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Houston Restaurant Weeks specialty menus raise money for Houston Food Bank

Popcorn Shrimp appetizer with watermelon, cilantro, chili-lime aioli at  Bradley's Fine Diner
Popcorn Shrimp appetizer with watermelon, cilantro, chili-lime aioli at Bradley's Fine Diner
Valerie Sweeten

It’s that time of the year for the annual Houston Restaurant Weeks where diners get to enjoy the best of chefs' menus while raising money for the Houston Food Bank.

Houston Restaurant Weeks, held throughout the month of August until September 1, 2014, is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the donations raised from area restaurants go directly to the Food Bank.

For 32 days, diners will enjoy specially priced multi-course prix-fixe menus. Participating restaurants make donations to the Food Bank based upon their HRW sales.

Houstonians and visitors to the Bayou City will have a month-long passport to the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs. The month-long event has grown to include not only the trendiest eateries in Uptown Galleria, downtown and Midtown, but also popular eateries in outlying communities such as The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Galveston.

The Houston Food Bank partners with the Montgomery County Food Bank and the Galveston County Food Bank. All donations from restaurants operating in those counties will go to their respective food banks.

With all the recent accolades bestowed upon Houston’s culinary scene, summer visitors can take advantage of the delicious prix-fixe menus and wide range of offerings. From prime steak to lobster ceviche, Gulf redfish, duck confit, shrimp and grits, beef barbacoa enchiladas, chicken tikka masala and more, Houston Restaurant Weeks showcases the diversity of our city’s culinary prowess.

Prices for Houston Restaurant Week menus range from $20 for Lunch, $25 Brunch and Dinner either $35 or $45 per person.

Diners can access a growing list of participating restaurants and their respective Houston Restaurant Weeks menus at www.HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com. Reservations are required for diners seeking to take advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks menus. However, many participating restaurants will accept walk-ins, at their discretion.

Founded in 2003 by volunteer Cleverley Stone, Houston Restaurant Weeks has raised over $4.3 million for the Houston Food Bank. This has enabled the Food Bank to provide almost 13 million meals for Houstonians who are food insecure. The largest restaurant weeks of its kind in the United States, Houston Restaurant Weeks is the largest annual fundraising event for the Houston Food Bank, which is America’s largest food bank in distribution to its network of nearly 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties.

“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.”

For more information: www.HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com or follow on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/HoustonRestaurantWeeks and Twitter at www.Twitter.com/HouRestaurantWk.