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Summer trend among the social set: Hostesses open swank homes for intimate charity events

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Ken Culotta and Linda Eyles at the Heights Summer dinner July 2014
Ken Cullotta and host Linda Eyles at the Houston Heights Association summer dinner. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jeanette Korab, left, and Carolyn Farb at the Carolyn Farb party July 2014
Jeanette Korab, left, and Carolyn Farb at the Arthritis Foundation jewelry party. Photo by Jeanette Korab
News, Shelby, Heights dinner, Darryl and Dawnia Willis
Darryl and Dawnia Willis were high bidders on the Heights dinner. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Sarah Hughes, left, and Linsey Hyatt at the Carolyn Farb party July 2014
Sarah Hughes, left, and Linsey Hyatt at the Arthritis Foundation jewelry party. Photo by Jeanette Korab
Brandi Key at the Heights Summer dinner July 2014
Chef Brandi Key prepares plates for the Houston Heights Association dinner party.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
The venue at the Heights Summer dinner July 2014
The scene at the Houston Heights Association dinner party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Heights dinner, Anne Cullotta, Danae Stephenson, July 2014
Anne Cullotta, left, and Danae Stephenson at the Heights dinner. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Meredith Loving at the Carolyn Farb party July 2014
Meredith Loving at the Arthritis Foundation jewelery party. Photo by Jeanette Korab
Room view at the Carolyn Farb party July 2014
Carolyn Farb's dining room dressed to the hilt for the Arthritis Foundation party. Photo by Jeanette Korab
Display at the Carolyn Farb party July 2014
Lite bites at the Arthritis Foundation jewelry party. Photo by Jeanette Korab
Nick Purday, left, and Bill Baldwin at the Heights Summer dinner July 2014
Nick Purday, left, and Bill Baldwin at the Houston Heights Association dinner party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Heights dinner, Ginger Baldwin, Martin Pike, July 2014
Martin Pike and Ginger Baldwin at the Heights dinner party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Ken Culotta and Linda Eyles at the Heights Summer dinner July 2014
Jeanette Korab, left, and Carolyn Farb at the Carolyn Farb party July 2014
News, Shelby, Heights dinner, Darryl and Dawnia Willis
Sarah Hughes, left, and Linsey Hyatt at the Carolyn Farb party July 2014
Brandi Key at the Heights Summer dinner July 2014
The venue at the Heights Summer dinner July 2014
News, Shelby, Heights dinner, Anne Cullotta, Danae Stephenson, July 2014
Meredith Loving at the Carolyn Farb party July 2014
Room view at the Carolyn Farb party July 2014
Display at the Carolyn Farb party July 2014
Nick Purday, left, and Bill Baldwin at the Heights Summer dinner July 2014
News, Shelby, Heights dinner, Ginger Baldwin, Martin Pike, July 2014

Entertaining at home has become such a rare bird in tony social circles that we are wont to take note when a mini-trend seems to be taking place. Within recent weeks, two H-Town swans have opened the doors to their residences in the name of philanthropy and CultureMap takes a look.

 Entertaining at home has become such a rare bird in tony social circles that we are wont to take note when a mini-trend seems to be taking place. 

When interior designer Linda Eyles co-chaired the Houston Heights Association's annual benefit Candlelight Dinner with Danae Stephenson, she contributed an eight-course dinner at her home to the live auction. While not actually in her home, the dinner took place in her design office space (a 1,500 square foot replica of her main house) neatly tucked into in her Heights backyard.

High bidder on the dinner for 14 prepared by Clark Cooper Concepts chef Brandi Key were Dawnia and Darryl Willis, the man familiar to those beyond the Heights as the spokesman for BP following the Horizon oil spill crisis

Their guests included Ginger Baldwin, Anne and Ken Cullotta, Mary Lou Erbland and Robert Woods. The Italian-themed feast included truffled agnolotti, saddle of rabbit and explorateur crepes. Each course was paired with Italian wines. While guests dined, Deep Cuts performed gentle jazz tunes.

Across I-10 in River Oaks, Carolyn Farb opened her art-filled domain for an Arthritis Foundation fundraiser that featured the creations of jewelry designer Jeannette Korab, who donated a percentage of sales to the non-profit. For the gathering, the hostess's dining room was transformed into an elegant jewel box of sparklies and dreamy baubles and beads. 

Joining Farb in spreading the message about the debilitating effects of arthritis were foundation board members Toni Moore and Rita Beckett and the foundation’s Houston director Fiona Cunningham.

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