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Sexy beauty queens and a brainy former mayor help a newbie charity score an impressive windfall

By Shelby Hodge

Raising a quarter of a million dollars with a first-time event is no small feat, but successful businesswoman Tammy Tran Nguyen did just that with KnowAutism's "Deep in the Heart ...

Lots of laughter and loot

Presidential library enjoys a windfall as raucous comedian plays funny with liberal politics

By Shelby Hodge

There were probably few yellow dog Democrats in the ballroom of the Royal Sonesta for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation dinner Thursday night. And that would be a good thing as c ...

Shelby's Social Diary

$100 glasses of champagne, diamond dreams and a glam catwalk raise $600,000 to fight a fierce beast

By Shelby Hodge

The recent "Catwalk for a Cure," always a glam evening, could have been dubbed "Beauty and the Beast," beauty being the lavish fashions by Marchesa and the jewels from ...

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Houston shopper's paradise: Trendy pop-up stores and hot models create a scene, help the March of Dimes

By Shelby Hodge

What: Woman's Hospital of Texas 11th annual Labor Day Luncheon and Style Show. Where: The Royal Sonesta Hotel. The 411: It was a shopper's paradise when 28 boutiques opened pop-up s ...

Party Watch

Oprah delivers a strong message to Girls in Houston — with tea power behind it

By Shelby Hodge

What: Girls Inc. of Greater Houston's annual "Strong, Smart and Bold" luncheon. Where: The Royal Sonesta Hotel. The 411: CenterPoint Energy's June Deadrick chaired an ...

Girls Inc. of Greater Houston hosts 18th Annual "Strong, Smart and Bold Celebration" Luncheon

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

Serving as this year's keynote speaker is Houston Author Katherine Center, whose four bittersweet comic novels highlight love and family and embrace the strong, smart and bold ethic while envis

Top Chefs Fight

Houston's best restaurants pull off a wild night of foie gras & vodka GoodPops: Inside Last Chef Standing

By Shelby Hodge

Let me just say that there was more tempting food on the table at CultureMap's second annual Last Chef Standing competition than a girl who's watching her waistline oughta try. Bu ...

Do we need a recount?

In super-close vote, 5 contenders squeeze into finals of Last Chef Standing

By Marika Rafte

Scores were tight, tough decisions were made and favorites were cut as CultureMap readers cast their votes to decide which restaurants will proceed into the final round of Last Chef Standing.& ...

On bended knee?

Love is in the air: Tell us your memorable marriage proposal at a Houston restaurant — and win

By Adrienne Raquel

Wedding proposals often take place at a restaurant. And we're sure there are some memorable ones that have to do with great food, fine wine or champagne, a diamond ring — and a big surpri ...

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The best New Year's Eve hotel deals: Turning your craziest party into a stylish stay

By Marcy de Luna

New Year's Eve in Houston brings plenty of interesting hotel deals. With special room rates, dinner menus and parties, there are a lot of choices to make across the board. With that in mind ...

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