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Za-za-za-voom! Hotel ZaZa's polo-themed spring fete has a Hamptons vibe

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Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013 sparklers
Sparklers lit up the night, ushering a celebratory ambiance at Hotel ZaZa's springtime party. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Allison Bagley, Malori Steadman, Holly DeMaster, Christine Williamson
Allison Bagley, from left, Malori Steadman, Holly DeMaster and Christine Williamson Photo by © Eric Hester
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Shireen Hagi, John Parker, Praveen Pinnamanemi, Andy Bolig
Shireen Hagi, from left, John Parker, Praveen Pinnamanemi and Andy Bolig Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Scott Mills, Lauren Mills, Virginia Kadlick, James Kadlick
Scott and Lauren Mills, left, with Virginia and James Kadlick Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Ryan Tietz, Adam Weinstein
Ryan Tietz, left, and Adam Weinstein Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Peter Remington, Amber Willis, Philippe Schmit
Peter Remington, from left, Amber Willis and Philippe Schmit Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Michael Chabala, Jared Lang
Michael Chabala, left, and Jared Lang Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Lauren Steel
Lauren Steel Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  James Sivco, Sarah Smith
James Sivco and Sarah Smith Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Elaine Martinez, Matt Shaf
Elaine Martinez and Matt Shaf Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Chris Kasavich, Reema Kasavich
Chris and Reema Kasavich Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Blair Conder, Riley Nail
Blair Conder and Riley Nail Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Server with cocktails
Polo-themed cocktails flowed endlessly from the bar. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013 sparklers
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Allison Bagley, Malori Steadman, Holly DeMaster, Christine Williamson
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Shireen Hagi, John Parker, Praveen Pinnamanemi, Andy Bolig
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Scott Mills, Lauren Mills, Virginia Kadlick, James Kadlick
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Ryan Tietz, Adam Weinstein
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Peter Remington, Amber Willis, Philippe Schmit
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Michael Chabala, Jared Lang
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Lauren Steel
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  James Sivco, Sarah Smith
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Elaine Martinez, Matt Shaf
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Chris Kasavich, Reema Kasavich
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Blair Conder, Riley Nail
Hotel ZaZa Houston spring social April 2013  Server with cocktails

As the spring party circuit continues to forge ahead, what's another happy social that lauds the philanthropy and business scene that keeps Houston on the international map? The stylish, storied Hotel ZaZa has played host to many affairs — including conferences, luncheons, fundraising galas and private events — so owner Benji Homsey wanted to thank those who have supported his journey with the boutique hospitality group since its inception 12 years ago.

The spirit of The Hamptons descended upon the hotel's Monarch restaurant and patio for this za-za-za-voom polo-themed springtime fete. Similar to a king of sports match in the summer colonies, Veuve Clicquot pink girls meandered around the chic throng of 500 offering a bright concoction of champagne and St. Germain. Chef Jonathan Jones paired the bubbles with a haute version of deviled green eggs and ham kissed with green pea purée and prosciutto, beef carpaccio with caramelized onions and parmesan, and a fresh melange of heirloom tomatoes, radishes and hearts of palm.

 Up next for Homsey is the October groundbreaking of Hotel ZaZa Austin, which has an estimated completion date of mid 2015.

Yet much of the attention went to a duo of furry twentysomethings striking a pose for photo opps. That would be Bob and Chico, a couple of ponies from EJC Farms that were obviously veterans of the red carpet. Spinning '80s, '90s and today's hits were DJs Gabe Bizonee and John Tran.

While the hotel's signature rings twinkled in the hands of guests, it was the sparklers at nightfall that ushered the soirée's celebratory ambiance.

Up next for Homsey is the October groundbreaking of Hotel ZaZa Austin, which has an estimated completion date of mid 2015. His plans to expand the brand include future locations in Northern and Southern California, New York and Chicago.

In the mix were Miya Shay, Kim Padgett, Peter Remington, Raja Ratan, Shmuel Gordon, Michael Chabala, Amber Willis, Lisa Gochman, Chris Beverly, Bubba McNeely, Scott Gertner, Sarah Tucker, Gardner Landry, Philippe Schmit, James Sivco, Reema and Chris Kasavich, David Rassin, Dr. Michael Yafi, KC Gifford, Nick Espinosa and Carlos Meltzer, Jared Lang, Catarina Cron, Natalie Bomke and Will Matthews.

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