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Next Up

       On November 16, 2016, I was given the opportunity to attend Next Up presented by NextSeed. The event was held at the marvelous Hughes Manor. This venue is so spacious with its two open concept building structures and large outdoor green space. The Next Up event gave up and coming restaurateurs, food trucks and businesses a chance to pitch there foods and business plans to some of the top restaurateurs and entrepreneurs in Houston’s food scene. “Just like on Shark Tank.” The Presenters were Awesome Bites who’s reinventing the the way we make muffins. They are allergy friendly and made with fruits and vegetables instead of sugar and milk. Second was Craft Burger Food truck showcasing its gourmet burgers made from all natural beef and pork, free range chicken and fresh salmon. Next was Dim Sum Bento with their big on flavor, MSG free, always fresh, bite sized dumplings. Lastly was Seaside Poke with is handcrafted taste of the Atlantic sushi bowls. The panelist dug into business plans asked questions about the foods, margins and sales. Sometimes offering advice on how to take a business to the next level or explaining why a certain business may just be a fad. The panelist consisted of Roveen Abante of Lincoln Bar and Virtue & Vice, Jonathan Horowitz with Legacy Restaurant Group, Thomas Nyguyen of Peli Peli Restaurant Group, Kiran Verma with Kiran Restaurant & Bar and Rassul Zarinfar of Buffalo Bayou Brewery. At the end of the night we were allowed to vote and taste all of the foods from the different contenders. Overall, I really enjoyed the Next Up event and look forward to more events from NextSeed. There are pictures at the bottom for your viewing pleasure and if you like comment and subscribe.  

 

Avery Scott

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Modern Luxury Houston

      Last Thursday, I was invited to attend the Modern Luxury Houston  Magazine Philanthropy Issue Release. The release took place in the New River Oaks District “the Promenade in between Toulouse and Dior to be exact.”  The River Oaks District is a luxurious location it is a collection of restaurants and boutiques such as Tom Ford, Cartier, Bonobos, COS, Intermix, etc.  Its the ultimate retail therapy. While there, we heard the smooth sounds of Dj Lewis Grell LG he played genres from hip hop to pop and some of Houston’s own local artist like Z-ro Mo City Don freestyle.  During the night, Toulouse Cafe and Bar treated us to champagne, wine, and cocktails. They also served some delicious light bites such as Little Fried Polenta Cakes topped with shortrib a wild mushroom ragu garnished with fresh chive and Lobster Tacos  with mango relish, sweet chili glaze and seasoned lettuce. For dessert we had tasty Little Chocolate Mousse Shots topped with fresh raspberry and whipped cream along with marshmallow lemon tarts. The magazine also teamed up with Porsche to unveil the sleek new 2017 Porsche Panamera. The new Porsche Panamera has a  4.0 Va turbo that allows it to go o-60 in 3.9 seconds. This vehicle is the thin line between luxury and speed. This issue of Modern Luxury Houston features over twenty pages of  Houston’s own local philanthropist including Texan linebacker Whitney Mercilus. Who’s business endeavors extend further than the football field. Mr. Peter said “Houston is the most philanthropic city in the United States, at least it was in 2015. We’re not yet finished seeing what the end of 2016 will bring, but I believe we will hold onto that title”. Overall I enjoyed the magazine release and look forward to the next one. I have provided pictures at the bottom for your viewing pleasure. Also if you like comment/subscribe and make sure you grab your copy of  Modern Luxury Houston.

 

Avery Scott.

