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Getting high above Hermann Park a new approach to partying for wild Young Professionals

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Tiffany Halik, from left, Kayvan Taheri and Brandee Karr at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Tiffany Halik, from left, Kayvan Taheri and Brandee Karr. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Tamar Mendelssohn, from left, Kendall Hanno and Anne Fisher at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Tamar Mendelssohn, from left, Kendall Hanno and Anne Fisher. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Stewart Anderson, left, and Joe Ross at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Stewart Anderson, left, and Joe Ross. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Ray Dennison, from left, Gray Thornton and Ted Bowden IV at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Ray Dennison, from left, Gray Thornton and Ted Bowen IV. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Disney Hanka, from left, Michelle O'Hara, Camila Cubero and Alex Richoux at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Disney Hanka, from left, Michelle O'Hara, Camila Cubero and Alex Richoux. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Nora Villarreal and Casey Clay at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Nora Villarreal and Casey Clay. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Tiffany Halik, from left, Kayvan Taheri and Brandee Karr at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Tamar Mendelssohn, from left, Kendall Hanno and Anne Fisher at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Stewart Anderson, left, and Joe Ross at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Ray Dennison, from left, Gray Thornton and Ted Bowden IV at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Disney Hanka, from left, Michelle O'Hara, Camila Cubero and Alex Richoux at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014
Nora Villarreal and Casey Clay at the ZooZa Event at Hotel ZaZa August 2014

Nothing like a panoramic view to inspire a party mood. Just ask members of Flock, Houston Zoo's young professional group, who sailed up the elevator to Hotel ZaZa's 11th floor to party in the Grapevine Ballroom and adjacent Room With a View — with the Hermann Park gardens and the gates to the zoo on the horizon.

For this late-summer bash, dubbed ZooZa, 300 guests prowled the premises and sipped Circulo Tequila and Saint Arnold’s beer while admiring that million dollar view. And as with any Hotel ZaZa fete, Monarch executive chef Jeff Axline put on a mighty spread to satisfy those after-work appetites.

A Fistful of Soul provided the sounds while Lucky Shots captured the playful moments in its signature photo booth. And in celebration of its new-kid-on-the-block status, Lyft gave out $25 gift cards.

The party throng included Tamar Mendelssohn, Sam Cole, Farrah Akhtar, Kendall and Chris Hanno, Ted Bowen, Todd Ramos, Tiffany Halik, Brandon Weinbrenner, Jim Petersen and Denise Furlough.

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