What is Houston Restaurant Weeks?

About Our Founder

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

Affectionately called “The Diva of Dining,” 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 49.8 million meals for food insecure Houstonians.

The economic effect of Houston Restaurant Weeks translates into millions of dollars into the local economy. August, historically the worst month of the year for the restaurant industry, became over time the most profitable month of the year, not only for the restaurants but to all the food suppliers, vendors and businesses that service the industry.

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 has picked up the baton and is now spearheading Houston Restaurant Weeks, carrying on a truly remarkable legacy.

Meal Price Restaurant
Donates to Food Bank
Meals Generated
By Food Bank From Donation
$20-3 Course Brunch $1Donation from restaurant 3 Meals
$20-3 Course Lunch $1Donation from restaurant 3 Meals
$35-4 Course Dinner $1Donation from restaurant 3 Meals
$45-4 Course Dinner $1Donation from restaurant 3 Meals

Houston Restaurant Weeks is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank.
It’s a month long dining extravaganza featuring 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.

Due to the effects of Covid-19 on the restaurant industry, this year the donation will be $1 per meal from restaurants participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks 2020. Most restaurants are offering their HRW menus for delivery and to-go, please call the restaurant ahead of time to verify. 

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.

DINERS: How To Participate In Houston Restaurant Weeks

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR DINERS: Please call or visit the web site of your chosen restaurant(s) to verify days of the week for meal service times for brunch, lunch and dinner. We have provided all phone numbers and web site URLs on each menu page for your convenience. Thank you.

  • For the most part, reservations are not required. Check the restaurant’s menu page on this site to see if they require reservations or will accept walk-ins. If reservations are required by your selected restaurant, please make your reservations by calling or emailing the restaurant. Some restaurants will also have reservation links on this site that you can click on.

  • When making your reservations or ordering to-go, be sure to tell them that you would like the Houston Restaurant Weeks special menu. This will let the restaurant know to make a donation to the Food Bank from the proceeds of your meal. You will not be solicited for a donation. The restaurant makes the donation.

  • If using OpenTable.com to make your reservation, please write ‘Request HRW Menu’ in the comments field.

  • 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 make a donation to the Houston Food Bank based upon the price of your meal.

  • Restaurants will offer the HRW meals every day they are open from August 1 through Labor Day.

  • Some restaurants will require reservations and some will accept walk-ins for the HRW meals. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space available basis. Making a reservation in advance is recommended if there is a particular restaurant that you don’t want to miss. Reservation and walk-in information will be noted on each restaurant’s menu page on this site.

Houston Restaurant Weeks was established in 2003 by Cleverley Stone. She has been talking about food on the radio since 2003. She is host of “The Cleverley Show,” a food talk radio program on CBS Sports Radio 650 / KIKK-AM in Houston, Texas. Her program is the longest running show on CBS 650 AM, celebrating its 13th year at 650 in January 2020. Since Feb. 2008 Stone has also been the food segment contributor on Houston’s Fox 26 Morning News. To date, HRW has raised over $16.6 million to fight hunger in Houston, and has provided 49.8 million meals to neighbors in need through the Houston Food Bank. Contact Katie Here

Connect with Houston Restaurant Weeks via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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.

 

Connect with the Houston Foodbank via Facebook or Twitter or visit the website

 

 

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