Dining out for life

Jessica Rossman; Michael Pearce; Photo by Greg KolanowskiAIDS FOUNDATION HOUSTON’S ANNUAL “DINING OUT FOR LIFE”
EVENT IS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY

More than 40 Houston-area restaurants (and counting) will participate in the annual fundraising event, presented by Gillman Subaru

HOUSTON, TEXAS — For one day in April—Thursday, April 28, 2016—Houston-area restaurants are donating a percentage of sales to AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) through their participation in the annual nationwide event, Dining Out for Life. Gillman Subaru is the presenting sponsor for this year’s event, which is hosted by chair Michael Pearce and honorary chair Jessica Rossman.

Guests interested in supporting AIDS Foundation Houston can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the day at one of more than 40 participating restaurants (and counting). A portion of the proceeds support AFH’s programs and services that help thousands of Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.

“Year after year, we are impressed by the outpouring of support by restaurants and diners alike,” said Kelly Young, Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Foundation Houston. “We can end HIV/AIDS within our lifetime, and Dining Out for Life helps raise funds and awareness that gets us closer to that goal. All you have to do is go out to eat.”

In 1991, an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia created Dining Out for Life. Now the event is produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada, with more than 3,000 restaurants donating a portion of their proceeds from this one special day of dining. AIDS Foundation Houston has participated in the event since the inaugural year, raising thousands of dollars in support thanks to a mandate that ensures funds raised locally stay local.

The 2016 participating restaurants offer something for everyone. As of April 14, 2016, participating restaurants are:

360 at Houston City Club
Allen’s Landing at The Houston Club
Araya Artisan Chocolate — River Oaks
Araya Artisan Chocolate — Uptown Park
B & B Butchers and Restaurant
Baby Barnaby’s
Barnaby’s – Downtown
Barnaby’s – Heights
Barnaby’s Cafe ­­­­– Midtown
Barnaby’s Cafe – Museum District
Barnaby’s Cafe – Original
Barnaby’s Cafe – River Oaks
Barnaby’s Cafe – Woodway
Bay Oaks Country Club
Canopy
Charivari Restaurant
The Durham House
El Tiempo on Montrose
El Tiempo Cantina on Westheimer
El Tiempo on Navigation
EQ Heights Coffee and Social House
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – River Oaks
Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace
Hearthstone Country Club
The Island Grille at The Clubs of Kingwood
Last Concert Cafe
Latin Bites
Magnolia at The Houston Club
Mitchell’s 74 at Tournament Course at The Woodlands, CLUBCORP
Niko Nikos – Montrose
The Point Bar and Grille at the Club at Falcon Point
Prohibition Supper Club & Bar
Quattro Restaurant
Red Ox Bar & Grill
Reef
Shade
Songkran Thai Kitchen – Uptown Park
South Shore Harbour Country Club Grille
Tacos A Go Go — Heights
Tacos A Go Go — Midtown
Tila’s
Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen
Zelko Bistro

For more information and the most current roster of restaurants, please visit www.AIDSHelp.org/DiningOutforLife.
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Green Eggs and Kale – Eat for a cause

February 8, 2015 by  
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Liberty Kitchen

Green Eggs and Kale from Liberty Kitchen

 

Kale, the super food, is all the rage.

Now you can enjoy kale for a cause. A great local promotion, Green Valentine celebrates artists, restaurants, nonprofits and businesses that are helping Houstonians live healthier lives.

Eleven restaurants from across the city are running Green Eggs &Kale dishes on their menus, with 20-percent of proceeds going to benefit local food organization Urban Harvest. They include all of the Creek Group restaurants (Onion, Dry, Cedar, Canyon and Lowbrow), Main Kitchen at the JW Marriott, Pondicheri, Sparrow, Canopy, Cottonwood and Liberty Kitchen on Studewood. 

“I’ve been growing kale for years,” says Jeff Shell of greenvalentine.org. It made perfect sense to combine eggs with this super food. At a preview event, we saw some of the available dishes from Lowbrow, Onion Creek, Canopy, Sparrow and Liberty Kitchen.

So go out at eat! This promotion runs through February 15th.

Main Kitchen at JW Marriott

Green Eggs and Kale from Main Kitchen at the JW Marriott

 

Galveston Restaurant Week: Jan. 10-24

January 10, 2015 by  
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Join us and celebrate delicious at Galveston Restaurant Week from January 10-24!

For a full list of participating restaurants and more details, visit www.galvestonrestaurantweek.com.

Don’t forget to also vote for your favorite restaurants!

Flying Saucer’s BeerFeast – November 1st

October 23, 2014 by  
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Sugar Land Flying Saucer’s 3rd annual BeerFeast will feature over 40 breweries and 60 craft beers, all carefully selected by Flying Saucer’s resident beer gurus. In addition, very rare and limited-release beers will be tapped one at time throughout the fest. Once again a variety of Sugar Land Town Square restaurants will have food available for sale during the festival.

