What has developed into a month-long food odyssey, Houston Restaurant Weeks returns Aug. 1 and ends Sept. 2.
Founded in 2003 by radio show host Cleverley Stone, Houston Restaurant Weeks has raised over $1.22 million for the Houston Food Bank from the over 253,000 meals served to diners at the 169 participating restaurants. The result of the efforts? The 3.66 million meals provided for those who are food insecure, makes Houston Restaurant Weeks 2012 the single largest annual fundraising event for the Houston Food Bank, which is the nation's largest-sized Feeding America food bank and source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties.
For thousands of Houstonians and visitors to the 'Bayou City,' Houston Restaurant Weeks provides a month-long passport to the city's top restaurants and award-winning chefs. Recently, Food & Wine magazine tapped Houston as "America's newest capital of great food," coming as no surprise to area residents who crowd some of the most popular dining rooms in the city.
Houston Restaurant Weeks is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the proceeds raised from area restaurants is directly donated to the Food Bank. For 33 days, diners will have the opportunity to taste prix-fixe menus specially priced at $20 for lunch and $35 and $45 for dinner.
A $20 two-course or three-course lunch generates a $3 donation from the participating restaurants to the Houston Food Bank. A $35 three-course or four-course dinner generates a $5 donation, while a $45 three-course or four-course dinner generates a $7 donation.
In addition to the ever-expanding contribution presented to the Houston Food Bank, Houston Restaurant Weeks has expanded to include not only the trendiest eateries in Uptown Galleria, bustling downtown and vibrant midtown districts, but also popular eateries in outlying communities such as The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Galveston, among others.
The estimated economic impact of HRW 2012 on the area totals more than $13 million, not including the exponential impact on salaries and wages, vendor income and service provider revenue for businesses associated with the restaurant industry.
With all the recent accolades bestowed on our culinary scene, summer visitors can take advantage of the prix-fixe menus and wide range of offerings. From prime steak to lobster ceviche, Gulf redfish, duck confit, shrimp and grits, beef barbacoa enchiladas, chicken tikka masala and more, Houston Restaurant Weeks showcases the diversity of our city's culinary prowess."
A complete listing of participating restaurants and their respective Houston Restaurant Weeks menus will be announced and posted on www.HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com on July 15, 2013. Reservations are required for diners seeking to take advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks, however participating restaurants may take walk-in customers at their discretion.
For more information on Houston Restaurant Weeks, visit http://www.houstonrestaurantweeks.com/. Also, remember to "like" Houston Restaurant Weeks on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HoustonRestaurantWeeks and follow Houston Restaurant Weeks on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HouRestaurantWk.
Since 2003, the event has raised more than $2.9 million to fight hunger in Houston.
Operating from a 308,000 square-foot facility, the Houston Food Bank is the largest Feeding America food bank in the U.S. and has been named one of 10 Top-Notch Charities across the country by Charity Navigator.
With a network of 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding a total of 137,000 people each week and providing 50 million nutritious meals annually.
Fresh produce, meat and non-perishable food items are distributed from the warehouse at 535 Portwall Street and hot meals are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000 square-foot industrial kitchen.
Additional community services provided by the Houston Food Bank range from nutrition education to assistance with food stamp applications and hands-on job training. Red Barrels in grocery stores offer a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate non-perishable food items for their neighbors in need.
The Houston Food Bank, founded in 1982, is a certified member of Feeding America, the largest food bank network in the U.S. The organization plans to grow to an annual distribution of 100 million nutritious meals by 2018.
Visit the Houston Food Bank online at http://houstonfoodbank.org/ and "like" the HFB on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thehoustonfoodbank. Also follow HFB on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HoustonFoodBank.