For nine consecutive years, we have been recipients of Marvin Zindler’s Blue Ribbon Award. Zindler, who sadly lost his battle with cancer and passed away in July of 2007, was a news reporter for KTRK ABC-13. He was one of Houston’s most influential and well-known media personalities. He was famous, in part, for his “Rat and Roach Report” on the ABC-13 news. He set up the City of Houston Food Inspection Program to inspect local restaurants. A restaurant that did not meet standards of kitchen cleanliness and food safety protocols would be highlighted during this segment. However, not all restaurants in Houston made it on the report, and that is what this award is about. Zindler gave the Blue Ribbon Award to restaurants that maintained a constantly and outstandingly clean kitchen. We are proud to have received this honor so many times and have in turn honored him by dedicating one of our menu items to him, Happy Family Marvin Zindler.
In July of 1990, it was the United States’ turn to host the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations. Houston, being the home town of then-President Bush Sr., was chosen as the location for the summit. Only a handful of restaurants were chosen to cater the event. Shanghai River was one of those select few. The summit was attended by the then-leaders of the 7 nations involved: President George Bush Sr., Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher, President of France Francois Mitterand, Chancellor of German Helmut Kohl, Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Italy Guilio Andreotti, and Prime Minister of Japan Toshiki Kaifu, as well as European Community President Jacques Delors. The summit required a great deal of preparation and organization which Shanghai River is proud to have been a part of.