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Food News: Get Ready for the Fruit Tree Sale to End All Fruit Tree Sales

Plus, a Texas restaurant steals a sommelier from the best spot in America.

By Timothy Malcolm December 24, 2018

Get your wagon: The fruit tree sale is near.

The Urban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale is upon us, when you'll have the opportunity to nab one or more of a hundred varieties of fruit trees. New this year will be the Japanese Plum Loquat, the Sanguinelli Blood Orange, and the Australian Finger Lime (apparently they grow to look like actual fingers), and if you make a $250 donation to Urban Harvest between now and January 31, you'll get special access to a pre-sale website. As for the sale itself, it's scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 9 at Sawyer Yards (2101 Winter St.). Visit for more. 

Coterie at Market Square, which opened just a few weeks ago, has expanded its happy hour menu with offerings like honey butter chicken and mushroom Neapolitan pizza. It's also offering coffee tasting experiences with co-owner Sean Marshall. More events, including explorations with wineries, are planned for 2019.   

Starting Wednesday, Weights+Measures will be throwing its annual Brunch Out. That means brunch every day through New Year's Day. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. December 31 to January 1.

Now, once the holidays end, what next? If you're thinking about eating healthy and getting into shape, the Recipe for Success Foundation's 30 Ways in 30 Days Challenge is always around the corner. Start in January by registering at, then get ready to eat all the vegetables (30 different veggies in 30 days). 

Get your Three Kings Day treat at Étoile Cuisine et Bar starting January 6. From then through January 31, the restaurant will be pushing made-to-order galette de rois, crown-shaped tarts made of puff pastry and filled with almond cream. They cost $38 plus tax (and can feed up to 12 people) and should be ordered in advance. Call 832-668-5808.

The Inn at Dos Brisas, the lauded restaurant in the Chappell Hill area that recently received some rave reviews from us, has hired a new sommelier, and he's one of the best. Charlie Berg, a Level 3 Advanced Sommelier, is leaving Eleven Madison Park (the top restaurant in America, per the annual rankings) to head up the wine program at the inn. That means tackling a wine cellar of 7,000 bottles. Get those reservations now.

Have you heard of Allset? It's a new, free app that allows you to reserve a table, place an order, and even pay a bill before ever arriving at a restaurant. A number of Houston eateries are participating, including Banh Appetit, The Afghan Village, and a few Pokéworks locations.

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