On September 27th, Greg Martin of Bistro Menil (pictured here) along with 20 more of Houston's delicious chefs, 20 remarkable artists, and a dozen delectable boutique wines, sprits and craft beer makers, will gather at The Four Seasons Houston to dazzle the senses of party goers at the final celebration of our 10th Anniversary. Tickets from $250 per person and tables from $1500 are available by CLICKING HERE.
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We're teaming up with EatingWell to help you Eat More Vegetables! There's one simple change anyone can make to eat better and be healthier: Eat more vegetables! And the folks at EatingWell Magazine are challenging themselves and us to eat 30 vegetables in 30 days! The Eat More Vegetables Challenge kicks off today and you can find healthy recipes to try a different vegetable every day as well as helpful tips for buying, storing and prepping your veggies all HERE!
And to help you at home- EatingWell Vegetables is the ultimate book to help anyone make that change--deliciously. Written by the editors of EatingWell magazine, this book offers step-by-step basic cooking instructions with full-color photos for 101 vegetables, plus 200 easy vegetable-packed (though not necessarily vegetarian) recipes. Get it in stores in June!
Join the EatingWell Magazine group on VegOut! Race with EatingWell staffers and readers to reach the top of the leaderboard: Who can up their veggie game the most? And join EatingWell online--on Facebook, Instagram and eatingwell.com--where we'll be featuring recipes for 30 different vegetables in 30 days this June. We'll also be giving away a copy of EatingWell Vegetables each day on our Facebook page.
As we gear up to honor Houston's most stylish mothers and daughter at our annual Dress for Dinner: Fashion Gene Awards we will be highlighting these fabulous women!
These ladies show that fashion really does run in their genes!
One of the honorees are Mother, Jana Arnoldy, and her daughters, Lauren Barrett and Lindley Arnoldy. When asked how they would describe their mother/daughter's style they described themselves as elegant, confident, fresh and colorful! And we couldn't agree more!
We loved how they described their shared love of fashion as Jana said her daighters helped keep her updated and modern while mother inspired her daighters with perfect hand-me downs and encourages them to explore color and print!
We hope you can join us on May 4 at Tootsie's! Fashion show begins at 6:30 and we would love for you to stay for dinner featuring Chef Barbara Friedel McKnight and the Culinaire - Inspired Cuisine and Events team. You can learn more and buy tickets HERE!
Help us toast Jana, Lindley, Lauren and all of our wonderful and stylish mothers and daughters!
Book your tickets now for the 7th annual Fashion Gene Awards when we honor Jillian Boss & Jacqueline Fair; Kimberly, Christine & Jo Lynn Falgout; Tammie Johnson & Brittney Leigh Randolph; Alexa L. & Vanessa Sendukas; Lindley Arnoldy, Jana Arnoldy & Lauren Barrett and Duyen H., Anais, Lauren, Cholé & Misha Nguyen on May 4 at Tootsies. Get your tickets today!
Help us celebrate Spring and the men that have given their time, support and energy to support Recipe for Success Foundation and our mission to end childhood obesity. When we think of the Men We Love, we think of strength, dedication, support and style! And then men we are honoring at M. Penner, have it all!
We are pulling out all the stops to throw a grand Dress for Dinner party on Tuesday, April 12, with cocktails and a fashion show followed by a seated dinner. Our honorees will be the stars of the show when they take to the runway decked out in M Penner's latest fashions. The third annual sartorial salute to men hosted by M Penner and Event Chair, Carrie Colbert, is a part of the fashionable Dress for Dinner fundraising series that benefits Recipe for Success Foundation. Click below for more information and to purchase tickets!
The #VegOut2016 Challenge is 1 week away and we thought we would throwback the countdown with our #VeggieRiot video! VegOut! takes grocery stores by storm as customers dash to get their favorite veggies as VegOut! soars demand high and everyone is trying to eat the rainbow! What is your plan of action to combat the #veggieriot for the 30 Ways in 30 Days Challenge this year!
