Friday, September 1, 2017

Dine Out and Help Texans Recover from Hurricane Harvey #TexasStrong

Thanks to Hurricane Harvey, it's been an emotional, tumultuous few days for my beloved home state of Texas. Most of you know I'm a native Texan who lives in San Antonio. However, Michael and I both grew up in small towns halfway between Houston and Galveston. Simply put: the Houston area is our home. Most of our family -- and many of our close friends -- live there. Thanks to an unexpected movement northward before making landfall last weekend, San Antonio was spared the brunt of Harvey's winds and rain. However, it hit many of our loved ones from Corpus Christi to the Beaumont/Port Arthur region hard. Michael rode the storm out at his parents' house, so he experienced Harvey's rain and high water firsthand. I'm sure you've all seen the devastation on the news...but I hope you've also seen the kindness and generous spirit my fellow Texans have displayed in the face of unimaginable adversity. I'm very blessed to report our parents and most of our immediate family were spared the worst of the devastation -- our parents' homes did not flood, and they never lost power. For that, we are truly grateful! 

If you've been wondering what you can do to help Texans impacted by Harvey's rain and floods, today I'm sharing a few restaurants that are holding fundraisers to raise money for the recovery effort throughout Texas. If you're planning to dine out over the long Labor Day weekend, I hope you'll consider visiting these restaurants so you can enjoy some tasty food and donate to the Harvey recovery effort at the same time!

From now through September 8th, Snooze is hosting a supply drive at its Quarry location here in San Antonio. Guests are encouraged to bring items including non-perishable food, baby food, batteries, and toiletry items to provide to those affected by Harvey in Houston. On September 8th, Snooze is donating 10% of all sales from its 20+ locations in Texas, Colorado, California, and Arizona to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, this fund will provide relief services for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. If you haven't tried Snooze's amazing breakfast menu, now is the perfect time to stop by and give them a try. Their food is delicious! We especially love their multi-flavor Pancake Flights, Breakfast Pot Pie, and Chile Verde Benny. 
To find a Snooze location near you, be sure to visit their convenient online restaurant locator.

Houston-based Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is offering diners a very special three-course dinner menu the entire month of September to benefit Houston relief and recovery in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. For every meal served from this special discounted menu -- which includes special off-the-menu dishes -- $5 will be donated to the Houston Flood Relief Fund organized by Houston Texans player J. J. Watt. Their goals is to raise $200,000. This special three-course dinner menu has been discounted to $49.95 and will be available at five Houston Perry's locations (Baybrook, Katy, Memorial City, Sugar Land, and The Woodlands) -- as well as at locations in Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and San Antonio.  

The special three-course menu starts with a choice of the Wedge, Caesar, or Kale salads. Then you choose an entree: an 8 oz. Bacon-wrapped Surf and Turf Filet, 14 oz. Prime Ribeye, Perry’s Famous Seven-Finger-High Pork Chop, or Grilled Sea Bass. The menu concludes with either a Dessert Trio or the Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bar for dessert. The $49.95 menu price does not include tax and gratuity, and reservations are required.

As part of its strong commitment to serve its communities, all locations of the Austin-based Hopdoddy Burger Bar restaurant brand are working together to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. With support from all their Goodnight for a Good Cause partners across the country, September’s beneficiary for all Hopdoddy locations will be the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, a Houston organization focused on supporting people affected by the massive destruction of the storm. On September 4th and 5th -- Monday and Tuesday -- all sales from every Goodnight/Good Cause Burger ($8.25-$9.25) sold at all 20 Hopdoddy locations nationwide will be donated to the Harvey recovery effort! This yummy burger features and Angus beef patty, Tillamook cheddar, caramelized onions, jalapenos, hickory BBQ sauce, lettuce and tomato. 
In addition, Austin-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka will donate $1 -- up to $10,000 -- for every drink Hopdoddy Burger Bar sells that is made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. After this two-day special event, all Hopdoddy Burger Bar locations will donate $1 from every Goodnight/Good Cause burger purchased throughout the entire month of September to the recovery effort!
Love eating ice cream to cool off on these hot Texas afternoons? Lick Honest Ice Creams is donating 100% of proceeds from Texas Sheet Cake ice cream pints sold at their shops to the American Red Cross. This decadent ice cream features chocolate ice cream swirled with chocolate-pecan icing -- just like the iconic Texas dessert! All Lick ice cream is made without any artificial colors or flavors, high fructose corn syrup, or preservatives. For the entire month of September, every time someone buys a pint of Lick Texas Sheet Cake ice cream at any of their scoop shops, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort. For my San Antonio readers, Lick Honest Ice Creams has a scoop shop at The Pearl. There are also three Lick scoop shops in Austin.  
Who doesn't love eating a comforting peanut butter and jelly sandwich? I sure do! During the entire month of September, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches will donate $2 for every $3 Project PB&J sandwich sold to their friends and neighbors in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Sandwiches feature creamy peanut butter and grape jelly on sliced bread -- an old-school favorite! Open donations will also be accepted from guests at any Which Wich location. Which Wich will match all donations made by guests -- up to $100,000 -- directly to the American Red Cross to aid in Harvey relief efforts. 

There you have it...a way that you can dine out and do good at the same time. I wanted to share dining options in a wide range of prices to fit any budgets. Simply purchase and eat something yummy...and do good for Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. As a Texan, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

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