Houston Restaurant Weeks returns in August, and this year, the annual charity dining event has brunch on the brain.
The event offers fixed-price menus at more than 100 Houston restaurants, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank. You could find a brunch menu at several participating restaurants over the last few years during the event, but now the popular midmorning meal has a menu and new pricing category all to itself, in addition to the fundraiser’s lunch and dinner menus. Last year’s Restaurant Weeks event, which is the Houston Food Bank’s largest fundraising venture, raised more than $1 million, which the organization says generated meals for about 3 million people.
Here’s how it works: From August 1 to September 1, you can make a reservation at any restaurant participating in the event, and ask for the Houston Restaurant Weeks special menu. The event’s website has the full menus for each participating restaurant, along with maps for how to find the locations.
Part of the appeal of Restaurant Weeks is the sheer variety of dishes available across the long list of participating restaurants. Between chicken and waffle sliders with bacon syrup for brunch at Latin Bites Café, the classic New York strip on the dinner menu at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, and Croissant bread pudding for dessert at Rainbow Lodge, this event could potentially keep you busy three meals a day.
The fixed prices for 2014 are $20 for lunch, with $3 going to charity; $25 for brunch, with $4 going to the food bank; and either $35 or $45 for dinner, depending on the menu and number of courses, with $5 and $7 respectively being donated. For some restaurants, these prices are considerably lower than what you’ll find on their normal menus. That’s part of the reason the event draws a crowd. Turnout is expected to reach a new high this year, so make your reservations early.