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Houston Restaurant Weeks kicks off with a crazy lip-synching battle won by a reality TV star

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Ron Trevino, from left, Cleverly Stone and Michael Garfield at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Ron Trevino, left, Cleverley Stone and Michael Garfield. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
John Harvey, left, and Willie Mike at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
John Harvey, left, and Willie Mike. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Kelli Scandrol, left, and Hilary Rosenstein at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Kelli Scandrol, left, and Hilary Rosenstein. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Chad Pitt, from left, Lauren Finkelstein and Drew Rodgers at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Chad Pitt, from left, Lauren Finkelstein and Drew Rodgers. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Jessica Blanchard, from left, Evgeny Kasilnikov and Jason Ergen at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Jessica Blanchard, from left, Evgeny Kasilnikov and Jason Ergen. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Robert Davenport and Leisa Holland Nelson and Husband at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Robert Davenport and Leisa Holland-Nelson. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Susan Rosen and Russell Weil at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Susan Rosen and Russell Weil. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Cleverly Stone and Steve Riley at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Cleverly Stone and Steve Riley. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Ron Trevino, from left, Cleverly Stone and Michael Garfield at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
John Harvey, left, and Willie Mike at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Kelli Scandrol, left, and Hilary Rosenstein at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Chad Pitt, from left, Lauren Finkelstein and Drew Rodgers at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Jessica Blanchard, from left, Evgeny Kasilnikov and Jason Ergen at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Robert Davenport and Leisa Holland Nelson and Husband at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Susan Rosen and Russell Weil at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014
Cleverly Stone and Steve Riley at the Houston Restaurant Kick-Off Event July 2014

What: Houston Restaurant Weeks launch party.

Where: Local Pour.

The 411: Chefs, foodies and party boys and girls revved their engines for the month-long dine-out marathon at a kickoff party featuring a lip-synching battle won by Willie Mike, a contestant on the current season of MasterChef, who dazzled judges with a cover of Van Halen's "Dancing in the Street."

Pablo Gomez, culinary operations manager for Local Pour's parent company HUSA, impressed the food-loving crowd with an array of light bites, including shrimp shooters, salmon ceviche, crab-stuffed mushrooms and caprese skewers. Not to be outdone, Nash D’Amico and his daughter Brina D’Amico of D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe offered up their famous meatballs and Caesar salad. And those who had room for dessert feasted on cupcakes from Drew’s Pastry Place.

And, of all things, complementary massages were available, too, courtesy of Massage Heights.

Who: Houston Restaurant Weeks founder and chair Cleverley Stone and an array of media personalities, including FOX 26's Ruben Dominguez,  Channel 8's Ernie Manouse, Channel 11's Ron Trevino, KPRC 950's Michael Garfield (aka the High-Tech Texan), Sports Radio 610’s Patrick Creighton and Nate Griffin and MIX 96-5’s Chad Pitt and Lauren Finkelstein.

Also seen in the crowd: Amy Ragan, Carolyn Sampley, Brandice Bailey, Neal Hamil, Hilary Rosenstein, Becky David, Carrie Grzelak, Brittany Hammond, Heather Icenogle, Jessica Layfield, Liju Mathew, Kimberly Satchebell and Tori Satchebell.

CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh contributed to this report.

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