 

 

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Lifting Families Together

    This past Saturday, I was given the pleasure to attend/cover the Lifting Families Together Gala. Lifting Families Together “LFT” is a 501©(3) nonprofit. LFT main focus is improving the quality of life of children with health care issues in the Houston area; through programs that empower children and their families. The Gala was Hosted at the lavish Junior League of Houston Inc. This place is the definition of elegance, for it is surrounded with nice paintings, antique furniture and a tea room. The live sounds of Bruce Milton rang throughout the building as he played jazz hits and love songs. During the Gala they honored sponsors and volunteers who helped with the organization this past year.  Also the Founder “Mrs. Ava Holland” even gave out a few believer awards; for the people who were willing to help and support her vision for LFT this year. The Gala featured silent auctions and ticket raffling for items such as 2017 Rodeo Cook off tickets, Texans fan gear, Kendra Scott earring and bracelet pairing, an Apple Watch, a 50 inch tv, Pure White Hennessy Cognac, aged Tequila, etc. While this was going on we were served baby spinach, spiced pecans, parmesan cheese and grape tomatoes salad with herb vinaigrette dressing. For our entrée we had chicken piccata, mushroom risotto, Julienne leeks, carrots, zucchini and cinnamon rolls. After dinner we were given lemon glazed bunds cake on lemon curd topped with strawberries for dessert. This was a great experience and I look forward to more events from Lifting Families Together. If you would like to get involved or make a donation here is a link to their website. https://liftingfamiliestogether.org/ .     There are pictures at the bottom for your viewing pleasure; also feel free to comment and subscribe if you like.

Avery Scott

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Movie Screenings

Dr.Strange Screening

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Dr.Strange

       This past Tuesday, I was given the privilege to see the screening of Dr.Strange; Thanks to Marvel and Edwards Theaters Greenway Palace Stadium 24 & RPX. I will try my best not to give away any spoilers. This movie was amazing like who doesn’t like magic. There is no stalling around with this movie, it jumps right into the plot and the first action sequence within the first seconds of the film. The action scenes are very well executed especially the way they use different hand motions to portray the uses of magic.  All of the actors meshed well together. I love the way marvel has been diversifying its casting. Even though in the beginning Dr.Steven Strange reminded me a little bit of Tony Stark “Ironman”. The visual effects were off the charts not only were they able to bend the earth upside down, horizontal and vertically; they were able to create multiple versions of earth that could intersect, spin and rotate in and out of each other like a turn dial. “It was the Inception Paris café scene times one hundred.” Overall the story line was great it delivers the message that even though you may have a plan for your life sometimes it doesn’t workout. But that does not mean life is over; we must learn to let go. Stop holding on to what was and learn to embrace what is. Lastly at the end of the film there were two post credit scenes. One hints at the upcoming film Thor Ragnarok and the other is a sequel for Dr.Strange. I am really excited to see how marvel finishes out its phase three plan for its movies. Sorry for any spoilers please make sure you go check out Dr. Strange it releases in theaters Friday. Please feel free to subscribe and comment if you like.

Avery Scott

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New Amsterdam Speakeasy

Last Week, I was given the pleasure to kick off my Halloween festivities at a Haunted Specakeasy party hosted by New Amsterdam Vodka. The party took place at the House of Dereon Media Center “Matthew Knowles building.” This spacious media center is a wide open two story with a balcony that lets you over see the outside and inside. The party was very true to its 1920s meets halloween theme; before entering we had to give our name and give password “Vodka”. Once inside we were greeted with live trumpets horns and drums sounding as if we were in the roaring twenties. There were people dancing all over as if they were from that time era. I seen dance moves such as swing, the Charlestown, and the Fox Trot. There were four bar areas two outside and two inside one upstairs and another downstairs. They served cocktails like New Amsterdam “Spookeasy” Cider, Monster Mule, Root of All Evil, and Red Rum Fizz. There was also a lady in a champagne skirt with lemon New Amsterdam drinks. For food we were treated to chopped beef sandwiches, chicken tacos, fries, funnel cake, fried Oreos, and the witches apples. Lastly there was the costume contest with people dresses as BeetleJuice, Homer Simpson, Twins,a Pizza slice, a Taco, Pirates, and etc… New Amsterdam completely transformed the House of Dereon Media Center from the music to scenery and with signs from the 1920s that read Prohibition end it now! It was an excellent way to kickoff Halloween and I look forward to next year’s speakeasy. I have provided pictures of the event at the bottom if you want to view them also subscribe and comment if you like.

Avery Scott

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