After moving into an historic home, Bill Baldwin, who also owns Boulevard Realty, gained a new appreciation for inner-city farming and the value of locally grown produce. "Back around 2008, I fell in love with a 1908 home in the Woodland Heights," says Bill Baldwin. "The entire journey of restoring the home and moving into it inspired me to get into old-fashioned ways. I built a chicken coop and got a dozen chickens. I got into beekeeping, organic gardening and pursued local organic food whenever possible. I was motivated to teach local neighborhoods to feed themselves. I wanted to teach kids that eggs don't come from grocery stores, they come from chickens!" When Baldwin discovered the synergies between his enthusiasm and the mission of Recipe for Success, he became an enthusiastic supporter. Last year he hosted a fundraiser for the Foundation in his home. In 2016, he's taking it a step further. An offhand conversation with Gracie about the kitchen being the heart of the home, inspired his collaboration with DJ Palmore to dream up their Heart of the Home Tour slated for February 13-21 to benefit our cause.
Get your tickets for the Afton Oaks Heart of the Home Tour
Get your tickets for the Heart of the Home Tour
Open House Ticket(2/13,2/14,2/20,2/21) - $10 per person
- VIP Dinner (Tues. 2/16) - $200 per person or $350 per couple. This ticket gives you access to an exclusive VIP dinner with special guests Chef Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber.
- This ticket gives you access to the open house taking place on any of these days between 11 AM to 5 PM.
After moving into an historic home, Bill Baldwin, who also owns Boulevard Realty, gained a new appreciation for inner-city farming and the value of locally grown produce. "Back around 2008, I fell in love with a 1908 home in the Woodland Heights," says Bill Baldwin. "The entire journey of restoring the home and moving into it inspired me to get into old-fashioned ways. I built a chicken coop and got a dozen chickens. I got into beekeeping, organic gardening and pursued local organic food whenever possible. I was motivated to teach local neighborhoods to feed themselves. I wanted to teach kids that eggs don't come from grocery stores, they come from chickens!"
Baldwin says the more he embraced inner-city farming, the more he heard about Recipe for Success Foundation. He also got involved with the Green Valentine organization created by long-time Foundation supporter, Jeff Shell. Green Valentine celebrates sustainable living for two weeks each February. For their 10th anniversary in 2015, Baldwin hosted the Green Hearts Gala, which benefitted Recipe for Success. "We considered several local charities, but the grass roots nature of Recipe for Success was the deciding factor," says Baldwin.
As Baldwin's company began anticipating the completion of a distinctive new construction listing in Houston's Afton Oaks neighborhood, Bill decided to stage an open house tour to showcase the craftsmanship of David James Custom Builder, a company owned and operated by DJ Palmore, and immediately thought of having the tour benefit Recipe for Success. An offhand conversation with Gracie about the kitchen being the heart of the home, inspired the name: Heart of the Home Tour. The event, happening on two weekends in February 2016, includes a VIP dinner featuring Coltivare/Revival/Eight Row Flint proprietors Morgan Weber and Chef Ryan Pera.
"It's so important to know your neighborhood - get out there and host or attend events in your neighborhood," says Baldwin, who has been active in the community for years, first serving on school board at age 18. "Strong schools make a strong community. You don't have to go the suburbs to find good schools, they can be in any in-town neighborhood. When you take ownership of your local school, you ensure a bright future for children."
Recipe for Success Foundation honored founding board members and agents of change at the annual Blue Plate Special Café Harvest Market & Awards Luncheon on November 18. Chairs Arvia and Jason Few and Kristen and John Berger topped fundraising goals thanks to the sold-out crowd of 400 guests attending the event at River Oaks Country Club, which garnered over $200,000 for the Foundation's award winning programs to combat childhood obesity.
In a special nod to the Foundation's tenth anniversary, founding board members, Amy Anton, Glen & Honi Boudreaux, Phyllis Childress and Kim Tutcher, along with early advisor, Peg Lee were honored for their seminal efforts to launch the non-profit in 2005 and sustained support throughout the intervening decade.
Robert Del Grande, chef-partner of RDG+Bar Annie and James Beard Award Winner, was thanked for being a founding member of the Chef's Advisory Board and named Chef of the Year. Del Grande was instrumental in designing the Foundation's signature Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ curriculum, and has long volunteered in fourth grade classrooms to teach children to cook as well as hosted many fundraising events through the decade.
