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Fine art meets fried chicken: CultureMap Dallas parties with art influencers at Max's Wine Dive

Fine art meets fried chicken: CultureMap Dallas parties with art influencers at Max's Wine Dive

Corey Benz, Nathan Levenson
Corey Benz , Nathan Levenson Photo by Kelly Knight
Max's Wine Dive in Dallas
Newly opened Max's Wine Dive played host for the evening. Photo by Kelly Knight
Jonathan Horowitz and Big Ink PR at CultureMap Dallas launch party
Jonathan Horowitz, Kelly Fordham and Mallory Jensen at Max's Wine Dive party. Jonathan Horowitz , Kelly Fordham , Mallory Jensen Photo by Kelly Knight
Veletta Lill and Lee Pappert at CultureMap Dallas launch party
Veletta Lill , Lee Pappert Photo by Kelly Knight
Sharon Lyle, Mark Mustchink, Catherine Cuellar
Sharon Lyle , Mark Mustchink , Catherine Cuellar Photo by Kelly Knight
Alyce Alston and Nic Phillips at CultureMap Dallas launch party
Alyce Alston , Nic Phillips Photo by Kelly Knight
Steven Lange
Steven Lange Photo by Kelly Knight
Katie Cunningham, Jonathan Horowitz, Amy Katzenberg, Brooke Dowdy
Katie Cunningham , Jonathan Horowitz , Amy Katzenberg , Brooke Dowdy Photo by Kelly Knight
Debbie Rexing, Phyllis Cole
Debbie Rexing , Phyllis Cole Photo by Kelly Knight
Cohn Drennan, Kathy Drennan
Cohn Drennan , Kathy Drennan Photo by Kelly Knight
Claire St. Amant, Lindsey Wilson, Brad Seal
Claire St. Amant , Lindsey Wilson , Brad Seal Photo by Kelly Knight
Jennifer Chininis and Debbie Rexing at CultureMap Dallas launch party
Max's Wine Dive staff explains the retail wine program. Jennifer Chininis , Debbie Rexing Photo by Kelly Knight
Cindy Brenner and Alex Bentley at CultureMap Dallas launch party
Cindy Brenner , Alex Bentley Photo by Kelly Knight
Fried chicken at Max's Wine Dive in Dallas
Among the passed apps: fried chicken, of course. Photo by Kelly Knight
Corey Benz, Nathan Levenson
Max's Wine Dive in Dallas
Jonathan Horowitz and Big Ink PR at CultureMap Dallas launch party
Veletta Lill and Lee Pappert at CultureMap Dallas launch party
Sharon Lyle, Mark Mustchink, Catherine Cuellar
Alyce Alston and Nic Phillips at CultureMap Dallas launch party
Steven Lange
Katie Cunningham, Jonathan Horowitz, Amy Katzenberg, Brooke Dowdy
Debbie Rexing, Phyllis Cole
Cohn Drennan, Kathy Drennan
Claire St. Amant, Lindsey Wilson, Brad Seal
Jennifer Chininis and Debbie Rexing at CultureMap Dallas launch party
Cindy Brenner and Alex Bentley at CultureMap Dallas launch party
Fried chicken at Max's Wine Dive in Dallas

Consider us master party planners — or at least Jessica Baldwin, network marketing director, and Jennifer Smart, marketing coordinator, who organized a lovely fete at the newest addition to the West Village: Max’s Wine Dive. The evening was co-hosted by Dallas Arts District champion Veletta Lill.

Even on a Monday night, CultureMap Dallas lured in a crowd of art influencers from Heritage Auction Gallery, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, TITAS, Dallas Arts District, Dallas Opera and Dallas Film Society. It wasn’t just the grilled cheese sandwich bites, tomato soup, lamb sliders, fried chicken and (of course) open bottles of wine that kept guests interested. CEO Alyce Alston toasted the Dallas team and introduced Nic Phillips, one of CultureMap’s founders, who described CultureMap as the go-to site for news about arts, culture and quality of life. 

Some of our expert arts contributors, including Kendall Morgan, Lindsey Wilson and Elaine Liner, showed up on the scene, as did CultureMap Austin leaders Veronica Castelo and Kevin Benz and chief digital officer Amy Katzenberg. None of our work here would’ve been possible without their support. We are also thankful for the expertise and guidance of the rest of the teams in Houston and Austin.

Among the artsy crowd were Cindy Brenner, Julie Sexton, Heather Hankamer, Debbie Rexing, Sharon Lyle, Chad Jones, Charles Santos, Catherine Cuellar, Suzanne Calvin, Lee Papert, Veletta Lill, Carol Stabler and Sonya Spencer.