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Cane Island’s Back to School Bash Returns Saturday, August 14

The Katy community of Cane Island will host the return of its popular Back to School Bash complete with outdoor games, bounce houses, special offerings from local boutiques and more on Saturday, August 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


The Katy community of Cane Island will host the return of its popular Back to School Bash complete with outdoor games, bounce houses, special offerings from local boutiques and more on Saturday, August 14 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cane Island’s Back to School once again will be held in the community’s Cane Quarter amenity village, 2100 Cane Island Parkway.  Admission is free with onsite parking available.

Families will enjoy face painting, bounce houses and other outdoor games along with performances by Katy High School Cheer, the Katy High School Bengal Brigade and Katy Junior High School Cheer.  The Bryant Elementary PTA also will be onsite selling school spirit wear.

Plus, Kendra Scott and Katy’s own Sassafras Boutique & Gifts will be on hand with special pricing on their unique collections of jewelry, women’s clothing and gift items.

To reach Cane Island, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway directly into the community. 

For more information, call (281) 725-6555. 

  • Cane Island Gardening Club Creates Area’s First Community Seed Sharing Program

    June 28, 2021


    When Katy residents Danielle Gilman and Korinne Provoast took a bike ride through their Cane Island neighborhood in the spring of 2020 during the height of the pandemic, little did they know an innocent conversation about gardening would ultimately blossom into one of the area’s first community seed sharing programs.

    “We were talking about all our neighbors who started gardening during the pandemic and decided to start a Facebook group to share advice with one another,” recalls Gilman.  “We are mostly amateurs so the back and forth with neighbors was great.”

    Besides sharing their gardening tips, members of the newly created Cane Island Gardening Club started swapping plants and seeds.  That’s when Gilman and Provoast came up with the idea for a Seed Share Shack, a dispensary where residents can donate their extra seeds and take the seeds they want for their own gardens.

    The two turned to fellow Cane Island neighbor Mandy Kleinman, who built the community’s “Little Library,” to come up with a design for Cane Island’s Seed Share Shack.  Located in front of Cane Island’s community garden next to the Cane Quarter Conservatory, the wooden structure with pullout shelves is filled with seed packets for tomatoes, peppers, peas, garlic, kale, beets, green beans and others.

    “It’s really neat to think there are so many people in the community who suddenly are interested in gardening,” says Provoast, who recently planned the community’s first farmers market.  “Like all of our Cane Island clubs, the Gardening Club is a very supportive group.”

    Besides building camaraderie with neighbors, all of the interest in gardening has helped her toddler embrace the flavors of fresh produce. 

    “He loves to pick tomatoes,” she adds.  “It’s fun for our family and it helps us teach him responsibility at an early age.”

    Gilman says she and fellow gardening club members are in the early stages of starting a summer “Garden Stroll” when neighbors can walk from house to house and try items from various Cane Island gardens. The initial farmers market was so successful there is one scheduled the third Saturday of every month. 

    To reach the Katy community of new homes, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway directly into the community.

  • David Weekley Homes Expands Cane Island Presence With New Model, New Plans on 60-Foot Homesites


    David Weekley Homes has opened its newest showcase model in the Katy community of Cane Island where the longtime builder is introducing all-new plans on popular 60-foot homesites.

    Now open daily for public tour at 2707 Coastal Trail, the fully furnished model features a welcoming entry foyer, gourmet island kitchen, Owner’s Suite, flex space for home office use, spacious secondary bedrooms and special touches synonymous with the David Weekley brand.

    Starting in mid $400s, several expertly designed, 60-foot plans by David Weekley Homes are available, each offering buyers a wide range of custom choices and personalized selections.  Move-in ready homes, currently under construction in the community’s Monarch Fields section, are expected to be available later this summer.  

    As the longtime Houston builder adds new homes on Cane Island’s 60-foot homesites, it also is expanding into the community’s three, new 50-foot sections where its new homes start in the mid $300s.

    In addition to luxury homes by award-winning builders, Cane Island offers its resort-style Cane Quarter where residents enjoy year-round use of a two-story fitness center, yoga studio with on-demand classes, lap pool, lagoon-style family pool and cabanas, children’s water playground and central lawn.  The tree-lined setting also is home to The Oaks Kitchen & Bar, open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.    

    Cane Island staffs a full-time, onsite Lifestyle Director who plans movie nights, outdoor concerts, seasonal shopping events and other gatherings. It also offers the convenience of immediate I-10 access, highly sought-after Katy ISD schools, proximity to major west Houston employers and an abundance of nearby shopping, dining and entertainment.  

    To reach the award-winning Katy community of new homes, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway. Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway directly into the community.  

    Visit for a complete list of the community’s move-in ready homes along with virtual tours of its model homes and community amenities.

  • Onsite Katy ISD Elementary School Announced for Katy’s Cane Island


    Cane Island, Katy’s first master-planned community north of I-10 consistently ranked as one of the area’s top sellers for new homes, will add an onsite Katy ISD elementary school scheduled to open fall 2022.

    Within walking distance for Cane Island residents, the community’s new onsite elementary will be located at 7400 Innovation Drive near Cane Island Parkway.  The district is expected to announce a name for the new school in the coming months.

    “As the primary driver of new home sales north of I-10, we knew it was just a matter of time before we could open an onsite elementary school right here in the community,” says Lawren Eckhardt, Cane Island director of marketing. “Our families value a Katy ISD education and certainly having an elementary school right in their backyard is a huge plus for the community.  Residents have been looking forward to this for quite some time.”

    Cane Island’s new onsite elementary is expected to offer spacious classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, leading edge teaching technologies and prominent natural light throughout the campus.  Residents will continue to attend Katy Junior High School and Katy High School.

    The announcement of a new onsite elementary school comes as the Katy enclave of new homes by Rise Communities continues its steady growth.  Most recently, Cane Island added 152 homesites spanning three new 50-foot sections.  Announcements of other new sections are expected soon.

