What: Third Annual Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions
Where: Asia Society Texas Center
The 411: Tempting guests with the promise of a soiree sparkling with exotic moods, Spotlight Asia: Cocktails and Cultural Fusions party chairs Janae and Kenneth Tsai summoned an assemblage of 700 to be charmed by a lantern-themed ambiance. With New York-based turntablist DJ Kalkutta and Vietnamese-American Houston-based Baohaus supplying the music, the fundraiser presented by American First National Bank was spiced with Asian-inspired thumb thumping grooves.
Thanks to Glen Gondo and Sushic, Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, Monica Pope's Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, Little Soya and Uchi, guests were well fed and lubricated. Adding to the adult bev assortment was wine bar 13 Celsius with a collection of bubbly curated especially for the occasion. The Texas Hookah Lounge in the Jasmine Garden and a Flash Box photo booth were nice touches that added to the memorable evening.
Who: Executive director Bonna Kol, deputy director John Bradshaw Jr., Jenny and Henry Wu, Divya and Chris Brown, Y. Ping Sun and Carol Leebron, Leela and Nat Krishnamurthy, Shara Tsai, Tina Zulu, Yvette Thomas, Washington Seraton, Veena Chandrakar and Mechelle and Michael Paramore.