MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX – Montgomery County’s residents have the opportunity to enjoy fine dining for a good cause during August’s Houston Restaurant Weeks.
Founded by the late Houston journalist and foodie icon Cleverley Stone, the event is a fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank and its partner sales organizations, including the Montgomery County Food Bank. The fundraiser runs August 1 through September 6 and includes restaurants across the Houston area. Participating restaurants and promotional menus will be announced starting July 15, and more will be added before the event begins.
To date, 15 restaurants in Montgomery County are listed as participants.
Participating restaurants offer restaurant week menus for different meals that allow customers to choose between different multi-course options such as starters, main courses and desserts. On the menus at Houston Restaurant Weeks, lunch and brunch are $ 20, while dinner is either $ 35 or $ 49, depending on the restaurant’s menu.
For every lunch or brunch ordered, $ 1 will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. The lower cost option for dinner means a $ 3 donation; For the more expensive option, $ 5 goes to the local grocery banking network.
The annual fundraiser has raised more than $ 16.6 million for the Houston Food Bank and its partners since 2003 and helped distribute approximately 49.8 million meals to food insecure people in the greater Houston area, according to the Houston Restaurant website Weeks.
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That need is more important than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic reversed long-declining food insecurity rates in the United States, according to Feeding America. An estimated 15.3 percent of Montgomery County’s residents were food insecure in 2021, down from 12.3 percent in 2019. Harris County has an estimated food insecurity rate of 17 percent in 2021, down from 13.9 percent in 2019.
Montgomery Counties can help people struggling with food insecurity in their own backyard during Houston Restaurant Weeks. Donations from participating Montgomery County restaurants will go to the Montgomery County Food Bank, according to MCFB spokesman Tyler Odom.
“We are certain that this month-long fundraiser will have a huge impact on our community,” Odom said in a statement. “Every dollar donated to MCFB provides five meals for children, seniors and families in need in Montgomery County.”
The Montgomery County Food Bank quantifies a meal as 1.2 pounds of nutritious food that is distributed, Odom said.
Two Montgomery County restaurants were among the first to announce their attendance on the Houston Restaurant Weeks website, Fielding’s Wood Grill and Fielding’s Local Kitchen & Bar at The Woodlands. Both restaurants, owned by Fielding’s Culinary Group, have been participating in Restaurant Weeks since the beginning: Wood Grill in 2013 and Local Kitchen & Bar in 2015.
Cary Attar, Co-Founder and CEO of Fielding’s Culinary Group, said the two restaurants survived the toughest year for restaurants in its 44 years in business. “I’ve never seen anything like this happen to COVID,” he added. Attar is seeing a steady recovery in 2021 and expects Restaurant Weeks to help keep it going, he said.
The biggest benefit of attending for the restaurants themselves is marketing and community benevolence as increasing spending and donations to food banks shrink or even cancel out profit margins on restaurant week purchases, Attar said.
“We’re a small company in The Woodlands. We want to be part of the community and help it, ”he said. “People want to help other people. I have traveled all over the country and have not met more supportive, friendly and caring people.” [than in Houston and The Woodlands]. When they see us helping others, they want to come and support us. I would say it’s a significant impact. “
This year’s menus, curated by Co-Founder and Executive Chef Edel Goncalves, are dinner only, with Fielding’s Wood Grill priced at $ 35 and Local Kitchen & Bar priced at $ 49. Take-away options are available for Houston Restaurant Weeks orders, Attar said.
In 2020, the Restaurant Weeks place great emphasis on take away and curb service, with many restaurant lobbies closed or only open with limited capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many restaurants this year have chosen to make these options available to customers and some have even created additional menus for customers to take away.
Katie Stone, honorary chairwoman of Houston Restaurant Weeks and daughter of Cleverley Stone, said takeaway opened doors to restaurants that would not normally attend the event, which was previously mostly geared towards high-end restaurants. She heard from participating restaurant owners in 2020 that the decision to focus on take-away and curbside for Houston Restaurant Weeks helped get more people to dine last fall, she added.
“I think getting to the curb was a pretty obvious step,” said Katie Stone. “It is now an established lifestyle for all restaurants.
“I think that experience has shown everyone the importance of sticking together and moving everyone forward,” she added. “I think everyone appreciated last year’s HRW and the excitement for this year is off the charts.”
Starting Friday, more than 150 restaurants in the greater Houston area – from Conroe to Galveston – will be participating in the Houston Restaurant Weeks. For the full list of restaurants and menus, with options to filter by location and cuisine, visit the Houston Restaurant Weeks website.
Here are the participating Montgomery County restaurants.
- Saltgrass – 810 Interstate 45 North.
- Thai Cottage – 3105 College Park Drive.
- Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse * – 1400 Research Forest Drive.
- Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse – 19333 David Memorial Drive.
- Saltgrass – 19533 Interstate 45 South.
- Common Bond Bistro & Bakery – 1700 City Plaza Drive.
- Amerigos Grille – 25250 Grogans Park Drive.
- Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Kitchen – 20 Waterway Ave., Suite 120.
- Del Friscos Grille – 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd., Suite 500.
- Fielding’s Local Kitchen & Bar – 26400 Kuykendahl Road.
- Fieldings Wood Grill – 1699 Research Forest Drive.
- Landry’s Seafood House – 1212 Lake Robbins Drive.
- Morton’s Grille – 25 Waterway Ave.
- Peli Peli South African Kitchen – 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive.
- TRIS – 24 Waterway Avenue, Suite 125.
Patch has partnered with Feeding America to raise awareness for millions of Americans at risk of starvation. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that approximately 42 million Americans will not have enough nutritious foods to eat in 2021 due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a social project from Patch; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how to donate in your community or find a pantry near you.