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Let a Local Wine Bar Add Some Flavor to Your Next Event

Wine bars are plentiful in the state of Texas. From El Paso, all the way to Dallas, down to Austin, then to San Antonio, and over to Houston—the Lone Star State offers wine connoisseurs much from which to choose. Wine bars are also the perfect spot for private events. Here are five that are unique in their own ways

Mystic Grape Wine Bar and Suds, El Paso

4 Photographers Share Industry Tips for Getting the Best Shots

Whether roving the crowd for candid shots, showcasing an elaborate meal or capturing a well-known keynote speaker at an annual conference, these four Texas photographers have got it covered. Specialists from around the state took some time out to talk about what makes great event photography and how to create better photos of food, people and event atmosphere. All four photographers spoke about one common denominator for great shots: Good editing makes all the difference.

Great Steakhouses Offer Private Spaces Steeped with Texas Traditions

Whether you are hosting a group of locals for a corporate fete or looking to impress visiting out-of-towners, a great steak always makes a good impression. Beef is big business in Texas, which means myriad restaurant choices for planners. 

“Nothing says Texas pride like a juicy steak. Texans spent $3 billion on beef in restaurants in 2014. That’s 700 million pounds of beef,” says Rachel Chou, Texas Beef Council senior manager, consumer communications.

And where better to treat your guests than a distinct steakhouse with private event space? 

Event Snapshot: Keels & Wheels Uncorked

The sixth annual Keels & Wheels Uncorked was March 26 at Rolls Royce/ Bentley Houston. The Uncorked event was hosted by The 20th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, and was a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Harbor. Guests enjoyed an elegant evening of fine wines, exceptional food and classic automobiles. 

4 Unique Venues Help to Escape the Same 4 Walls

While an upscale chain hotel or splashy new convention center can set the stage for a perfectly lovely event, sometimes clients desire a truly unique backdrop for their celebration. Standing out from the crowd involves more than just fabulous décor and a well-played theme—the setting anchors the entire event. And when an ordinary venue just won’t do, consider an out-of- the-box space to set the stage for a truly extraor- dinary event.

New Venue Spotlight: Buffalo Bayou Park

Brenner’s, an upscale steakhouse hideaway in downtown Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park, has long attracted special events. This summer it will be joined by The Dunlavy, a new multipurpose event space currently under construction at the 160-acre park’s western end.

“The Dunlavy will be a space that defines our city: bold, innovative and unique,” says Grant Cooper, principal of Clark Cooper Concepts. “It will be a really cool, functional space where people can get creative.”

3 Green Meeting Venues Focus on Social Responsibility

After gaining a greater understanding of how our everyday actions impact the environment, many people decide to strive for an eco-friendly lifestyle, swapping conventionally grown produce for organic, switching to nontoxic landscaping products, or incorporating recycling programs in their homes or offices.

Where to Meet and Dine in Houston's Historic District

EVER SINCE AUGUSTUS ALLEN GIFTED HOUSTON WITH MARKET SQUARE PARK IN 1854, it has been a community gathering point for the city. In recent years, a surge of interest in historic renovation cropped up downtown, and a redesigned Market Square Park opened to the public in 2010. Nestled in the center of the Historic District, the refurbished park now serves as an anchor to the neighborhood’s thriving historic bar and restaurant scene.

Houston Stages a Comeback

VENTURE TO THE CENTRAL REGION of the nation’s fourth largest city and you’ll find professional ballet, opera, symphony, theater companies, a Museum District with 18 cultural destinations, a 1,500-acre Memorial Park and a Wi-Fi-enabled Discovery Green outfitted with a playground, water features, public art and a 360-degree view of Houston’s skyline.

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