    New homes in Cane Island start in the mid $300s including move-in ready homes at or near completion.  A limited number of homesites also are available on premium, half-acre properties in The Estates, Cane Island’s custom home neighborhood.

    In addition to new homes by acclaimed builders, Cane Island offers its resort-style Cane Quarter where residents enjoy year-round use of a two-story fitness center, yoga studio with on-demand classes, lap pool, lagoon-style family pool and cabanas, children’s water playground and central lawn. 

    Cane Quarter also is home to The Oaks Kitchen & Bar, open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.  Plus, a full-time onsite Lifestyle Director plans movie nights, outdoor concerts, seasonal shopping events and other gatherings.  

    To reach the Katy community of new homes, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway directly into the community.  

    Visit for a complete list of move-in ready homes, new home purchase incentives and virtual tours of model homes.

  • Accent Wall Ideas That’ll Make Your Room Pop


    Are you tired of staring at that drab or outdated wall but just aren’t sure what to do with it? Or maybe you’re moving into a new home and want a fresh design look. Either way, here’s a look at some of the latest design trends including accent and statement wall ideas that will give your current home a facelift or your new home an awe-inspiring look that will make your new neighbors green with envy. 

    Cason Graye Shiplap

    Shiplap is Out (sort of)

    There was a time when you’d be hard-pressed to find a TV show that wasn’t renovating a room using shiplap. Are visions of Chip and Joanna Gaines flashing through your mind? While shiplap walls in Texas may never go completely out of style thanks to rustic-chic barns and Hill Country hideaways, the once popular trend is taking a backseat to some fresher ideas. Don’t worry, if you are a lover of all things farmhouse and you can’t envision a room without a wall of whitewashed wide-planked boards, it’s ok! When used to highlight or complement an overall design theme (a la rustic farmhouse) the style will still look beautiful and trendy. However, it’s time to embrace shiplap 2021. What does that mean? It means say goodbye to white and hello to dark, moody shiplap walls and fireplaces. Already have traditional white shiplap? Give it a fresh coat of dark green, or even black, paint to make it pop and give it new life.

    William Graye Wallpaper

    Wallpaper is In

    You read that right! Homeowners now are embracing wallpaper, albeit with a bit less commitment. Thanks to removable peel-and-stick wallpaper, novice and professional designers are stepping out of the box and trying something new. Afterall, that dark moody wallpaper idea for your hall bathrooms seems less scary when you know it can simply be removed if it’s not quite the look you wanted. In addition, families can now freely and easily decorate nurseries and kids’ rooms just as quickly as the young ones’ tastes are guaranteed to change. Since décor trends can wreak havoc on resale, having the ability to simply remove wallpaper and replace it with neutral paint is a desirable option. Oh, and if you’re renting a home or you’re the owner of a rental property, the idea of easily removed peel-and-stick wallpaper is music to your ears. There’s never been a better time to embrace change, be daring, and try something new – like that zebra-print wallpaper you’ve favorited on your Pinterest design board.

    William David Colorful Office

    More Color, Less Gray

    Sure, gray goes with everything and let’s face it, there are an overwhelming amount of grays to choose from so it’s an easy go-to for neutral paint that is not beige. However, homeowners and designers are stepping away from the simple and going bold. Gray, while calming and agreeable, can also appear cold and lack personality. After having been stuck at home for over a year, homeowners are wanting some pizzaz, a little oomph to an otherwise sterile room. Enter: color. While it doesn’t have to be a plethora of colors, an eye-popping indigo blue will make those kitchen cabinets or island stand out. If you’re building a new home, talk to your builder’s design team about the best way to incorporate color and give your new home that much-desired “wow” factor! Or, if you are tired of staring at the same gray walls, head to your nearest paint store and talk with the color experts about your vision and how to make it come to life and watch your old space come to life with the simple swipe of a brush.

    Cason Graye Dining Room

    All White No Longer Reigns Supreme

    White is safe. White is clean. White is crisp. But is white now boring? Designers are saying so. The trend of making everything in the home, from countertops to walls to furniture, white is being left behind. Sure, it’s minimalistic and appeals to those less adventurous homeowners or those who want to create a clean slate that allows art and accent pieces to pop but it often lacks visual appeal. Now, this is not to say a clean and minimalistic-style home is not doable. Thinking outside the box, homeowners are now layering whites and creams, along with light-colored patterns, to give the home and overall décor more dimension. If clothing designers can create stunning monochromatic outfits that are both timeless and chic, why can’t interior designers do the same? Next time you’re looking for simple ways to give your favorite white room a bit of flair, look for cream pillows, beige or gray accent pieces, or even grab a blanket or pillow with texture.  

    William David Granny Chic

    “Grandmillennial” Meets “Granny Chic”

    Remember walking into your grandmother’s home and shaking your head at her floral wallpaper or crocheted throws? Sure, it’s nostalgic but it’s not anything you ever considered putting in your home…until now. Millennials are now embracing these long-gone trends in an effort to recreate those memories but with a fresh take. It’s a modern revival of homey design elements meant to invoke memories of poundcake, old-time television shows and holiday moments that could only happen at Grandma’s house. These antique pieces and accents give modern spaces a warm touch and incorporate a piece of the past into the future. So next time you see an ornate mirror or picture frame, don’t pass it by. Hang it proudly next to the modern light fixture and give your room a “granny chic” conversation piece that will have you wanting a needlepoint “Home Sweet Home” sign by your door in no time.

    Cason Graye Tile Backsplash

    Unique Tiles Make for Interesting Backsplashes

    Tile has long been a way for designers and DIYers to make a splash at any cost. While unique tiles can be beautiful, and costly, creating a stunning backsplash or bathroom shower doesn’t need to break the bank. In the past, a kitchen or bathroom could be refreshed with a white subway tile. While that’s still the case, people are now leaning towards ceramic tiles with Moroccan or Spanish influence. However, if an elaborate display of handcrafted tiles is not in the budget, individual pieces can be incorporated throughout a more cost-efficient design to add an extra pop while staying within budget.

