Houston Treasure for 2017
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Cleverley Stone is a broadcaster and philanthropist. She covers the Greater Houston food scene on radio, television and online. As founder and volunteer of Houston Restaurant Weeks, her continuing annual event has raised more than $9.6 million for the Houston Food Bank.
Cleverley was born in Manhattan, raised in New Jersey and educated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She worked on New York’s Fifth Avenue at B. Altman & Co. as silver and crystal buyer and director of bridal registry. In 1989, she became corporate bridal registry director for Foley’s in Houston. She then went to The Houston Post newspaper running the wedding section and writing a Sunday column called “Down The Aisle.” When the Post closed in 1995, she went on to write about Houston’s food and restaurant scene for several newspapers and magazines, and soon thereafter, for her eponymous subscription-based newsletter.
In 2003, she created a food-oriented talk radio program with well-known Houston radio personality Mark Stevens called The Stevens & Cleverley Show. She continued The Cleverley Show after Mr. Stevens retired, and hers is currently the longest running program on CBS 650 and the longest running food talk radio program in Houston. Cleverley has also been a food segment contributor at Houston’s KRIV/FOX 26 TV.
Houston Food Bank’s President and CEO Brian Greene said about her: “Because Cleverley is selfless in donating five months of her time each year to Houston Restaurant Weeks along with other volunteers, 100% of donations from Houston Restaurant Weeks come directly to the Houston Food Bank to feed hungry people. It’s an amazing endeavor by an extraordinary individual who understands that food is essential to the health and wellbeing of all children, seniors and adults in our community. We are grateful for Cleverley’s compassion and longstanding commitment to hunger relief.”
For Cleverley’s unparalleled efforts, Mayor Annise Parker proclaimed October 10, 2012 as ‘Cleverley Stone Day’ in Houston, and Houston Food Bank named Cleverley 2013’s “Barbara Falik Humanitarian of the Year.”