Casual Houston Restaurant Deals Return for 2024 Fundraiser Event
A new year means another round of foodie events around the city, and a big one in February is Eat Drink HTX. It’s the third year for this sister event to Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW). Produced by The Cleverly Stone Foundation, it was launched as a companion fundraiser to spotlight the more-casual dining options in Houston during February, which is typically a slower time of year for most businesses. This year, the event will not only continue benefiting the Houston Food Bank, but will contribute some proceeds to DePelchin Children’s Center, a nonprofit that has been serving children and families in the Houston area since 1892. Their programs include parenting classes, counseling services, foster care services, adoption support and general programs that support the wellbeing of children and their families.
The two-week event takes place from February 15 through February 29 and follows the same format as HRW, but at a lower price point. Participating restaurants will offer $15 prix fixe brunch and lunch menus and $20 or $25 dinner menus. Donations are based on sales; $1 per meal sold for lunch and brunch, $2 per meal sold for dinner menus priced at $20 and $3 per meal sold for dinner menus priced at $25.
Diners can view a partial list of participants and the menus online; more will continue to be added until February 15. The current list is already showcasing several returning favorites including KP’s Kitchen, Low Tide, NoPo Café Market & Bar, Harold’s Bistro & Bar and Phat Eatery. Inaugural participants include Mimo (a Houston Food Finder Best New Restaurant of 2023), with a $25 dinner menu that includes Corn And Zucchini Fritters, Fettuccine With House Made Sausage, marinara and English peas and Mean Grille, a new Turkish restaurant in Upper Kirby. Its $15 lunch menu includes hummus, housemade red lentil soup and a chicken kebab wrap. Other exciting newcomers include authentic Tennessee-style barbecue joint Fainmous BBQ, Greek café, Kriti Kitchen, Heights neighborhood bar and grill Space Cadet and Viet-Cajun comfort food spot, South X Saigon.
Since being founded by late food journalist, television personality and radio show host Cleverley Stone in 2003, Houston Restaurant Weeks has undoubtedly become one of the biggest food events in the city. Her daughter, Katie Stone, and The Cleverly Stone Foundation continue to run this annual event. Taking on the task post-COVID was no small feat and the funds raised in 2021 were the lowest in a decade. The following year total donation numbers for 2022 did see a return to form as the city returned to dining out. With numbers trending up it was no surprise that during a media event on February 1, it was announced that donation totals for 2023 increased by 50%, with the event raising $1,866,511 to benefit the Houston Food Bank. The top three contributors were Berg Hospitality’s B&B Butchers with $53,924.00, Brennan’s of Houston at $41,183.00 and another of Ben Berg’s establishments, Trattoria Sofia, at $34,721.00.
With the restaurant industry in need of a boost, the event comes at an opportune time for diners to explore new options and support local business while giving back to the community and great causes.
Minh Truong is an avid lover of the Houston food scene and has written about it since 2011, starting as a freelance contributor for the Houston Press. She never stops exploring all that Houston has to offer.