    Gallery Wall

    Unique Artful Wall Displays (gallery walls, heirloom displays)

    Good news! If the idea of painting or wallpapering makes you shudder, you can improve a room by simply hanging photos or displaying your favorite collection of heirlooms on a wall. Do you have sketches collected from your travels, black and white photos from generations before that are collecting dust, or even a unique plate collection passed down from someone you love? Gather that beloved collection of items or photos and create a gallery wall that will create a curated art display.  This will allow you to create a statement wall and invite conversation about your collectables all while showcasing your most valued pieces. 

    Whether you’re looking to completely renovate a room, make a slight color adjustment, or decorate a new move-in ready home from scratch, these current design trends are sure to help make a big impact. The message of 2021 is to be brave with color, think outside the gray or white box, embrace texture, incorporate color and patterns, and take a second look at your grandparents’ seemingly old-fashioned décor. 

    Contact us to start designing your new home at Cane Island.

  • Top-Producing Cane Island Realtor Donates Portion of Cash Award to The Ballard House

    May 26, 2021


    When Katy-area Realtor Ginny Vitovsky of JPAR - The Sears Group was presented with a cash award of $2,021 as Cane Island’s top-producing agent for the first quarter of 2021, she knew right away what she would do with a portion of the money.

    An avid supporter of The Ballard House, Ginny donated a portion of her top-producer award to the Katy organization dedicated to providing temporary housing with a warm, safe environment for individuals and their families who are hospitalized or receiving treatment for a serious medical condition.  Her husband Jerry also serves on The Ballard House board of directors.

    “My career in real estate has given me an opportunity to give back in so many ways,” she explains. “Giving in general is my life passion.”

    As for Cane Island, Ginny says the community of new homes checks everything her clients are looking for, regardless of their stage in life.

    “The amenities, onsite restaurant, mature trees and the aesthetics of Cane Island – it’s all very appealing to buyers,” she adds.  “Plus its location is minutes from everything.”

    To reach the Katy community of new homes, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway directly into the community.  

    Visit for a complete list of move-in ready homes, new home purchase incentives and virtual tours of model homes. A limited number of homesites also are available on premium, half-acre properties in The Estates, Cane Island’s custom home neighborhood.

  • Cane Island Continues Growth With Opening of New 50-Foot Sections

    May 25, 2021


    In a sign of its continued growth, the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island has opened three new sections of its popular 50-foot homesites where David Weekley Homes and Perry Homes will add three, four and five-bedroom family homes.

    The three new sections total 152 homesites.

    “The 50-foot homesites are among our top sellers,” says Lawren Eckhardt, Cane Island director of marketing. “They provide buyers with the ability to design a large family room on a smaller, more affordable footprint.”

    Both David Weekley Homes and Perry Homes will offer single and two-story plans with features such as a gourmet island kitchen, spacious family room, inviting Owner’s Suite, media room, flex space for private or semi-private home office settings, and spacious outdoor entertaining spaces.

    New homes by David Weekley will start in the $349s while those by Perry Homes are priced from the $370s. New move-in ready homes from both builders are expected to become available this fall.

    Since its inception, the Katy community of new homes has grown steadily by attracting families with the convenience of immediate I-10 access, new homes by acclaimed builders and resort-style amenities

    Its Cane Quarter features a yoga studio with on-demand classes, two-story fitness center, lap pool, lagoon-style family pool and cabanas, children’s water playground and central lawn. Cane Quarter also is home to The Oaks Kitchen & Bar, open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Plus, a full-time onsite Lifestyle Director plans movie nights, outdoor concerts, seasonal shopping events and other gatherings.

    Residents also receive a challenging, yet well-rounded education at Katy ISD’s Bryant Elementary and at longtime Katy ISD schools Katy Junior High and Katy High School, all just minutes from the community.

    To reach the Katy community of new homes, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway directly into the community.  

    Visit for a complete list of move-in ready homes, new home purchase incentives and virtual tours of model homes. A limited number of homesites also are available on premium, half-acre properties in The Estates, Cane Island’s custom home neighborhood.

  • Where to Find the Best BBQ in Katy, TX


    Who has the best barbecue in Texas is an ongoing debate and a topic that can get pretty heated among meat lovers across the state and the nation, to be honest! While Texans can agree on our state having the best barbecue, we’re narrowing it down and looking at who has some of the best BBQ in Katy! That’s right, here’s a look at where you can get your fix on everything from brisket to ribs to pulled pork and jalapeno sausage! If your stomach is growling, get ready because this food-lovers journey is just beginning. Grab your fork, friends!

    Midway Bar-B-Que

    Almost every good barbecue place starts with a good, simple story. Midway Barbeque in Katy is no different. In the mid 90's, Herman Meyer realized his grocery store and deer processor customers had
    nowhere to go for good BBQ in Katy. So, he did what any resourceful Texan would do and he opened a shack in front of his Midway Grocery Store and called in Midway BBQ. Times may change and this tiny grocery store and meat market have certainly grown, but perfectly smoked barbecue never changes. Today Midway BBQ offers a host of options, including a post oak smoked sliced brisket plate, pecan smoked sausage plate, along with a ham plate and a rib plate that will not disappoint. However, Midway BBQ also offers tacos, a Cuban sandwich made with slow smoked pork butt, and a brisket-loaded frito pie.

    What’s that? You want to know what they offer for dessert that perfectly accompanies barbecue while also screaming Texas? That’s easy – their homemade Texas sheetcake in either chocolate or strawberry!

    Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

    At Cooper’s, “It’s all about the meat!” This barbecue restaurant may be new-ish to Katy but Texans across the state have been dining on Cooper’s famous Hill Country-style barbeque since 1962. Long before they made it to Katy, Cooper’s was born in Llano, Texas. A longtime favorite for hunters and Hill Country visitors, Cooper’s is the original “served off the pit” style barbecue in the state of Texas.

