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A Year’s Worth of Free Valet Parking at Galleria, Chic Restaurant Bring Sizzle to This Houston Kickoff Lunch

Another Great Night Builds Anticipation

BY // 10.25.19
photography Johnny Than

The chic clutch of lunching ladies strode into Fig & Olive in The Galleria with glowing anticipation of not only a tasty repast and beautiful fall fashions but also a bump in enthusiasm for the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s “Another Great Night in November.”

And, of course, there was the fab party favor that is tradition with Simon lavish entertaining — the coveted pass for a year’s worth of free valet parking in The Galleria.

An exclusive list of friends and supporters of the CAMH, The Galleria and PaperCity were the lucky attendees at the “Luxe KickOff Luncheon,” held in anticipation of the museum’s upcoming November 20 dinner and sophisticated scavenger hunt in an art-filled home.

The popular restaurant was closed to the public for the midday fête in order to make room in the light-filled bar for sumptuous displays from Fendi, Loro Piana, Bottega Veneta, Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin, Max Mara and Versace.

Ghost chairs and circular tables replaced traditional Fig & Olive dining room furnishings, the tables dressed not only in crisp silver-hued cloths but also in flowers and sparkling displays of jewels from DeBeers and Fabergé.

While “Another Great Night in November” chairs Yvonne Cormier and Mary D’Andrea thanked guests for their support, CAMH  board member Liz Anders shared insights on the evening that will be held in an art-filled home. It was part of the brief program that featured a welcome by The Galleria’s Chris Lane.

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Enhancing the experience were models from The Webster and Saks Fifth Avenue who swanned through in fall and winter fashions that had more than a few ladies marking their lineup cards for shopping just around the corner.

Joining the affair from Simon Malls were Deanna Dancy, senior vice president of marketing, and Jenny Harris, vice president of marketing for the southwest and central regions, and from The Galleria general manager Kurt Webb and  luxury retail manager Lisa Bendfeldt.

PC Seen: Lindley Arnoldy, Nicole Katz, Blakely Griggs, Katherine Phelps, Erika Tousaint, Dancie Ware, Nancy Littlejohn, Anita Smith, Kelley Lubanko, Lucinda Loya, Karen Bradshaw, Estela Cockrell, Rebecca Mátalon, Patricia Restrepo, Karen Pulaski, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, and Duyen Nguyen. 

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