Wine Classic

The Small Steps Wine Classic is a four-course dinner, featuring wine pairings carefully selected by a featured sommelier.

The 2023 Small Steps Wine Classic was chaired by Leslie & Randy Newcomer and Stephanie & Brian Sauer and held on April 19, 2023.
Questions? Contact Marleigh Lowe at or 713-236-0330.
Small Steps Nurturing Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The difference between the amount of your payment and the amount of goods and services received may be deductible as a charitable contribution. We estimate the fair market value for the Wine Classic is $250 per person. Small Steps’ EIN is 76-0471755.

Event Details


April 19, 2023


The Bayou Club


Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Wine Presentation: 7:00 p.m.

Sponsorship Opportunities

$50,000 Sponsor - SOLD OUT
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2023 Small Steps Wine Classic Sommelier

Lindsay Thomas

Lindsay first began her career in the hospitality industry in New York City at the age of 19 while also pursuing various other career paths, including dramatic arts and then international affairs. Her passion for food and beverage grew in the number of service positions that she held, and despite accomplishments in other fields she realized that a career in restaurants and wine was what truly satisfied her.
She moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2012 and worked as the Wine Director at Northside Social Wine and Coffee. In 2015 she jumped at the opportunity to move to Houston and work first as a sommelier and then general manager of Camerata at Paulie’s. During that time, she was awarded the Advanced Sommelier Certificate through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Lindsay then took on a position as a sommelier at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Houston, where she worked alongside a talented wine team including two Master Sommeliers. At the beginning of 2020, she accepted the post of Director of Wine & Beverage at River Oaks Country Club. She is thrilled to take on the role while continuing to study for her Master Sommelier Certification.

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2023 Host Committee

Mary Ellen & Will Bos
Jessica & Fred Brazelton
Connally & Mark Burroughs
Lauren & Richard Epley
Caroline & Jeremy Finkelstein

Lauren & Herschel Hamner
Christy & Webb Jennings
Julie & John Howie
Kim & Travis Overall
Michelle & Alan Smith

Traci & John Young
Stephanie & Brian Sauer
Leslie & Randy Newcomer