Apr. 23, 2017
WHAT'S THE SECRET to running a successful business? It is so important to stay present every day. With the fast-paced patterns of today’s society and ever-evolving technologies, I stress to our agents how important it is to continue to learn. If one reaches a point at which the ego takes over or burnout sets in and progress takes a back seat, things will get stuck. Regardless of what field you are in, I believe in starting with the basics to set and strengthen your foundation. I treat everyone we work with from our contractors, clients, to our inspectors with respect, patience and care.
What’s special about your team? Our group is made up of like-minded individuals that come together just like a family would. The Reyna Group is a family-owned company, and it means everything to us to be able to say that we all wholeheartedly have each other’s back. We as a group are constantly brainstorming and bouncing new ideas around with each other. I have many friends in this business, and I know the synergy we have at The Reyna Group is something very special.
What inspires you as you seek to reach greater heights of success? Whether we are helping a long time investment client or a family buying their first home, it is truly rewarding to play such an integral part in these decisions. It is an honor to have the trust of our clients, new and old. The trust our clients instill in us is, first and foremost, what inspires every agent in our office to continue to strive to improve the hustle.
IT SEEMS LIKE Houston has been toggling between winter and summer for a few weeks now, but during a stretch of true springtime weather last week, Hermann Park Conservancy hosted the Hats in the Park luncheon at McGovern Centennial Gardens.
This year marked the 15th anniversary of the occasion, which has had a measurable impact on Hermann Park and its six-million visitors each year. Event co-chairs Kristy Bradshaw, Kelley Lubanko and Leigh Smith greeted guests during the Champagne reception preceding the seated lunch on the verdant lawn. Bradshaw shared updates regarding the park's forthcoming McWilliams Dog Park and Commons projects — the latter of which will include a "40-foot rocket ship slide and whimsical carousel" — and Mayor Sylvester Turner also gave remarks, praising the Conservancy for its preservation and betterment of the community resource.
The afternoon honored Ann Short and Susie Criner, who chaired the very first Hats in the Park lunch in 2008. In total, the event raised upwards of $520,000 — a record! Hats off to that.
Valerie Dieterich and Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell
Alex Blair, Brigitte Kalai and Aliza Fan Dutt
Stephanie Tsuru, Elizabeth Wagett, Katie Tsuru and Donae Chramosta
Alice Mao Brams and Yoon Smith
Sanford and Susie Criner
Bethany Buchanan, Hallie Vanderhider, Fady Armanious and Chita Craft
Rachel Solar, Brooke Bently-Gunst, Lindsey Brown and Maria Vilchez-Lowrey
Chelsea Pacey, Lori Speier, Anne Calder
Nicole Katz, Carolyn Tanner and Tracy Hale
Demetra Jones, Kenneth Allen and Doreen Stoller
Nicola Fuentes Toubia and DeVaun Barbir
Duyen Nguyen, Debbie Festari and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Heather Waters, Kim Tutcher, Brenda Love and Jana Arnoldy
Lesia Crumpton-Young and Anne-Laure Stephens
Kelley Lubanko, Leigh Smith and Kristy Bradshaw
Anne Calder, Rae Solberg, Jayne Johnston and Heather Safi
Isabel David and Rishma Mohamed
Katie Forney and Linsay Radcliffe
WHETHER YOU ARE brunching with kids in tow, in it for the Bloody Marys, or craving prime rib, seafood and seasonal strawberry desserts served on a silver platter, H-Town has the Easter treat for every bunny!
Bloom & Bee
Easter Brunch at this flower-driven Post Oak Hotel stunner starts with a luxurious choice of deviled eggs with prosciutto and black truffle or white asparagus soup. Mains range from lobster eggs Benedict with caviar to herb roasted lamb leg with thyme lamb jus, plus a dessert buffet of French pastries and cakes.
