Mission Statement - Daughters of Italian Heritage

The purpose of the Daughters of Italian Heritage is to bring together a group of ladies (from age 16 to 60+) to teach, foster and share Italian/Sicilian traditions through an affiliation with the Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston, incorporating fellowship, service to charities and social activities.


Prepare 15,000 homemade meatballs for the Houston Italian Festival (Festa Italiana).

Provide volunteers for the organization-sponsored Meatball Sandwich booth and other Festa booths.

In commemoration of the Daughters 10th anniversary in 2009, the organization donated a concrete park bench to the Italian Cultural & Community Center designed with 4x4 ceramic tiles personally painted by members. It now sits on the side porch at the Italian Cultural & Community Center.

The Daughters host and prepare a traditional Sicilian St. Joseph’s Altar Dinner each March for members.

Published three cookbooks: DoIH Culinary Collections (2000), the award winning Tutto Italiano (2005) and From the Boot to the Boot! (2016).