Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Happy 2020 to you all! I hope everyone is back safe and sound from travels, guests have come and gone, decorations are put away and the house is back in order. I have to confess, I didn’t even have time to put up a wreath this Christmas before having to go out of town. I vow to get on decorating much earlier this year. And for the first time ever, our son, Carlos, spent the holidays away from us, on a layover in Guadalajara. With a nod to the Italian side of my husband’s heritage, I served a Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas Eve – fried tilapia, sautéed rockfish, crab and shrimp campechana, confit salmon, baked mussels with cheese and tamago, and deep-fried oysters. I had hand carried a 20-pound prime rib roast so everyone could enjoy Texas beef for Christmas dinner. Served with scalloped potatoes and green beans, that giant hunk of meat was a star.
The Greater East Montgomery Chamber of Commerce celebrated the New Year with its first Thirsty Thursday of 2020. It was a big and boisterous group that met at Longhorn Steakhouse to enjoy drinks and appetizers, meet new members, touch base with old ones, and generally get back in the swing of things. Chamber chiefs Mark Linabury, Cheri Huber, Bobbi Bodenhamer and Tyler Jones were all on hand to welcome guests to the chamber’s first event of the year. Some of those enjoying Texas Tonions (fried onion petals), firecracker chicken wraps and Texas brisket queso were Toby Grebe, Daniel Ledoux, Tanya Huelet, Margaret Jones, Judy Cox, Lagala Doran, Renee Flores, Steven Schumacher, Rachel Enriquez, Jeri Bankston, Bob and Linda Robertson, Anita Cooper, Tracy Rich Brown, David Harris, Pam Singletary, Scott and Camille Pinkerton and Juanita Zavala. Greg Mielke won a $100 gift certificate to Longhorn Steakhouse, Layna Netek left with a gift basket from Fullscope Pest Control courtesy of Scott and Camille Pinkerton, and Darryal Chandler was the lucky winner of a gorgeous vintage 1936 New Standard Bible donated by Apex Estate Sales.
How does Corinn Price find the time to plan her much-anticipated annual New Year’s Eve bash? In addition to her day job as executive director of Corporate Citizenship for Insperity, Corinn just finished the 50-page essay she’d researched for a class she’s taking as she pursues a master’s degree in business administration at Texas A&M University. Then there was the essential shopping trip Corinn took just a few days before the party along with daughter, Lexi Price, and mother, Louise Cheney, who flew in with husband, David Cheney, from their home in the Hamptons to celebrate Corinn’s birthday. She pulled it off without missing a beat, and, once again, Corinn and Joe Price, who works for BD Energy Systems, opened their Bear Branch home to Lake Houston’s movers and shakers – and Corinn got to show off her adorable and sparkly new silver boots she purchased during her birthday shopping excursion. Louise stationed herself at the front door, making sure the 80 or so guests felt welcome and at home. Chef Dan and Chef Debbie with Signature Catering provided the bites, including crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, jerk chicken, and the most incredible deviled eggs. Yes, I got Chef Debbie to share her secret recipe with me. Guests who oohed and aahed over Joe’s world-famous queso and Corinn’s tasty sweets included Tom Broad and John Denton, Dr. Katherine (who is writing a book about her Hurricane Harvey experiences in rebuilding Lone Star College Kingwood) and Andrew Persson, Carrie and Jonathan Brinsden (who are about to chair a couple of events of their own – the Komen Foundation luncheon and the SEARCH gala), Devon (newly elected director of the Clubs of Kingwood board) and Chad Alexander, Jenny and Mark Mitcheletti, Jenna Armstrong, Casey and Sam Schrade and their charming youngest, Emma Schrade, Geralyn and Danny Sullivan, Erica and Duane Johnston, Darrell and Jen Cheney, Pam and Bob Singletary, Humble City Councilmember Charles Cunningham, Mike and Celest Fontenot, Christian Eldringhoff, Gwendolyn Condoleo, Lisa Ogle, Bear Branch Principal Kakie Palmer, Peter and Judy Mantell, and Jennifer Dantzler. Lynn Cheney from Hope Photography (with husband, Pete Cheney) created memories for everyone by snapping unforgettable shots of the couples and then developing the print right then and there. Such a wonderful holiday gift from Corinn and Joe.