A toast to civility!

Texas Tribune toasts 2018 political festival with glam downtown cocktail party

Texas Tribune toasts 2018 festival with glam downtown cocktail party

Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Jessica Shortall Evan Smith
Jessica Shortall and Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Cristian Aldrete Eddie Aldrete
Cristian Aldrete and Eddie Aldrete Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Mary Scott Nabers Ed Edmonson Shanny Lott Gayle Pickering
Mary Scott Nabers, Ed Edmonson, Shanny Lott, Gayle Pickering Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Glenn Brown Tracy LeQuay Parker
Glenn Brown and Tracy LaQuey Parker Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Representative Chris Paddie Pete Slover
Rep. Chriss Paddie and Pete Slover Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Berry Crowley Patrick Parker
Berry Crowley and Patrick Parker Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Senator Kirk Watson Evan Smith
Senator Kirk Watson and Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Mary Beth Jester Dan Jester
Mary Beth Jester and Dan Jester Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Senator Rodney Ellis Jay Root
Sen. Rodney Ellis and Jay Root Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Ross Ramsey Becky Brownley
Ross Ramsey and Becky Brownley Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Liz Atkinson-Garcia Ambassador Antonio Garza
Liz Atkinson-Garcia and Amb. Antonio Garza  Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Melba Watley Ted Watley
Melba Whatley and Ted Whatley Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Chris Oddo Karay Oddo
Chris Oddo and Karay Oddo Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Melanie Mullan Peter Mullan
Melanie Mullan and Peter Mullan Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Eddie Rodriguez Dan Bullock
Eddie Rodriguez and Dan Bullock Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Adrienne Elrod Marsha Catron Erin McPike Michael Avenatti
Adrienne Elrod, Marsha Catron, Michael Avenatti, and Erin McPike Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Bonnie Mills Doug Eicher
Bonnie Mills and Doug Eicher Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Sarah Norman Nicki Frishberg
Sarah Norman and Nicki Frishberg Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Charles Glover Celeste Arista-Glover
Celest Arista-Glover and Charles Glover Photo by Shelley Neuman
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Jessica Shortall Evan Smith
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Cristian Aldrete Eddie Aldrete
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Mary Scott Nabers Ed Edmonson Shanny Lott Gayle Pickering
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Glenn Brown Tracy LeQuay Parker
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Representative Chris Paddie Pete Slover
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Berry Crowley Patrick Parker
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Senator Kirk Watson Evan Smith
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Mary Beth Jester Dan Jester
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Senator Rodney Ellis Jay Root
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Ross Ramsey Becky Brownley
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Liz Atkinson-Garcia Ambassador Antonio Garza
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Melba Watley Ted Watley
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Chris Oddo Karay Oddo
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Melanie Mullan Peter Mullan
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Eddie Rodriguez Dan Bullock
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Adrienne Elrod Marsha Catron Erin McPike Michael Avenatti
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Bonnie Mills Doug Eicher
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Sarah Norman Nicki Frishberg
Texas Tribune Festival 2018 VIP Cocktail Hour at Brazos Hall Charles Glover Celeste Arista-Glover

What: TribFeast VIP Cocktail Reception

Where: Brazos Hall

The lowdown: One of the highlights of the Texas Tribune Festival is TribFeast, a multi-course dinner held in support of nonprofit journalism. Before this year's feast commenced, however, the evening's VIP's gathered at Brazos Hall to toast another weekend of civil political discourse. 

A step-and-repeat gave guests an photo op — and an opportunity to sashay into the party. Once inside, the party was a mix of politicos such as Antonio Garza, former ambassador to Mexico; Texas senators Rodney Ellis and Kirk Watson; Rep. Eddie Rodriguez; and Rep. Chriss Paddie.

Austin's who's who was also in attendance, including Melba Whatley and Peter Mullan, who joined the Texas Tribune's CEO Evan Smith and executive editor Ross Ramsey

Who: Antonio Garza, Melba and Ted Whatley, Peter and Melanie MullanJessica Shortall, Mary Scott Nabers, Ed Edmonson, Shanny Lott, Gayle Pickering, Glenn Brown, Tracy LaQuey Parker, Eddie Rodriguez, and Dan Bullock.