Italian wine dinner at Ristorante Cavour to benefit The Arc, April 23

The Houston based non-profit, Friends for Good, will host a four-course Italian dinner menu crafted by Tuscan-born Executive Chef Renato de Pirro at Hotel Granduca’s Ristorante Cavour Monday, April 23, 2012, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in honor of Green Beans and Guacamole.

Sales of Green Beans and Guacamole, a photographic cookbook with recipes from nearly 50 Houston chefs, benefits The Arc, an organization dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Belinda Hillhouse, founder of Friends for Good, and her son Austin Hanson, the inspiration behind the cookbook, will be in attendance to talk to guests, share their stories and sign copies of the cookbook.

Ristorante Cavour Dinner Menu and Wine Pairings:

  •  First Course

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Homemade Sweet Ricotta Flan and Tuscan Olive Oil

Villa Sandi Wine, Prosecco DOGG, Italy

  • Second Course

Spring Vegetable Risotto with 36 Months Parmesan

Vinosia Wine, Falanghina, Italy

  • Third Course

Ossobuco Milanese with Polenta

Antinori Winery “Il Bruciato” Super Tuscan, Italy

  • Fourth Course


M. Chapoutier Winery, Banyuls, France


Price: $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity


The Green Beans & Guacamole cookbook will be available for purchase at the event and all proceeds benefit The Arc. (The cookbook can also be purchased online by following that link.)

Reservations: 713-418-1104.

Ristorante Cavour is located at 1080 Uptown Park Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77056, inside Hotel Granduca. 713-418-1104.


About Friends for Good

Founded in 2009 by Belinda Hillhouse, Friends for Good is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to enhancing lives by supporting and promoting charitable deeds through networking and word-of-mouth efforts.

The all-volunteer board-of-directors of Friends for Good includes Shelly deZevallos, Belinda Hillhouse and Laurie McNay, who are collectively responsible for planning and carrying out the organization’s projects, including Green Beans and Guacamole.

 About The Arc

The Arc: Greater Houston is a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.


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