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CultureMap Dallas celebrates launch with blowout party at historic Hall of State

Top Chef, Ana Faris, Chris Pratt, Danyele McPherson, John Tesar, Josh Valentine
Sleek white Cadillac sedans greeted guests as they approached Hall of State for the CultureMap Dallas launch party.  Photo courtesy of Bravo
VIP room
A VIP room with swanky seating and blue lighting provided an intimate setting for attendees.  Photo by Kelly Knight
SPEAK
SPEAK rocked out at Hall of State after DJ BIG J and the Dallas String Quartet performed.  Photo by Kelly Knight
Smilebooth
Thanks to Smilebooth, happy guests captured the moment at the CultureMap and Cadillac step-and-repeat.  Photo by Kelly Knight
Will Fisher, Brad Pritchett, Jennifer Pompa, Jesse Koch
Will Fisher, Brad Pritchett, Jennifer Pompa, Jesse Koch Photo by Kelly Knight
Thomas Mosley, Sonali Majmudar
Thomas Mosley, Sonali Majmudar Photo by Dina Awad
Elaine Hirsch, Jeff Siegel
Elaine Hirsch, Jeff Siegel Photo by Kelly Knight
Jeffrey Hobbs, Jennifer Chininis, Brian Luscher
Jeffrey Hobbs, Jennifer Chininis, Brian Luscher Photo by Kelly Knight
Caroline Wagner, Brooke Dowdy, Jessica Baldwin
Caroline Wagner, Brooke Dowdy, Jessica Baldwin Photo by Kelly Knight
Taylor Boyd, John P. Ward, Kristie Ramirez, Tom Hoitsma
Taylor Boyd, John P. Ward, Kristie Ramirez, Tom Hoitsma Photo by Dina Awad
Morgan Prentiss,  Aaron Milner, Jonathan Rienstra, Dixon Milner, Kaitria Sievers
Morgan Prentiss, Aaron Milner, Jonathan Rienstra, Dixon Milner, Kaitria Sievers Photo by Kelly Knight
Josh Ellis, Marissa Stalder, Merritt Talbott, Wes Meyers
Josh Ellis, Marissa Stalder, Merritt Talbott, Wes Meyers Photo by Dina Awad
Jackie Langston, Nicole Tremblay, Nicki Patel
Jackie Langston, Nicole Tremblay, Nicki Patel Photo by Dina Awad
Lisa Endicott, Kylie Johnson, Nancy Addison
Lisa Endicott, Kylie Johnson, Nancy Addison Photo by Dina Awad
Julian Race, Terry James
Julian Race, Terry James Photo by Kelly Knight
Chris Quadri, Kimmi Peacock, Nicole Schlesinger
Chris Quadri, Kimmi Peacock, Nicole Schlesinger Photo by Dina Awad
Jasmine Wynton, Alyxandria Sprott
Jasmine Wynton, Alyxandria Sprott Photo by Dina Awad
Angela Connaster, Justin Erickson, Kenny Jordan, Leslie Truelove
Angela Connaster, Justin Erickson, Kenny Jordan, Leslie Truelove Photo by Dina Awad

We don't mean to brag, but CultureMap knows how to party. Just eight weeks after our official launch date, we gathered with more than 700 new friends and fans for a sexy soiree at the historic Hall of State in Fair Park.

After enthusiasts dropped off their cars at the valet, they walked the blue carpet — flanked by slick Cadillac sedans — toward the grand entrance. Holograms of CultureMap Dallas and Cadillac lit up the Hall of State facade, giving guests a taste of what was to come.

Upon entering, attendees — including Sabra Girard, Jim and Vicky White, Jill Magnuson, Chris Quadri, Kimmi PeacockKristie Ramirez, Tom Hoitsma, Elaine Raffel, Marie Dean, Stephanie Arbetter, Rachel Fresquez, Marilyn and Scot Miller, Jane McGarry and Merritt Beck — joined our team in tasting the creations of some of our city's finest chefs. 

Cheering on its sister site were CultureMap Houston editor-at-large Shelby Hodge, chief sales officer Chad Miller and senior account executive Meredith Riddle, along with CultureMap CEO Alyce Alston and chief digital officer Amy Katzenberg.

Among the tasty morsels: tuna tataki and green papaya salad by Private Social's Tiffany Derry; kabocha caramel cheesecake bites by Oak's Sarah Green; curried big eye tuna in curry cones by Spoon's John Tesar; deviled eggs, pimento cheese tartlets, and ham and cheese tartlets by Sissy's Southern Kitchen's Lisa Garza; and smoked duck with ham and fig mostarda by The Grape's Brian C. Luscher. 

In between performances by DSQ Electric, DJ Big J and SPEAK, devotees sipped Ultimat Vodka cocktails, Messina Hof wine and Real Ale brew. 

Partygoers posed for the Smilebooth camera stationed outside the swanky, velvet-draped VIP room. Singles, couples and groups snapped pics and shared them via Facebook and Twitter, so the social world was also abuzz about CultureMap that night.

Upon departure, guests received a Sprinkles cupcake or pack of assorted cookies to extend the sweetness of this magical evening.

Special thanks to our additional sponsors, Frost Bank, Inwood Village, Mockingbird Station and Pinto Ranch.

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