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Event Snapshot: Suppliers & Planners Participate in Partyfest 2015

During this year’s Partyfest trade show, dozens of event and entertainment resources were on hand for the thousands of visitors who made their way through Dallas Market Hall. The event, which took place February 25, included educational seminars in addition to the trade show organized by Applause Productions. A silent auction benefitted The Family Place, a nonprofit organization in Dallas that provides free, comprehensive services that prevent violence and offer support to victims.

—Photos courtesy of Applause Productions. 

Brenham Beckons with Modern Amenities & Historic Flair

On a seasonal spring afternoon, historic downtown Brenham is brimming with shoppers strolling along stone-lined storefronts and making their way into the city’s antique and specialty shops. Even strangers are greeted like old friends, especially when they stop at Must Be Heaven to order a mile-high slice of pie. Behind all this charm and pleasantry, however, Brenham is at the center of some serious business.

Host Garden Parties Indoor or Out at These 3 Public Gardens

AS TEMPERATURES WARM, where else would anyone want to be other than a garden party? However, in Texas, we have weather that may prevent a stop to smell the roses because a thunderstorm hits the area. To make your clients happy by providing a lovely outdoor setting while still accommodating potential weather, here are three public gardens with indoor spaces.

Clark Gardens, Weatherford

Restaurant Recommendation: Cover 3 combines sports & upscale dining

Named after the three deep zones in football zone pass defense, Cover 3 focuses on keeping the “zones” of dining, spirits and sports covered for guests. Continuing on the triad motif, Cover 3 has three locations: North Austin, San Antonio and downtown Austin. While sports are a distinct theme, overall the venues try to create a welcoming environment for all.

Plan a Dinner Party with Views of the Dallas Skyline

Over the years, the shape and silhouette of a city’s downtown often become its brand. The historic structures and their iconic shapes tell a story about its people and culture. One Texan city’s silhouette is recognized around the world. Some folks call it Big D. Others call it the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

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.”

Meet the caterers bringing organic and farm-to-table cuisine to events

The term “professional forager” probably won’t be making its way into many career guides in the near future, but it is how Valerie Broussard makes her living. She’s a farming matchmaker of sorts, bringing together local farmers and food artisans with the catering companies and restaurants that serve organic and locally grown ingredients. “I help my clients increase their sourcing of local, sustainable and artisanal foods,” Broussard says.

Midnight Rambler's Drinks & Aesthetics Appeal to the Masses

Midnight Rambler is a new craft cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Dallas. Upon entering the bar through a sexy tiled staircase highlighted by a neon “cocktails” sign, guests are greeted by a mix of local business people, cocktail lovers, hotel guests and art lovers alike.

Venue Report: Lancaster Arts Hotel

If you read hotel marketing materials as much as I do, you’ll realize that many like to say they “feel just like home.” I’ve always taken issue with that – not because I don’t love my own home – but because when I travel I want my hotel to be different. I want to experience something unique and memorable. Comfortable, yes, but exactly like what I have at home…no thanks.

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