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New Art Installations at George R. Brown Convention Center

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Wings over Water installation at the George R. Brown Convention Center Plaza

Houston First has unveiled two key art installations—“Soaring in the Clouds” by artist Ed Wilson and “Wings over Water” by Joe O’Connell and Creative Machines—as a part of the Houston Infusion initiative. The “Soaring in the Clouds” installation is suspended from the ceiling of the grand lobby in the George R. Brown Convention Center and features approximately 300 elements that resemble flocks of birds in flight. “Wings over Water” is a kinetic sculpture that moves as visitors enter the George R. Brown Convention Center Plaza in downtown Houston.

Hilton Americas-Houston Ranks as Best Hotel in Texas

MSN recently announced the Best Hotels in Every State, and selected Hilton Americas-Houston as number one. The ratings are based off of expert reviews, local recommendations and their own list of the Best Hotels in America. Hilton Americas-Houston was recognized for superior guest service and its commitment to guest satisfaction.

Houston Will Host the 23rd World Petroleum Congress

The World Petroleum Council has voted to bring the Petroleum Congress to Houston in 2020. They beat out Vancouver to host the event that will draw more than 10,000 attendees and bring in more than $60 million.

Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner led the bid alongside WPC Houston Bid Committee Chair Galen Cobb, representatives from area energy companies as well as Visit Houston.

VERTS Mediterranean Grill Expanded to Offer Off-Site Catering

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Co-founders Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein launched VERTS Mediterranean Grill in 2011 to bring fastcasual Mediterranean food to locations such as Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. Now the restaurants will provide off-site catering at special events throughout Texas. Offerings include a full Mediterranean buffet for up to 200 people, as well as a boxed lunch for smaller working groups.

For a meeting snack that will fuel the brain, as well as the body, try VERTS pita chip spread. 

Treadway and Holtze Promoted to Lead Stout Street Hospitality

Sarah Holtze Treadway and Eric Holtze have been appointed to co-chief executive officers at Stout Street Hospitality; Treadway will also serve as the company’s president.

The siblings are set to lead the company their father founded in 1993.

Hilton Houston Post Oak Completes Renovations

After undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation, the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel guest rooms are completed. The updates include a modernized bathroom, with marble floors and glass showers, new curtains and updated bedding.

“Our enrichments will further set us apart from our competition, solidifying Hilton Houston Post Oak as the premiere hotel choice for guests seeking an exceptional visit to Houston,” says Jay Campbell, general manager. “We are excited to share our new look with our customers as we had their comfort and ease in mind when designing this project.”

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

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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

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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.

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