Lucinda and Javier Loya's fourth annual "Houston Texans Tailgate White Out" bash took a turn from tradition Saturday night, moving from the Loya's incredible swankienda to the ultra cool digs of LIFE HTX, the luxury event space created by their BFF and custom builder Monsour Taghdisi.
With the move from Memorial to Montrose, the party vibe ratcheted up several notches thanks in part to event planner Deborah Elias, Elias Events, who took advantage of the venue's state-of-the-art projection, lighting and sound systems to permeate the scene with Houston Texans swagger and party chic.
Foodies relished the presence of renowned chef Rick Sandoval, whose Bayou & Bottle opens soon in the refurbished Four Seasons Hotel, provided food and drink. It was as much a treat to meet the star toque as it was to sample his idea of elevated tailgate fare. Love that raw oyster bar!
Everyone among the several hundred guests arrived in requisite white attire blending in with the all-white surroundings. In fact, the only color was provided by the Houston Texans logos and reruns of previous games on the vast video screen walls. Even the Blues Brothers, peforming along with DJ Amy Robbins out of San Francisco, wore head-to-toe white.
Entertainment included an aerial performer in Chicago Bears costume, who shed that outfit while hanging overhead from a large helix, and a cake in the shape of Toro's torso with smoke flowing from his ears, descending from the ceiling to be greeted by the real Toro.
The cool crowd included Houston Texans GM Rick Smith and wife Tiffany, Henry Richardson, Amy and Jim Lee, Katie and A.J. Brass, Tom Segesta, Amy and Hardy Murchison, Alicia and Lance Smith, Ericka Bagwell, Diane Caplan, Mark Sullivan, Stephanie and Bill Perkins, Shamaine Klein Pleczko, Kelli Zeringue Bussan, and Mary Alice and Barry Haest.