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Good Taste

CultureMap’s annual Tastemakers event was back and better than ever, featuring bites from the city’s most popular — and delicious — restaurants. Houston hip-hop legend Bun B announced winners in various categories, including Xochi as Restaurant of the Year. And the five-day Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, now in its 15th year, featured fun, foodie-centric events like Bar Fight, in which bartenders created their own versions of a Paloma, and the annual Sip & Stroll.

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In the hopeful last days of a year that can't end too soon, the Yuletide sparkles anew — with festive frocks, and beautiful, giftable bling from Houston's finest jewelers. Photos by Steven Visneau, styling by Todd Ramos, hair and makeup by Edward Sanchez for Edward Sanchez Cosmetics, model Melani Colic for Wallflower Management, shot on location at the Omni Houston Hotel.

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Houstonians have visited the Shaftel family for custom baubles and high-quality gemstones for decades, most recently at their showroom on the ground floor of a Richmond Ave. office building. Now, Shaftel Diamonds has a luxury storefront that's just as radiant as its jewels, located at the corner of San Felipe and Chimney Rock in the heart of Tanglewood.

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