Lance Gilliam, Real Estate Developer and Philanthropist, received the fifth annual Mayor's Award: Champion of Food Justice, in recognition of his assistance in launching Hope Farms, the Foundation's urban agricultural and farmer training site. After accepting his award, Gilliam commandeered the mic and asked the audience to step up with him to underwrite the costs for more schools to get the Foundation's Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ started. He raised $10,000 on the spot.
KPRC 2 Anchor, Rachel McNeill expressed the importance of nutrition education for our youth - citing the tremendous impact Recipe for Success has made through their Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™. While, Co-Chair Kristen Berger remarked how, "Looking at these children and seeing how this program effects them and teaches cultural tolerance as well as healthy food is what really roped me in."
Mistress of Ceremonies, Rachel McNeill, of KPRC 2 set the tone for the spirited luncheon program where ex-fashion editors, turned authors Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh of How to Feed a Family: The Sweet Potato Chronicles demonstrated their easy family-friendly recipes and shared their golden rules to cooking.
Notables also in attendance included:. Former Mayor Bill White, Holly Alvis, Rachel Hovnanian, Bob Cavnar, Jessica Rossman, Drew Anton, Kristy Bradshaw, Mimi Del Grande, Susan Criner, Roz Pactor, Marsha Smart, Todd Waite, Laurann Claridge, Mary Fay Way, Susan Padon, Anne Kinder, Kara Vidal, Cathy Brock, Jennifer Gilliam, Isabel David, Estela Cockrell, Elizabeth Petersen, Bill Baldwin, Anita Smith, Brenda Love, Clayton Erikson, Peter Remington, Tina Pyne, Janet Cockrell Genevieve Patterson, Ileana Trevino, Laura Jaramillo, Denise Monteleone, Jeff Shell, Kelley Lubanko, Susan Sarofim, Sis Johnson, Marsha Montemayor, Rudy Guera, Valerie Dieterich, Kimberly Albright, Karen Garcia, Leisa Holland Nelson, Susan Pye, and Roxanne Neumann. Enjoy photos from the event in our Flikr Album linked here:
Time to put on your favorite Aquazzura stilettos and party with designer, Edgardo Osorio! Please join Carrie Colbert on Wednesday, October 28 from 6pm - 8pm for our second Dress for Dinner of the season! You won't want to miss the fun at Saks Fifth Avenue! Buy your tickets here!
Just look at the fun we had last month!
Time to say goodbye to summer trends and say hello to fall fashion! Please join us on Wednesday, September 2, to kickoff our 10th Anniversary season. The party, which includes light bites by PESKA Seafood Culture, and takes place at Elaine Turner Boutique in glamorous BLVD Place. This festive shopping party kicks off the Foundation's 10th year of pursuing its mission of combatting childhood obesity. This year's Dress for Dinner fashion series is chaired by noteworthy fashion blogger Carrie Colbert. CLICK HERE to RSVP and find more on our upcoming events!
Chef Kiran Verma, who seems to never stop smiling, was grinning with extra verve during Recipe for Success' "The Flavors of India" dinner party in the River Oaks home of Bobbie and John Nau. For not only did the hostess dress up her garden with tented Indian party flair but guests fully embraced the theme, many dressing in saris and modern Indian dress.
Liz and Andy Stepanian, the Nau's daughter and son-in-law, joined in co-chairing the dinner evening and all three hosts (John Nau away on business) dressed to the nines, Bollywood style.
Gracie & Bob Cavnar launched the 2015 season of We're Cooking Now! A Gala in Small Bites with two sold out events in late March. April's exciting dinners featured seafood, Spanish cuisine and the art of the easy gourmet! Guests at the remaining Small Bites fundraiser dinners happening in May will delight in the exotic flavors prepared by celebrated chefs and be inspired by the latest collections from top fashion designers - with two of the May dinners featuring tabletop accents by Christofle! Savor dishes prepared by acclaimed chefs, such as Chef Danny Trace of Brennan's, Chef Barbara McKnight of Culinare, Chef Kiran Verma of Kiran's and Chef Charles Clark of Ibiza Food & Wine Bar, Coppa Osteria and others. Chef Clark's event is the final dinner in the 2015 series and takes place in the exclusive penthouse at the Four Seasons!