Tickets are $35, and can be purchased here or at the Saucer beginning at 10am CDT, Wednesday, July 16th . The day of the fest, tickets will be $45 at the door if still available. Ticket purchase includes admission to the festival, a tasting card that is good for choice of 12 samples of any of the 60 festival beers, and a 2014 commemorative BeerFeast tasting glass. There are also designated driver tickets available for $15, which includes admission to the festival and complimentary soft drinks. Additional taster cards will be available for purchase by all VIP and general admission ticket holders on the day of the festival for just $3.

In addition to general admission tickets, again this year a very limited number of VIP tickets will be available for purchase. They are expected to sell out quickly and will only be available for sale online only prior to the festival for $65. In addition to the taster glass and sampling session, VIP ticket purchase includes early admission to the festival at noon, food vouchers redeemable at any of the festival food vendors, a 2014 BeerFeast T-shirt and a BeerFeast Brew Caddy. Additionally, all VIP ticket holders will have access to the rare brew tapping VIP only line.


BeerFeast is a 21-and-up-only event and all guests must purchase a ticket to attend.
Purchase VIP Tickets Here!


For more information, call 281-242-7468. Or, click the link to visit our website.

The Best Damn Food Truck Festival – November 15th

October 15, 2014 by  
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When: November 15, 2014
Location: 1902 Washington Ave.
Times: 2pm 8pm
Website: www.thebestfoodtruckfest.com

Live music, craft beer, and over 20 food trucks to choose from!

Zest In The West- October 9, 2014

September 29, 2014 by  
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What: 7th Annual Zest in the West
Location: Chateau Crystale,
2517 S Gessner Road at Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77063
Time:
7 – 10pm
Tickets: 
www.zestinthewest.com/tickets
Grand Zesting – $65
Ultimate VIP Luxury Lounge – $125
VIP Luxury Lounge & A Sparking Affair – $155
Total VVIP Experience – $200

A “Zesty” experience for foodies, craft beer buffs and wine enthusiasts while being serenaded by live music. Enjoy culinary offerings from West Houston’s finest restaurants as they compete for the Best of Zest Culinary Awards.

The Grand Zesting features a live auction benefiting the West Houston Leadership Institute, the Zestiest Display Contest, a relaxation zone and interactive displays. Warning if you come out in style you may just be spotted as a potential winner of the Fashion Forward Award.

Historic Montgomery Wine & Music Fest

September 11, 2014 by  
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Montgomery

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Times: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Where: Historic Downtown  –  14420 Liberty Street Montgomery, TX 77356
Phone: 936-597-5004
Tickets: $25.00
Get Tickets HERE

Nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Montgomery.
Discover Texas Wines while enjoying Great Texas Music!

$5 Alcohol Cover Charge with purchase of any package or tickets.

Sample wines from 16 Texas wineries.
Wine Tastings package includes 5 tastings and souvenir glass.
Additional tastings available for purchase at the gate.
Wine tents open at 11am.

Craft Beer Wall opens at 11am.
Sample tastings or 16oz pours available.

Vendors all around town for plenty of shopping.
Celebration Children’s Area has fun for the whole family!

Two Stages packed with fabulous entertainment.
Headliner for 2014 Main Stage:  Cory Morrow
More entertainment TBA.

For more information on our wineries, food, and entertainment line up visit our website at www.experiencemontgomery.com

Brewmasters 5th Annual Craft Beer Festival – August 29-31st

August 19, 2014 by  
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3rd Annual Wine and Food Festival Presented By Dionisio Winery

August 19, 2014 by  
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Wine Festival

 Date: August 30, 2014
Times: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location:  Billy’s Hall  4070 Wells Drive, Pearland TX 77584

In a Nutshell:
Local businesses join 5 local wineries for an outdoor festival full of music, award-winning fruit wine, and delicious food

Wineries:
Dionisio Winery – Downtown Houston,TX
Haak Vineyards & Winery- Santa Fe,TX
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards – Pittsburg, TX
Red 55 Winery – Lindale, TX
Maydelle Country Wines – Rusk, TX

Limited Time Offer Get Tickets Here:
https://www.groupon.com/deals/dionisio-winery]

OR
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For Additional Information for being a Sponsor or Vendor please contact us at:
dionisiowinery@gmail.com

Houston’s Food Truck Park

July 7, 2014 by  
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Lunch:  Everyday 11am – 2pm    Dinner: Wednesday – Sunday 5pm – 9pm   Saturdays: 11am – 10pm
Where: 1543 St. Emauneul St.  Houston TX 77003
Phone: (832) 434-7040
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoustonFoodPark
Twitter: twitter.com/Houfoodpark
Specialties: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Services: Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Outdoor Seating
Parking: Street, Parking Lot
Payment Options: Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Discover, Cash

Houston’s first food truck park is still going strong. The turnout was like nothing they could have imagined and people just keep coming back!  The park sits in the shadows of what was the Meridian Club building at Chartres and Leeland and sports well known and loved food trucks such as Bernie’s Burger Bus.  The food trucks gather in a group of about 8 each day for lunch and rotate out during the week.  Trust us when we say there is something for everyone here and some are just short of gourmet!

