Contest Winners Include Lucille’s; Green Seed Vegan; Children’s Museum; Doshi House; Frenchy’s; Yoga House; Reggae Hut; and Conscious Café
The Greater Southeast District represents a very diverse and vibrant community of thriving businesses, historic neighborhoods and renowned cultural and culinary attractions. Known best for its world-class medical and educational institutions, the District was inspired to put a spotlight on its culinary and cultural arts gems in support of the GHCVB’s “Houston Is Inspired” campaign.
“At a time when Houston is finally getting the national recognition it deserves for its rich and vibrant arts and culinary offerings, we were excited to offer those gems in our community a well-deserved spotlight,” said Chris Bilton, executive director of the GSMD. “This is one of many community engagement efforts we’re planning to help our District join Houston as a celebrated destination and vibrant metropolitan marketplace.”
The GSMD invited members in the culinary and cultural arts communities to participate in a contest that focused on what’s unique about their business or organization and how it contributes to making the District shine! Out of dozens of submissions, eight winners were selected based on the uniqueness and importance of the product or service; its contribution to the vitality of the District; its enhancements of the lifestyle of residents; and ability to attract visitors and new residents to the area.
The winners include Lucilie’s, an upscale restaurant serving Southern comfort foods with European accents; Green Seed Vegan, a plant-based eatery and elixir bar; the Children’s Museum of Houston, one of 190 museums for kids in the U.S.; Doshi House, an eclectic café and coffee house; Frenchy’s, a fast casual kitchen serving Creole cooking; the Yoga House, a Kemetic yoga studio; the Reggae Hut, a Caribbean-style eatery; and Conscious Café, a café specializing in healthy and all-natural foods and beverages.
“We wanted to establish in the Greater Southeast District because we love the people, the community and the culture,” said Leslie Slade of the Doshi House. “ We want to be part of the vitalization of the area through the arts and through coffee!”
Representatives of community organizations in the District judged each contest entry based on creativity, originality and overall community enrichment. Eight winners were selected to be featured in a three-minute video, which aired at the Greater Southeast Management District’s title sponsorship event, “Dancin’ in the Street…Motown & More Revue” at Miller Outdoor Theatre to an estimated audience of more than 40,000.
The winners’ video is also airing on the GSMD Channel on Houston’s Voice, a Comcast-sponsored, community-driven, local video and interactive media network dedicated to supporting the community: http://www.houstonsvoice.com/video/spotlight-on-the-greater-southeast-management-district/.
The Greater Southeast Management District was created to promote, develop, encourage and maintain employment, commerce, transportation, housing, recreation, arts, entertainment, economic development, safety, and the public welfare in the Southeast area. Zip codes within the District include 77004, 77011, 77021 and 77023. More information about the District can be found at http://greatersoutheastonline.com.