Afternoon Delights with Sachin & Babi

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D4DSaks-SachinBabi-Invite.jpgOn October 29, join chairs Leisa and Laura in launching our first runway show of  Dress for Dinner, Season VI, featuring personal appearance and fashion presentation by Sachin & Babi, followed by an exclusive VIP dinner with the designers.

Tickets for runway show and reception are $50; dinner is an additional $300.

Season show tickets are available for a special Early Bird rate at 10% discount through the night of the event. All season ticket holders will be included in a drawing to win two tickets to Houston Fashion Week.

Learn more about VIP packages and purchase tickets here.  

Homemade Granola

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Granola.jpgWe welcome the cooler breezes that autumn brings, but with the reprieve from the sweltering summer heat comes the frenzy of back-to-school, holidays and an inevitably overflowing schedule. Ensuring your family stays fueled means packing a few nutritious, energizing recipes in your back pocket. This one, you'll love.

If you've never made granola at home, you'll be  surprised at how simple it is, not to mention cheaper than storebought varieties. Granola from scratch also means you control what goes in; skip the refined sugar, corn syrup and preservatives and customize flavor combos to the whims of you and your favorite snackers, who will love helping make this snack.

Granola, of course, is good on the go as a pick-me-up snack, but it's also a filling way to start the day - simply add your favorite milk or top with yogurt and fresh seasonal fruit. 

Easy-peasy Homemade Granola
Yield - 3 ½ cup (Approximately 14 ¼-cup servings)

2 cup rolled oats
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
3 tablespoon canola oil
¼ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line 2 quarter sheet pans or 1 half sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Place oil, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Chop the pecans with a knife and place in a medium bowl.
  • Place oats, almonds, and sunflower seeds into the bowl with the pecans and mix until combined.
  • Pour the honey mixture onto granola mixture and mix with a spatula until well coated.
  • Turn out granola onto the prepared cookie sheet(s).  Spread the mixture evenly on the cookie sheet in a thin layer.
  • Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Stir the granola. Return the pan to the oven. Cook for 10 more minutes or until golden and crunchy.
  • Remove from the oven. Let cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Have your own favorite granola flavor combinations? Share in the comments!

Seed-to-Plate on PBS!

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PBSspecial.jpgRecipe for Success Foundation's Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ was featured in an excellent PBS special about reviving school lunch and connecting students with healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Take a look!

(The whole segment is well-worth the watch, but if you're antsy to see us, skip to 10:00!)

This episode aired on PBS and was originally published here.


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School is back in swing and cooler days are on the way, which means it's also nearly time to for national Food Day. Founded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Since its inception Recipe for Success Foundation has coordinated a variety of engaging activities each year centered around Food Day on October 24.

This year, we've cooked up a fun and easy way for all of Houston to get involved: Houston Digs Real Food. On Friday, October 24, 2014, folks citywide will show their support of fresh, sustainable produce and eating local by planting their very own veggie seeds. Our friends at Botanical Interests have even donated seed packets for everyone who wants to participate. Get your school, company, family or group of friends together to be a part of the first annual Houston Digs Real Food planting! And don't forget to share with us on social media: #HoustonDigsRealFood.

For more details and to take part in Houston Digs Real Food, email


Kudos for Berry ES

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berry.jpgRecipe for Success Foundation is fortunate to partner with amazing like-minded organizations who help us make our vision to establish healthy eating as the norm become a reality. James Berry Elementary is a perfect example. Thanks to sponsorship from the Aetna Foundation and Healthy Living Matters, we were able to establish our gardens and Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ as a vital learning tool of this new LEED-certified environmental science campus.

We are honored to have played a role in helping Berry earn the 2014 Development of Distinction Award from Urban Land Institute Houston for their success in creating a dynamic, green-concsious campus in a community that has greatly benefited from the revitalization.

After a year of support by our S2P Instructors, Berry has now spread its wings to become a sustainable RFS Affiliate Partner, with classroom teachers having completed training to be certified S2P Instructors and implement our program.

