Houston Restaurant Weeks breaks annual donation record in 2015

- Houston Restaurant Weeks (HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com) today announced at a press conference its record-breaking results from their 2015 five week-long fundraiser benefiting the Houston Food Bank. HRW Founder Cleverley Stone was joined by Houston Food Bank representatives, participating chefs, restaurateurs, and sponsors in revealing the $1,900,174.00 donation commitment to benefit Houston Food Bank. From this, the Houston Food Bank will be able to generate over 5.7 million meals for those who are food insecure in our community.

Founded twelve years ago by Houston radio and TV personality Cleverley Stone, Houston
Restaurant Weeks has raised more than $7.6 million since 2003 for the Houston Food Bank,
making it the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank and the largest restaurant
weeks of its kind in the United States.

Houston Restaurant Weeks is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the donations raised from area
restaurants go directly to the Food Bank. For 38 days diners enjoyed specially priced multi-course
prix-fixe menus at 225 restaurants in the great Houston area. Participating restaurants make
donations to the Food Bank based upon their HRW sales. See top ten Houston Restaurant Weeks
2015 restaurants below:

Top Ten HRW 2015 Restaurants

1. Masraffs
2. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
3. Brennan's
4. B&B Butchers*
5. Peli Peli – Galleria*
6. Americas -River Oaks
7. Eddie V's -Kirby
8. Eddie V's -City Centre
9. The Capital Grille -CityCentre
10. Up Restaurant
* First time HRW Participant

“What started as an idea in 2003 to raise money for the Houston Food Bank, has happily become a
citywide marriage of food and fundraising. It’s a win-win-win. The restaurants, Houstonians who
enjoy dining out and the Houston Food Bank all look forward to HRW each year. I give my heartfelt
thanks for the extraordinary efforts by participating restaurants, the sponsors and volunteers who all
donate their resources, time and money to make HRW happen every year. And thank you to the
diners for patronizing HRW restaurants in August. Without all of you there would be no HRW,” said
Houston Restaurant Weeks founder, Cleverley Stone.

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“Because Cleverley is selfless in donating five months of her time each year to Houston Restaurant
Weeks along with other volunteers, 100% of proceeds from Houston Restaurant Weeks come
directly to the Houston Food Bank to feed hungry people,” said Houston Food Bank’s president and
CEO Brian Greene. “It’s an amazing endeavor by an extraordinary individual who understands that
food is essential to the health and wellbeing of all children, seniors and adults in our
community. We are grateful for Cleverley’s compassion and longstanding commitment to hunger
relief.”

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About Houston Restaurant Weeks

Houston Restaurant Weeks was established in 2003 by restaurant correspondent and philanthropist Cleverley
Stone, host of “The Cleverley Show,” a talk show about food, wine and dining on CBS Sports Radio 650/KIKKAM
and food segment contributor to Fox 26/KRIV Morning News in Houston. To date, the event has raised
over $7.6 million to fight hunger in Houston, providing over 22.8 million meals for those who are food insecure
in Houston. For event information, email her at: cleverley@HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com.
Web site: www.cleverley.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cleverley.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cleverleys.

About the Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank is a solution to hunger in times of need. America’s largest and nationally recognized
as Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year, the Food Bank distributes 74 million nutritious meals through its
network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger relief charities in southeast Texas,
feeding 800,000 individuals each year. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from the
warehouse at 535 Portwall, and meals for kids are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000
square-foot industrial kitchen. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based
programs, food stamp applications and hands-on job training. Red Barrels offer a convenient way for grocery
shoppers to donate nonperishables for their neighbors in need. The Houston Food Bank, founded in 1982, is
a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity
Navigator.
 

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