Houston Restaurant Weeks began Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 5. Participating restaurants offer two-, three-, and four-course prix fixe meal options for brunch, lunch and dinner. (Sofia Gonzalez/Community Impact Newspaper)
The August 5 episode of the Houston Breakdown focuses on Houston's food scene, including a conversation with the president of Houston Restaurant Weeks, the month-long culinary celebration and annual fundraiser benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Plus, hear about the plans of Austin restaurateur Gabriela Bucio to bring her first location to Houston.
Houston Restaurant Weeks hosts the largest annual fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank. From Aug. 1 until Sept. 5, restaurants around the Houston metro offer special meals with a portion of proceeds going to the local food bank.
Since its founding in 2003, Houston Restaurant Weeks has raised over $16.6 million, supporting the distribution of more than 50 million meals for food insecure residents. However, in recent years, food pantries have struggled to keep up with high demand. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, 11.3% of residents in the Houston area reported being food scarce as of April 11, 2022.
Katie Stone, President of Houston Restaurant Weeks, discusses this year’s fundraiser and the importance it carries.
Also on this episode...
Harris County commissioners plan to call a special session to place a bond on the November ballot; state legislators come closer to implementing the Texas Coastal Spine Authorization Act; the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department moves a threatened species of horned lizards to Pearland in an attempt to increase the native population; and more.
Connor McGovern produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. He also works as a reporter and producer for Mid-Missouri Public Radio and an editor at the Columbia Missourian. In May 2023, Connor will graduate from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, the Austin Breakdown, the Houston Breakdown and the DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. You can follow her on Twitter @ojaldridge.
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