Cinco de Mayo is a day of colorful celebrations and a fiesta of flavors. From loaded enchiladas to fishbowl-sized margaritas, it's easy to forget about a balanced diet. If you're looking to add a few more vitamins to your Cinco de Mayo happy hour, try our vibrant Almost-Healthy Mexican cocktail. It will have you saying, "Orange you glad there is tequila in this?"
The Almost-Healthy Mexican Cocktail
Recipe by Jusin Kouri
2oz Carrot Juice
2oz Orange Juice
1oz Pinapple juice
1 oz Jalapeño syrup (recipe below)
1 Jalapeño slice, for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until shaker forms condensation. Strain over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with jalapeño slice.
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
1 Jalapeño, quartered (include ribs and seeds)
Combine ingredients in a small pot over high heat and bring to boil. Remove from heat and all to cool completetly. Strain. Discard jalapeño. Keep in air-tight container until needed.
There's a new spice shop in town, and they want YOU to join them for the grand opening of their Rice Village location. We want you there, too, since VOM FASS has generously offered to donate FIVE PERCENT of sales from their entire opening weekend to Recipe for Success Foundation, starting Thursday. Even better are all the FREE activities and tastings going on for the celebration. Check out the lineup and plan to stop by and doing some holiday shopping for your favorite food lovers, Thursday, November 20 through Sunday, November 23... See you then!
Learn more about VOM FASS here.
On 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.
Summer'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.
We'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 ProhibitionHouston.com.
We'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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruliam Wines is a boutique producer of vineyard designated wines. They source their fruit from California's finest vineyards to provide world-class wines. Then they donate 100% of those profits to the charities that you choose. If you're lucky enough to live your dream, it's most satisfying when everyone shares the harvest.
For this special event, Bruliam Wines will be auctioning off two large format bottles (1.5 L). Auction profits will be matched up to $500, with all funds donated to Recipe for Success Foundation.
Curious about Bruliam Wines? Find out more about their unique nonprofit wine concept here.
Learn more about the event and purchase tickets for the sure-to-be fabulous dinner here.
Sign up your lil' foodies to join us this summer for Eat This! Summer Camp! During five-day sessions offered in June and July, campers, age eight to eleven, learn to become savvy food consumers through fun hands-on activities at RecipeHouse, our cozy home in the Museum District.
Campers cook, garden and learn how food is developed and marketed. They culminate the week by turning their summer bounty into a healthy and marketable food product. Through hands-on learning, we prepare young consumers to navigate manipulative marketing tactics used to sell unhealthy foods. Plus, we make it TASTY and tons of FUN!
Even more fun? One kid-created food product will be selected by Revival Market to sell on their shelves this fall!
Join chairs Leisa Holland-Nelson and Laura Max Nelson and Recipe for Success Foundation at Tootsies on May 7 for the season finale of Dress for Dinner and the 2014 Fashion Gene Awards! We'll be celebrating mothers and daughters whose style sense is to be envied with a very special fashion show, followed by an exclusive dinner catered by Chef Barbara McKnight of CULINAIR.
Reserve your tickets today!
On April 22, Great Gatsby meets Earth Day when this spectactular Lazy Lane private garden sets the stage for a runway presentation of fashion designer Jonathan Blake's Spring and Fall Collections, followed by an equally sophisticated seated dinner styled by Chef Clark of Ibiza, Coppa and Brasserie 19. Join us in the home of Kristy Phillips and Rob Taylor for "A Garden of Earthly Delights" for a whimsical evening of fashion and food!
We're Cooking Now! A Gala in Small Bites is an annual series in which Houston's most gracious hosts throw dinner parties featuring gourmet meals, cooking demonstrations and exquisite food and wine celebrations, showcasing Houston's finest chefs in fabulous homes and fun venues, sprinkled throughout the spring to benefit Recipe for Success Foundation. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
On Wednesday, March 26, chairs Leisa Holland Nelson and Laura Max Nelson invite you to join us for posh fun at Neiman Marcus for next up in Dress for Dinner, Season V. The fashion show will feature collections and a personal appearance by designer Nanette Lepore, followed by an exclusive Dinner with the Designer by Chef James Ashley in Mariposa.
