Scales & Cocktails

Young professionals go wild at Houston Zoo reptile-themed social

Young professionals go wild at Houston Zoo reptile-themed social

9989 Jamie Crawford, left, and Lindsay Wilkerson at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Jamie Crawford, left, and Lindsay Wilkerson at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9941 Jackie Rapp, left, and Jenna Rapp at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Jackie Rapp, left, and Jenna Rapp at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9664 Josh Espinedo, left, and Garrett Lance at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Josh Espinedo, left, and Garrett Lance at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9883 Kaitlyn Hebert, Meg Schulz, from left, Selena Sykowski and Nicole Hopkins at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Kaitlyn Hebert, from left, Meg Schulz, Selena Sykowski and Nicole Hopkins at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9963 Lauren Swenson at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Lauren Swenson at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9917 Ari Tafreshi, left, and Lauren Burgess at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Ari Tafreshi, left, and Lauren Burgess at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9967 Melissa Croft, left, and Lindsey Kern at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Melissa Croft, left, and Lindsey Kern at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9956 Themistoklis Pagiatis, from left, Laura Suttles, Roseanne Bodin and Ben Cook at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Themistoklis Pagiatis, from left, Laura Suttles, Roseanne Bodin and Ben Cook at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9900 Ryan and Brittany Mead at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Ryan and Brittany Mead at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9868 Jimmy Wu, from left, Adileh Kassai, Luis Cuesta and Federico Sanchez at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Jimmy Wu, from left, Adileh Kassai, Luis Cuesta and Federico Sanchez at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9848 Ashley Craig, left, and Dani Hochleutner at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Ashley Craig, left, and Dani Hochleutner at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9836 Jessica Rodriguez, from left, Alberto Garcia and Jessica Valdez at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Jessica Rodriguez, from left, Alberto Garcia and Jessica Valdez at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9831 Nav Dhindsa and Stacy McCormick at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Nav Dhindsa and Stacy McCormick at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9690 Christopher and Kendall Hanno at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Christopher and Kendall Hanno at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9685 Ali Gray, left, and Lauren Baughman at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Ali Gray, left, and Lauren Baughman at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9650 David Rassin and Carey Kirkpatrick at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
David Rassin and Carey Kirkpatrick at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9670 Sam Cole, from left, Kristin Barber and Jared Cox at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Sam Cole, from left, Kristin Barber and Jared Cox at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9699 Laura Carr, from left, Will Matthews and Beth Hockett at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Laura Carr, from left, Will Matthews and Beth Hockett at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9634 Rachel Wylie, left, and Tamra Wilkerson at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Rachel Wylie, left, and Tamra Wilkerson at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9815 Taylor Bartholomew and Jonathan Davis at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
Taylor Bartholomew and Jonathan Davis at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9729 tree frog at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
A giant waxy Peruvian frog at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
9989 Jamie Crawford, left, and Lindsay Wilkerson at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9941 Jackie Rapp, left, and Jenna Rapp at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9664 Josh Espinedo, left, and Garrett Lance at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9883 Kaitlyn Hebert, Meg Schulz, from left, Selena Sykowski and Nicole Hopkins at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9963 Lauren Swenson at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9917 Ari Tafreshi, left, and Lauren Burgess at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9967 Melissa Croft, left, and Lindsey Kern at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9956 Themistoklis Pagiatis, from left, Laura Suttles, Roseanne Bodin and Ben Cook at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9900 Ryan and Brittany Mead at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9868 Jimmy Wu, from left, Adileh Kassai, Luis Cuesta and Federico Sanchez at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9848 Ashley Craig, left, and Dani Hochleutner at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9836 Jessica Rodriguez, from left, Alberto Garcia and Jessica Valdez at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9831 Nav Dhindsa and Stacy McCormick at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9690 Christopher and Kendall Hanno at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9685 Ali Gray, left, and Lauren Baughman at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9650 David Rassin and Carey Kirkpatrick at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9670 Sam Cole, from left, Kristin Barber and Jared Cox at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9699 Laura Carr, from left, Will Matthews and Beth Hockett at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9634 Rachel Wylie, left, and Tamra Wilkerson at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9815 Taylor Bartholomew and Jonathan Davis at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event
9729 tree frog at the Scales and Cocktails Houston Zoo Flock event

While rains may have recently dampened the party spirit of some young professionals, nature's wrath, in this case, added a vérité to the jungle motif of the Houston Zoo social gathering.

Snakes, giant waxy Peruvian frogs and baby alligators were part of the tropical forest scene in "Scales and Cocktails," held inside the Houston Zoo Reptile House, where more than 150 stylish young philanthropists joined Flock to learn about the conservation efforts of the Houston Zoo.

The celeb of the evening was Smaug, the Komodo dragon, which feasted on small white mice (perhaps as an amuse bouche?) before keepers entered with a blue kong ball that contained white rats. When Smaug slithered trying to get each and every rodent, guests went wild witnessing the untamed feeding.

Adding a touch of class to the fierce habitat was an assortment of Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Merlots donated by new Houston Zoo sponsor Robert Mondavi Private Selection, alongside upscale bites from Triniti. A generous spread of shrimp campechana, tuna sammies and French macarons soaked up Saint Arnold Brewing Co. suds and the mirkwood cooler specialty cocktail, crafted by Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar's Justin Burrow

Returning to the turntable as Flock's official tunesmith was DJ Little Martin with new disco grooves that kept the chatty throng in good spirits. 

Mixing and mingling with senior director of development Nick Espinosa were Sam Cole, Ashley Craig, Dani Hochleutner, Kristin Barber, Jared Cox, Selena Sykowski, Nicole Hopkins, Laura Carr, Will Matthews, Beth Hockett, David Rassin, Kendall and Christopher Hanno, Brittany and Ryan Mead, Matthew Bennett and Carey Kirkpatrick.