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Houston Restaurant Weeks kickoff party launches month-long dining out celebration

Houston Restaurant Weeks kickoff party launches month-long dining out celebration

013_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Michael Walter, Piccola Macerola, Lisa Ferrara, Giancarlo Ferrara
Michael Walter , Piccola Macerola , Lisa Ferrara , Giancarlo Ferrara Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
014_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Steven Nisenson, Michael Garfield, Carrie Garfield
Steven Nisenson , Michael Garfield , Carrie Garfield Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
011_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Cleverley Stone, Jared Lang, Monte Mieve
Cleverley Stone , Jared Lang , Monte Mieve Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
015_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Amy Bey, Amber Carrera
Amy Bey , Amber Carrera Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
012_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Monica Berg, Benjamin Berg
Monica Berg , Benjamin Berg Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
010_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, David Cordua, Sylia Gallegos
David Cordua , Sylia Gallegos Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
006_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Jorge Alvarez, Juan Valles
Jorge Alvarez , Juan Valles Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
008_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Jon Stebvall, Dave Morales, Michelle Johnson, Levi Johnson
Jon Stebvall , Dave Morales , Michelle Johnson , Levi Johnson Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
007_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Jared Lang, Jennifer Garrett, Mark Sullivan, Jason Reeves
Jared Lang , Jennifer Garrett , Mark Sullivan , Jason Reeves Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
005_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Louisa Rich, Javier U. Lopez, Carolina Frias
Louisa Rich , Javier U. Lopez , Carolina Frias Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
009_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Laureen Lucas, Frances Elliott, Maril Lowe, Lauren Alford
Laureen Lucas , Frances Elliott , Maril Lowe , Lauren Alford Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
004_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Kim Padgett, Phillip Smith
Kim Padgett , Phillip Smith Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
003_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Natalie Clarke, Kaci Harrison, Lisa Garces, Joe Schwieterman
Natalie Clarke , Kaci Harrison , Lisa Garces , Joe Schwieterman Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
002_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Peter Laufer, Noelle Laufer
Peter Laufer , Noelle Laufer Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
001_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Cleverley Stone, Carey Kirkpatrick, Joel Luks
Cleverley Stone , Carey Kirkpatrick , Joel Luks Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
013_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Michael Walter, Piccola Macerola, Lisa Ferrara, Giancarlo Ferrara
014_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Steven Nisenson, Michael Garfield, Carrie Garfield
011_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Cleverley Stone, Jared Lang, Monte Mieve
015_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Amy Bey, Amber Carrera
012_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Monica Berg, Benjamin Berg
010_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, David Cordua, Sylia Gallegos
006_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Jorge Alvarez, Juan Valles
008_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Jon Stebvall, Dave Morales, Michelle Johnson, Levi Johnson
007_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Jared Lang, Jennifer Garrett, Mark Sullivan, Jason Reeves
005_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Louisa Rich, Javier U. Lopez, Carolina Frias
009_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Laureen Lucas, Frances Elliott, Maril Lowe, Lauren Alford
004_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Kim Padgett, Phillip Smith
003_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Natalie Clarke, Kaci Harrison, Lisa Garces, Joe Schwieterman
002_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Peter Laufer, Noelle Laufer
001_Houston Restaurant Weeks, kickoff party, July 2012, Cleverley Stone, Carey Kirkpatrick, Joel Luks

Houston Restaurant Weeks doesn't officially begin until Wednesday, but participating restaurateurs started the celebration a little early, coming together on Sunday evening at Momentum Audi for a casual kickoff party.

With the restaurant folks relaxing instead of serving, guests enjoyed bites from Fadi's Mediterranean Grill, coffee cocktails made with Wolfgang Puck Iced Coffees and wine from Haak Winery and Messina Hof Winery.

Houston Restaurant Weeks founder Cleverley Stone thanked all the restaurants and sponsors for participating, reminding everyone that while the month-long event is great for Houston eateries — it has turned August from traditionally the slowest month of the year to one of the busiest — it's really about raising as much money as possible for the Houston Food Bank

 Houston Restaurant Weeks founder Cleverley Stone remined everyone that while the month-long event is great for Houston eateries, it's really about raising as much money as possible for the Houston Food Bank 

This year Stone's goal is $1 million.

More than 160 Houston area restaurants are offering special multi-course menus during the month of August at $35 for dinner and $20 for lunch. Five dollars of each dinner and three dollars of each lunch are donated to the Houston Food Bank.

For the first time Galveston and Montgomery County food banks will receive money raised by restaurants in their respective areas, and diners have the option to help out as well by texting HRW to 20222 to donate $10 towards the goal.

Among the foodies mingling were Tracy Vaught of Hugo's and Backstreet Café, Concepción owner Jorge Alvarez, Americas and Churrascos owners Michael Cordúa and David Cordúa, Smith & Wollensky GM Benjamin Berg, Arturo Boada Cuisine's Camilo Boada, Houston Food Bank president Brian Greene as well as KTRK's Miya ShayDave Morales of KRBE, and Momentum GM Jared Lang and Jennifer Garrett.