Caitlyn Jenner's Houston Visit
Behind the scenes details of Caitlyn Jenner's Houston visit: Most fascinating person gets real
One of Houston's best restaurants played host to one of the country's most high-profile celebrities Thursday night. On the same evening when Barbara Walters declared her 2015's Most Fascinating Person, Caitlyn Jenner dined at Hugo's and later prayed with Second Baptist Church pastor Ed Young's father.
The Olympic gold medalist who triggered global headlines when she came out as transgender in April is in town to film footage for her reality TV show I Am Cait.
Hugo's owner Tracy Vaught tells CultureMap in an email that Jenner and a friend originally planned to stay only for happy hour but opted to linger for dinner. They ordered the night's special, Beef Tenderloin with Mole Mancha Manteles (a fruit mole), with purslane, asparagus and black bean tamal.
"I wasn't star struck but I had the sense that she is changing history. A sense of significance," Vaught writes. "I know many people don't get it but for people in the transgender community, it has been a seismic shift and she has been the catalyst."
Vaught adds that Jenner's fellow diners extended typical Texan hospitality.
"Some people recognized her but no one bothered them. They were very nice and low key. She took photos with a few of the guests who asked and was very gracious and personable," she adds.
From there, Jenner departed to attend the Really Really Big Christmas Show at Second Baptist Church. UPDATE: Pastor Ed Young posted a photo of Jenner praying with his father at the church — a scene that no doubt will appear on Jenner's reality show next season.
Dad has always taught me to love everyone. Here he is praying with @Caitlyn_Jenner at tonight's service. pic.twitter.com/qpd7wFfEi8— Ed Young (@EdYoung) December 18, 2015
Thanks for coming to the Really Really Big Christmas Show @Caitlyn_Jenner !! #notevenkiddingthoughpic.twitter.com/wr7ch84EKq— Elizabeth Gaddis (@ellegaddis) December 18, 2015