For more information about food trucks and their schedules (or to schedule your own food truck) go to: roaminghunger.com

Find Treasures at Discovery Green

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Dates and Times: Third Saturday of every month Spring through Summer. The event is held in the day during Winter months.
Location: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Admission: Free!!!

Are you ready for some unique flea marketing,people-watching,  food-trucking fun? Every third Saturday of the month, browse, shop and explore the Discovery Green Flea Market by Night.

Discovery Green, in the southeast corner of the park is where it all takes place. It’s not simply a flea market (though it’s that too). It also features a spread of goods including new art, kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles. Bring a date, the kids, and the dogs!

If you love Houston’s food trucks as much as we do, you can grab a bite from among some of Houston’s most popular food trucks.

If you missed the this month’s Discovery Green Flea Market by Night, there will be more. During cooler months, the Discovery Green Flea happens in the afternoon.

Whiskey Fest at Local Pour’s in River Oaks

June 27, 2014 by  
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local pourDate: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 4pm to 7pm
Location: Local Pour, 1952 West Gray, Houston, TX 77019 Admission: $25 in advance purchased at Local Pour; $30 at the door

Whiskey aficionados rejoice! Local Pour, located in River Oaks, is offering a whiskey spread for you to sample and savor from some of their favorite distilleries and brands.  Word is, they’ll even have Orphan Barrel Barterhouse.  Attendees will also receive a punch card that is good for a sample tasting of each of the 12 offered whiskeys. 

Representatives from each of the participating distilleries like Yellow Rose, Rebecca Creek, Herman Marshall, Red River, Jameson, and Whitmeyer’s will be on hand and some will even compete for a slot at Local Pour’s cocktail menu.

 

2014 Houston Restaurants Weeks

June 25, 2014 by  
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From: August 01, 2014 – September 01, 2014

For thousands of Houstonians and visitors to the bayou city, Houston Restaurant Weeks provides a month-long passport to the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs. Recently Food & Wine magazine tapped Houston as “America’s newest capital of great food,” coming as no surprise to locals who crowd some of the most popular dining rooms in the city.

Houston Restaurants Weeks is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the proceeds raised from area restaurants go directly to the Food Bank. For 33 days, diners get to taste prix-fixe menus specially priced at $20 for lunch and $35 and $45 for dinner. A $20 two or three-course lunch generates a $3 donation from the participating restaurants to the Houston Food Bank. A $35 three or four-course dinner generates a $5 donation, while a $45 three or four-course dinner generates a $7 donation.

In addition to the ever-expanding contribution made to the Houston Food Bank, Houston Restaurant Weeks has grown to include not only the trendiest eateries in Uptown Galleria, bustling downtown and vibrant Midtown, but also popular eateries in outlying communities such as The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Galveston, Texas, among others.

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A complete listing of participating restaurants and their respective Houston Restaurant Weeks menus is posted at HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com. Reservations are required for diners seeking to take advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks, however participating restaurants may take walk-ins at their discretion.

Founded in 2003 by Cleverley Stone, Houston Restaurant Weeks raised over $4.3 million for the Houston Food Bank from the over 253,000 meals served at the 169 participating restaurants. The result: The 13 million meals provided for those who are food insecure, makes Houston Restaurant Weeks the largest single fundraising event for the Food Bank and the largest restaurant weeks of its kind in the United States.

 

Humble Margarita Festival

June 25, 2014 by  
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The inaugural Humble Margarita Festival at the Humble Civic Center is the perfect get away for those who enjoy margaritas, live music, dancing and great food! The festival will showcase an assortment of nearly 20 flavors of 100 percent agave tequila margaritas, a diverse lineup of live music, headlined by award-winning country music star, Curtis Grimes, and an array of Mexican, barbecue, seafood and Creole cuisine. Tickets are on sale now at www.humblemargaritafest.com and are available at all H-E-B grocery stores in Humble, Atascocita and Kingwood.