    Barbecue is a tradition in Texas and though they’ve ventured outside Llano they still cowboy cook their meat over live mesquite coals the same way they’ve done since the 60’s. A great place to grab one of their famous Big Chops or a juicy piece of turkey, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Katy offers families the ideal spot to dine at traditional picnic style seating, as well as a full bar and outdoor patio seating, while the kids play on the large lawn area. While there’s plenty of reasons to escape to the Hill Country, getting your favorite selection of meat from Cooper’s is no longer one of them – now, they’re right down the road in Katy!

    Brett’s BBQ Shop

    The Biggest, Little BBQ Shop in Texas, Brett’s BBQ in Katy may be newer to the area but what they lack in years they make up for in flavor. Don’t let being established in 2018 fool you, Brett learned a thing or two about barbecue while working at Louis Mueller Barbecue. Smoking meats low and slow over oak wood fire until perfectly tender is the name of the game here.

    What does Brett’s offer? Texas-style smoked meats including brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, turkey breast, pulled pork and house-made beef sausage. As we all know, a good side never hurt anybody so be sure to add a helping of cilantro-jalapeno slaw to your order! Oh, and if you’re lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, get there early and enjoy their delectable pork belly burnt ends! To tease your tastebuds, learn about daily specials and to know when they’re sold out, follow Brett’s BBQ on Instagram. *Staring at photos may cause mouth to start watering.

    Harris County Smokehouse

    If you’re craving eggs with your brisket, Harris County Smokehouse in Katy is the place to go! This family understands it’s never too early to eat barbecue which is why they start serving at 7am and continue right on through to dinner! That’s right, you could start and end your day with perfectly smoked meats from Harris County Smokehouse. Harris County Smokehouse was started in 1998, and this family of restaurateurs had a passion for breakfast so you’ll find more than just barbecue here. You’ll find your diner breakfast favorites like french toast and breakfast tacos along with smoked sausage and eggs, served all day. However, if you’re craving a meat-packed lunch and dinner, they’ve got you covered. Sink your teeth into everything from brisket burgers to BBQ sandwiches and everything in between. Whether you’re a breakfast for breakfast only or a breakfast for dinner type person, Harris County Smokehouse is about to be your favorite new all-day spot to fill your belly.

    Chuckwagon BBQ and Burgers

    What could be better than just plain barbecue? Ok, to some barbecue purists, nothing. But, to those who love that little extra “oomph” how about a not-so-secret menu with items only the team at Chuckwagon BBQ and Burgers in Katy could dream up! What does this menu include? For starters, a Hot Cheeto Burrito stuffed with chopped brisket, mac and cheese, Hot Cheetos, cheddar cheese, and sriracha hot sauce all wrapped up in a flour tortilla! Did we also mention the Orange, Black and Blue Fries? Oh, you won’t want to miss these sweet potato fries tossed in cinnamon and brown sugar, topped with chopped brisket, cheddar cheese, blue cheese dressing, green onions, and bacon! Ok, now back to you purists! Chuckwagon offers a traditional meat selection of sliced or chopped brisket, pulled pork, sausage, jalapeno cheddar sausage, pork ribs, boudin, bone-in chicken, chicken breast, and turkey. You can have your choice of meat plates, sandwiches, by-the-pound, or on a salad!

    But wait, Chuckwagon appeals to more than just barbecue traditionalists and adventurous meat lovers, they also offer Halal meats, meaning the beef is cooked separately from pork products and their smoker racks are cleaned and sanitized in between cooks and they use separate cutting boards and knives. From Halal to traditional barbecue to a spicy and smoky burrito, Chuckwagon BBQ and Burgers has something for everyone.

    Red River Bar-B-Que and Grill

    Nearly two decades in and Red River Bar-B-Que and Grill  continues to serve barbeque lovers across the Houston area. Starting in League City, brothers Kevin and Ric Kiersch built a restaurant business based on treating every diner like family. A menu packed with favorites like slow-smoked Texas barbecue, barbecue spuds, and sandwiches this restaurant appeals to the masses. While not liking barbecue may get you some strange looks in Texas, Red River offers a variety of food from burgers to seafood po’boys to fish and shrimp plates. And make sure you go hungry because you aren’t going to want to miss their delicious appetizers like Texas Hushpuppies made of brisket, barbecue sauce, and pepper jack cheese, battered and fried.

    Red River Bar-B-Que is a local Katy spot where families with all different food preferences can go and find a tasty bite to eat. So bring the crew after a sporting event and head to Red River and while you’re there, be sure to grab a slice of pecan pie or a cookie brownie bar where you can have the best of both worlds!

    Rudy’s Bar-B-Q and Country Store

    If you’re familiar with Texas barbecue, you’re familiar with Rudy’s! If it feels like visiting Rudy’s BBQ is a bit like walking into a mixture of a country store, gas station, grocery store and barbecue restaurant – it’s because that’s how Rudy’s began! Dating back generations Rudy’s was a one-stop shop in small town Leon Springs, Texas, until BBQ was added and now it’s a stop for meat lovers across the Southwest.

    Using pits that are 100% wood fired with oak, a slower burning wood than the mesquite used by others, accompanied with Rudy’s Bar-B-Q dry spice, you can bite into ribs, pork, and brisket that will taste exactly how you like it. You’ll also enjoy the no fuss atmosphere of Rudy’s where getting a plate of barbecue is as simple as walking in, hoppin’ in line, picking your meat and side and finding a table. The good news is, once you fall in love with Rudy’s Bar-B-Q in Katy you can rest easy knowing they have locations throughout Texas and as far west as Phoenix and as far east as Florida!

    Dozier’s BBQ

    If you’re willing to venture outside of Katy, Dozier’s BBQ in Fulshear is worth the extra few minutes. Using Mr. Dozier’s 50-year-old recipes, the pitmasters at Dozier’s have been offering up Texas-style barbecue and pecan smoked meats including brisket, pork ribs, chicken, sausage, bacon, and jerky since 1957. What’s the best time to eat barbeque? It’s always the right time which is why you won’t want to miss Sunday brunch at Dozier’s. Sit back on their new outdoor patio, breathe in the country air and know that the day’s toughest decision will be whether to order the Brisket on a Biscuit or Espresso-Rubbed Pork Ribs.

