ON A BREEZY fall evening, Houston CityBook Executive Publisher Lisa Holthouse and Editor in Chief/CEO Jeff Gremillion welcomed some 250 guests to the beautifully remodeled Montrose icon, La Colombe d'Or hotel, for a fabulously French-inspired cocktail party celebrating the magazine's fifth anniversary in print.
The evening, presented by major sponsors Deutsch Fine Jewelry and Bentley Houston, and coordinated by Sullivan Group with Bright Star Productions, was yet another most memorable CityBook event — with unique flourishes and special moments aplenty, from the second partygoers walked up the stairs of the historic building. Acrobatic dancers twirled and twisted and flipped on the porch, where Mercury Orchestra played beautiful classical music by French composers. A roving photo booth greeted guests once they'd stepped inside.
The charming space, thoughtfully remodeled while retaining much of its original magic, was the perfect place for passed hors d'oeuvres and bubbles and fabulous cocktails like French 75's with gin from local distillery Gentle Ben — which also poured its vodka and samples of its new bourbon, debuting just in time for the holidays. Guests mixed and mingled in various corners of the clubby bar and all the rooms, as trays of delectable nibbles including fried oysters, salmon carpaccio and dates stuffed with goat cheese and almonds circulated, all compliments of the kitchen at the hotel's Tonight & Tomorrow restaurant.
Some folks stayed inside, listening to the charismatic and oh-so-handsome Luke Whitney croon on the guitar at the centerpiece antique grand piano. Others took advantage of the mild weather and congregated by the al fresco bar in the sculpture garden out back. Door prizes offered up by Deutsch — gold and diamond bracelet, anyone — and Off the Wall gallery, which gave away a gorgeous marble sculpture, had revelers lining up to toss their name in the hat. House of Creed, which just opened a luxury fragrance boutique in the Galleria, and the Alto rideshare service, a party sponsor, also donated prizes.
Everyone raised a glass when Holthouse and Gremillion gave remarks. They thanked advertisers, readers and the community for embracing the brand.
Departing guests were given multiple favors, including swag bags sponsored by CityBook partner The Allen and cookies created by Dessert Gallery, which fashioned the treats in the shape of fleur de lis emblazoned "Cinq" (French for five) in pale blue, to match the party invitations.
Beth Wolff, Mario Gudmundsson and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Derrick Shore and Brandon Bourque
Michael Holthouse and Lance Deutsch
La Colombe d'Or
Patti Imbrogno Murphy and Don Murphy
Justin Garcia and Mike Mahlstedt
Jonathan and Marita Fairbanks
Tom Green, Thornton Brewer and Chris Doyle
Todd Ramos, Page Parkes, Youth Soul Love and Chris Hendel
Zach McKenzie, Justin Fuselier and Nathaniel Peneguy
Lisa Holthouse and Jeff Gremillion
Ursaline Hamilton and Alicia Smith
Walid & Raquel Adham
Brandon Brenner, Mitchell Greco and Patrick Magee
Youth Soul Love
Chris Casey, Nicholas Glenn, Christopher Nodd, Huzefa Tayabali-Wilson and Cody Buchanan
Kate Stukenberg and Jessica Pfifer
Tonya Riner, Molly Jodeit, Barbara Smith and Holly Crawford
Sasha Grumman and Alexis Paterno
Shanna Snow and Justin McKee
Peter Remington with Danielle and Hamilton Rowan
Sofia Adrogué, Kam Franklin and Mark Sullivan
Chris Becker and Edward Nawotka
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