It was a perfect night fit for art lovers and ultimate sweet tooths with Houston Young People for the Arts and their 5th Annual Culinary Arts evening at the historic Hogg Palace in Houston's Theater District. Strip House's 7 layer cake of chocolate decadence, *17 at Alden Hotel's fried-while-you-wait doughnuts accompanied with an array of dipping sauces, Hearsay's amazing bread pudding that had people clamoring for the more burnt bits for its amazing texture and Sprinkles' mini cupcakes that are perfect-sized bites for those that always hear "calories, calories" chiming in the back of their heads, were the highlights on the culinary arts side of the relaxed evening.
It wasn't only desserts that had members and their guests in awe; local Houston artists Saba Jawda (also, a co-owner with her graphic designer sister, Sarah, of Jawda and Jawda) and Daniel Ortiz (also, moonlights as a talented photographer for Houston magazine by day) showcased recent pieces from their collections. Joining them in taking a breather before the hectic pace of the holidays sets in as well as a fun 2010 for HYPA included Kristy Junco & Chris Bradshaw, HYPA Chair Michael Coppens, HYPA Vice Chair Rowena Sahulee, David Rassin, Trenette Allen, Brian Thorp, Shavonnah Roberts, Miya Shay, Corbett Parker and Houston Symphony's Melissa Seuffert.
Best wishes to HYPA Co-Chairs Coppens and Sahulee as they plan the major event of HYPA's season - the annual party not-to-miss, HYPA Gala | Andalusional: A Spanish Dream World. Find out more at HYPA's site, houstondowntownalliance.com/hypa and also see more pictures from the evening!17, Alden Hotel, artists, arts, culinary, cupcakes, Daniel Ortiz, Downtown Houston, Hearsay, Hogg Palace, Houston Young People for the Arts, Saba Jawda, Sprinkles, Strip House, Texas