By Lance Avery Morgan        Photography courtesy of Landry Distillery


With the holidays rapidly approaching, aren’t we’re all seeking the perfect gifts and drinks to serve at holiday dinners, parties, and events? Or, to present as host gifts? The easy solution has been created in the spirits-giving department. We recommend the quality-crafted, premium cocktail using Austin-born Landry Distillery’s signature, Landry Stakes, small batch bourbon whiskey…and Landry Oaks, a rye whiskey double. Each is the perfect drink that gives the comfort of the holidays for any occasion as well as a coveted holiday gift to share with your friends, family, or even your holiday party host.

It all had to begin somewhere with Landry Distillery. The multi-family generation founder and third-generation owner of racing-class quarter horses, Zach Landry, bonded with his grandfather over Quarter Horse racing and how they both considered a good whiskey their favorite drink of choice. Following in his grandfather and uncle’s footsteps, Landry is a devoted bourbon aficionado who has a reputation for gifting friends with limited-edition bottles. After watching the success of thoroughbred focused limited-edition bourbons and contemplating the Landry brand story for many years, he used his entrepreneurial spirit to fill that missing space on the shelf by founding Landry Distillery.

We know that Zach Landry has worked hard for years to craft a bourbon and rye formula that he could make his family proud.  “For the price, it’s as good as any whiskey you can buy,” shares Zach Landry. In November 2021, Landry Distillery’s first two products, Landry Oaks and Landry Stakes, hit the shelves as the first whiskey brand to celebrate the spirit of Quarter Horse Racing. “There’s nothing in the spirits world fostering a relationship with Quarter Horse Racing,” continues Landry. “I’ve always wanted to build my whiskey brand around the dream paying homage to many of the great Quarter Horses.”

The predominant flavor of Landry Oaks Rye is oak wood sugar and peppery grain and leaves the taster with an inviting finish of a peppery rest on the tongue that develops into a caramel and rye bread taste. The Landry Stakes Bourbon’s predominant flavor is a mixture of brown sugar, ginger, and cinnamon and surrounds the palate with flavors of wood sugar and a cinnamon and ginger finish.


Landry’s Stakes Bourbon provides us with a perfect holiday cocktail called the Casey’s Shadow. This cocktail contains 2 oz of Landry Distillery’s signature Stakes Bourbon, ½ oz Lemon Juice, 1 ½ oz Demerara Syrup, ¼ oz Allspice Dram, 2 Dash Jerry Thomas Bitters, 1 Cinnamon Stick, 5 Cloves, 1 Star Anise, and a Lemon peel. To create this cocktail, all it takes is mixing the ingredients in a mug with about 6 oz of hot water and finishing it off with a Lemon peel, Cinnamon Stick, and Star Anise.

This holiday season we recommend that you join Zach Landry and his grandfather in their love for sharing a premium whiskey by gifting and drinking Landry Distillery’s signature products. Landry’s fine products can be found at Twin Liquors, Spec’s Wine and Spirits, Total Wine and Spirits, King Liquors, and many independent retailers across Texas. (ABV 45%; MSRP $59.00/750ml). For more information, visit LandryDistillery.com.



Whether you’re gracing a red carpet or just relishing red raspberries as a snack, precious red stones can make anyone feel like having a red-letter day. Here, our jewelry admirer Lance Avery Morgan and the Society Texas editorial team pick our favorites for you to adorn and love as we collaborate with some of our very favorite jewelers.

Shine oh so brightly in this dreamy Procida ring in 18K rose gold with rubies and white diamonds. $12,000. By Miseno. At Neiman Marcus Houston.


You’ll be jumping through hoops for these eye-catching Procida earrings in 18K white gold with rubies and diamonds. $11,100. By Miseno. At Neiman Marcus Houston.

Make your grand entrance wearing these Zorab chandelier earrings with pear shape faceted rubellite, cultured pearls, and round diamond accents that are set in 18K yellow gold and palladium. $22,900. At TenenbaumJewelers.com.

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Regal and royal, here’s an antique mid-Victorian twisted 18K yellow gold bypass bangle bracelet with carbuncle garnets and rose-cut diamonds set in silver. Circa 1870. $4,890. At TenenbaumJewelers.com.

Just in time to don for holiday parties, this pear-shaped 5.64CTW. Burma ruby and diamond drop earrings are handcrafted in pure platinum. Price upon request. By JB Star. At L Majors Jewelers, Austin.


Should this be worn as a necklace, or even as an improvised tiara? Yes, please, with this diamond and Burma ruby necklace of floral design handcrafted in pure platinum. Price upon request. By JB Star. At L Majors Jewelers, Austin.

