Houston Chronicle: Inprint Poets & Writers Ball taps The Annie chef Robert Del Grande for gala dinner at the Houstonian

Writers tend to have a lot of coiled energy. Inprint Poets & Writers Ball provides an opportunity to cut loose. An excuse to close one’s laptop, slip into black-tie with fellow literacy artists, and schmooze prospective Inprint donors. After all, the latter is responsible for funding the local Inprint chapter’s literary performance programs, writing workshops, fellowships, juried prizes and more.

Which paints the scene for last Saturday’s 34th annual gala at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. Though — because we’re dealing with creatives, here — the evening’s format varied wildly from the usual program trappings. Think no live auction and lots of spoken word.

During the cocktail reception, for instance, all 380 attendees began their night on the hotel’s wood-paneled second floor. That’s where three of Inprint’s prized writers each held court inside a trio of ballrooms. Between Ricardo NuilaCait Weiss Orcutt and Ashley Wurzbacher’s salon-style readings, the mob of tuxedos and formal dresses rotated spaces, often pausing for a libation refill or to grab one of Chef Robert Del Grande‘s steak tartare, tuna or dried fig mascarpone hors d’oeuvres. Read More.