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The 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.
From the Publisher
As we age, our birthdays seem to come around more and more quickly. And, with each passing year, we greet these special days with various forms of recognition.
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- What was the single best thing that happened this past year? Easy, Houston Woman Magazine turned 10 years old, and this 10-year breast cancer survivor is still hear to crow about it!
- What was the single most challenging thing that happened this past year? That’s easy too: Finding time to do what I need to do for me (work out regularly, for example).
- What was an unexpected joy this past year? Another easy one, but I have two answers: Learning my son passed the CPA exam and finding out my daughter and her family will relocate from Chicago to Austin in 2015.
- What was the best book I read this past year? Because I am a member of two books clubs, I read a lot of books in 2014. Picking the best one is too much like picking a favorite child. Just can’t do it. Suffice to say, I love them all — for different reasons!
- In what ways did I grow? Does growing out of a Size 8 count?
- With whom are my most meaningful relationships? Family is a given, of course, but beyond relatives?
Go Big or Go Home
The phrase, “Dream Big,” is heard a lot these days. So often, it has become somewhat cliché. Its strong message has been diluted and, much like decaffeinated coffee, it no longer energizes the very ones for whom it is intended. That really is too bad!