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Like any modern day PR girl, I love myself a fab [free] event.

As a PR professional, I consider it my civic duty to share these chic soirees with you!

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What: Houston’s Top Bloggers Event

When: May 9, 7-9 p.m.

Where: 2604 Persa, #3 Houston, TX  77098

RSVP: jordan@cakewalkstyeshop.com

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What: Culture Collision

When: May 15, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Advantage BMW Midtown, 1305 Gray

RSVP: events@downtownhouston.org

Screen Shot 2013-05-02 at 7.46.12 PMWhat: City of Houston Hackathon

When: May 17-18

Where: Houston Technology Center

Register: http://houstonhackathon.com

 

Food

A Newbie’s Guide to a Food and Wine Festival

The 2013 Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair was an evening full of delectable dishes, fine wines and a chic crowd united by one common goal…to taste as many things as possible. With a hungry tummy and a receptive palate, I did just that.

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The talented chefs took a group photo before the Grand Tasting Event held at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square.

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Hundreds of Houston foodies gathered under one roof.

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My official duty for the night was to photograph The St. Regis Houston’s amazing culinary team.

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Chef John and his team prepared a savory BBQ Braised Pork Belly with Chorizo-Cheddar Cornbread and Spicy Texas Slaw.

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For dessert Pastry Chef Dwayne delighted the crowd with a Chocolate Toffee Torte with Orange Caramel and Popcorn Dust. I literally witnessed guests come back for thirds, I being one of them.

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 My unofficial duty of the night was to find the most unique cuisine of the evening. As soon as I spotted tentacles, I knew I had found it. Octopus prepared by Chef Jeff Balfour from Hotel Valencia was full of flavor and worth the culinary gamble.

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 Peanut butter cookie skewers and marshmallow milk shooters by Chef Brian & Shanna O’Hea won my award for most unique presentation.

Free CakeAt the end of the night HEB gave away an array of cakes, breads and cheeses. I scored an entire cake!

Best advice for a food and wine festival:

1. Bring an extremely large appetite (prior fasting may be in order)

2. Be adventurous. Try dishes you would never order in a restaurant.

3. Drink responsibly. You don’t want to be that guy.

4. Stay until the end of the night for freebies and giveaways!

 

Food

An Evening at the House of Walker

An evening at the “House of Walker” was a sophisticated taste of old Hollywood presented by Johnnie Walker and Urban Daddy.

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Guest were shuttled to an undisclosed Houston mansion. April showers and a sudden chill added to the evening’s ethereal atmosphere.

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After a refined short film on the history of Johnnie Walker, the official US Brand Ambassador led a lesson on the art of tasting whisky.

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Historically, I am no whisky drinker however, when in Rome…

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The mansion was filled with various bars allowing guests to sample different labels.

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Hands down, my favorite was Johnnie Walker Red Label with ginger beer.

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Birthday present idea: This Johnnie Walker Blue Label 1805 Anniversary Pack is 1 of 200 produced from whiskies at least 45 years old.

Price: $30,000