This very bold and beautiful Nicole Mera necklace features a 7.34CT oval Rubellite Tourmaline  surrounded by a halo and bail of bright white diamonds set in 18K yellow gold. $16,000. At NicoleMera.com.

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With just a flick of the wrist, you’ll shine like never before in this Butterfly ruby bangle in 18K white gold. It has 122 rubies that are of 46.92CT, 129 diamonds of 5.14CT, and 562 diamonds of 7.55 CT. $172,000. By Nini Jewels. At NiniJewels.com.

This one-of-a-kind stunner is a centerpiece of a Mozambique ruby of 10.11CT, 248 diamonds of 2.30CT, 38 emeralds of 2.95CT, 16 diamonds of 1.22CT, and six pink sapphires of 2.75CT. All set in 18K white gold. $950,000. By Nini Jewels. At NiniJewels.com.

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Blaze into the night like never before while wearing this incredibly unique and rare platinum slider necklace that features a 3.37CT. The Pear shape orangish red Tanzanian Spinel is surrounded by Nicole Mera’s signature cluster halo of big, bright white diamonds, weighing 65CTW. $34,000. At NicoleMera.com.

Pin on this large Rhodolite garnet cabochon brooch that is set in 18K yellow gold. The garnet is 150.4CTS, measures 27.75 X 34mm, and is flanked by 10 freshwater button pearls ranging from 15-15.8mm. By Christopher Walling. Price upon request. At ChristopherWallingJewelry.com.

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It’s all in the wrists with this very modern, yet classic simultaneously, this original bangle consisting of 4CTS. of diamonds and 20 cabochon rubies set in platinum. By Christopher Walling. Price upon request. At ChristopherWallingJewelry.com.

Be the belle of the ball with this immense and impressive Mozambique ruby ring. Keep the jewels, yet remember the carriage turns into a pumpkin at midnight. Price upon request. By Oscar Heyman. At KormanFineJewelry.com.

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You’ll be smiling from ear to ear with these remarkable Burman pigeon blood ruby and diamond earrings. Price upon request. By Oscar Heyman. At KormanFineJewelry.com.

Go ahead, nurture your inner Catherine The Great and drop in anytime, especially wearing these ruby, pearl, and diamond dangle earrings. $14,500. By Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. At LMFJ.com.

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Fit for anyone who wants to feel more regal instantly, this tremendous 2.66CT cushion cut ruby is surrounded by trapezoid and marquise-shaped diamonds in 18K white gold. $105,400. By Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. At LMFJ.com



ZACH Scott Theatre’s Red Hot & Soul Gala Features Black And White Theme

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Charles Quinn Photography

THE SETTING: The Zachary Scott Theatre was the recent setting for one of the city’s most anticipated fundraisers. Over 400 philanthropists, art lovers, and VIPs turned out for the theatre’s annual Red, Hot & Soul event, an evening of fun, camaraderie, and showstopping performances those fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget.


THE STYLE: The curtains rose on the black tie affair in the lobby of ZACH’s Topfer Theatre for cocktails. Patrons of the event embraced the black and white theme, a nod to Truman Capote’s 1966 Party of the Century…with many spectacular black and white ensembles spotted among the dashing crowd. During the cocktail hour, partygoers reacquainted with old friends and made new ones while sipping on their favorite cocktails in anticipation of the fun ahead.


The festivities then moved to the al fresco Bobbi Pavilion on the ZACH Theatre grounds for the main program. As revelers dined on the multi-course meal, they were treated to dazzling performances by several of ZACH’s most beloved performers, as well as performances from ZACH’s Children’s Academy. Additionally, Austin philanthropists Eric and Maria Groten were honored for their tireless work and support of the beloved theatre that has been a part of the Austin community fabric for over a century.


Next came a spirited live auction with a host of dazzling packages. Highlights of the auction included a Pick Your Paradise package where the winner got the pick of a breathtaking getaway to one of three different continents, another was dinner on the theatre stage, and a mountain escape to Park City were among the most popular. The evening’s finale was a spectacular after party where guests danced the night away on the Topfer Theatre stage. Encore!


THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Cindy Greenwood and Kathy Taylor, raised over $600,000 for ZACH Scott Theatre. Each year, ZACH Scott’s community programs provide outreach and educational opportunities and offer access to theatrical performances to over 125,000 Central Texans, 55,000 of whom are children and youth.




The legendary Adolphus Hotel is celebrating a momentous milestone and here, our Dallas gal- on-the-go Cynthia Smoot shares the timeless appeal of the revered landmark. 


The Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas celebrates its 110 anniversary this year and the old dame is just as grand today as the day she was created. Anheuser-Busch beer fortune co-founder, Adolphus Busch, built his namesake hotel as a passion project. Even though he was a German immigrant had made his brewing fortune in St. Louis throughout the late 1800s, he saw Dallas as the city of the future. In 1912, he debuted the city’s first true luxury hotel, modeling the building on a Germanic castle, only taller (because we all know everything is bigger and better in Texas). The 22-story tower remained the state’s tallest building for a decade in the booming metropolis of the future.


Since opening its doors in 1912, the luxury property has served as an icon of Dallas, an integral part of the city’s history and culture, and entertained celebrities and dignitaries such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Rudolph Valentino, Babe Ruth, Bob Hope, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George HW and Barbara Bush, as well as British royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.


According to many, the hotel is not only one of the most beautiful hotels in the city but also the most haunted. There are whispers that the hotel is reportedly visited by the distraught ghost of a bride left at the altar, along with a few unlucky souls who met their untimely deaths in the hotel’s cavernous elevator shaft. The mystery of it all adds to the allure of the historic property.



Located inside the property is the storied French Room, which has remained an icon of Dallas’ highest standard of fine dining for over a century, seamlessly blending the extravagance of classic French cuisine with cutting-edge culinary techniques to create sublime dining experiences. The tradition of Tea at The Adolphus is an event enjoyed by many generations of fans. During the tea sitting, guests enjoy a three-course menu of tea sandwiches, scones, and pastries paired with loose-leaf teas and champagne.


The iconic luxury property completed an extensive two-year renovation and restoration in the spring of 2018 and today features three room types, luxury suites, a rooftop pool, a full fitness center, Spa Adolphus, and award-winning on-site dining options, including The French Room and City Hall Bistro. Shop the Commerce Retail Store, which has a one-of-a-kind partnership with Stetson, Barber Shop (via Brass Tracks), and enjoy Viennese-inspired Otto’s Coffee and Fine Foods. In 2022, The Adolphus reopened a refreshed version of Rodeo Bar, the quintessential Texas tavern. Today, The Adolphus is a part of Marriott’s luxurious Autograph Collection portfolio of highly distinct properties.



When you enter a new day spa, you almost always know what to expect. Except for EvolvE in Austin…where you will be amazed at the cutting-edge spa treatments that can have you feeling like a new person after only one visit.


By Lance Avery Morgan   Photography courtesy of EvolvE

There’s something about a wellness venue that seems so full of light and promise…a far cry from the harried world we all live in now. Let’s face it: each of us wants to be pampered now and then. Consider EvolvE the newish go-to destination for wellness devotees. “At EvolvE, we are working with the body’s natural abilities through holistic therapies to accomplish a goal. Whether it be better sleep, reduced pain, more energy, or recovery. Holistic services work with our intrinsic healing powers,” shares the founder, Shannon Maddalena.

For years I have been well aware of EvolvE’s therapeutic benefits. In prior visits, I have enjoyed Cryotherapy, the sub-zero treatment to enhance one’s immunity system, which it does almost immediately. EvolvE is devoted to applying an integrative approach to overall health, pain management, recovery, and aesthetic enhancement that has set them apart in the Austin market. There are leg and arm compression sleeves, massages, and more. Recently I popped in to experience the Infrared Sauna and Regenerative Massage.


Then, drum roll please; there is the Liquid Facelift with a luxuriant formula that is the ultimate in anti-aging, brightening, and hydration. This is the facial of all facials. In fact, this treatment includes Bio EnergyNanotechnology, and Stem Cell Treatment, which incorporates a combination of vitamin infusions and anti-aging properties that are simply unparalleled. The service incorporates more than 50 botanicals and over 100 vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, to properly nourish and hydrate. To say that after 80 minutes of the facial, I felt 10 pounds lighter and 10 years younger is an understatement. EvolvE uses only the finest and freshest botanically based skincare products.

According to EvolvE, green beauty takes a tremendous amount of time, attention, and awareness to create, but it reaps amazing rewards in terms of both results as well as our health. While products with these standards are slightly more expensive, so are quality ingredients to procure and produce, and they are well worth the investment.

“At EvolvE, every product is vetted thoroughly before making its way into our Austin’s state-of-the-art Wellness Center,” continues Maddalena. “We house a myriad of services for Austinites and travelers alike, since our core principles are focused around the whole health of the human. After all, we only have this one body. In order to thrive, we need to make great choices for ourselves, our families and our future.”


For those interested in future-thinking wellness, EvolvE also offers IV Therapy, which infuses essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids into the bloodstream with Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Lysine, Glutathione B Complex, Magnesium, Biotin, Taurine, and more.


It’s easy to see that there is something for everyone at EvolvE once you try it. For more information, visit EvolvEATX.com.