On Wednesday, April 26th, internationally acclaimed Chinese dim sum teahouse YAUATCHA invited guests to experience an elaborate evening at the grand opening bash for its first U.S. restaurant located in the continental United States at its new home inside the “jewel box” building at The Galleria, Houston’s world-renowned shopping destination.

Over 500 of Houston’s most fashionable residents flocked to the celebration, which was complete with captivating traditional Chinese entertainment including dragon and lion dancers on the rooftop, Yauatcha “Umbrella Girls” gracefully posing for pictures with guests along the red carpet entrance and an abundance of delectable dim sum dishes prepared by acclaimed Chef Ho Chee Boon alongside gorgeous pastries concocted by Chef Graham Hornigold. Guests feasted on an assortment of signature Yauatcha favorites including: Grilled Wagyu beef with black pepper sauce, Sha Cha Chilean seabass, Roasted duck and an array of enticing dim sum. Refreshing cocktails complemented the evening’s menu featuring the Nashi Momo, made with Elyx vodka, peach liqueur, pear, lemon, coconut and guava followed by an exquisite patisserie selection featuring handmade chocolate truffles and the Cassis Grand Macaron with apple, Calvados raisin, crème diplomat and crumble choux.

The event’s lively atmosphere, enhanced with musical flair by Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant & Nightclub’s resident DJ Matthew Tuttle, kept the well-heeled crowd dancing long into the evening. Oversized dim sum baskets lined the 10,200-square-foot space, and blue and pink lights danced on the exquisite décor that reflects the five colors of feng shui elements – blue, yellow, red, black, and white. Guests additionally mingled on the outdoor terrace lined with greenery elements and plush lounge seating.

Global hospitality company Hakkasan Group– which opened its stunning new Houston outpost to the public in March 2017 – is dedicated to supporting the local community and has announced a long-term partnership with the Rothko Chapel, the revered non-denominational center for contemplation. The company will kick off its newly formed partnership with a generous donation to the Rothko Chapel’s gala – dubbed A Grand Occasion – taking place at The Astorian on May 11th.

“As a global brand, Hakkasan Group was drawn to the Houston market for its diversity and cosmopolitan attributes,” explains Hakkasan Group CEO Nick McCabe. “We are thrilled to be a part of this dynamic city, and we look forward to immersing ourselves in the local community while supporting outstanding philanthropic organizations and cultural landmarks, including the Rothko Chapel.”

Hakkasan Group was well represented at the glamorous event with appearances from CEO Nick McCabe; Vice President of Business Development Angela Lester; Executive Vice President of Marketing Dianna Balabon and Executive Vice President of Global Restaurants Gert Kopera. Other notable trendsetters in attendance included Diane Lokey Farb, Carolyn Farb, Steve Wyatt and Joyce Echols, Sverre Dahl and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, Chris Pye, Courtney and Bo Hopson, Michael and Lucia Cordúa, Levi Goode, Dorothee and Benjamin de Chaudenay, Bun B, Ceron, Annie Amante, Fady Armanious and Bill Baldwin, Divya and Chris Brown, Alan and Luba Bigman, Ursaline Hamilton, Johnny So, Miya Shay, Chita Craft, Kam Franklin, Karen and Murray Penner, Thuy Tran, Sarah and Saba Jawda, Dan Zimmerman, Sarah and Steven Deutser, Adrian Dueñas and Marcelo Saenz, Katherine and Bill Phelps, Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse, Rufus and Yvonne Cormier, Tatiana Massey, Marc Nguyen and Duyen Huynh, Erin Florescu, Colin Moussa, and Karen Payne.

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