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Lucille’s to hand out 3,000 meals on MLK Day
Lucille’s restaurant and chef Chris Williams will hand out 3,000 meals this coming Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Two thousand of the meals, as well as 500 personal protective equipment kits, will be going to two distributions sites in Fort Bend County, one in Richmond, and one in Rosenberg. The remaining thousand meals, which consist of pork chops, mashed potatoes, gravy and collard greens or bistec a la Mexicana, Spanish rice and charro beans, will be distributed in Houston’s historically Black Fifth Ward neighborhood. Find details on pickup locations here.
The program is organized by Lucille’s 1913, the community initiative founded by Williams at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to address food insecurity in Houston and beyond. Lucille’s 1913 has donated more than 100,000 meals to Houstonians since the start of the pandemic.
B&B Butchers launch Galleria-area ghost kitchen
Berg Hospitality, the minds behind The Butcher Shop at B&B, B.B Lemon and B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar, have announced a new virtual food hall operated by CloudKitchens, according to Houston Food Finder. Fair Food Co., located at 5832 Fairdale, offers delivery meals form Berg Hospitality’s menus including 20 layer lasagna from B.B. Italia and the lobster roll from BB Lemon. Cook-at-home meals, such as steaks form the butcher shop, are also available. The food hall also includes restaurants like Birria Los Primos and healthy Mexican eatery IOEATS. Orders can be placed via most delivery apps, including DoorDash, UberEats, and Postmates.
Former Houston chef to open restaurant in Wimberley
Chef Ryan Hildebrand, formerly of FM Kitchen & Bar and Triniti, has grand plans to open a new destination restaurant in the Hill Country. The chef and his family have been living in Wimberley, CultureMap reports, with plans to build a “Hill Country bistro.” The restaurant, set to open this summer, will be called Hildee’s, and will serve up game mean like smoked salmon, trout, quail, venison and brisket alongside soups, salads and takeaway dishes like fried chicken.
Grocery store founded to address food apartheid opens in Fifth Ward
A new grocery store and meat market founded to address food apartheid has opened in Houston’s Fifth Ward, the Business Journal reports. Telomarket, which opened January 9, was developed using federal grant money with the the goal of providing grocery services to neighborhoods that have historically lacked fresh, healthy food like produce and meat. The grant was made available through the city of Houston’s initiative to address food deserts. The grocery store is located at 5702 Lyons Avenue, just northeast of Downton Houston, in an area that includes historically Black neighborhood Kashmere Gardens.