The Houston Restaurant Weeks legacy continues – Houston Public Media

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Houston Restaurant Weeks was founded by a good friend of Ernie Manouse’s, Cleverly Stone.

And while she’s no longer with us, she remains a legend on the local food scene for her quick wit, dogged work ethic, and contribution to families in need.

The impact of their event wasn’t just limited to food insecurity, however.

Restaurants that participated previously struggled to attract customers during a seasonal lull in August, forced to lay off staff and face a possible bankruptcy. The event sparked a business boom that can rival the Christmas season in December at its peak.

Food and catering businesses also benefit. According to a listener and a local farmer, Matthew saw an increase in restaurant purchases during the event.

Houston Restaurant Weeks is now the largest annual fundraiser of its kind in town, allowing Houstoners to enjoy many of the best restaurants in town while raising funds for the Houston Food Bank.

Cleverley’s daughter Katie Stone has carried on her mother’s legacy as President of the Cleverley Stone Foundation, which hosts the charity dinner event currently running through September 6th.

Ruben Dominguez of FOX 26 and Arthur Mooradian of Gordon Ramsay North America look back on their friendship with The Diva of Dining and the impact the event had on the restaurant industry and local charities.

Houston Restaurant Weeks attendees also called to share their stories and favorite menu choices:

Below is a lovely memory of Ernie who enjoyed a great meal with Cleverly Stone in 2019.


Katie Stone

  • President of the Cleverley Stone Foundation

Ruben Dominguez

  • Morning show reporter FOX 26
  • Cohost segments with Katie Stone on FOX 26

Eric Berger

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