If there are two things Houston is known for, it’s food and philanthropy. And combining the two is always a good idea! Taste of the Nation, benefiting the national No Kid Hungry campaign, was held at Silver Street Studios and featured gourmet bites and sips from some of the city’s top chefs. Alba Huerta, Rebecca Masson, Ryan Pera and Daniel Vaughn chaired the event. Meanwhile, the eighth annual Raising the Barre dinner also had its fair share of high-profile chefs. Here, Houston Ballet dancers teamed up with chefs like Jacques Fox, whose Artisans restaurant hosted the event, to create memorable courses inspired by the dancers’ unique backgrounds. More than $80K was raised to benefit the Ballet’s community engagement programs.
SILVER STREET STUDIOS has arguably never been so silver, as hundreds of guests (many clad in “space-chic” attire) turned out to celebrate the launch of The Infinite, an outer-space-themed multi-sensory installation that landed in H-Town in late December.
A blue carpet led partygoers from the entrance to the bar, naturally, before they could virtually climb aboard the International Space Station. (True Anomaly Brewery poured craft beers, while Gentle Ben Vodka shook up the evening’s signature cocktail, dubbed the Space Rodeo.) Throughout the 60-minute experience, participants can explore the ISS and interact with art, sound, lights and even scents, all while immersing themselves in 360-degree virtual-reality footage shot aboard and outside of the ISS.
Among those in attendance were astronauts, NASA officials, artists and musicians, city leaders and familiar philanthropic faces: Lynn Wyatt, Kam Franklin, Brian Ching, Jon Deal, David Gow and Ursaline Hamilton were all spotted on The Infinite journey.
The 12,500-square-foot exhibition, open through Feb. 20, is an extension of the Emmy-winning interactive series Space Explorers: The ISS Experience, a multiplatform production filmed by and documenting the lives of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Christina Koch and Anne McClain, resident flight engineers who appear in the series, generously shared their stories and chatted with guests throughout the evening.
Serafina Lalany, Alex De la Fuente
Brian Ching, Lindsay Yates
Matthew Moncivais, Robert Koch
CoCo Dominguez, Miya Shay
Mark Sullivan, Ursaline Hamilton
Davis Sheffield, Gabi Schlegel
Derrick Shore, Brandon Bourque
Felix Lajeunesse, Stephane Rituit, Phoebe Greenberg
George and Michelle Leal Farrah
Christina Koch, Anne McClain
THIS WEEK'S FLURRY of restaurant-industry news continues today with the announcement that chef Austin Waiter — who has just ended a seven-year stint at Tony’s, per an announcement yesterday about changes afoot at the storied fine-dining stalwart — is stepping into a new role at The Marigold Club, a forthcoming venture just off Montrose’s restaurant row.
“Goodnight Hospitality is opening The Marigold Club in Fall 2022 in their former Goodnight Charlie’s space,” said a rep for the outfit, referencing the shuttered mod-style country bar. “The upscale restaurant — sophisticated and sexy — will feature rich upholstery, intimate banquettes, and a speakeasy-inspired private dining room with vibrant art deco touches. Waiter … will serve modern continental cuisine with elevated execution.”
Waiter said he was thrilled. "When I first heard about The Marigold Club, I was hooked,” he said in a statement. “I've been searching for a place that is inventive, hip and exciting, with a talented team to learn from. The team and I are aligned in cultivating a dining experience that is built to transport our customers. I love how much thought and detail the Goodnight team puts into their concepts. I can’t wait to get started.” The menu will feature modernized French-inspired cuisine, the company says.
Waiter, who studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., says he prides himself on bold sauces and innovative cooking and is also an avid supporter of Urban Harvest and their mission to support local farms.
In announcing the new venture, Goodnight Hospitality principals made bittersweet reference to another former Tony’s chef who was an important player in their operation previously. Bailey and Peter McCarthy noted that they were in the process of opening The Edmont with Grant Gordon when he suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in 2014. "Grant Gordon was singular,” said Bailey. "It would be impossible to recreate his vision without him, and we would never try. That said, Pete and I hold his memory close in everything we do. It is meaningful to us that Grant and Austin worked together, albeit briefly, and we hope we all make him proud with The Marigold Club.”