It may be the “dog days of summer” (with apologies to the dogs), but in Houston, that means Houston Restaurant Weeks, a guaranteed way to keep your cool through the final stretch of heat, dine deliciously, and contribute to the community.
At first glance, our city’s bounty of upscale, cutting-edge restaurants and Houston Food Bank, the country’s largest food bank, might not seem to have much in common. In fact, they are long-time partners in HRW, a mutually beneficial, highly successful event that takes place every year from August 1 until September 6. Participating restaurants in Harris, Galveston, and Montgomery counties make donations to HFB based upon how many brunches, lunches and dinners they sell during the event.
Founded in 2003 by the late Cleverley Stone, a revered Houston radio and television food show host who passed away in 2020, HRW is the largest annual fundraiser for HFB. Now shepherded by Cleverley’s daughter, Kathryn Cleverley Stone, volunteer-operated HRW has raised more than $16.6 million for HFB and enabled the distribution of more than 50 million meals for food-insecure area residents.
HFB is a certified member of Feeding America, a national food bank network which earns a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Galveston and Montgomery counties’ food banks are HFB Partner Distribution Organizations and certified by HFB to meet Feeding America standards. HFB provides food to these smaller food banks which in turn distribute it to a network of hunger-relief charities within the area.
To join in the fun and help a good cause, please check houstonrestaurantweeks.com for a complete list of participating restaurants and their HRW menus. Then call the restaurant or check its website to determine if walk-ins are accepted or if reservations are required. Whether making reservations on-line (including at Open Table) or by telephone, or upon arrival as a walk-in, please request the special “HRW menu.” Menus are priced at $20 for brunch or lunch, and $35 or $49 for dinner, and restaurants donate to the HFB based on the cost of the meal.