We hope you'll join us!
Learn more and purchase your tickets here.
One of the best kept secrets - that Houston has a positively fantastic food scene - is getting around, bringing some of the most talented chefs to set up shop in our hometown. One of the newest spots set to open March 15 is Bradley's Fine Diner.
Two-time, James Beard Award-winner Chef Bradley Ogden and his son Chef Bryan Ogden will host the Grand Opening Celebration for Bradley's Fine Diner, 191 Heights Boulevard, from 6 pm until 9 pm on Saturday, March 15, 2014, which will benefit Recipe for Success.
The evening will begin with a private wine and hors d'oeuvre reception with Chef Bradley Ogden, during which he will sign his latest cookbook, Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden, then progress to a grand reception which will feature a silent auction of three items: Chef for the Day at Bradley's Fine Diner (includes a Chefs Tasting Menu with Wine Pairing for Six, a Wine Dinner for Six, and a Wine Tasting for Six. Ticket Cost: $150 for Private Reception with Chef Bradley Ogden, which includes an autographed cookbook; $50 for Grand Reception.
Read more at the Houston Chronicle's food blog here.
Monday, February 17, 4-7pm, to celebrate healthy living, veteran Recipe for Success supporter Chef Monica Pope of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop has joined up with healthy living expert, mother and author Molly Shattuck for a FREE family-friendly event.
Stop by for cooking demonstrations with Molly and Monica, plus complimentary tastings and a book signing! 21% of sales from her book Vibrant Living will benefit Recipe for Success Foundation and our efforts to combat childhood obesity by changing the way children eat.
RSVP is free, but tickets are required. Snag them here!
This holiday season, show that special someone how much they mean with a gift that truly DAZZLES. Shop Deville Fine Jewelry throughout December and 10% of proceeds will benefit Recipe for Success!
Use the code RFS13 in store and onlineat checkout to have your purchase to help us empower local kids to make healthy eating decisions for life.
With corporate catering from RELISH Fine Foods, you'll not only savor the occasion, you'll be helping children lead healthier lives. For the month of December, RELISH is donating 15 percent of corporate catering proceeds to Recipe for Success.
Learn more and view RELISH's Corporate Catering menus here.
Chairs Gracie and Bob Cavnar and the Board of Directors of Recipe for Success Foundation invite you to join us for A Harvest Market and Awards Lunch, Tuesday, November 19, at The River Oaks Country Club.
Join us to honor our 2013 Blue Plate Special Cafe Award Winners. This year's honorees are:
Honi & Glen Boudreaux / Mayor's Award: Champions of Food Justice
Ryan Pera / Blue Plate Speical Chef of the Year
Olga Abundis / Golden Whisk Teacher of the Year
Brooke Candelaria & Suzanne Williams / Golden Whisk Volunteers of the Year
Join us to celebrate their achievements and efforts to help create a healthier Houston community. Come early to enjoy this indoor bazaar featuring the best of locally produced small batch foods, produce, meat, cheese and more from area farmers and handmade gifts from a range of wonderful local vendors. We will also announce the winners of our fantastic raffle prizes!
Learn more and buy your tickets here.
Join Recipe for Success Foundation and Dress for Dinner, Season V Chairs, Leisa Holland-Nelson and Laura Max Nelson, for the second round of our annual fashion series. Elizabeth Anthony | Esther Wolf will host Fashion in Four Courses, a runway show of their fall collection, complete with reception and delicious small bites by Arcodoro. We hope you can make it!
All Dress for Dinner event proceeds benefit Recipe for Success Foundation's efforts to combat childhood obesity by changing the way our children eat. Learn more about our annual fundraising fashion series and purchase your tickets here.
Join Recipe for Success Foundation and 2013 Dress for Dinner Chairs Leisa Holland Nelson and Laura Max Nelson in welcoming world-renowned Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti for a special fashion event at Saks Fifth Avenue all about dressing up your feet. We hope you can make it!
Learn more about our annual Dress for Dinner fundraising fashion series and purchase your tickets here.
