Sunday, October 7 - Saturday, October 13, 2018
IHWSH launched a new initiative to raise awareness of very common, under-treated medical illnesses: depression and anxiety. Coinciding with National Mental Illness Awareness Week, and International Mental Health Day, #WellWeek events offered Houstonians the opportunity to engage in open discussion about the scope of this national epidemic, a key first step to turning the tide in favor of successful treatment. #WellWeek aims to chip away at the stigma associated with mental illness that prevents many from seeking the help they need.
October 7th - 13th.
IHWSH invited our city’s restaurants, bars and coffeeshops to join this effort to stimulate discussion around and funds for the treatment of mental illness. Eateries offered a "depressed dessert” - confection to remind diners that one in five Houstonians may have trouble appreciating the sweeter parts of life. Bars created non-alcoholic beverages to rival the complexity of a cocktail in support of individuals whose healing requires moderation or abstention from alcohol.
We thank Cause Events for their generous support and sponsorship.
WellWeek Beneficiaries: National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Houston (NAMI GH), Legacy Community Health Mental Health Services and Southern Smoke.
October 7th, 12-4 PM, at Silver Street Studios.
IHWSH collaborated with Chef Jody Stevens for DCS Houston 2018. In its sixth year of existence, DCS is a bake sale, free to the public, with gray confections and cakes created by both home bakers and celebrity pastry chefs to help lift the stigma associated with depression.
Co-chair and IHWSH Beverage Director Laurie Harvey added a mocktail menu to the complimentary beverage offerings this year, with Kris Sowell and Kehlen Scott.
Happy Birth Day: Celebrating a New Generation of Culinary Leadership.
Monday, October 8th, at The Dunlavy, 6:30 PM.
Featuring Jane Wild (Dunlavy Kitchen), Jill Bartolome (Aqui) and Dawn Burrell (Kulture) with hand-crafted, alcohol-free beverage pairings by Kris Sowell (Deep Eddy, Ladies of Libation), Kehlen Scott (Anvil) and Lindsay Heffron, this event benefited Shades of Blue in the battle against post-partum depression.
IHWSH thanks Seedlip for their support of this unique dining event.
About the Birth Day Party Team:
Chef Dawn Burrell
Chef Dawn spent her formative years honing a physical prowess and discipline that would bring her to the 2000 Sydney Olympics and a gold medal in the long jump at the 2001 International Association of Athletic Federations World Indoor Championships. She credits her world travels as an athlete as inspiration for her culinary style of ‘global comfort food’, with an emphasis on locally sourced ‘root to leaf’ and ‘nose to tail’ cooking, which has found an ideal home at Kulture restaurant in vibrant downtown Houston.
Chef Dawn admits to tapping into her competitive spirit, work ethic and drive when competing on national television shows Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen. She’s proud to join IHWSH in our WellWeek initiative in support of Shades of Blue’s battle against postpartum depression.
Chef Jillian Bartolome
Chef Jillian aims to create food that is a balanced and intimate expression of her culinary experiences as a first generation American. She spent a few years at Cyrus in Healdsburg, CA then Bouchon Bakery in NYC before making her local mark leading the kitchen at Common Bond. As pastry chef at Aqui, Jillian helped earn the restaurant a 4-star review and herself garnered earned a James Beard semi-finalist and local accolades for her pastry before being promoted to executive sous chef.
Her modus operandi is simple: work hard, taste everything, pet all the dogs, listen before you speak, teach others, be honest.
Chef Jane Wild
Chef Jane Wild is a Houston native and graduate of the Arts Institute, but took a domestic culinary grand tour with stops in the kitchens of Whole Foods, Charlie Trotter’s and Portland’s Grand Central Bakery before returning home. She built a local following at the farmer’s market, then opened Jane and John Dough Bakery in Old Town Tomball, to the delight of the neighborhood and press.
Chef Jane’s love of community is readily apparent in her leadership and culinary styles, now front and center at the stunning Dunlavy Kitchen.
She credits her son Max and her yoga practice as grounding forces in her life, and looks forward to helping mentor the next generation of Chef Janes via IHWSH.
Kris Sowell is a former NASA dive instructor now serving as brand ambassador for Deep Eddy vodka, a position that allows her to embrace her love of travel, people and gorgeous cocktails - the last of which have won her local accolades and awards.
Kris has led many events as a beverage director with IHWSH and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of alcohol-free cocktails during WellWeek.
Lindsay Heffron joined the Houston hospitality industry more than eight years ago, a period punctuated by accolades and awards, including Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender honors. She led the Liberty Station bar, and served as a representative for Pernod Ricard and Jameson’s.
This is Lindsay’s second IHWSH event, having lent her talents to the Amuse Bouche cocktail team during IHWSH’s April 2018 Something for Everyone inaugural benefit. She is proud to lend her beverage prowess for this unique dining event.
Kehlen Scott studied the Culinary Arts at CIA, and while that training serves her well, she found her home behind the bar, and not in the kitchen, to Houston’s great fortune. She has served as the beverage director of Coppa and general manager at The Pastry War. Nowadays, she can be found practicing her craft at legendary Anvil.
In addition to contributing to this formidable beverage team for Happy Birth Day, Kehlen will be overseeing the alcohol-free menu at Depressed Cake Shop Houston 2018 and serving on the Mocktail Consultant Crew for WellWeek.