HOUSTON – Foodies, we’ve got stellar news for you -- One of Houston’s most anticipated food events of the year, Houston Restaurant Weeks, has begun. The event runs through Labor Day, September 6.
Organizers describe the weeks-long event as the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank.
Houston Restaurant Weeks offers diners specially-priced multi-course prix fixe menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner, available for dine-in and take-out. Participating restaurants will make donations based on their HRW sales; $1 per every $20 brunch and lunch meal sold; $3 per every $35 dinner sold; and $5 per every $49 dinner sold.
This year, there are over 200 restaurants participating in the event. The event includes restaurants located in Harris, Galveston and Montgomery counties. The Galveston County Food Bank and Montgomery County Food Bank are part of the Houston Food Bank’s Partner Distribution Organizations. To date, the annual event has raised over $16.6 million for the Houston Food Bank.
The list of participating restaurants is available on the HRW website. HRW’s searchable restaurant list has several features that can help those interested in the event narrow their search for restaurants near them. The list even lets users filter the restaurants by neighborhood.
The late Cleverley Stone found the event in 2003. Stone passed away in 2020 following a battle with cancer.
“It was Stone’s intense drive and passion for HRW that carried her during her illness,” a release stated. “Stone’s final wish was that HRW continue in perpetuity in her name. With her beloved restaurant industry hit hard by COVID-19, Stone knew that HRW would be one of the most important ever, and she asked that the community support local restaurants and ultimately the Houston Food Bank.”
Stone’s daughter Katie has assumed the leadership role for HRW. Katie established The Cleverley Stone Foundation, a Texas nonprofit corporation, to honor her mother’s legacy.
“Last year’s HRW proved to be crucial for what was perhaps the most difficult time that restaurants and the food bank have ever faced,” says Stone. “This year, I am so excited to be able to do exactly what my mother would be doing, which is everything she could for her beloved restaurant industry and the Houston Food Bank. This year’s HRW is going to be amazing!”