It's a busy week in Houston food. Here's the latest:
Last week the company owned by billionaire Tilman Fertitta announced the launch of Landry's Kitchen, a nationwide delivery service where you can get ready-to-cook steak (porterhouses, T-bones, ribeyes), seafood (everything from tuna poke to Chilean sea-bass to mussels to king crab), and burger sliders. Packages available include Lobster Indulgence, a $139.99 set of five lobster tails, and Three Nights for Two, offering two portions each of three types of fish for $82.
You can also get the Ultimate Seafood Tower Package that serves 10–12, good for your house that has 12 people living in it during the Covid-19 pandemic, one supposes. It's $299.
With help from the James Beard Foundation, the Southern Smoke Foundation has created a fund specifically aimed at aiding restaurant and bar workers in need in Chicago. Called the Chicago Restaurant Workers Relief Fund, it was kickstarted this week with $4 million in donations from anonymous donors. If you donate to this fund, 100 percent of the money will go to accepted applicants in Cook County, Illinois.
"Our industry is in a dire situation," Southern Smoke Foundation co-founder and James Beard award-winning chef Chris Shepherd said. "Our workers are the most vulnerable and are disproportionately affected by this crisis—and, in all honesty, in almost every crisis. ... Southern Smoke is here to ensure that our people can survive. And we’re so glad to have this opportunity to support the restaurant workers of Chicago."
Coolgreens, a health-forward fast-casual eatery based in Oklahoma City, has signed an area development agreement with industry veteran Clay Carson to open locations in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio over the next five years (the eatery has three locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area). The first Houston Coolgreens is slated to open in late 2020.