About last Thursday, The Thread Alliance's Blue Plate Special Kick off party


The Thread Alliance’s Blue Plate Special
Photo credit: Stephanie Maierson

Child abuse prevention was brought to the forefront at The Thread Alliance’s Blue Plate Special Kickoff Party on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The Thread Alliance and Founder Sheila Aron welcomed more than 100 attendees at The Tasting Room – Uptown Park to spread the thread of love and take action against child abuse. Guests were inspired to join the 4th Annual Blue Plate Special, a month-long and citywide fundraiser campaign for child abuse prevention during the month of April 2016, where participating restaurants are featuring an exclusive “blue plate special” dish and its proceeds benefit The Thread Alliance.

Guests enjoyed tasty lite bites and wine while they swooned over the display of “I’m Glad I’m Me, Weaving the Thread of Love from Generation to Generation,” a book by Sheila Aron and her BabyLovies, a baby blanket weaved with the thread of love by local women that are donated to child abuse non-profits in Houston.

Aron expressed her appreciation of the participating restaurants and excitement for the 4th Annual Blue Plate Special and its efforts to prevent child abuse. Guests were eager to join the campaign and excited for raffle drawings that included gift cards from Del Frisco’s Grille, Ouisie’s Table, Benjy’s as well as two tickets to Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance and the Kemah Crawfish Festival.

The Thread Alliance is dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse. The Blue Plate Special is The Thread Alliance’s citywide public awareness and education campaign encouraging Houstonians to take action against child abuse and toward healing. Local restaurants support the cause by offering a “blue plate Special” during the month of April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and donating a flat dollar amount or percentage of the proceeds to The Thread Alliance.


Everyone is encouraged to help spread awareness for child abuse prevention and help end the cycle of child abuse. The following restaurants are participating in The Thread Alliance’s 4th Annual Blue Plate Special:

· Adair Kitchen – Waffles and Fried Chicken

· Armandos – Spinach Enchiladas topped with Mozzarella cheese and creamy leek sauce

· Beaver’s – 3 Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Marinara and Jewish rye bread

· Brennan’s of Houston – Froberg Farm Strawberry Shortcake

· Buffalo Grille (Bissonnet) – Breakfast Special, 2eggs, pancakes and bacon

· Buffalo Grille (Woodway) – Breakfast Special, 2eggs, pancakes and bacon

· Caliente – Caliente Fajitas

· Carmelo’s Ristorante – Wagyu Beef with Black Truffles, Capellini Pasta and Asparagus

· Center Court Café (Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa) – Citrus Salmon – Salmon, Orzo Pasta, Tomato, Spinach, Citrus Vinaigrette

· Ciao Bello – Rainbow Trout

· Corner Table – Paleo Short Ribs: Smokey, Sticky Short Ribs, stir fried Cashew Spaghetti Squash and Fava beans

· CRÚ Wine Bar – Fried Pork Belly with collard greens, whipped horseradish cream, pickled shallots, pork and Cider

· D’Amico’s Italian Market Café – Nash Pizza and Bubby Pizza

· Dessert Gallery Bakery and Cafe – dine-in only lunch orders

· Epicure Café – Salmon Caesar with Fresh Avocado

· Étoile Cuisine et Bar – Pre-fixe Menu

· Frank’s American Revival – Meatloaf, Beef Stroganoff or Chicken Pot Pie

· Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino – Linguini Giacomo – Pasta with sautéed shrimp, arugula and cherry tomatoes in a sauce of garlic and oil enriched with sundried tomato and almond pesto

· Holley’s Seafood Restaurant – Hot Chicken “Catfish” Sandwich, Texas Toast, Dill-Buttermilk Remoulade, House Pickles, Cole Slaw

· Line & Lariat (Hotel Icon) – Fisherman’s Pasta – Crawfish Tails, Gulf Shrimp, diver Scallops with Mardi Gras Sweet Cream

· MAX’s Wine Dive (Fairview) – Rotating Specials

· MAX’s Wine Dive (Washington) – Rotating Specials

· Neiman Marcus (Mariposa) – Andean Dream Quinoa Spaghetti

· Peli Peli (Galleria) – Bone-In Ribeye Steak –

· Prego – Pan Seared Gulf Grouper Puttanesca

· Ragin’ Cajun (Downtown Tunnel) – Fried Shrimp Po-Boy, Cup of Gumbo and a drink

· Ragin’ Cajun (The Original) – Fried Shrimp Po-Boy, Cup of Gumbo and a drink

· Ragin’ Cajun (Sugar Land) – Fried Shrimp Po-Boy, Cup of Gumbo and a drink

· Ragin’ Cajun (Woodlake Square) – Fried Shrimp Po-Boy, Cup of Gumbo and a drink

· Steamboat House – Louisiana Shrimp Cocktail, 8 Jumbo Shrimp

· Sud Italia – Branzino Al Forno – Whole Mediterranean Seabass oven roasted

· The Burger Joint – Turkey Burger with Pesto aioli, Provolone, Arugula, tomato and shaved red onion

· The Del – White Chocolate and Blueberry Buckle – White Chocolate, fresh Blueberries, crumble topping over moist yellow cake

· The Tasting Room (Kings Harbor) – Rotating Special

· The Tasting Room (Uptown Park) – Rotating Special

· The Tipsy Dessert Bar – Alcohol Infused Ice Cream

· The Union Kitchen (Memorial) – Doris Truffle Mac

· Tony Mandola’s – Snapper Phylis (blackened filet topped with blackened shrimp, oysters and jumbo lump crab meat in a brown butter sauce)

· Tony’s – Snapper Francese

· Triniti – Filet & Frites

Joining the kickoff party included: George Ford (Executive Director of CPS), Bernadette Cashon (Executive Director of BEAR…Be A Resource), Trish King (Executive Director of ChildBuilders), Sonia Soto, Niedria Kenny, Juliet Hubbell, Kim Korth, Al Farb, Linda Villareal, Marianna Dubinsky, Guy Yount, Michelle Fishtorn, Mike Haines, Ted Powers, Vivian and Stanley Lipman, Joyce and Gary Nimetz, Sue Pfeffer and Larry Frieden, Lynn Kamin and Marcel Grimillion, Lexi and Ben Hoffman, Roy Murray, Ronnie Lipman, Judy and Leo Borrell, Eleanor and Bob McKenzie, Imogen Papadopoulos, Joan and Joe Perez, Joe Witherspoon, Fran Brochstein, and Hope Bliss


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