Our awesome partners at Chipotle Mexican Grill are running a flash fundraiser for us at their South Shepherd location in Montrose. The beauty of it? All YOU have to do is swing by for dinner and mention Recipe for Success Foundation. Then, THEY will donate 50% of proceeds from your order to benefit our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ programming. So pencil in a Chipotle night for Thursday, September 19, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and don't forget to tell all your friends to meet you there!
This year's Blue Plate Special Cafe Harvest Market and Awards Lunch on November 19 at River Oaks Country Club will honor founding RFS board members, Glen and Honi Boudreaux. Owners of Jolie Vue Farms, a beautiful grass fed beef and Berkshire pig operation in Brenham, Texas the Boudreauxs have long been advocates of urban agriculture, farmers markets and everything else that shortens the distance from farm to plate.
The Blue Plate Special Café Harvest Market & Awards Lunch raises critical funds to continue our vital growth of Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ in Houston schools. Beginning with a Harvest Market of locally made products and progressing to a feast of seasonal delights designed by the kids participating in our program, this charming event has emerged as a yummy prelude to Thanksgiving and a perfect way to celebrate the tradition of the shared meal.
We're excited to honor amazing people like the Boudreauxs who have made a profound difference helping Houston children lead healthier lives. Other awards include Chef of the Year-Ryan Pera, Volunteers of the Year-Brooke Candelaria & Suzanne Williams and Teacher of the Year-Olga Abundis.
Tables and tickets are available. Email email@example.com for details.
Exciting news! Starting this week, our wonderful community supporters at Greenling have teamed up with Playa Viva resort to give away a beach vacation in Zihuatenejo, Mexico. The winner of their Sustainable Summer Giveaway will receive an all-inclusive 6 day / 5 night stay for two adults in a deluxe suite at Playa Viva's eco-friendly resort. You can enter multiple times throughout July in a variety of ways, including adding a $5 donation to Recipe for Success Foundation to any Greenling delivery orders for a bonus entry. Great local produce AND a chance to DoGoodHaveFun? We're totally on board with that.
Visit Greenling's blog for more details.
June 25 Whole Foods Market at Montrose will be hosting a Book Launch Party to celebrate local author and RFS supporter Shubrha Ramineni's latest book, Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking. Come have fun, sip wine, nibble on yummy bites, win fabulous prizes, and receive a copy of Shubhra Ramineni's new book to take home with you, all while supporting Recipe for Success Foundation... all for $20! Get your tickets now to reserve your spot. Children welcome, with free admission for those under 16 years!
Learn more and buy your tickets here.
The mother-daugther honorees of this year's Fashion Gene Awards held their own on the runway at Tootsies for the season finale of Dress for Dinner. The runway show was followed by a decadent dinner crafted to The French Cowboy, Philippe Schmit. Thanks to our wonderful chairs, Ceron and Todd Fiscus, and to our event committee, attendees and sponsors for a fabulously stylish season and helping us raise record funds this year!
See more photos from the event here.
As always, spring with Recipe for Success has been full of fun! We're wrapping up our event season with VegOut! in Style, the season finale of We're Cooking Now! A Gala in Small Bites. The dinner party, co-hosted by Divya and Chris Brown and Claire and Rick Thielke will feature a menu of "clean, well-edited flavors and textures" by chef Kevin Naderi of Roost who is currently up for Food & Wine's Best New Chef award.
Learn more and book your tickets here.
On March 20, Chairs Gracie & Bob Cavnar kicked off the We're Cooking Now! A Gala in Small Bites series, with evenings scattered throughout the spring that run the gamut from haute cuisine to hot cookin'--something for every taste and style.
After an incredible kickoff with Badgley Mischka and Saks Fifth Avenue last fall, it's almost time to continue the Dress for Dinner Season IV festivities with Act Two, with the Lafayette 148 Spring Collection presented by designer Edward Wilkerson. Hosted by Ceron and Todd Fiscus, the stylish event takes place at Neiman Marcus on March 19. Following the runway show, a limited number of guests will take part in an exclusive Dinner with the Designer in Mariposa with a special menu by Chef Barbara McKnight.
We hope you can make it! Learn more and purchase your tickets here.
