Don Draper and Betty Francis would have appreciated the Mad Men vibe that pulsated through the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft as the fifth annual “Martini Madness” fundraiser celebrated a mid-century esthetic.
No, smoking wasn’t allowed but the martinis were bottomless and the 250 guests favored skinny ties, full skirts and pillbox hats.
Marie Louise and David Kinder chaired the artful romp that found guests selecting their favorite martini glass from a slew of artist-created options, feasting on taste treats from Sorrel Urban Bistro and sipping to their heart’s content on libations courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka. Traditional martinis were served along with lemon drops, cosmopolitans and winter wonderlands (white chocolate/peppermint), a nod to the wintry decorative theme.
Raising their glasses in celebration of the evening were honorary chairs Judy Nyquist, Alton LaDay and Libbie Masterson. They were among those getting a kick out of the Evan Mallett’s retro photo booth, grooving to the swinging jazz sounds of the Jeremy Dorsey Trio and bidding at the Big Board where KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Melanie Lawson conducted the lively competition.
In mid-century mode were Jonathan Glus, Lisa and Michael Pearson, Victoria and Marshal Lightman, Minnette Boesel, Lindsey George, Heidi and George Vaughn, Jeff Shell, Jacqueline and Robert Guevara, Julie Farr and Pilar Uribe.
By Shelby Hodge for CultureMap