June 28, 2014 Margarita glass against the background of bar shelves
Venue: Humble Civic Center
Address: 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, TX 77338
Times: 2 to 10 p.m.
Visit Event Website
Free Admission: No

Historic Downtown Pub Tour

June 25, 2014 by  
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Houston Urban Adventures’ Historic Downtown Pub Tour, available Monday-Saturday from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., features tales of murder, gambling, brothels, and ghosts as you visit four unique neighborhood bars around Market Square Park in the old Town of Houston.

Starting: March 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)Beer in glasses isolated on white background

Location: Georgia’s Market Downtown
Venue: Georgia’s Market Downtown
Address: 420 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Phone:713-222-9255
Times: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
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Area of Town: Downtown
Free Admission: No
Adult Admission: $30.00

Haak Vinyards Summer Concert Series

June 25, 2014 by  
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 From: June 15, 2014 – June 29, 2014 (Every Sunday)

You do NOT  want to miss this!
Summer Concert Series: Cost: $5.00 Our kitchen will have concessions. $5.00 Cover charge for everyone over 21 and over (under 21 is free). No outside food or beverages allowed on the property. Bring your own lawn chair incase ours fill up. If you like drinking out of a wine glass, please bring your own glass, we use plastic cups on concert days. Don’t forget your insect spray incase the bugs are visiting.

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Location: Haak Vineyards & Winery

Venue: Haak Vineyards & Winery
Address: 6310 Ave T, Santa Fe, TX 77510
Phone:409-925-1401
Times: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Visit Event Website
Area of Town: Galveston
Free Admission: No
Child Admission: Free
Adult Admission: 5.00

Cypress Creek Band June 15, 2014 @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM Come and enjoy live music from the Cypress Creek Band www.cypresscreeekband.com Mambo Jazz Kings June 22, 2014 @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM Come and enjoy live music from the Mambo Jazz Kings www.mambojazzkingslive.com The Prime Time Band June 29, 2014 @ 6:00 – 8:30 PM Come and enjoy live music from the Prime Time Band Haak  Vineyards & Winery 6310 Ave T, Santa Fe, TX 77510 www.haakwine.com click on events tab info@haakwine.com (409) 925-1401

Montrose Dine Around

June 25, 2014 by  
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Montrose was one of the city’s first grand neighborhoods. But it’s also long been accessible to nearly everyone, a place where mansions stand on tree-lined streets next to modest dwellings and multi-unit townhomes.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Montrose became a center for the burgeoning counterculture movement, featuring street musicians, artists studios, and second-hand shops, helping shape the neighborhood’s culture today.

Throughout the years, the main commercial corridor of the neighborhood, Westheimer Road, has been the central street for residents to shop, dine, and drink. Today, world class restaurants can be found next to tattoo shops and art galleries, a unique mix not found anywhere else in the city.

Our Montrose Dine Around combines a cultural, historical, and architectural tour with a progressive meal, held at four critically acclaimed local restaurants. The neighborhood has been a mecca for culinary diversity where indigenous cuisine mixes with more progressive fare, while authentic ethnic enclaves continue to grow in number. Restaurants and menus are subject to change.

On the Montrose Dine Around, you may enjoy the following cuisine:

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Modern American
Italian
Locally-driven

BUY TICKETS HERE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN: Monthly between 5:00 and 7:45 pm (please see the event calendar for current availability) July 16, 2014 , July 30, 2014, & August 6, 2014.

WHERE: Westheimer Road and Mandell Street (The exact meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase)

HOW LONG: The food tour will last approximately 2.5-3 hours

WHO: All age groups and fitness levels are encouraged to take the tour

HOW MUCH: $89 per adult ticket (plus a $3 ticketing fee). We will be sitting for all dishes.

WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable clothing and shoes

WHAT IS INCLUDED: All food and drinks are included in the tour. Guide gratuities are not included but always appreciated

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Food tours will take place rain or shine- tours may be rescheduled based on severe conditions.

Downtown Food Tour – June 26th & 28th

June 25, 2014 by  
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Historic, and hip, downtown Houston honors the city’s rich past while simultaneously embracing the future. Houston’s largest business district offers modern skyscrapers, historic facades, world-class athletics, cosmopolitan activities, and a variety of critically acclaimed bars, restaurants and shops. From historic Main Street and Market Square to Green Street, downtown Houston has something for everyone.

These three-hour walking food tours will discuss the evolution of the area’s history architecture and culture, while stopping at a number of establishments to enjoy a variety of food and drink.

The Food tour may include the following:

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Spanish Tapas
Regional American
Craft beers
Locally grown organic produce

June 26th & June 28th, 2014

Location: Downtown
Venue: Houston Culinary Tours
Phone:713-554-1735
Email: info@foodtourcorp.com
Times: 4:00-6:45 p.m.
Admission: $59 per adult ticket (plus a $3 ticketing fee)
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Free Admission: No

Click Here to see a sample menu.