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February’s Perfect Party

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we say: Just book it.

By Catherine Matusow February 5, 2016 Published in the February 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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[Top row, left to right] Vidal Valladares, Cassie Anderson, Art Contreras, Calle Brown. [Bottom row] Stephanie Harris, Angela Blanchard, Father Drew, Ana Beaven

Image: Chris Danger

If you read about Vidal Valladares, the genius who stopped I-45 traffic to propose to his girlfriend, and thought, That guy should really be invited to Houstonia’s monthly fiesta, you’re not alone, as he may be our all-time most-suggested guest (quite an honor, we know). Since we love you and don’t want to disappoint you, we’ll save a spot for him and apologize in advance to our other guests, among them   Cassie Anderson, the heroic Bull and Bear Tavern waitress who was shot after coming to the aid of a customer as she was robbed in the bar’s parking lot;   Art Contreras, the 36-year HPD vet known for spearheading diversity initiatives, after whom the department recently renamed its Northeast station; and   Calle Brown, the Dynamo’s dapper new goalkeeper. Also, come on down,   Stephanie Harris, the Houston mom who recently gave birth to identical triplets;   Angela Blanchard, the much-celebrated president and CEO of Neighborhood Centers, which hosts its annual Heart of Gold Luncheon on February 11; and   Father Drew, the beloved, socially minded pastor at St. Laurence Catholic Church and honoree at the February 4 Mission of Love gala benefiting Catholic Charities in Fort Bend County. But forget our party—have you made your Valentine’s Day reservations? No? Allow us to save the day.   Ana Beaven of Cuchara on Fairview Street is celebrating the entire loved-up weekend with a supercool Frida and Diego feast featuring Oaxacan delicacies, along with a craft market and musicians playing the artists’ favorite songs. Never mind the pair’s affairs and betrayals and pain: the event sounds lovely. (Oh, and quick note to Valladares: as grand romantic gestures go, try booking a table. That usually does the trick.)

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