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Restaurant Weak

Beverly DenverThe largest fundraiser for the largest food bank in the country — the Houston Food Bank — is a celebration of food and   charitable giving. Last year, it raised over $1.6 million to help feed the hungry and, since its beginning in 2003, it has raised more than $6 million. 

Cleverley Stone, host of a talk show on CBS Radio 650 about food, created Restaurant Week. Her idea was brilliantly simple, quite clever, actually: Local restaurants would donate a portion of their sales during a designated week to help feed the hungry, and Houstonians would be encouraged to dine out more often that week to support the cause. 

 

Since then, Restaurant Week has grown exponentially. It is now known as Restaurant Weeks, running this year from August 1 through September 7, and with more than 100 restaurants participating. The expansion says it all; the popular fundraiser has captured the hearts and minds (and stomachs) of many, including me!

 

Restaurant Weeks gives us more time to check out new restaurants or return to our favorites, more time to enjoy special menus created exclusively for this unique occasion and feel really good about supporting such a worthy cause.

 

There is, however, a downside – the expansion of this fundraiser has also led to the expansion of many waistlines,  including my own! It’s an august phenomenon that happens every year!

 

You see, folks like me love dining out in Houston, home of so many hip, award-winning restaurants offering a diversity of fare unmatched anywhere else on the globe.  

 

But, alas, during Restaurant Weeks, many of us fall prey to the temptations found on these local menus. They bring out the worst in us – the lack of control we experience when confronted with the options for a delicious three-course meal, the dimness of our resolve to forego appetizers and desserts to keep our pounds in check. 

 

But, then, we rationalize. It’s all for a worthy cause. Perhaps the most worthy of all! It’s okay; it feels really good to eat all this delicious food. To be among...the Restaurant Weak. 

 

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