    Heck, you may want to just skip the savory and dive right into the sweet with their Smoked Monkey Bread, a house-made twisted bread smoked with caramel sauce, pecans, bourbon-infused raisins, and topped with a bourbon caramel sauce. And because no breakfast is complete with bacon, add an order of the Presidential Bacon – bacon so good former President George H.W. Bush had it shipped to him at the White House!

    As you can see, there are plenty of spots for families and meat lovers to enjoy mouthwatering barbecue in Katy. We believe you can never have too much barbecue, or eat it too often, so keep this list as a guide and when you find yourself craving a bite of the smoky goodness, head over to one of these incredible barbecue restaurants just down the road.

  • Cane Island’s May 15th Farmers Market to Feature Dozens of Local Vendors


    Cane Island will host a Farmers Market featuring local artisans and vendors on Saturday, May 15 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the community’s Cane Quarter amenity village, 2100 Cane Island Parkway.

    The market promises to be filled with artisan crafts, fresh items from nearby gardens and farms, handmade goods and other unique finds.  Food truck cuisine presented during the community’s Rodeo Food Truck Roundup also will be available for purchase.

    Admission is free and onsite parking is available.

    To reach Cane Island, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway directly into the community. 

    For more information, call (281) 725-6555. 

  • Calling All Junior Chefs!  Cane Island Hosts Kids Summer Cooking Camps

    April 26, 2021


    Need plans to keep the little ones busy this summer?

    Cane Island will host a series of weekly Kids Summer Cooking Camps, presented by Cook n Grow Katy, where children ages 5-11 will get hands-on experience creating sweets, treats and healthy snacks (trust us, they’ll love them)!

    Kids will work in teams as they learn to make classic cakes, fresh Italian cuisine, holiday treats for Christmas, ice cream, pies and so much more!

    Sign up here for a single day or a weekly camp in our Cane Quarter Café, 2100 Cane Island Parkway.  A limited number of spots are available.

    After dropping off the kids, take some time for yourself and visit our showcase model homes, each fully furnished and expertly decorated.  Grab a bite in The Oaks Kitchen & Bar, just steps from the café, or stop by our Cane Quarter Welcome Center to learn about our award-winning community of new homes.

    Starting in the mid $300s, Cane Island features a broad selection of new, move-in ready homes from acclaimed Houston builders.  Plus, Cane Island homesites start at 50 feet in width providing families ample open space and the feel of a larger property. 

    Cane Island offers the convenience of immediate I-10 access, highly sought-after Katy ISD schools, proximity to major west Houston employers and an abundance of nearby shopping, dining and entertainment.  

  • Katy ISD Bryant Elementary Principal Earns Distinguished Recognition

    April 6, 2021


    Congratulations to Dr. William Rhodes, principal at Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary (one of Cane Island’s outstanding Katy ISD schools), named a Texas National Distinguished Principal Finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.  Dr. Rhodes is one of only five school leaders across Texas to earn the honor.

    At Bryant Elementary, a culture of kindness can be found in every aspect of the school, from the all-volunteer Kindness Crew and kindness fundraiser to teachers who demonstrate their kindness by building genuine relationships with students.

    Kindness does more than just help students respect one another, at Bryant Elementary it gives them the confidence to ask questions and seek guidance without fear or hesitation.

    Bryant Elementary’s unique environment is further enriched by an active PTA and the presence of school namesakes Robert and Felice Bryant, two pillars of the Katy ISD community, who routinely participate in collaborative learning activities and share their more than five decades of experience with teachers and administrators.

    Cane Island families also attend Katy Junior High School, where teachers uphold a standard of excellence backed by a partnership with parents and community; and Katy High School, where teachers present a well-rounded curriculum, including Advanced Placement coursework, dedicated to the study of languages, mathematics, fine arts and humanities.

    Visit to learn more about the exceptional Katy ISD schools our Cane Island residents attend. 

  • 2021 Home Design Trends

    April 1, 2021


    It’s a new year which means it’s time to update your décor or possibly upgrade your home. Whether you are tired of staring at your kitchen after being homebound in 2020 or you’re planning to take advantage of low interest rates in 2021 by purchasing a new home, it’s time to prioritize your wants vs needs and get to decorating.

    There’s no doubt 2020 shaped, or re-shaped, home design trends and forced homeowners to decide what is most important for them. Here’s a look at what home builders and homeowners are looking for in the latest home design trends for 2021.

    Cane Island Home Office

    Dedicated Home Offices

    2020 saw many of our work environments abruptly switch from corporate offices to new, often ill-equipped, work-from-home setups. Now, with many employers allowing employees to work remote permanently, having an adequate home office is more important than ever. In 2021, homeowners are stepping away from the kitchen table and creating a space that fits their 9- to -5 needs. Whether you’re building a new construction home or renovating your current house, an efficient home office, away from the chaos and television noise, is on the top of the list for almost every homeowner.

    You may not be driving to the office every day but it’s still important, maybe more so now than ever before, that homeowners have a dedicated space that allows them to focus during work hours, then shut the office door and seamlessly transition to personal life after work hours.

    Clearly Defined Rooms and Spaces

    Remember when open concept ruled all? While it’s still valued by many, 2020 taught families the value of defined spaces and being able to have their own room for everything from quiet time to studying to working out. Homeowners are now seeking to define spaces, or create nooks within open floor plans, that will easily allow for family gatherings or for family members to step away and enjoy personal time.

    What does that look like exactly? Don’t worry, it’s not tiny rooms within the home that result in a cramped feeling. Instead, it’s unique pockets or loft-style rooms for e-learning, home workouts, lounging, and more. There is such a thing as too much togetherness, or so we found out during the pandemic. These rooms allow for individual hobbies, personal time and work to be uniquely “yours” in a time where that once seemed impossible. Additionally, many new home buyers are looking for more space to accommodate their multigenerational family, giving each member a defined space within the home.


