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Party Watch

International jewels cause a commotion in Houston, catch even the restaurant king's discerning eye

By Shelby Hodge

What: Cocktail reception introducing TUUM jewelry. Where: Tony's. The 411: Having secured the U.S. distribution rights to the Italian jewelry house, Terrie Hogan Turner threw a jew ...


Restaurant Weeks Stunner

A most exclusive restaurant rolls out the red carpet for Houston Restaurant Weeks: No skimping here

By Eric Sandler

Throughout the month of August, CultureMap will be running a series of videos to highlight some of Houston Restaurant Week's most intriguing menus. First up is Tony's. The Italian-inspi ...


Shelby's Social Diary

No summer doldrums here: Houston's top restaurants are packed with local celebrities

By Shelby Hodge

While one might think that well-heeled foodies all depart for the summer, a recent perusal of the local restaurant scene has proven otherwise. Brasserie 19 continues to boom night and day. Tony' ...


Making miracles

Medical magician: Houston doc lauded for performing most heart transplants ever, saving thousands

By Shelby Hodge

The remarkable career of Dr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier was celebrated by a powerhouse collection of cardiologists and surgeons at a Texas Heart Institute dinner in his honor where magi ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A top Houston restaurant turns into a fantasy land with more than 30 celebrity waiters

By Shelby Hodge

Those who attended ESCAPE Family Resource Center's "Emerald City . . . There's No Place Like Home" dinner at Tony's on Sunday night will probably never again think of the rest ...


Hometown Glory

Major chef cred: High-end Houston restaurant sees its rising star named one of Top 5 chefs in U.S.

By Eric Sandler

Gayot, a national publication that touts itself as "a leading worldwide authority on the good life," has tabbed Tony's chef de cuisine Kate McLean as one of its Top 5 Rising Star ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's Green Machine roars into action, raising $1.2 million for downtown park

By Shelby Hodge

Natives of southern Californian Soraya and Scott McClelland had hoped for a California vibe when they chaired Saturday night's Discovery Green "Gala on the Green." Mother Nature ...


Wild Birthday Party

A wild birthday party with pole dancing in the limo, a former Friends star and Lynn Wyatt make waves

By Shelby Hodge

No ordinary birthday celebration would do for makeup artist Edward Sanchez when he turned 43 on Sunday. He ordered a limo-length party bus complete with LED light shows and music videos and a cente ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Lunching ladies hand over more than $5,000 in gift cards during one special Tony's meal

By Shelby Hodge

The ooh-la-la factor edged into the social stratosphere when Houston Grand Opera Ball chair Margaret Alkek Williams summoned supporters for a luscious luncheon at Tony's. Cost of admission: a $ ...


Big Restaurant Shakeup

Shocking chef change: One of Houston's hottest new restaurants sees its chef suddenly leave

By Eric Sandler

As restaurant surprises go, it doesn't get much bigger than this. Tony's/Vallone's executive chef Grant Gordon is leaving both restaurants. The sudden move means that Saturday ...


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