What is Houston Restaurant Weeks?

- Houston Restaurant Weeks 2021

Houston Restaurant Weeks is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank. The now month-long charity dining extravaganza features specially priced lunches, brunches and dinners at restaurants from The Woodlands to Galveston, Texas. Participating restaurants make donations based upon how many brunches, lunches and dinners they sell during the event, diners are not solicited for donations. 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 (PDOs). The Houston Food Bank provides food to these smaller food banks, which in turn distribute the food to hunger relief charities in a portion of HFB’s service area. The Houston Food Bank certifies that their PDOs meet Feeding America standards.

 

About Our Founder

 

Affectionately called “The Diva of Dining,” Cleverley Stone made it her life’s mission to beat hunger in Houston. “Dine Out & Do Good” was Stone’s mantra, and her tireless efforts spurred an annual citywide boom in restaurant revenues and contributions to The Houston Food Bank.

Stone founded Houston Restaurant Weeks in 2003 and it is now the city’s largest annual fundraiser of its kind. Having raised over $16.6 million for the Houston Food Bank, the event has enabled the distribution of more than 50 million meals for food insecure Houstonians.

The economic impact of Houston Restaurant Weeks translates into millions of dollars for the local economy. August, which historically was the worst month of the year for Houston restaurants, has become one of (and for many the most) profitable month of the year.

Stone was the host of The Cleverley Show, a food talk radio program on CBS Sports Radio 650/KIKK-AM in Houston. Hers was the longest running show on CBS 650 AM in Houston, celebrating its 13th year in 2020. Since February 2008, Stone was also the food segment contributor on Houston’s Fox 26 Morning News.

Cleverley Stone passed away on May 28, 2020, following her battle with cancer. She was 68 years old.

Stone’s final wish was that Houston Restaurant Weeks continue in perpetuity in her name. Her daughter Katie Stone has picked up the baton and is now spearheading Houston Restaurant Weeks, carrying on and expanding a truly remarkable legacy.

 

The Cleverley Stone Foundation

 

The Cleverley Stone Foundation was created by Cleverley’s daughter, Katie Stone, to continue her Mother’s mission and legacy of supporting Houstonians in need and producing Houston Restaurant weeks benefiting the Houston Food Bank, which takes place August 1st through Labor Day each year. The Cleverley Stone Foundation will also serve as a vehicle for future charitable endeavors designed to support the greater Houston area and beyond. In this way, the Foundation seeks to live up to its namesake by continuing to support and serve the Houston community that Cleverley so loved and devoted so much of her life to.

 

Board of Directors

 

  • Kathryn Cleverley Stone, President
  • Benjamin Berg, Board Member
  • Robert Fellner, Secretary & Treasurer
  • Arthur Mooradian, Board Member
  • Anthony Cleverley Stone, Board Chair
  • Melissa Stevens, Board Member
  • D’Artagnan Bebel, Board Member

How Diners Participate

 

  • Reservations are not required but recommended, please check their menu page to see if they require reservations or will accept walk-ins. Some restaurants will also have an Open Table link on their menu.
  • If using OpenTable to make your reservation, please write ‘Request HRW Menu’ in the comments field.
  • When making your reservations or ordering to-go, be sure to tell them that you would like the HRW menu. This will let the restaurant know to donate to the Food Bank from the proceeds of your meal. You will not be solicited for a donation; the restaurant makes the donation.
  • Please arrive on time for your reservation, pay your check at the end of the meal, just like any other dining experience. The restaurant will donate to the Houston Food Bank based upon the price of your meal.

How Restaurants Participate

Any restaurant interested in participating in HRW, please reach out via our contact form.

 

About the Houston Food Bank

 

Houston Food Bank’s mission is to provide food for better lives. Last year we provided access to 104 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas through our 1,500 community partners which includes food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers, and schools. We have a strong focus on healthy foods and fresh produce. In addition to distributing food, we provide services and connections to programs that address the root causes of hunger and are aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability, including nutrition education, job training, health management, and help with securing state-funded assistance. We are a resource for individuals and families in times of hardship. We are a solution to food waste, working with grocery stores and growers to rescue food before it reaches landfills. In collaboration with our community, we advocate for policy change and promote dialogue on ways to increase access to food and to improve the lives of those we serve. Houston Food Bank works alongside our partner food banks in Montgomery County, Galveston Country, and Brazos Valley. Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

 

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For more information

For event & sponsorship inquiries:

Katie Stone

Media Contacts

Media Inquiries Only:

Melissa Stevens

Stevens Group

713-419-0000

 

“Houston Restaurant Weeks gives people in Houston an opportunity to experience Houston’s exceptional restaurants while providing much-needed relief for families suffering from hunger. We are grateful to once again be the beneficiary of this incredible event.”

Brian Greene CEO, Houston Food Bank