On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," Two Headed Dog owner Lindsay Burleson joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss I'll Have What She's Having, the Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to improving access to healthcare for hospitality workers. The conversation begins with a brief history of the organization, which was founded by a group of Houston chefs and physicians.
From there, Burleson discusses many of I'll Have What She's Having initiatives, including free mammograms, access to birth control for both men and women, and a new focus on mental healthcare. While the group is led by some of Houston's most prominent female chefs, bartenders, and restaurateurs, Burleson notes that its programs are for everyone.
"What we really want is for people to have access," she says. "We want people at Whataburger to use this. We want the line cook, the bartender, the dishwasher. We want anybody to be able to have access to this mental healthcare. We don't want it to be lip service."
While the discussion centers around the programs I'll Have What She's Having offers to hospitality workers, people outside the industry can do their part by contributing to the organization's fundraisers. Burleson previews the group's Rock & Roll Picnic that will feature some of the city's top culinary talent along with live music. Tickets for that event will go on sale soon.
Prior to the interview, Avondale Food & Wine owner Mary Clarkson joins Sandler to discuss the news of the week. Their topics include: Gordon Food Service opening new grocery stores across the Houston area; Dessert Gallery's plans to open a second location in The Woodlands; and the opening of Muse, a stylish new restaurant in the former Emmaline space.
In the restaurants of the week segment, Clarkson and Sandler discuss their recent meals at PS21, the new French restaurant in Upper Kirby, and Theodore Rex, the modern fine dining restaurant in the Warehouse District. Listen to the full episode to hear what they thought about their meals at both establishments.
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