Party Innovation

Innovative tricks ensure this was no ordinary young professional mixer

Innovative tricks ensure this was no ordinary young professional mixer

At the fall rendition of our CultureMap Social, we tried something a little different. The evening's theme was innovation, which could be seen in everything from the food and drinks to the activities occupying every corner of 129 Leslie in the Dallas Design District.

For example, guests were encouraged to play mixologist, designer, and chef, while also taking a virtual trip to Mexico and prepping to stay healthy through the winter. Sponsor Cadillac gave attendees — including Trey Bowles, Michael Sitarzewski, Nick Clark, Melissa Rountree, Linda Snorina, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Gray ReedCatherine Giudici, and Stylemaker finalists Kendall Eckerd, Javier Burkle, Nicole Bulcher, and Nelson Huff III — the chance to "customize" an ATS with the Air Graffiti booth, which projected the designs onto the car. 

Patron also tapped into everyone's creativity with a make-your-own-cocktail station. Berries and herbs were available for muddling, and a choice of tonics and a splash of Patron topped off each drink. The tequila brand also brought Oculus goggles to take partiers on a virtual reality tour of its Hacienda Headquarters in Mexico.

Vela Keller hosted a tasting lounge with E&J Gallo Wines, where one lucky tippler took home their own case of vino at the end of the night.

As the roomful of pretty young professionals worked up an appetite dancing to the beats of DJ Steffi Burns, Odell Brewing Company was on hand with a selection of beers to complement the wine and Patron mango margaritas. When it was time to refuel, bites from Primo's Tex-Mex Grille and Bowen House and a hearty custom slider station — featuring beef, fried chicken, and falafel — from Whole Foods filled every belly.

In between the drinking, dancing, and chowing down, guests were also given the opportunity to receive a free flu shot from Mend, the on-call, at-home medical service. Also interesting was the mystery man donning a unicorn mask, who turned out to be popular with the ladies taking selfies.

As the party was winding down, the must-have swag bags — filled with goodies from Camille Coton skincare, Laundri, Level 3 Active, Mill No. 3, and Tiff's Treats — were flying out the door. Red Bull also hooked up guests with tickets to Red Bull Sound Select, happening October 1 at the Bomb Factory.

Startup and entrepreneur partners Common Desk, Dallas Entrepreneur Center, Digital Dallas, Fort Work, and Launch DFW ensured we all had a great time, one that can only be topped by the next social in 2016.

For scenes inside the CultureMap Social: Innovation Edition, watch the video.

Sarah Griffin, Eric Laudermilk, Lauren Burns, Kellee Bascher
Sarah Griffin, Eric Laudermilk, Lauren Burns, Kellee Bascher Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Social Innovation 2015
Welcome to the CultureMap Social: Innovation Edition. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Imani Daniel, Adam Lee, Christina McSwain
Imani Daniel, Adam Lee, Christina McSwain Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Courtney Sauer, Jennifer Hay
Courtney Sauer, Jennifer Hay Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Vela Keller
Vela Keller hosted multiple wine tastings. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Linda Snorina, Kirsten Williams
Linda Snorina, Kirsten Williams  Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Patron encouraged everyone to be a mixologist. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Social Innovation
Muddling berries and herbs was the thing to do. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Social Innovation 2015
Cadillac's Air Graffiti projection booth gave everyone the chance to be a designer. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Oculus goggles brought by Patron whisked guests away to Mexico. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Bowen House at Dallas Social Innovation 2015
Bowen House prepared some delicious bites. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Primo's brought mini quesadillas. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Valeria Rodriguez, Jessica Carbone, Haley Jo Schwab
Valeria Rodriguez, Jessica Carbone, Haley Jo Schwab  Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Tiffany Thomnas, Kristi Heinrich
Tiffany Thomnas, Kristi Heinrich Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kendall Eckerd, Anthony Falcon, Robert Siddall, Marissa Garcia
Kendall Eckerd, Anthony Falcon, Robert Siddall, Marissa Garcia  Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
DJ Steffi Burns
DJ Steffi Burns Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Lauren Ives, Jessica Pantano
Lauren Ives, Jessica Pantano Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Nicole Glass, Jess Dudley, Jamie Gruwer Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Larry Abass, Charles Cousin, Ajayi Olumuyiwa
Larry Abass, Charles Cousin, Ajayi Olumuyiwa Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Whole Foods provided a well-stocked slider bar. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Fried chicken and dill pickle slider. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Allie lesiuk, Jackie Langston, Gabrielle Lilienfeld
Allie lesiuk, Jackie Langston, Gabrielle Lilienfeld Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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The CultureMap crew is ready for flu season, thanks to Mend. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Ali Perez, Nicki Patel, Esha Gupta Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Carol Gutierrez, Vangelic Parker Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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The swag bag was the night's must-have accessory. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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The mystery man with the unicorn mask was a big hit for selfies. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Sarah Griffin, Eric Laudermilk, Lauren Burns, Kellee Bascher
Dallas Social Innovation 2015
Imani Daniel, Adam Lee, Christina McSwain
Courtney Sauer, Jennifer Hay
Vela Keller
Linda Snorina, Kirsten Williams
Dallas Social Innovation
Dallas Social Innovation
Dallas Social Innovation 2015
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Bowen House at Dallas Social Innovation 2015
Dallas Social Innovation
Valeria Rodriguez, Jessica Carbone, Haley Jo Schwab
Tiffany Thomnas, Kristi Heinrich
Kendall Eckerd, Anthony Falcon, Robert Siddall, Marissa Garcia
DJ Steffi Burns
Lauren Ives, Jessica Pantano
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Larry Abass, Charles Cousin, Ajayi Olumuyiwa
Dallas Social Innovation
Dallas Social Innovation
Allie lesiuk, Jackie Langston, Gabrielle Lilienfeld
Dallas Social Innovation
Dallas Social Innovation
Dallas Social Innovation
Dallas Social Innovation
Dallas Social Innovation