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Historic homes holiday bash makes time travel a reality — and a top chef goes along for the fun

Historic homes holiday bash makes time travel a Houston reality

6936 Townes Pressler Jr., from left, C. Orson Cook and Mark Worscheh at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
Townes Pressler Jr., from left, C. Orson Cook and Mark Worscheh. Photo by © Wilson Parish
7020 Melissa and Bryan McDavid at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
Melissa and Bryan McDavid. Photo by © Wilson Parish
7004 Brett and Emily Hall at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
Brett and Emily Hall. Photo by © Wilson Parish
7097 Bryan Caswell at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
Reef chef Bryan Caswell. Photo by © Wilson Parish
7061 Evelyn Boatwright, left, and Kathy Hubbard at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
Evelyn Boatwright, left, and Kathy Hubbard. Photo by © Wilson Parish
7047 Maria and Paul Perea at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
Maria and Paul Perea. Photo by © Wilson Parish
6971 John and Jano Kelly, from left, and Cathy and Dougal Cameron at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
John and Jano Kelly, from left, and Cathy and Dougal Cameron. Photo by © Wilson Parish
6985 David and Angela Peterman at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
David and Angela Peterman. Photo by © Wilson Parish
6945 James Chenoweth, from left, Felix Phillips and Mike Bresson at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
James Chenoweth, from left, Felix Phillips and Mike Bresson. Photo by © Wilson Parish
6958 Jaime Miller and Ryan Mathews at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
Jaime Miller and Ryan Mathews. Photo by © Wilson Parish
6954 Bob Viguet, left, and Geoff Long at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
Bob Viguet, left, and Geoff Long. Photo by © Wilson Parish
6889 Mark and Sue Worscheh at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
Mark and Sue Worscheh. Photo by © Wilson Parish
6936 Townes Pressler Jr., from left, C. Orson Cook and Mark Worscheh at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
7020 Melissa and Bryan McDavid at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
7004 Brett and Emily Hall at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
7097 Bryan Caswell at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
7061 Evelyn Boatwright, left, and Kathy Hubbard at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
7047 Maria and Paul Perea at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
6971 John and Jano Kelly, from left, and Cathy and Dougal Cameron at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
6985 David and Angela Peterman at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
6945 James Chenoweth, from left, Felix Phillips and Mike Bresson at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
6958 Jaime Miller and Ryan Mathews at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
6954 Bob Viguet, left, and Geoff Long at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014
6889 Mark and Sue Worscheh at the Heritage Society Gala December 2014

What: The Heritage Society's first-ever "An Evening of Heritage" holiday celebration.

Where: In a party tent located in Connally Plaza, adjacent to the historic homes of Sam Houston Park.

The 411: Upping the holiday ante, The Heritage Society inaugurated a holiday fundraiser with the evening that featured University of Houston Honors College history professor C. Orson Cook. The professor escorted the 130 dinner guests through a time travel adventure, visiting Houston from 1880 to 1920 as it emerged from town to city.

Reef chef Bryan Caswell and his team prepared a four-course dinner and Caswell was on hand to introduce each course.

Key to the evening's success were Heritage Society board members Townes Pressler Jr. and Mark Worscheh, who chaired the event that raised $155,000.

Who: James Chenoweth, Melissa and Bryan McDavid, Felix Phillips, Mike Bresson, Sue Worscheh, Emily and Brett Hall, Kathy Hubbard, Emily Boatwright, Maria and Paul Perea and Angela and David Peterman.