The Spring Luncheon (2017)

The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series’ Spring Luncheon is a fund and friend-raising event where guest speakers share their personal stories, as well as information related to alcoholism, addiction, recovery, health and wellness.

At the 34th Annual Spring Luncheon, The Council on Recovery will feature the award-winning culinary genius Andrew Zimmern as keynote speaker. The Luncheon will be presented by the Wayne Duddlesten Foundation, and will take place Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Hilton Americas – Houston Hotel. 

Get to know Andrew!

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Andrew is a three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is universally regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel (including Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, Bizarre Foods America and the new Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations), Andrew has explored cultures in more than 170 countries, shining the spotlight on impactful ways to think about, create, and live with food. Bizarre Foods aired its 200th episode in October 2015 and Andrew launched a new series, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food in August 2016.

Speaker Series

The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series was created in memory of June and Virgil Waggoner’s son Jay, who died of alcoholism at the young age of 36. Since 1999, this charity event has gained national recognition and the Spring Luncheon is one of the largest philanthropic gatherings in Houston. Since its inception, the Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series has been promoting a healthy, addiction-free lifestyle and the benefits it brings to the entire community.

The Spring and Fall Luncheons each attract more than 1,000 attendees and raise a combined total of close to $1,000,000 each year to help individuals and families suffering from alcohol- and drug-related illnesses.

For more information on how you can support our luncheons, please contact or call 281.200.9336.