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Two Lake Houston area restaurants participate in Houston Restaurant Weeks

July 30, 2018

A dinner at Chez Nous and Union Kitchen-Kingwood will not only feed you but it will also feed someone in need.

Through Sept. 3, the two Lake Houston area restaurants — Chez Nous in Humble and Kingwood eatery The Union Kitchen — have joined with various other restaurants in the Houston area for the Houston Food Bank’s annual Houston Restaurant Weeks, an annual fundraiser where restaurants donate a part of their proceeds to the food bank.

Restaurants create a specialized menu for people to choose from at fixed prices.

This year set dinner prices will be $35 and $45; lunch for $20, and brunch for $20. For each $45 dinner the restaurant will donate $7, which will generate 21 meals for the food bank; $35 dinners will result in a $5 donation which will generate 15 meals; and $20 lunch and brunch puts $3 in the food bank coffers resulting in nine meals.

The 2017 campaign raised a record $2.4 million; the 2016 event brought in $2,015,157, marking the first time the $2 million mark was broken.

Houston Restaurant Weeks was established in 2003 by Cleverley Stone, host of “The Cleverley Show.” To date the event has raised about $10 million to fight hunger in Greater Houston with more than 30 million meals for the food insecure.

Stone added that the 2017 donation to the food bank might actually be more than $2.4 million because restaurant donations are still being collected from last year’s campaign. The delay in collecting is attributed to the hurricane. A final total for HRW 2017 will be made at a later date, Stone said.

Menus for participating restaurants have placed their menus on the Houston Restaurant Weeks website.

Last year, Chez Nous was able to raise over $5,000 for the Houston Food Bank and hopes to exceed that amount this year in donations.

The local French restaurant will be serving dinner at $45 per person and $7 of each dinner bought will be donated to the food bank.

Scott and Stacy Simonson, proprietors of Chez Nous, have known Stone for years and applaud her for all her volunteer efforts for the community.

“(Stone) has put this whole thing together and it’s fantastic. So to be able to help her also in her cause is great,” Scott said.

Stacy and Scott said participating in HRW is just a more fun way to give back to the community rather than just giving a check.

“We’re all connected. We all are together in this regardless of whether you have a $2 million home or sleep under an underpass,” Scott said. “You’ve got to be able to help out everybody and in that respect we have to be able to not turn a blind eye, especially in the City of Houston to the plight of what’s going on.”

kaila.contreras@chron.com

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