Last night’s Mardis Gras for Mutts might have been the best event we’ve ever attended. Sure there are other great benefits and we’ve been to most of them, but this was definitely one to remember.
The weather was perfect – a warm evening, a clear sky, and gorgeous full moon set the stage for an enchanted evening. The location was a little hard to find (thanks to the renaming of Industrial to Riverfront Boulevard) but the valets were swift and we were relieved to see they were keeping a close eye on our cars and the questionable characters lurking nearby. Inside, 7 Senses was everything we’d been told to expect and more. Imaginative, almost eccentric decor you couldn’t keep your eyes off of and dramatic, over-the-top lighting made the cavernous space seem fun and inviting – as though we’d stepped into a fairy tale or down the proverbial foxhole.
There was no waiting around for something to happen at this event. Shortly after the doors opened, Zac Harmon and his band took the stage and immediately set the mood with a selection of soulful blues you’d expect to find only on Bourbon Street. DC’s Cafe and Catering served up cajun and creole dishes that were simply scrumptious – authentic red beans and rice, seafood etoufee, sausage jambalaya, crab cakes, cajun corn and warm bread pudding for desert. Multiple bars offered a selection of beer and wine as well as Metoplex Mutt’s signature “Furricane” made with Tito’s vodka. Lots of comfortable private seating areas and reserved tables meant everyone could relax and enjoy the evening while mingling with friends old and new.
The silent auction was smallish, a little heavy on high-end items, and some of the descriptions seemed to confuse a few of the guests, but the creative displays made each and every item seem extra special. Great tickets for big-name concert events were among the items up for bid courtesy presenting sponsor Texas Tickets. Packages included Jeff Beck and Janet Jackson at the Verizon Center and the legendary Diana Ross as the Majestic.
After a quick introduction by Kidd Kraddick cohort and animal-lover Kellie Rasberry, a handful of amazing adoptable dogs showed off their best Mardi Gras attire during the Krewe de Mutts parade. Our favorite? A little 14-week old teddy bear (a Jindo perhaps?) called Oscar that nearly came home with us!
Gift bags included doggie treats from Three Dog Bakery, tea from Lone Star Teas, dog toys, free pizza coupons from Pizzeria Venti, and more. Sponsors for the event included Texas Tickets, Kinder Kritter, Toothacres, Cafe Lago, Navigation Financial Group, DKing Consulting, Dog Biscuit Photos, Tito’s Vodka and many more.
Hopefully Mardis Gras for Mutts will become an annual event. If they do it again next year, we’ll definitely be there.
For more information: Metroplex Mutts
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