    Houseplants and Indoor Gardens

    Last year, people were confined to their home and unable to get their nature fix, emphasizing the importance of the great outdoors. Whether you were staying indoors or taking walks around your neighborhood to simply occupy your time and breathe some fresh air, the benefits of trees and flowers was never more evident. This has led homeowners to want to bring the outside in in 2021.

    This year you’ll see homeowners and those building their dream home, continue to plan around indoor and outdoor gardens, making room for more living plants as well and adding plenty of windows for natural light. Think more zen and monochromatic relaxing vibes to bring the outdoors in!

    Cane Island Outdoor Living Area

    Outdoor Living Spaces

    The pandemic forced families to step back from their typically hectic lives filled with sports practices, vacations and commitments, only to embrace their loved ones and find the same sense of adventure within their home or backyard. To the surprise of many, being at home was exciting and finding new ways to have fun was an adventure in and of itself. Now, homeowners and new home buyers are prioritizing outdoor living spaces that include pools, elaborate playgrounds and outdoor kitchens.

    Outdoor living spaces are creating a vacation-feel without leaving your home and families in 2021 are excited about it. With our larger Cane Island homesites and year-round Texas sunshine, your family will enjoy ample room to build an outdoor living space that will have you saying, “let’s stay home” more often than ever before.

    Cane Island Kitchen Design

    Fun and Functional Kitchens

    Now that families are accustomed to cooking at home, as opposed to the previous default of dining out, homeowners are wanting fun and functional kitchens. It’s not news that the kitchen is the hub of the home, especially for families and regular entertainers. However, many who once preferred restaurants are now enjoying cooking and baking.

    Kitchens are one area of the home where open concept still reigns supreme and that’s not changing in 2021. Novice and professional cooks alike are designing kitchens with top-notch appliances, playing with bolder colors, using luxe finishes while incorporating islands that allow for more storage and gathering space to sit and join the conversation.

    Cane Island Home Design

    Varieties of Texture

    Neutrals are no longer boring in design. This year, homeowners and designers are incorporating more neutrals, such as white, cream, beige and sage green, into their color scheme. If you’re thinking blah, think again! This monochromatic look, coupled with rich textures and natural elements such as jute, rattan, oak or marble, create a luxuriously rich environment while still remaining serene.

    Fear not, color lovers. A neutral room is a great canvas for those colorful pieces you love most, allowing them to pop and make their own statement within the room.


    Home Gyms

    Remember when you rushed to make it to the gym on time for your favorite class or stopped by for a quick workout after leaving the office? Thanks to virtual classes, luxury spin bikes with overly excited instructors, and countless apps that bring celebrity trainers into your home (for a fraction of the cost) home gyms are the way of the future. So it’s no surprise that homeowners are wanting a dedicated space for a home gym.

    Sure, a garage is always an option but many new home buyers are incorporating this room into their design and floor plan preferences. While our amenity-rich master-planned community has an on-site fitness center and yoga room, having an in-home fitness studio is a luxury many are opting for in 2021. 


    Gallery Wall

    If 2020 and an unprecedented global pandemic taught us one thing, it’s the importance of family. Homeowners are embracing an old classic and creating artful gallery walls that showcase family adventures, sketches, old black and white images, and family keepsakes, paying homage to people who came before, the ones we laugh with daily, and the moments we never want to forget.

    These gallery walls can be elaborate stairwell art or simple designs in guest rooms. Whatever option you choose these walls should be a reflection of your heritage, telling the story of you. Include antique frames with a mix of metal and wooden frames to give an eclectic but intentional design that will have people reading the story of you and your family in a visual book displayed beautifully on your walls. 

    While design trends are known to shift and expected to ebb and flow year after year, 2020 and the ramifications of the pandemic have brought about trends we are excited to see and know that many of our Cane Island families will embrace. From outdoor living spaces to home gyms to the all-important functional kitchen, our Cane Island new home builders can help you create a space that will fit your family’s needs and embrace all the good things that came from a year full of unpredictability.

    Learn more about Cane Island, a new home community in Katy, TX or meet our award-winning builders and start designing your dream home today.

  • The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Katy, TX


    Going out to eat once you have kids, whether they are toddlers or pre-teens, can be quite a challenge. We’re here to help our Cane Island residents find the best kid-friendly restaurants in Katy, TX ranging from brunch, to fast and easy, to a nice dinner spot the whole family can enjoy. Family nights out have never been more appealing!

    The Oaks Kitchen and Bar

    The Oaks Kitchen and Bar is located in your own backyard. Cane Island’s on-site restaurant offers fresh, ranch-inspired dishes from flatbreads to tacos to fried chicken sandwiches and mouthwatering burgers. A large restaurant with plenty of sunlight, The Oaks also offers outdoor dining, live music from local artists and an expansive green space for kids to run and play under the oak trees. 

    The Oaks has a well-rounded kids menu with cheeseburgers, corn dogs, pasta alfredo with chicken and chicken tenders. Sunday brunch is complete with live music, a bottomless bar for adults and breakfast classics such as pancakes, biscuits and gravy and so much more! Stay close to home in Cane Island and walk over to The Oaks for a fun-filled dinner just steps from your new home. 

    Clay’s Restaurant 

    This unique Old West-style restaurant has been around since 1985, a simple Ma & Pa burger spot that has grown into a family restaurant that offers fun for all ages. Step inside Clay’s for a world-renowned burger or delicious chicken fried steak while the kids enjoy a burger of their own, mac & cheese, or a kid's favorite, corn dog. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the parents relax, kids will be transported back to the Wild West as they romp in the oversized sandbox, ride old-fashioned mechanical kiddie rides, take a spin on the merry-go-round or simply run in the open grassy area by the ghost town. 

    Clay’s also offers the perfect space to host your child’s birthday party. Clay’s features multiple venues within their property where kids and families can celebrate their favorite occasions right here in Katy, Texas. 

