CultureMap's Sizzling Social

Sizzling Social: This party was so hot that the fire department showed up to cool things down

Sizzling social was so hot that firefighters had to cool things down

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.

CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Lenni Naylor, Allison Lewis, Dena Kurman, Kara Hoffman, Kelli Blumrosen
Lenni Naylor, Allison Lewis, Dena Kurman, Kara Hoffman, Kelli Blumrosen. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Randi Cameron, Alex Keenan
Randi Cameron, Alex Keenan. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Edward Sanchez, Deborah Colton, Clifford Pugh
Edward Sanchez, Deborah Colton, Clifford Pugh. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Michelle Norton, Habiva Moh
Michelle Norton, Habiva Moh. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Herradura Ultra
Herradura Ultra. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Shelby Roquemore, Jordan Nedbalek
Shelby Roquemore, Jordan Nedbalek. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Daniel Puchot, Emily Cotton, Anne Burgot, Ahmed Alrani, Karen Lix
Daniel Puchot, Emily Cotton, Anne Burgot, Ahmed Alrani, Karen Lix.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Smilebooth action
Smilebooth fun. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Sheila Shtepani, I. Maria Calderon, Gresa Baboci, Christine Shtepani
Sheila Shtepani, I. Maria Calderon, Gresa Baboci, Christine Shtepani. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Marcy de Luna, Drew Karedes, Jackie Crea
Marcy de Luna, Drew Karedes, Jackie Crea . © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Michael Pellegrino, Lori Johnson
Chef Michael Pellegrino, Lori Johnson. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Truc Pham, Ty Umoh
Truc Pham, Ty Umoh. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Charlotte, Tiffany Halik, Karen Deamat, Jennifer Fuentes
 Charlotte Sims, Tiffany Halik, Karen Deamat, Jennifer Fuentes. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Amy Patel, Asif Kabani
Amy Patel, Asif Kabani.
 
© Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Leslie Sharp, Gina Morgan
Leslie Sharp, Gina Morgan.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Michael Pellegrino
Chef Michael Pellegrino. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Larry Kennedy
Larry Kennedy.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Ella Tarkovsky, Natalia Dregalo
Ella Tarkovsky, Natalia Dregalo.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Jessica Baldwin
CultureMap's Jessica Baldwin welcomes Houston Fire Department. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Karen Rugaard, James Ward
Karen Ruggard, James Ward. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Tania Kanga, Kimberly Sosa
Tania Kanga, Kimberly Sosa. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Molly Street
Molly Street. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Ben Thompson, Anissa Campbell
Ben Thompson, Anissa Campbell.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, tasting
"Art You Can Eat" by chef Michael Pellegrino. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Kristen Coleman
Artist Kristen Coleman.  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Seneca Dunmore
Seneca Dunmore. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Diem Tran, Kristina Rivera
Diem Tran, Kristina Rivera. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Ricae Walker, Sylvia Estimbo
Ricae Walker, Sylvia Estimbo. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Lenni Naylor, Allison Lewis, Dena Kurman, Kara Hoffman, Kelli Blumrosen
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Randi Cameron, Alex Keenan
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Edward Sanchez, Deborah Colton, Clifford Pugh
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Michelle Norton, Habiva Moh
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Herradura Ultra
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Shelby Roquemore, Jordan Nedbalek
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Daniel Puchot, Emily Cotton, Anne Burgot, Ahmed Alrani, Karen Lix
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Smilebooth action
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Sheila Shtepani, I. Maria Calderon, Gresa Baboci, Christine Shtepani
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Marcy de Luna, Drew Karedes, Jackie Crea
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Michael Pellegrino, Lori Johnson
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Truc Pham, Ty Umoh
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Charlotte, Tiffany Halik, Karen Deamat, Jennifer Fuentes
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Amy Patel, Asif Kabani
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Leslie Sharp, Gina Morgan
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Michael Pellegrino
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Larry Kennedy
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Ella Tarkovsky, Natalia Dregalo
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Jessica Baldwin
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Karen Rugaard, James Ward
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Tania Kanga, Kimberly Sosa
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Molly Street
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Ben Thompson, Anissa Campbell
CultureMap Social, March 2016, tasting
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Kristen Coleman
CultureMap Social, March 2016,  Seneca Dunmore
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Diem Tran, Kristina Rivera
CultureMap Social, March 2016, Ricae Walker, Sylvia Estimbo
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