Chefs throw down at I'll Have What She's Having.EXPAND
Chefs throw down at I'll Have What She's Having.
Photo by Cecilia Norman

This Week in Harvey Relief: The "I'll Have What She's Having" Pop-Up Heats Up This Fall

I’ll Have What She’s Having, an all-female organization of chefs,restaurateurs, hospitality professionals and physicians bringing awareness (and funds) to women's health issues after Harvey via a series of monthly pop-ups, has raised more than $5,000 and a wealth of feminine hygiene products for women in Greater Northeast Houston affected by Harvey, along with even more funds for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Program at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Upcoming dinners are planned for this fall as well, featuring lots of Houston's finest female chefs and special guests, not too mention a Spring Gala.  Proceeds help women affected by Harvey. More info at illhavewhatsheshaving.org.

Inside the State of Grace oyster bar.EXPAND
Inside the State of Grace oyster bar.
Photo courtesy of State of Grace

River Oaks stunner State of Grace, 328 Westheimer, celebrates two years of business and gives back to Harvey flood victims with a 2nd Anniversary party on Sunday, October 29 from 4 to 7 p.m.   An  oyster shucking competition and a handful of guest chefs, including Terrence Gallivan (Pass & Provisions), Graham Laborde (Killen’s), Ryan Lachaine (Riel), Erin Feges (formerly Camerata; the forthcoming Feges BBQ), Alvin Schultz (Eat.Drink.EXPERIENCE! Underground Dinners), Richard Kaplan (Weights + Measures), Becky Masson (Fluff Bake Bar), and Joe Cervantez (Brennan’s of Houston), are what's in store.

Not only that, but the tickets, now available online, are a steal at $35 with passed bites and oysters included. Drinks will be available for purchase. A silent auction and the event's proceeds will both benefit the Houston Food Bank to help support its hurricane relief efforts.

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Inside Roka Akor
Photo by Jack Thompson

JNK Concepts,the restaurant group behind new upscale sushi spot Roka Akor, 2929 Weslayan, will host a special, one-day-only dining event to benefit hurricane relief efforts.

All five Roka Akor locations across the country (Scottsdale, Chicago, San Francisco, Old Orchard, and Houston) as well as JNK’s Indian concept Marigold Maison will participate in the fundraising event, which will be held on Thursday, October 19.

One hundred percent of the profits raised at Roka Akor Houston will be donated to the Houston Food Bank to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Additionally, profits from Roka Akor’s four additional locations will be donated to Feeding America — a non-profit organization distributing goods to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Inside Hungry's, home of killer spinach artichoke dip and giving back.
Inside Hungry's, home of killer spinach artichoke dip and giving back.
Photo courtesy of Hungry's

Last year, Mayor Sylvester Turner officially proclaimed October 27 as "Hungry's Day" in Houston, commending the restaurant for its ongoing involvement in the city concerning donations and community service for the last 40 years. This year, Hungry's will bring back the Heart of Gold dinner menu on October 27 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Mayor Turner's and County Judge Ed Emmett's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at Greater Houston Community Foundation. The menu will also be available the entire month of November the Rice Village and Memorial locations. The menu is a $25 three-course prix fixe and $4 is donated to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

The Heart of Gold menu is available only during dinner hours, from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The owners of a new Pita Pit at 19111 Katy Freeway, Bijal and Nick Patel, donated $2 to Harvey Relief for every customers $1 donation on opening day, October 13.

New Mia Bella Trattoria location, 3773 Richmond, also turned its opening night into a fundraiser, donating 50 percent of proceeds to the Theater District Houston Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

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