Do your research and take notes to make the most of the 2015 Houston Restaurant Weeks where over 200 establishments join forces to benefit the largest food bank in America here in Houston.
Houston Restaurant Weeks, the single largest fundraiser in the U.S., kicks off August 1 and runs through Labor Day, September 7 in an effort to raise funds for the Houston Food Bank.
This five week passport to the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs is the perfect opportunity for Houstonians and summer visitors to embrace three and four course meals for a cause. Menus developed by area chefs bring a wide variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts to the table at an outstanding price.
Houston Restaurant Weeks has grown to include not only the newest and trendiest restaurants in Uptown Galleria, bustling downtown and vibrant Montrose and Midtown, but also popular eateries in outlying communities such as The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Galveston, Texas.
Prices range from $20 for Lunch, $25 for Brunch, $35-$45 for Dinner depending on the venue. Reservations are recommended.
Menu offerings are wide and diverse.
For example, Laurenzo’s Restaurant at 4412 Washington Avenue offers a light lunch with choices of salads, soup, entrees, and a dessert to complete the meal. The dinner here has entire new three course selection from the lunch men at every stage. These could include such items as Coconut Shrimp as an appetizer, Country Fried Pork Chops for an entrée and Apple Walnut Cobbler for dessert.
Arcodoro at Centre at Post Oak at 5000 Westheimer brings diners four different categorized dinner menus with an additional lunch menu. The restaurant has incorporated a Terra (“earth” in Italian) menu which encompasses meat; a Sardegna Tasting Menu including Sardinian classics; a Mare (“sea” in Italian) menu with seafood; a Vegetarian menu and a Lunch Menu offered Monday through Friday.
Table on Post Oak at 1800 Post Oak Boulevard is able to offer brunch, lunch and dinner menus. The wide variety of dishes included on some of these menus are Eggs Benedict, Colossal Lump Crab Salad, Seared Foie Gras, Chicken Paillard, Spiced Tuna Nicoise, Lobster Bisque and more.
Chef Sylvia Casares at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen on Woodway is participating again this year. “This is amazing food and value for a great cause. This is a chance for my restaurant to give back,” she said.
Sylvia’s menus also have extensive choices on both the lunch and dinner menus highlighting her most popular dishes ranging from soups to seafood, steak, her one-of-a-kind tres leches and a wide selection of her infamous enchiladas.
To date, Houston Restaurant Weeks has raised almost $6 million for the Houston Food Bank since its inception in 2003.
This has enabled HFB to provide almost 18 million meals for Houstonians who are food insecure. As America’s largest and nationally recognized as Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year, the Food Bank distributes 59 million nutritious meals through its network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger relief charities in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individuals each year.
“As one who reports on restaurants and chefs in our city, I am so grateful for the outpouring of support by Houston’s restaurant industry and diners for Houston Restaurant Weeks, benefiting the Houston Food Bank,” said founder & chair Cleverley Stone. “Houston Restaurant Weeks has become one of the most anticipated times of the year for local foodies and visitors to our city.”
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