For many Houstonians, Houston Restaurant Weeks provides an opportunity to eat out at some of the city's best restaurants at a more affordable cost than usual while simultaneously contributing money to the Houston Food Bank. It's always a great time to get out and enjoy all the delicious food Houston has to offer.
This year, Houston Restaurant Weeks (so named because it kept extending past the original week and "Houston Restaurant Month" was already trademarked) will take place from August 1 through September 1. According to a press release, August used to be one of the slowest months in the restaurant industry, but thanks to HRW, it's now second only to December.
In 2013, more than 180 local restaurants participated, offering prix fixe meals at varying prices then donating a portion of the proceeds from each meal to the Houston Food Bank. Last year, the event raised $1,285,260 for the food bank, making it the largest single annual fundraiser benefitting the important organization. This year--the 11th year--is set to be even larger.
The participating restaurants won't be announced until July 15, but it's not too early to start getting excited about the streamlined pricing for this year's meals. All dinners are either $45 or $35. Brunch is $25 and lunch is $20. For each of those meals sold the Food Bank will receive $7, $5, $4 or $3, respectively.
Because Restaurant Weeks draws huge crowds every year, diners must make reservations at their chosen restaurants, even for lunch. It's also important to remember to tip the servers as if you were paying full price for a meal. You may be getting a great deal on quality food, but those folks have to deal with larger-than-normal crowds and make sure they can pay all their bills at the end of the busy month.
Hassle though it may be for those in the industry, there's no denying Houstonians love Houston Restaurant Weeks, and it has a great, positive impact on the local food bank.
"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," says founder and chair Cleverley Stone in a statement. "Houston Restaurant Weeks has become one of the most anticipated times of the year for local foodies and visitors to our city."
As soon as the list of this year's restaurants is made public, we'll let you know so you can start planning your food-filled outings.