The desire to study abroad while at Texas A&M led Audrianne Doucet to topping fro-yo with Oreos and berries. While looking for a way to pay for a semester abroad, she decided to create Project: Yogurt after noticing the area was bereft of yogurt shops. With help from her family, Project: Yogurt opened in 2011, serving up build-your-own frozen-yogurt creations and smoothies. All flavors, which include birthday cake, cookies 'n' cream, and no-sugar-added tahitian vanilla, are certified kosher and most are gluten- and cholesterol-free.
But Audrianne didn't just want to fund her own fun experiences—she knew good could come from Project: Yogurt's profits, and that there were several worthwhile causes that could use the money. Each quarter, Project: Yogurt partners with five local nonprofits and donates 10% of its profits to the charities; past partners have included Family Promise, Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center, and Voices for Children. Additionally, six times a year, Project: Yogurt gives yogurt away for donations instead, and 100% of those donations go to the nonprofit partners.
It would be more than fair to say that Alfonso Gonzalez is of local renown?the owner and executive chef of La Riviera Restaurant won the Chef of the Year award from the Brazos Valley chapter of the Texas Chefs Association three years in a row, and he now reigns as their director.
With more than 30 years of experience, it's not surprising that Gonzalez uses only top-notch ingredients such as Angus beef, local produce, and fresh-caught seafood. He's also comfortable enough to dabble in an international lineup of culinary styles, stacking his menu with everything from chicken carbonara to Caribbean jerk tilapia, so named because it makes fun of other fish. The diversity of his food is matched by the wine list, which includes varietals from California, Oregon, and abroad.