    Blockhouse Coffee & Kitchen

    No one needs coffee quite like a parent. Well, your morning coffee stop, mom’s day out gatherings and Saturday morning breakfast runs just got better thanks to the delectable coffee at Blockhouse Coffee and Kitchen at Café Katy. A spot built around coffee and community, this insta-worthy coffee shop offers fresh coffee delivered weekly by Houston roasters, Amaya Roasting Co ad Fort Bend Coffee Roasters. In addition, Cane Island families can enjoy their lattes and fresh pastries while the kids sit in on storytime in the mornings or burn off that enviable energy by playing in the grassy area outside. 

    This kid-friendly coffee shop in Katy offers a menu sure to please the entire family with avocado toast and breakfast tacos for mom and dad and sweet pastries or grilled cheese oozing with goodness for the kids.

    Bonjour Café

    Experience a piece of France right here in Katy at this unique French café minutes from Cane Island. Allow your kids to learn about French cuisine without the long plane ride when you head over to Bonjour Café. Here, your children will learn the deliciousness that is crepes or squeal with delight as they taste the French Toast – a combination of cinnamon and vanilla mixed with Nutella, caramel and maple syrup. Don’t worry, there’s plenty for the adults to enjoy including quick, soft morning brioche or a French staple, the Croque monsieur.    

    Want to relax a bit while sipping your cappuccino? Let the kids peruse through children’s books, play at the large train and town table, build at the Lego table, or be a pretend chef at the play kitchen set. So, treat yourself and your kids to a stop at this authentic French café in Katy and grab a few macarons to take home. 

    El Jarrito

    In Texas, finding your favorite Mexican restaurant is a must. Look no further than El Jarrito in Katy, just minutes from your new home in Cane Island. Known as “One Hot Place,” El Jarrito offers a colorful restaurant with your favorite entrees and a family favorite, chips and dip! Families will enjoy the lively atmosphere, live music, extensive menu and friendly staff while the kids race to the large sandbox to play. 

    What about the food? There’s plenty to choose from at El Jarrito. The young ones can dine on favorites including burritos, tacos or a cheese quesadilla, or for the less adventurous they have the always reliable chicken nuggets. As for the parents, they have the traditional burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and more! Whatever you decide, get ready to sit back and relax with a cold margarita in hand.

    Hat Creek Burger Co

    Hat Creek Burger Company is where the Katy community comes when they want a juicy hot burger, a fresh salad or a plate of famous chicken flashers. A casual kid-friendly burger joint just a short drive from Cane Island offers classics the entire family will enjoy with burgers as the main attraction. But the deliciousness doesn’t stop there. Don’t forget to add a custom milkshake or a cold beer to the order before heading out to the patio on a warm summer day. 

    Hat Creek even has a designated night just for families! That’s right, swing by after practice for Family Night, every Tuesday from 5 pm to close, where you’ll enjoy $2 off combos and $1 off kids meals and the young energetic ones can play to their heart’s content on the outdoor playscape. Let’s face it, nothing brings a family together like a night out for burgers and milkshakes. 

    Red River BBQ

    Bar-B-Que and Texas are a match made in heaven. Whether you prefer ribs, brisket, sausage, pulled pork or chicken, Red River BBQ and Grill has something for you. In addition to meat plates sure to fill your belly, Red River BBQ offers stuffed potatoes, chicken fried chicken and steak, fried catfish and more than we can list here. This lively family-owned restaurant has been serving Houston families delicious bar-b-que for almost 20 years. 

    Since it’s never too early to introduce your kids to bar-b-que, Red River BBQ offers a one meat bar-b-que plate with two sides on the kid's menu, along with staples such as chicken tenders and corn dogs. Want to eat at home? Red River BBQ offers Family Packs with meat, sides and rolls for everyone. Get a taste of Texas at this family-friendly bar-b-que restaurant today. 

    Willie’s Grill and Icehouse

    Are you looking for the perfect casual kid-friendly restaurant in Katy? Willie’s Grill and Icehouse is the perfect spot with an extensive kid-friendly menu offering traditional favorites like mini corn dogs, chicken tenders, grilled cheese, hot dogs and lil willies, with and without cheese! Even the pickiest of eaters can find something on this menu. Oh, and don’t even think about skipping the classic milkshake! 

    A lively restaurant with a laid-back atmosphere means you won’t have to worry about your kids having too much fun or laughing too loudly – everyone does that here at Willie’s. This Texas icehouse featuring scratch-made American classics is fun for all ages with a menu that’s sure to please family members of all ages.

    Crust Pizza Co

    Pizza nights have been a family favorite for decades. Now it’s time to forget the dishes and let everyone get their favorite topping at Crust Pizza Co, a kid-friendly pizza place in Katy. It’s all about the crust and here, their famous homemade crust is nothing short of spectacular. Let the kids play in the outdoor green space while the pizza is cooking while you enjoy a glass of wine. 

    Pizza and family go together like cheese and pepperoni, therefore Crust Pizza Co offers a “Kids Eat Free” night every Tuesday! Head over to Crust for a relaxing night and enjoy a night off from cleaning the kitchen.


    Whether you have lived in our community for years or you just bought a new home in Cane Island, there is a great selection of family-friendly restaurants in Katy and we hope we helped you discover a new one. If you’re looking for a new home community close to everything, Cane Island in Katy is perfect for you. Located just three minutes from I-10 with access to impressive Katy ISD schools and close proximity to kid-friendly dining options and outdoor activities, our award-winning community has something for everyone.   

    Schedule a Tour and discover the lifestyle at Cane Island!

  • Cane Island’s BBQ Cookoff, Live Music and Family Fun Returns March 12-13


    It’s BBQ cookoff time in Katy’s Cane Island!

    Our Katy community of new homes will host its second annual BBQ Cookoff, March 12 -13, as amateur cooking teams compete in Cane Quarter, 2100 Cane Island Parkway, for cash prizes and trophies in categories of brisket, fajitas, ribs and chicken.

