The Social Book 2016 Launch Party
“A Knight in Camelot” ~ A Mystical Journey Through Medieval Brittania and Europa
Produced by PDV Special Events in partnership with The Social Book
honoring the twenty-first anniversary edition of The Social Book
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Citadel on Kirby, 12130 Kirby Drive,Houston, TX 77045
hosted by Citadel on Kirby
Houston Area LEXUS Dealers
ContentActive, Silver Eagle Distributors
Houston, Texas—The Social Book, a comprehensive calendar of Houston fundraising events, unveiled the 2016 edition at its annual launch party. The Social Book‘s owners Scott Evans, Jeff Henry and Sami Shbeeb welcomed more than 800 guests to celebrate the grand occasion of its 21st anniversary edition. The Social Book partnered with renowned event coordinator Paul-David Van Atta and his company PDV Special Events to transport guests to King Arthur’s Court in Camelot.
VIP guests gathered prior to the main event for a private reception hosted by Houston Area LEXUS Dealers honoring Houston Treasures honorees [see list below], which were introduced on-stage by celebrity socialite and television personality Warner Roberts, founder and creator of “Houston Treasures” and Scott Evans of The Social Book. Guests nibbled hors d'oeuvres by Citadel on Kirby, sipped wines by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and enjoyed delightful melodies from Richard Brown Music and his classical guitarist.
The 2016 “Houston Treasures” honorees, previously announced at a gala dinner on November 30th at Hyatt Regency Houston, were in attendance. “Houston Treasures” honorees for this year (in alphabetical order) are: Robert Bruni (not in attendance) and the late Donna Bruni, Fran Fauntleroy, Lily and the Honorable Charles Foster, Nancy Gordon, Terri and John Havens (not in attendance)., Betty Hrncir, Pam Lockard and Ron Sterlekar, Joella and Steve Mach, Kim Moody, Judy and Scott Nyquist, Linda Gale and the Honorable Mark White (not in attendance), and Joanne and Welcome Wilson (not in attendance).
As presenting sponsor, Houston Area Lexus Dealers unveiled two new automobile models not yet seen in the U.S. dramatically illuminated by dazzling lights provided by Bright Star Productions, who also created a visual display showcasing the entire LEXUS experience. A luxurious Lexus Court served as a waiting area for the throngs in line for Lexus' photo booth complete with a mustachioed photographer.
For the 7th year, event sponsor ContentActive was in the forefront and promoted their innovative website technology company.
A long-time sponsor of The Social Book, Silver Eagle Distributors and their Stella Artois and Stella Artois Cidre were once again the exclusive beer sponsor for this year’s launch party. In fitting with the theme, guests were served their beer in official Stella Artois beer goblets.
The décor throughout the space was courtesy of The Perfect Touch and their touches were everywhere—from mirrored cocktail tables to mercury glass centerpieces atop old English linens. Let It Fly Events welcomed guests into the party by recreating “Stonehenge” on the outdoor patio.
Bright Star Productions masterfully transported guests to the British monarchy with their brilliant lighting design on all the walls as well as placing an illuminated glow on the building façade along with logos of party sponsors. Stage Directions took the active role in producing the sound and creating a King Arthur slideshow display of the party participants and sponsors and the photos of the “Houston Treasures” honorees.
Richard Brown Music took over the balcony and staircase and lit up the crowd with their orchestara stylings, which included songs about cities in the European continent and even included music from “Camelot.” Monte Carlo Plus’ Black Jack, Roulette and Craps tables provided non-stop entertainment for guests. Party Parrots’ feathered guests and The Face Exchange‘s photographs were a huge hit as always. Gene Ruple and his company Grand Services, an often-unsung hero performed the difficult job of draping the entire room and vignette backdrops.
Fifteen food and dessert stations provided the evening’s international fare, representing Britannia and Europa. Guests lined up for: B & B Butchers & Restaurant serving their Beef Wellington and Carpetbaggers (Oysters wrapped in bacon); Benjy’s and Local Foods combined forces to serve their popular Smoked Salmon en Croute, Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Cakes and Cranberry Tarts; Heights newest crowd pleaser, Black & White Mediterranean Seafood Bistro, treated guests to their popular Tuna Tostadas and Mahi Mahi Empanadas; Brennan’s served Turtle Soup and their signature pralines; Cakes by Gina created a 6-ft. high Knight in Armor out of fondant and cake and filled her tables with Cake Balls, Cake Pops, Cupcakes, Truffles, Cookies and other sweets; Cacao and Cardamom’s display included delectable chocolates with more than 15 flavors; Citadel Catering showcased their tantalizing Tuna Tartare, Gravlax, Stilton-Stuffed Figs and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Complete Eats and renowned television chef Adrian Perez offered Shrimp & Artichoke Tapenade, Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Relish and Fig & Goat Cheese Crostini;
Corner Table fare included Vegetarian Lasagna, Oxtail Bordelaise and Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding along with a “Bloody Mary” Bar; Culinaire Inspired Events & Cuisine prepared Hazelnut-Crusted Rack of Lamb; Fleming’s provided their tasty Lamb Chops and Cauliflower Purée; Guests were thrilled with Hyatt Regency Houston’s delicious presentation of three different kinds of Cornish Pasties; Uptown Park’s hot spot, Songkran Thai Kitchen,presented their popular Wagyu Beef in Green Curry and Thai Sausage; Sushic brought their talented team of artisan sushi and sashimi rollers into the party to feature six different styles of sushi; and from another Houston institution, Tila’s Restaurante,guests were treated to soft tacos grilled on-site and stuffed with delicious Red Snapper accompanied by Hand-Chopped Guacamole.
Wines and bubbly by Barefoot were a hit. 360 Vodka served its top-shelf eco-friendly traditional product, as well as Peach and Double Chocolate flavors. Balvenie and Glendfiddich Scotch served up interesting tastings from aged bottles. Hussong’s Tequila provided the Margarita station, complete with their Black Tequila and aged White Tequila ($150/bottle), which was shipped to the party off the assembly line to launch worldwide that evening! Broker’s Gin (a prized British Gin) was a featured station providing a British-style “Gin and Tonic,” among other drinks. Maker’s Mark partnered with Songkran to create “The King and I,” a bourbon drink mixed with Ginger Beer and fresh lime. As always, Silver Eagle Distributors stayed with the event theme and provided the evening’s ales, lagers and stouts from Britannia and Europa, including Stella Artois, Stella Artois Cidre and Victoria.
Notables in attendance and not previously mentioned were: Warner Roberts, Joann and Bill Crassas, Carol and Tom Sawyer, Betty Hrncir, Rudy Avelar, Sidney Faust, Carolyn Mann, Judi McGee, Trini Mendenhall, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Cliff and Angie Roberts, Elsie and Les Eckert, Diane Lokey Farb, Beth Muecke, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Vicki Rizzo, Vivian Wise, Mary Ann and David McKeithan, Diane Gendel, Sharon Michael Owens, Evin Thayer and Kenneth Gayle, Alan and Roz Pactor, David Wuthrich, Linda Lorelle and Lou Gregory, Rachel Frazier, Sherri Zucker, Brittany Zucker, Stuart Rosenberg, John Onstott, Ed McMahon, Nino Shbeeb and many others.
The Social Book, a compendium of fundraising events, is an invaluable tool for individuals, companies and non-profit organizations. This book is a comprehensive red leather-bound binder, updated throughout the year with new event listings and a source book for Houston’s top companies. The cost for the book is $320.00 for the calendar year and includes website access and printed updates quarterly.