Houston Restaurant Weeks: Enjoy the City’s Finest Food While Contributing to a Great Cause
Houston Restaurant Weeks, the annual fundraiser benefiting the Houston Food Bank, kicks off as usual on August 1. Labor Day marks the end of HRW. With Labor Day falling on September 7 this year, it is the latest it can possibly occur in the calendar year. This means Houstonians have extra time to enjoy multi-course meals at many of the city’s amazing restaurants for a fraction of the normal cost and a charitable cause.
Driven by a strong economy and an influx of new residents from across the country and world, including ambitious and entrepreneurial chefs, the Houston restaurant scene has really taken off in recent years. This year, there are more than 200 participating restaurants in HRW, including over 40 new additions to the list.
Since its inception in 2003 by Cleverley Stone, who has been described as completely selfless, HRW has raised nearly $6 million for the Houston Food Bank. A portion of the price of each meal contributes to the fundraising effort, and HRW donates 100% of its proceeds to what is the largest food bank in the country. Last year, the month-long dine-around event had its biggest success ever, raising $1.6 million. That donation was enough to provide more than 4,800,000 meals for Houston-area families. The 10 largest donations last year came from several of Houston’s premier restaurants, including Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Brennan’s, and Eddie V’s-West Ave. Many expect that this year, Houston Restaurant Weeks will be an even bigger success.
HRW is a win-win for the Houston Food Bank and its beneficiaries, food-lovers, and the participating restaurants. Whereas August was once one of the slowest months for many restaurants around town due to people leaving town on vacation, now it has become one of the busiest months.
Despite the heat and humidity, there are countless opportunities to enjoy the many great things that the cosmopolitan city has to offer during the summer months. HRW is just one of those great things.
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