    Open to the public, the cookoff fun kicks off with a Friday Night Fajita Cookoff starting at 6 p.m. with teams competing for $750 in cash prizes. Open to the pubic, crowds also will enjoy live music from Just Cos, cornhole and an axe-throwing competition.

    On Saturday starting at noon, the competition heats up as amateur teams vie for the top spots in brisket, ribs and chicken. Live music from the Earl Sanders Band, Katie Katy and Hayden Baker, an inflatable bull, petting zoo, obstacle course bounce house and sweet food trucks are certain to add to the festive atmosphere.

    Saturday cookoff tickets are $12 for adults which include a BBQ sampling, wine tasting, a vote for Best Brisket and raffle ticket for the chance to win $250 cash, a new television, gift cards to restaurants and Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. Onsite parking is free.

    Proceeds from cookoff ticket sales will benefit the Baylor College of Medicine- Parkinson’s Disease Center.

    For tickets and more information, go to

  • Cane Island’s Crafts and Crawfish Returns on Saturday, March 6


    Back bigger and better than ever, Katy’s Cane Island will host the return of Crafts and Crawfish as the Real Craftwives of Katy partner with the Katy Moms Network for the first time to present the best of springtime shopping finds, heaping plates of a fresh crawfish from Tad’s Louisiana Cooking, music, cold beer and free children’s activities galore on Saturday, March 6 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Admission is free for a full day of family fun in Cane Quarter, 2100 Cane Island Parkway, where dozens of local vendors showcased throughout the community’s tree-lined setting will offer hand-crafted jewelry, gift ideas, clothing and accessories, fun items for the home and other great finds.

    Children also will enjoy bounce houses, face painter and other activities. All children’s activities are free. Fresh crawfish is available for purchase. Free onsite parking is available. 

    Cane Island’s showcase model homes, each fully furnished and expertly decorated, also will be open throughout the day.

    To reach Cane Island, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway one half mile to reach the community entrance.  Cane Quarter will be on the right past Cane Island’s signature Living Arches.

    For details on Cane Island’s Crafts and Crawfish call the Cane Island Welcome Center at (281) 725-6555.

February 2020

February 1, 2020

RSVP Only Cycle Class

Limited spots available

Please RSVP to


February 3, 2020

HIIT Class


February 4, 2020

Strength Training


February 6, 2020

Toddler Zumbini

Join your neighbors in the yoga studio for an hour of musical fun!

What is Zumbini?
-Created by Zumba and BabyFirst, Zumbini is an early childhood education program that uses original music and movement to promote cognition, social, fine/gross motor skill, and emotional development for children ages 0-4, all while creating the ultimate bonding experience for families


February 8, 2020

Cane island BBQ Cookoff

Come on out to Cane Island to kick off the start of rodeo season with a good ol fashioned BBQ cookoff!

The Cane Island BBQ cookout will have bounce houses, face painters, an inflatable riding bull, food trucks, a competition for People's Choice for Best Pulled Pork.

Adults are $12, kids FREE. Each ticket will get you entry, sampling and a vote for Best Pulled Pork and a raffle ticket.

General admission tickets:

To enter for a spot in the cookoff, please email


February 9, 2020

Pure Barre Pop Up

Pure Barre Pop Up on the Lawn 

Cost: Free

Register: 281-394-9000 or email

All ages & both men and women

What to bring: Yoga mat, water, towel if desired

What to wear: Leggings (anything over the knee), comfortable shirt, socks with rubber grips or go barefoot

Join Cane Island resident and Pure Barre Katy General Manager, Brandie Joy, and their teaching staff for a great 50 minute workout on the lawn of the Cane Island amenity center. 

February 9, 2020

National Pizza Day

Help us celebrate national pizza day at Cane Island!

Refill Station pizza food truck will be at the welcome center along with lawn games and bounce houses!


February 12, 2020



February 13, 2020

Valentines Murder Mystery Dinner

Hosted by Creative Learning Society

Join us for a fun and interactive Murder Mystery Dinner at Cane Island!

Thursday, February 13th  

7:00-9:00pm in the conservatory

$45 per person

Buy your tickets HERE: 

Guests have the option of playing a character role in the mystery or taking on a detective role to help us solve the crime. We supply the costumes and supply the Fantastically Bad Acting!! The event includes Dinner and is sure to be a Killer good time!


February 14, 2020

The Oak's Kitchen and Bar's Valentines Dinner

Come celebrate your love at The Oaks!

RSVP Only starting at 5:00pm

$65 per person

To RSVP, call 281-574-4144


February 17, 2020

HIIT Class


February 19, 2020

Toddler Story Time

Join us in the yoga studio for stories and games with award-winning author, Maria Ashworth!

February 19, 2020

Strength Core Tabata


February 22, 2020

Yappy Hour

Bring your pets to the lawn and enjoy “yappy hour” with special drinks from The Oaks for humans and pets!

Live music & lawn games 


February 24, 2020



February 26, 2020



February 29, 2020

Kid's Science Alive Event

Recommended ages: 3-10

Scientists from Funtastik Labs are bringing science to life at Cane Island!

Featuring magical liquids, disappearing solids, and an awesome experiment for the kids to do!

Science explanations

Audience interactions

Take home for kids

Please RSVP to


August 2, 2021

Funtastik Labs Kid's Summer Camp

Funtastik Labs is hosting some awesome camps here at Cane Island to end the summer! 
Ages 6-11

 The registration site is:

August 3, 2021

Aqua Sweat

Aqua Sweat class in the lap pool with our instructor, Jen

August 4, 2021

HIIT Class

HIIT Class in the yoga studio with our instructor, Remona


August 2, 2021

Funtastik Labs Kid's Summer Camp

Funtastik Labs is hosting some awesome camps here at Cane Island to end the summer! 
Ages 6-11

 The registration site is:

August 3, 2021

Aqua Sweat

Aqua Sweat class in the lap pool with our instructor, Jen

August 4, 2021

HIIT Class

HIIT Class in the yoga studio with our instructor, Remona

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