Could not edit the above so repeating and adding here. Reference Houstonia article:
As it happens, I finally saw Deli Man a couple of weekends ago via Amazon and enjoyed it much. So last Saturday I went for the first time to Kenny & Ziggy’s. I saw that they were doing their own meal deal to benefit the Jewish community, which is a fine goal. But I think HRW is a voluntary effort, not an invitation only event. I’ll check your new post.
Edit: okay I think I’ll keep this topic on this page rather than your general post. Referencing the article there though:
A quick Google search did not turn up a prescribed way for restaurants to participate in HRW, but it’s hard to believe any interested restauranteur would be rejected. It’s for the food bank after all. Further, it is not a list of fine dining establishments only, but includes many casual eateries. Not to ignore the fact that K&Z is not by any stretch inexpensive. A side salad of lettuce and tomato is $9. Those are truly New York deli prices, midtown to be exact. My patty melt was $17.
So I don’t know what’s really going on here. There’s certainly nothing wrong with establishing your own benefit for a cause dear to your heart. Perhaps relevantly though, the strain between HRW founder Cleverley Stone and certain other members of the Houston food scene has long been apparent. On the few occasions I’ve tuned into her radio show, the guest has always been Del Frisco’s which always make me wonder…why?
Anyway, my inaugural lunch at K&Z included kugel, a potato knish, patty melt and fries, borscht with sour cream but no potatoes and herring. Pickles appear upon seating. Lunch for 2 with iced tea was over $75. High priced real estate there in the Galleria area. Gruber was there stocking supplies.