Brennan's of Houston
The iconic Creole house has three dates for Easter dining this year starting April 7 with Brunch with the Bunny starring photos with the Easter Bunny. April 8 is the Very Hoppy Brunch, also family friendly with live bunnies on the terrace from nearby Boling Bunny Farms! Sunday brunch April 9 is the most leisurely with seatings throughout the day. Reservations are required for all events.
Dessert at Crú (photo by Robert Tsai)
This smart, cozy spot features a three-course wine country-style brunch, along with brunch cocktails and specials on Domain Chandon rosé and Veuve Cliquot by the glass. Highlights include crab cake Benedict, smoked salmon deviled egg toast, and desserts.
Cheese station at Four Seasons brunch
The Four Seasons Houston’s annual extravagant Easter Brunch in Toro Toro will feature classics with a Latin twist from 10am-2pm ($155 per adult and for $65 per child, 12 and under). Reservations can be made on the website.
Seafood tower at Guard and Grace
Downtown Houston’s modern steakhouse will keep guests ‘hoppy’ with a special menu for Easter brunch. Start with smoked salmon rillette with crème fraiche and smoked trout roe or TG wagyu beef dumplings. Its raw bar features a Bubu sashimi plate, Crispy Tuna with ahi, avocado, serrano, yuzu and tempura sushi rice, and a custom-built Seafood Tower for six.
Who wouldn’t want to be in “the garden” (translation of the restaurant name) on Easter Sunday? Take your time because this MFAH gem serves its three-course menu from noon to 7pm. Anticipate lovely choices including Murray’s burrata with strawberry rhubarb; spiced roasted lamb, and Ora king salmon. Save room for the award-winning desserts!
Local Table (photo by Jenn Duncan)
It’s easy to find a Local Table as they are all over town with a casual family-friendly menu of egg dishes, chicken and waffles, and savory sidekicks. We hear the Easter Bunny will be hopping around from table to table this year.
Celebrate Easter Sunday in the heart of Rice Village at Aaron Bludorn’s modern American seafood concept. A la carte lunch with Easter specials will be served from 11-2:30pm, as well as dinner a la carte from 5:45-9pm. Lunch on house smoked salmon served with jumbo asparagus, poached egg with Bearnaise sauce, and rack of lamb persillade served with spring vegetables.
Cruise on over to this light-filled Montrose fave for a special three-course prix-fixe Easter brunch (dine-in or take-out). International dishes include shitake edamame dumplings, Japanese Ube pancakes, and Norwegian smoked salmon latkes with onion-dill crème fraiche.
Surrounded by bougainvillea, lemon trees and greenery, this chic restaurant evokes a picturesque spot for brunch. Chef Travis McShane’s focaccia French toast with blueberries and mascarpone; ricotta pancakes with maple syrup; and pizza dough doughnuts will appease carb lovers. Savory dishes include grilled Gulf fish with Calabrian chili, pizzas, gnocchi, and a frittata. Brunch runs from 11am-3:30pm.
Lobster omelet at Ouzo Bay (photo courtesy of Atlas Restaurant Group)
Let Ouzo Bay handle the holiday spread this Easter with Mediterranean takes on classic brunch dishes including short rib chilaquiles with fried pita, tzatziki, and salsa verde; and the roasted lamb Greek Breakfast Gyro with scrambled eggs, tzatziki and Greek oregano fries. Brunch also spotlights Ouzo Bay’s fresh seafood program with crab cake Benedicts and a Maine lobster omelet.
Postino (photo by Becca Wright)
Looking for come-as-you-are casual? Try the eye-opening brunch menu, perfect for dining al fresco on the restaurant’s large, shaded patio. Served weekends, the menu offers myriad shareable dishes. Think Umbria egg toast, cast iron sticky bread, and seeded avocado toast. Sip $6 mimosas and bellinis and refreshing wine-based and beer-based brunch cocktails.
Chef Hugo Ortega and his team will serve an epic Sunday brunch buffet from 10am-3pm this Easter. Expect the usual coastal Mexican favorites as well as a carving station, new seasonal items and Easter desserts.