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Dallas socials honor Top Texans Under 30 at swanky Uptown mixer

Dallas socials honor Top Texans Under 30 at swanky Uptown mixer

Dallas’ partying young professionals swarmed the patio at Fearing’s Restaurant on October 3 for the CultureMap Social: Top Texans Under 30 Edition. The happy hour honored the Dallas winners — Adam Kraus, Hunter Pond, Jon Alsup, Nick Marino Jr., and Matt Alexander — in our first-ever Top Texans Under 30, in which we celebrate the twentysomething trailblazers making stuff happen across the state and, in some cases, the world. 

Upon arrival, guests checked in and grabbed their drinks of choice. There were plenty of options — from a signature cinnamon apple Moscow mule at the main bar and an interactive drink station from sponsor Patron tequila, to two beers from Deep Ellum Brewing and a sampling station with more.

Bites were provided by celebrity chef Dean Fearing’s team and included everything from passed hors d’oeuvre like lobster nachos to a food station with a variety of tacos and some of the tastiest elotes that we’ve had yet. For dessert, guests nibbled on brownie bites (dark chocolate and sea salt were our favs) from Miss Naughty Brownie, paired with a Patron XO liqueur of your choice, either Cafe (coffee) or Incendio (spicy).

In typical CultureMap fashion, there were also plenty of fun activities, including a photo booth from My Event Is the Bomb, tarot card readings by Megan Benanti of Tarot Dallas, and a build-your-own succulent bar by Jade & Clover. At the succulent station, owner Giselle Ruggeberg herself was on hand to help guests build their terrariums, offering tips and guidance as guests chose between an array of options, including colored sand, crystals, moss, and floral accents.  

After a brief announcement highlighting Dallas’ five Top Texans by editor in chief Jennifer Chininis, guests were treated to a surprise pop-up performance by Red Bull Flying Bach, who delighted with dance moves that at times defied gravity. Throughout the entire evening, DJ Feezy kept the beats flowing.

As the party wound down, guests — including Top Texans Under 30 judges Trey Bowles and Bryan DeLuca, Linda Snorina, Nnamdi Anozie, Choni JamesKelle Knight, Chris Lussier, Rebecca Quinto, Christian Gudino, and Brittany Stovall — grabbed their swag bags, full of goodies from Foot Cardigan, Jack Black Skin Care, Plum Yoga, Read Between the Lines, and SusieCakes.

Sweetest of all, though, is the fact that all ticket sales from the event went to charities selected by our Top Texans Under 30:

  • Alzheimer’s Association, selected by Matt Alexander
  • Behind Every Door, selected by Hunter Pond
  • Dallas Autumn Ball, selected by Adam Kraus
  • Project Ladybug, selected by Jon Alsup
  • Union Coffee, selected by Nick Marino Jr.

We will honor the remaining Top Texans Under 30 at CultureMap Socials in Austin and Houston.

Nnamdi Anozie, Choni James
Nnamdi Anozie, Choni James Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Hunter Pond, Adam Kraus, Nick Marino Jr., Matt Alexander, Jon Alsup
Top Texans Under 30 Hunter Pond, Adam Kraus, Nick Marino Jr., Matt Alexander, Jon Alsup. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Abbie Todd, Nehemiah Williams
Abbie Todd, Nehemiah Williams Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
CultureMap Social: Top Texans Under 30 Edition at Fearing's Restaurant in Dallas
Could you imagine a prettier backdrop for a CultureMap Social? Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
DJ Feezy
DJ Freezy Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Red Bull Flying Bach pop-up performance
Red Bull Flying Bach pop-up performance. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Patron cocktail bar
Patron made it possible for partiers to muddle their own cocktails. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kelley Barnes, Jameca Bailey, Kian Hervey, Forty Magazine
Kelley Barnes, Jameca Bailey, Kian Hervey, Forty Magazine Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
My Event Is the Bomb Photo Booth
My Event Is the Bomb photo booth. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Meredith Volk, Haley Jo Schwab, Heather Baggett, Olivia Gonzalez
Meredith Volk, Haley Jo Schwab, Heather Baggett, Olivia Gonzalez Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Lauren Turner, Jessica Young, Lydia Boyce, Alexie Estrada
Lauren Turner, Jessica Young, Lydia Boyce, Alexie Estrada Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Deep Ellum Brewing Company beers
Deep Ellum Brewing Company provided the beer. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
CultureMap Social: Top Texans Under 30 Edition at Fearing's Restaurant in Dallas
Hundreds filled the patio at Fearing's Restaurant for the CultureMap Social: Top Texans Under 30 Edition. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Fun at the photo booth
Attendees got silly in the photo booth. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jade & Clover succulent bar
Giselle Ruggeberg of Jade & Clover shows a guest how to build a terrarium. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jade & Clover mini terrariums
Guests could build-their-own mini terrariums from Jade & Clover. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Fearing's taco bar
Fearing's put together a taco bar. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Fearing's appetizers
Passed appetizers from Fearing's Restaurant. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Tarot card reader Megan Benanti
Megan Benanti read tarot cards. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jordan Murphy, Chris Lussier, Kelle Knight
Jordan Murphy, Chris Lussier, Kelle Knight Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Miss Naughty Brownie station
Miss Naughty Brownie provided the sweets, which were paired with Patron XO liqueur. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Red Bull Flying Bach pop-up performance
Red Bull Flying Bach pop-up performance. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Rebecca Quinto, Christian Gudino, Brittany Stovall
Rebecca Quinto, Christian Gudino, Brittany Stovall Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Aaron Carroll, Whitney Carroll
Aaron Carroll, Whitney Carroll Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
CultureMap Social: Top Texans Under 30 Edition at Fearing's Restaurant in Dallas
Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Nnamdi Anozie, Choni James
Hunter Pond, Adam Kraus, Nick Marino Jr., Matt Alexander, Jon Alsup
Abbie Todd, Nehemiah Williams
CultureMap Social: Top Texans Under 30 Edition at Fearing's Restaurant in Dallas
DJ Feezy
Red Bull Flying Bach pop-up performance
Patron cocktail bar
Kelley Barnes, Jameca Bailey, Kian Hervey, Forty Magazine
My Event Is the Bomb Photo Booth
Meredith Volk, Haley Jo Schwab, Heather Baggett, Olivia Gonzalez
Lauren Turner, Jessica Young, Lydia Boyce, Alexie Estrada
Deep Ellum Brewing Company beers
CultureMap Social: Top Texans Under 30 Edition at Fearing's Restaurant in Dallas
Fun at the photo booth
Jade & Clover succulent bar
Jade & Clover mini terrariums
Fearing's taco bar
Fearing's appetizers
Tarot card reader Megan Benanti
Jordan Murphy, Chris Lussier, Kelle Knight
Miss Naughty Brownie station
Red Bull Flying Bach pop-up performance
Rebecca Quinto, Christian Gudino, Brittany Stovall
Aaron Carroll, Whitney Carroll
CultureMap Social: Top Texans Under 30 Edition at Fearing's Restaurant in Dallas