Chefs and business owners host a day of charity picnics and concerts

It’s a controversial time to take a clear stance on women’s rights, but that doesn’t stop some of Houston’s top leaders and their advocates from working for what they believe in. I will have what she has (IHWSH) is an organization that has been raising funds since 2017 to enable restaurant workers to access preventative care, mental health care and cancer screenings. On Sunday June 5 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., it welcomes the IHWSH live! Rock’n’roll picnic at the Continental Club at 3700 Main. The event benefits the IHWSH’s more recently established Project 1973 Fund, which supports Texas organizations that help women obtain safe abortions.

The IHWSH live! Rock & Roll Picnic is actually a full day that extends well beyond a meal, and some activities don’t even require a ticket. The Mid Main area surrounding the Continental Club features several women-owned businesses, and the day kicks off at 1 p.m. with an artist talk Elena Sandovici at Mid Main Gallery. She holds a doctorate in political science and has previously lectured on Roe v. Wade. My Flaming Heart, The Fashion Time Machine and Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails are donating a portion of the day’s sales – and the owner of Double Trouble Robin Berwick also creates a special cocktail for the day. Attendees are encouraged to arrive before the picnic starts to stroll and shop and soak.

Evelyn Garcia
Current Top Chef: Houston competitor Evelyn Garcia is among those who cook the multi-course tiffin lunches. Photo by Trish Badger.

At the Continental Club, and as part of the paid picnic, groups led by women and musicians perform from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The general program for the day is as follows:

No ticket required

1:00 PM Mid Main Gallery Artist Interview with Elena Sandovici
1:30pm Shop the Block + Sip cocktails at Double Trouble
6 p.m.: After-party at Winnie’s

Ticket required

2 p.m. Continental Club doors open with DJ Gracie Chavez
2:15 p.m. Nobody’s Daughter
2:30 p.m. Katie rushes to the backyard stage
3pm Dusty Santamaria
4 p.m. Sheverb
5 p.m. Calliope Musicals
6 p.m. End of the event (after-party at Winnie’s departure)

Chef Sasha Grumman in a powerful statement photo for I’ll Get What She Got. Photos by Emily Jaschke.

Picnics will be packed Indian-style in tiffins – stacked lunch boxes made up of multiple containers perfect for a four-course lunch. The starred chefs and restaurateurs who contribute to this lunch are:

“I’ve been part of I’ll Have What She’s Have since I moved to Houston,” Garcia says. “When I was a line cook, I couldn’t afford health care. Any way I can give back is important to me because it’s something that really helped me. We talk about women’s health and the right to a safe abortion. It’s something so real that affects everyone, not just women. It’s tough, but it’s important to be a voice for this cause in the state of Texas.

Each tiffin feeds two to four, costs $197.30, and can be enjoyed at the Continental Club during concerts or at home. There are also VIP table tickets for $1,973, which include admission for six people, two picnic tiffins, drink tickets, table service and online recognition. (The cost is $328.83 per person.) Those looking for an inexpensive way to attend the event and simply enjoy the concert can pick up a general admission ticket for $25.

Attendees can also bid on silent auction items including private chef dinners, artisan food items, a custom designer piece Bonnie Kennimer and more.

To close out the day, Winnie’s will host an after-party and will also donate a portion of cocktail sales to the cause.

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