Martinis flowed and guests channeled Mad Men at Center for Contemporary Craft

CulturemapPosted September 17, 2010 in In The News

You’ve never seen four bartenders shake, rattle and roll with more energy than those on the scene at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s “Martini Madness” bash. With almost all of the 300 paying customers lining up for a concoction of Chopin vodka, the mix-master push was assuredly on.

The posted menu at the bar offered Cosmos, Lemon Drops, Dirty and Classic martinis. For lesser mortals, the libations were white wine and water, which seemed so dull with all the mid-century costuming and the cool sounds of the Andre Hayward Trio.

What would Mad Men’s Don Draper and Roger Sterling think of those without martinis in their hands?

No matter. They would have felt right at home thanks to the retro fashion scene.

With or without booze, the highly-creative martini glasses were the focal point of the fun. A vast selection of artist-designed glasses were available for each guest to take his pick and carry throughout the party. Fill ‘er up, please.

Kudos to chairs Ashley Wehrly and Jennifer LeGrand who oversaw the sold-out evening that consisted of imbibing, noshing on treats from Ruth’s Chris Catering, schmoozing, bidding at the big board, swaying to the cool music notes and shopping in the craft center boutique.

The boutique appeared to be doing a land-office business with plenty of shoppers picking up the unique offerings. Adding to the activities, photographer Evan Mallett created his own party photo booth and volunteered to help partygoers record their making-merry.

Among supporters were big board auctioneer and gallery owner Wade Wilson, KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Melanie Lawson and John Guess Jr., Phyllis Childress, Gracie Cavnar, Ann Kinder, Kelly Kimberly, Claire and Donald Daum, Joy Sewing, Minnette Boesel, Esther Hobbs, Nick Espinosa and Carlos Meltzer.