Houston Restaurant Weeks Founder Cleverley Stone Has Died
One of the vital voices in the Houston food and beverage scene, Cleverley Stone has died at age 68, according to a representative.
Fox 26 Houston, who contracted Stone as a contributing reporter, has also published news of Stone's passing.
Stone revealed last October that she had recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 uterine cancer, pausing her television work but keeping with her radio show. About two months ago, Stone paused her radio show because of her health and the spread of COVID-19 in the Houston area.
In 2003, Stone founded Houston Restaurant Weeks, an annual event that became a month-long celebration of the city's food scene, with more than 250 restaurants taking part in 2019. Over the years, the event raised more than $16.6 million for the Houston Food Bank.
Stone was born in New York City and moved to Houston in 1989, working as a bridal sales manager in retail. She parlayed that success into newspaper column writing, then began to report about the city's food scene in 1995. Her radio show, The Cleverley Food Talk Radio Show, started broadcasting in 2003, and she began contributing for Fox 26 in 2008.
Donations in Stone's memory can be made to the Houston Food Bank. Houston Restaurant Weeks is scheduled for Aug 1–Sept 7 and will continue as planned, per a representative.