Cleverley Stone’s Legacy Lives On Through Houston Restaurant Weeks
When television personality and food journalist Cleverley Stone launched Houston Restaurant Week 17 years ago, there was no guarantee the event would be a success, let alone that it would turn into the month-long dining extravaganza it is today.
In fact, Cleverley’s daughter Katie recalls some initial resistance to the idea, which entailed a week-long fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank. Restaurants would offer specially priced multi-course lunches, brunches and dinners and donate a portion of proceeds to the Houston Food Bank, according to how many meals they sold.
“It was a new event, and nobody really knew what it was about,” says Katie. “I’m sure my mother understood the ability for it to succeed, and I’m sure she had a vision. I don’t know that she thought it would get this big.”
Today, Katie is continuing the legacy left by her mother, who passed away on May 28 after a months-long battle with uterine cancer. Since the event’s inception, it has raised over $16 million for the Houston Food Bank, America’s largest food bank. Cleverley’s final wish was that Houston Restaurant Weeks – now spanning 38 days instead of a single week – would continue in perpetuity.
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About Houston Restaurant Weeks’ Founder
Houston Restaurant Weeks was established in 2003 by restaurant correspondent and volunteer philanthropist Cleverley Stone, host of “The Cleverley Show,” a talk show about food, wine and dining on CBS Sports Radio 650/KIKK-AM and food segment contributor to Fox 26/KRIV Morning News in Houston. To date, the event has raised over $9.6 million to fight hunger in Houston, providing almost 29 million meals for those who are food insecure. For event information, email her at: cleverley@HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com.
About the Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste, nationally recognized by Feeding America as Food Bank of the Year in 2015. The largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties, the Food Bank feeds 800,000 individuals each year through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other charities. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from the 308,000 square-foot warehouse at 535 Portwall Street, Houston, Texas, and meals for kids are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000 square-foot industrial kitchen. We rescue food before it reaches the landfill through our Retail Pickup program with area grocery stores. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based programs and food stamp application assistance. Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
Web site: www.HoustonFoodBank.org
Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/houstonfoodbank