Congrats to Berry and thanks to everyone who helped in our mutual success. Onward and upward!

Watch this ULI video about the campus here: 

D4D Kickoff with David Peck

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DavidPeck2.jpgSummer's sipped its last gasp, so wave goodbye to ice-drowned drinks, barely dressed salads bursting with juicy market finds and the breeziest of sundresses to focus our sights instead on the season of respite. In particular, we are thrilled to celebrate fall fashion with you.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 2, to ring in the season with style and kickoff our SIXTH season of the annual Dress for Dinner fashion series. They party, which includes light bites, will be hosted by homegrown designer David Peck in his brand new David Peck USA showroom.  The design house is generously donating 20% proceeds from sales during the soft opening soiree to Recipe for Success Foundation, so come prepared to shop.

Fresh Chef Surpríse Season

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Jonathan LevineWE'RE BAAAAAACK. RecipeHouse took a brief hiatus from our chef-led pop-up dinners this summer to make room for Eat This! Summer Camp, but this fall, we're back in action!  Helping us kick off the 2014-2015 season is talented chef Jonathan Levine of Jonathan's The Rub on Monday, September 8.  As always, following a reception, Chef will serve up a multi-course wine dinner, complete with culinary demonstrations, in our intimate dining space in the Museum District.

This year, we're offering the chance to lock in your seats for the whole season with a special early bird rate. Purchase your Fall Season Tickets at $350 per person, which secures you a seat to all four of our monthly dinners this fall: September 8, October 6, November 10 and December 1. Individual dinner tickets are $99 per person and include, reception, wine and seated dinner.

We look forward to seeing you this fall at RecipeHouse!

Chef Surprise occurs on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) at RecipeHouse in the Museum District and features an intimate evening with some of Houston's finest chefs, benefiting Recipe for Success Foundation. For more information and to reserve seats, click here.

Prohibition Test Kitchen

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testkitchen.jpgWe're pleased to announce that our friends at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar will soon open a  downtown location.  Before they kick things into full swing, the 1920's-inspired venue will host a pop-up dinner at Kraftsmen Bakery in the Heights on Thursday, August 14 at 7pm.  Guests will enjoy a sneak peek at new menu offerings by Prohibition's chefs Ben McPherson and Matt Wommack. The downtown Prohibition location will feature a raw bar, tasting menus, fresh seafood and classic dishes.  All proceeds from Prohibition Test Kitchen ticket sales will generously be donated to Recipe for Success Foundation to support our efforts to make healthy eating fun and easy. 

Purchase your tickets at

True Food Kitchen Sneak Peek

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True Food Kitchen Charity DinnerWe're excited to share with you that a new healthy food concept will soon call Houston home: True Food Kitchen has set down roots on Post Oak at San Felipe, providing a delicious and nutritious option for dining near the Galleria. Even more exciting, we're honored that True Food Kitchen has selected Recipe for Success Foundation to benefit from a special pre-opening charity dinner.

Please join us for this special event on Friday, July 25, for a taste of the healthy, delicious dishes on offer. Attendance is free, but any donations will directly benefit our efforts to educate kids about healthy eating and combat childhood obesity.

Please note that seating is limited. To RSVP for your preferred seating time, email

Getting Kids to Eat Healthy..

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HoustonMatters-IronChef.jpg"A few months ago we had a discussion about efforts to get kids to eat healthier. And while there are many programs and efforts within schools to teach kids where their food comes from - by doing things like starting a small garden on the school grounds - not all those programs take the next step and teach the kids what to do with those healthy ingredients once they have them.

So we sent Houston Matters' Michael Hagerty out to see a program called Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ from the local non-profit Recipe for Success Foundation, which teaches Houston-area kids how to cook healthy meals, all while incorporating some elements of a popular reality cooking competition show..."

Listen to the segment by Michael Hagerty of KUHF's Houston Matters: "Getting Kids to Eat Healthy Includes Teaching Them to Cook".

Trouble listening? Hear the podcast on the Houston Matters page here.

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