgot, Ahmed Alrani, Karen Lix, Charisma Glassman, J. Michael Soliz, Trent Blake, Leslie Sharp, Diem Tran, Kristina Rivera, Tiffany Halik, Shelby Roquemore, Larry Kennedy, Edward Sanchez, Lenni Naylor, Molly Street, Karen Rugaard, and James Ward.