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Better Than Laughing Gas

Jay Leno cracks 'em up at Alley Theatre's $1 million gala held on the floor of NRG stadium

By Shelby Hodge

"Whose idea was this anyway?" Jay Leno cracked wise as he attempted to summon intimate comedy club ambience in the vast environs of NRG Stadium. While the space might have been less than ...

Shelby's Social Diary

The Dream Dinner: 22 top chefs come together to cook for high rollers in a foodie carnival night

By Shelby Hodge

Reef's Bryan Caswell was on a culinary high Monday night as he and 21 other chefs gathered in the Royal Sonesta Hotel ballroom for the annual Bon Vivant Houston dinner party benefiting Youth De ...

Pix of the Day

Pirates overrun party planner's warehouse on a magical treasure hunt

By Shelby Hodge

When more than 50 youngsters completed the Youth Development Center's summer enrichment program recently, a celebration was in order. After all, they had spent several weeks participating ...

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 ...

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