Our friends at Farmhouse Delivery whipped up wonderful party plans at Rain Lily Farm to celebrate the publication of Eat It! Food Adventures. We are doing it again in the spring of 2013. Gather the kids and plan to join us. Reserve your tickets HERE (additional child tickets available at the door), or RSVP with your Farmhouse Delivery Form.
Dress for Dinner series chairs Cerón and Todd Fiscus of Dallas presided over the party that saw an exceptional turnout of Pretty Young Things. Read the entire story and see the photos here.
Enjoy my photos from the event and consider coming to one of the eleven other dinners that pack the season. We're Cooking Now! a gala in small bites celebrates friends and food, but most importantly raises critical funding for Recipe for Success efforts to combat childhood obesity. Thanks to generous underwriting, 100% of the ticket sales go toward our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ programs in Houston elementary schools. See the spring schedule and book your tickets here. See you at the table!
Thanks to an enthusiastic turnout of supporters and generous underwriting from Neiman Marcus, Catering by Culinaire and Central Market, Dress for Dinner and Dinner with the Designer, Nicole Miller on March 2, raised $13,200 to benefit Recipe for Success Foundation's programs to combat childhood obesity.
Always up for a stylish time, Event Chairs Roz Pactor and Isabel David along with Neiman Marcus General Manager, Bob Devlin recently threw one of the season's most fashionable parties to benefit Recipe for Success Foundation. The second event in this year's series of three, the show and dinner took place at Neiman Marcus Galleria and featured canapés and a three course meal by popular Chef Barbara McKnight.
But the biggest hit of the night came when gorgeous Neal Hamil Models strutted down the runway in Nicole Miller's latest collection, sending her fans into rapturous rounds of applause for dress after dress. Phone cameras were clicking and guests were live tweeting in the electrified room. In addition to the chairs, host and designer, the 150 guests included Recipe for Success founder, Gracie Cavnar, Dress for Dinner founding chair, Jeff Shell, Janet Gurwitch, Yvonne Cormier, Claire Cormier Thielke, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Susan and Annie Criner, Kim Bartee, Linda Kuykendall, Elsie Eckert, Lenny Matuziewski & Tamara Klosz Bonar, Karen and Roland Garcia, Heather Pray, Amanda Crump, Laura Tinamus, Jennifer LeGrand, Lynn Guggolz, Shannon Hall, Marcus Sloan. Ann Coffey and Sheldon Kramer, executives with BBVA Compass, treated twenty of their clients to the show.
The nearly forty guests, who donated a premium to attend the Dinner with the Designer immediately following the fashion show, were well rewarded with a beautifully executed meal created by Chef McKnight who extensively researched the designer's favorite foods.
"How did you know?" exclaimed Miller when perfectly crusted lamb appeared as the main course framed by a brilliant array of spring vegetables. Fashionably svelte guests including Nancy Golden, Crystal Wright, Amy King and Audrey Cochran practically licked their plates clean. Appearing for a standing ovation after dinner, McKnight--who is an very active member of the RFS Chefs Advisory Board--shared her experiences volunteering with the program and her view of its impact on children.
Pleased Neiman Marcus executives are already planning their Dress for Dinner benefit for 2012. "We were thrilled to have such a fantastic turnout for Recipe for Success--having Nicole Miller with us just made it that much better. Everyone keeps telling us how much they loved her stunning dresses!" enthused Stacey Swift.
More images from the evening can be found here.
In the meantime, enjoy photos from our kick-off:
March 30, 2010 Houston, Texas. Recipe for Success Foundation (RfS) kicked off its fifth annual We're Cooking Now! Gala in Small Bites fundraising series Monday night with Full Moon Rising at the home of founders Gracie and Bob Cavnar. Chef Randy Evans from Haven, presented a five-course feast of East Texas soul food for just sixteen people while pianist Paul English along with saxman Horace Young and torch singer Tommie Lee Bradley entertained the intimate gathering with a musical anthology of the blues in Houston. The dinner raised $24,000 for Recipe for Success programs to combat childhood obesity. The popular We're Cooking Now! Gala in Small Bites series will extend through June with ticket prices ranging from $200 to $1,500 per person, and thanks to sponsors like Central Market, is expected to raise total net proceeds of over $185,000 for programming in Houston elementary schools.