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A Fantasy Land

Sexy genies and real magic carpet rides: Aladdin feel makes this Ballet ball a showstopper

By Joel Luks

Someone must have rubbed the magical oil lamp before balletomanes arrived at Wortham Theater Center as a trio of sexy genies awaited to escort guests on an exotic carpet ride up to the Grand Foyer ...


Delicious, delicious, delicious

Houston's best foodie event ever: Top restaurant chefs wow big spenders from a makeshift kitchen

By Shelby Hodge

Most of the chefs participating in the Youth Development Center's grand Bon Vivant Houston fundraiser don't need the publicity or the challenge of turning out a gourmet dinner from a makesh ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Downton Abbey worthy garden party pulls in a record $801,575 for Brookwood Community

By Shelby Hodge

Applause, applause for Pat Breen and Franci Crane, who led the charge for the Brookwood Community at the annual gala where a record $801,575 was raised. Husbands Dan Breen and Jim Crane were on han ...


All in good taste

Ultimate foodies night: 21 big-name chefs, 21 gourmet menus & 225 diners make delicious music

By Shelby Hodge

We detected a bit of competition Monday night between the chefs who are veterans of the Bon Vivant fundraiser for the Youth Development Center. Brennan's Danny Trace went Caribbean on his table ...


Done in good taste

Top Chefs cook for very exclusive tables in Houston foodie paradise

By Shelby Hodge

Congrats to Linn Energy general counsel Charlene Ripley and The Events Co.'s Richard Flowers for once again chairing the most delicious fundraiser of the year. How could "Bon Vivant Housto ...


Sixth time's a charm?

Fort Worth goes wild over new In-N-Out while Dallas is blasé; Houston still waits

By Fayza A. Elmostehi

Shot through the heart, and burgers are to blame. Yet again, Dallas area, you give In-N-Out a bad name. While we languish in the land of Whataburger and Carl's Jr., our greedy neighbors to ...


Saturday in the park

Skipping the caviar, going for the $100 breakfast and walking and walking through the streets of Paris

By Shelby Hodge

In the previous century, which dollar-wise seems truly a century ago, I was in Paris as a newspaper travel editor who did a good bit of freelance writing as well. I assigned myself the arduous task ...


Shelby About Town

A PBS star, a Houston Ballet boyfriend, ladies in pink & beauty queens writing books make social news

By Shelby Hodge

The day before he stepped into the spotlight as speaker at the HoustonPBS Elevate Lecture, Jim Lehrer was the center of attention at an intimate KUHT fundraiser, hosted by Lily and Charles Foster i ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Lynn Wyatt in curlers, Sharin Gaille & Kirby McCool in trash bags — no joke! — at the Alley Gala

By Shelby Hodge

Word spread through the party tent, erected on the Loop 610 service road, like wildfire. Lynn Wyatt has arrived wearing jeans and she has rollers in her hair! And that was just one of the gleef ...


Wedding bells

Houston's love wizard: Town & Country names Richard Flowers to its chichi wedding advisory board

By Shelby Hodge

In more than two decades of helping brides create their dream wedding environments, Houstonian Richard Flowers has worked his magic on everything from small fetes in private homes to million-dollar ...


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