Shafik Rifaat & Shelby Hodge, Monica Bickers, Oliver Badgio at the Steak 48 Launch the Season dinner (Photo by Quy Tran)
Kyle & Allison O'Neill, Kelley & Jeff Scofield at the Steak 48 Launch the Season dinner (Photo by Quy Tran)
Neal Hamil, Courtney Hopson at the Steak 48 Launch the Season dinner (Photo by Quy Tran)
Brian Kapiloff, Melissa Juneau, Ceron at the Steak 48 Launch the Season dinner (Photo by Quy Tran)
Sal Montes, Lindley Arnoldy, Chris Beard (Photo by Quy Tran)
Curtis & Monica Bickers at the Steak 48 Launch the Season dinner (Photo by Quy Tran)
Dancie & Jim Ware at the Steak 48 Launch the Season dinner (Photo by Quy Tran)
Nick & Beth Zdeblick, Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell & Derrick Mitchell at the Steak 48 Launch the Season dinner (Photo by Quy Tran)
Jeff & Kathryn Smith at the Steak 48 Launch the Season dinner (Photo by Quy Tran)
Ron Franklin & Janet Gurwitch, Mark Sullivan at the Steak 48 Launch the Season dinner (Photo by Quy Tran)
Glenn Reyes & Hallie Vanderhider, Fady Armanious & Bill Baldwin at the Steak 48 Launch the Season dinner (Photo by Quy Tran)
Since landing in Houston with a beefy splash in 2016, Steak 48 has been consistently playing the good neighbor, opening the doors of its swank River Oaks District locale for the benefit of the city’s beloved nonprofits and saluting those who churn the cauldron of good works. On a recent evening, the steakhouse extraordinaire hosted a lavish but intimate dinner party for a select clutch of those who keep Houston rocking, rolling and giving.
Yours truly was official host for the “Launch the Season” evening that took place in a chic upstairs dining room where conversation focused not only on the pervasive delta variant of COVID-19 but also on the cautious return of charitable benefits, if not to the level of 2019’s uninhibited partying.
“Houston is such a wonderful city in large part because of the philanthropic pursuits of so many people,” Badgio says. “We were honored that Shelby chose Steak 48 to launch the season, and the dinner was just a small token of our gratitude and appreciation for all the people that make our adopted city, Houston, the incredible place that it is.”
Since opening its doors, Steak 48 has, among other philanthropic efforts, hosted an End of Summer bash in 2018 for influencers and shortly after that a Houston Texans/March of Dimes benefit dinner, and in January of 2020 a fundraising dinner for 150, chaired by Becca Cason Thrash, benefiting the effort to rebuild Notre Dame.
The River Oaks District hot spot fêted key influencers in a big way on this late summer evening with flowing wines, passed hors d’oeuvres and an exceptionally generous menu including the popular crispy shrimp and Hawaiian poke, a choice of salad and a full array of meaty options. Filet mignon, New York strip, bone-in ribeye or tomahawk Berkshire pork chop or perhaps Chilean sea bass? Add a host of sides and irresistible desserts. The assessment of the evening was unanimous — perfection on every level including service, food and surroundings.
PC Seen: Houston Ballet Trustee and executive board member Beth Zdeblick and Nick Zdeblick, 2021 Woman of Distinction and Best Dressed honoree Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell and attorney Derrick Mitchell, Advent International operating partner Janet Gurwitch and McGuire Woods partner Ron Franklin, Tenenbaum‘s Tony Bradfield and Dr. Kevin Black, hair stylist to the stars Ceron, publicist Kathryn Smith and entrepreneur Jeff Smith, PaperCity publisher Monica and attorney Curtis Bickers, Allison and Kyle O’Neill, Kelley and Jeff Scofield, Public Content‘s Mark Sullivan, philanthropist and 2021 Best Dressed honoree Hallie Vanderhider, Tootsies Fady Armanious, Boulevard Realty’s Bill Baldwin, public relations guru Dancie Ware and attorney Jim Ware, Realtor Neal Hamil, and architect and University of Houston professor Shafik Rifaat.