Evening of Cuisine set for The Gardens on Thursday, Oct. 6
Auction items are beginning to accumulate for the South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce’s annual Evening of Cuisine, set to take place Thursday, Oct. 6, at The Gardens, 12001 Beamer, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Current auction items include tickets to the Houston Ballet, Houston Zoo and Schlitterbahn, a signed photo of Houston Astro George Springer, a cake per month for 12 months from Savannah Café & Bakery, dinner for eight catered by Melange atop the Allied Health Building at San Jacinto College South, golf from Golfcrest Country Club, local pool memberships, a barbecue grill from Central Ace Hardware, autographed sports memorabilia, two rides on a Southeast Volunteer Fire Department fire engine in the annual Fourth of July parade, gift certificates to area restaurants and gift baskets.
Now in its 19th year, Evening of Cuisine is an all-you-can eat function that allows attendees to sample food from a wide variety of local vendors.
Participating in this year’s event are Barcenas Mexican Restaurant, Bubba’s Shrimp Palace, Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors, Celeste’s Cakes N More, d’lish catering, Eximius Coffee, Kroger, Time Out #1 Sports Bar, Las Haciendas Mexican Bar and Grill, Randy’s Smokehouse & BBQ, San Jacinto Culinary Arts, Savannah Café & Bakery, Sweet Angels Café-Bakery, and Tony’s Pizza & Grinders.
Awards will be given to best entrée, best dessert, best decorated, rookie of the year, people’s choice and best of show.
Celebrity judges for the event include Sen. Larry Taylor, Rep. Dennis Paul, Harris County Precinct 2 Constable Chris Diaz and City Council members Dave Martin and Dwight Boykins.
New to this year’s event is the Kid’s Choice awards. Children 12 and under will vote for their favorite entrée and dessert.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are available at the chamber, 10500 Scarsdale; Central Ace Hardware, 11676 Beamer; and the Leader offices, 11555 Beamer.
For additional information, call chamber president Kay Barbour at 281-481-5516.
A group of homeowners in Woodmeadow Section I are opposing the proposed construction of a duplex in the subdivision, saying such a structure violates the neighborhood’s deed restrictions.
The site of the proposed building, 11502 Quincewood Drive, once housed a single-family dwelling, but that residence was destroyed during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and never repaired. Left abandoned, the house became a hot spot for drug activity and was declared a nuisance by Harris County, which auctioned off the property.
This past March, the new owner, Guillermo Covarrubias, began the process of clearing the land to rebuild.
“It was so big it looked like a business,” said Woodmeadow resident Judy Harrison, who is spearheading the opposition effort.
Concerned the new structure might be a business, also prohibited by the subdivision’s deed restrictions, Harrison obtained a copy of the design plans from the county and determined the proposed building was actually a duplex.
Developed in the mid-1970s, Woodmeadow Section I consists solely of single-family dwellings, and its deed restrictions clearly prohibit duplexes.
Confronted with this information, the new owner insisted the proposed structure was intended to be a single-family dwelling – something Harrison strongly disputes, as the house has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two driveways.
“It’s clearly meant to be two separate residences,” Harrison said.
While the neighborhood’s deed restrictions are unambiguous in regards to what can be built, the subdivision lacks a homeowner association to enforce them.
Confounding matters, the deed says enforcement is left up to the City of Houston. Woodmeadow, however, is located in the unincorporated part of Harris County and is not within the city limit.
Harrison has reached out to both the city and county for help in the matter to no avail, saying each entity attempts to shift responsibility to the other.
“The city says it’s the county’s responsibility, and the county says it’s the city’s responsibility,” Harrison said.
At press time, Harrison was in contact with the Clear Brook City Municipal Utility District, which would be responsible for hooking up utilities at the site.
Homeowners are worried such a structure would lower property values. Harrison is further worried precedent would be set, should construction move forward.
“If one goes in, others will follow,” Harrison said.
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