The Knife and Fork Club of Houston is a modern and contemporary counterpart associated with a history of dining and social clubs founded in North America. When in 1606, Samuel de Champlain, the explorer, cartographer and historian, was faced with the danger of disease and boredom, a plan for good spirits and good food met with success as feasts fortified the bodies and the minds. This was named “The Order of the Good Time”.
Times have changed since those lonely days of the 17th century. But the enjoyment of gourmet meals and affection of deep hospitality still lives. So, the first Knife and Fork Club was chartered in Spokane, Washington, in 1936. Founded by Benjamin Franklin, a descendant of the famous inventor of the same name. They featured Senator Gerald Nye of North Dakota to speak to this group.
The inaugural meeting of the Houston Knife and Fork club was held on March 5, 1947, in the Crystal Ballroom of the Rice Hotel. Leonides "Leon" Jarworski was one of the founding members. And thru the years we have met at the Houston Club, River Oaks Country Club, The Junior League, and Lakeside Country Club. Today we enjoy the Houston Racquet Club.
It has been said by many members of Knife and Fork Clubs, “It’s a class act”. His Imperial Highness, Archduke Otto Von Habsburg of Austria described the members as the “elite of each city”. And Dr Will Durant, America’s foremost historian and philosopher, epitomized the Knife and Fork Club as providing “Good Food, Good Company, Good Minds”. Today, there are many clubs nationwide.
We have enjoyed a very distinguished group of speakers. Some are:
Paul Berlin, Award winning Broadcaster Hon. George Bush, President
Jeanette Clift George, Playwright & Founder of AD Players Theatre
Drayton McLane, Jr, owner of Astros Baseball Marcella Perry, Banker
Clare Booth Luce, Author, Politician, Ambassador Earl L Butz, Sec. of Agriculture
Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, Attorney Dr. Neal Frank, Meteorologist
Dr. Michael Economides, Educator, PE James Drury, Television Actor
Bob Beaudreaux, TV Anchor Jon M. Lindbergh, Aquanaut, Demolition Expert
Judge Patricia Lykos, 1st Female District Attorney, Harris County
Ray Miller, Journalist, “Eyes of Texas” Deborah Duncan, TV Host
Edward P. Djerejian, Ambassador, Diplomat Joe Mannke, Restaurateur
Dr. Neal Pellis, Scientist, NASA Jack M. Rains, Attorney, Tx Sec of State
Col. John Powers, “Voice of Astronauts”, NASA Dr. Elliot Engel, Author
John Henry Faulk, Radio Host Herbert Philbrick, Counterspy
Dr. Billy Reagan, HISD Superintendent Jim Greenwood, City Councilman
Howard Hartman, Singer Jack Heard, Sheriff Louie Welch, Mayor
Marsha Ivins, American Astronaut Dr. Walter H. Judd, Physician & Crusader
Don Kobos, TV News Director Dr Robert Stein, Professor of Political Science
Dr Richard Wainerdi, President Tx Medical Center Ron Stone, TV News Anchor
And . . . Lord Sackville, Sylvia Thompson, Archduke Otto Von Habsburg, along with many other accomplished people.