Upcoming Events

Don't forget! Urban Harvest's annual fruit tree sale is kind of a big deal, and it's happening this weekend at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus. From the press release:

The event will bring together the largest stock of fruit trees and berries that has ever been assembled on one day in Houston and likely the world, with anyone who is interested in purchasing fruit trees from which to harvest delicious fruit year round. There will be oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, limes, kumquats, calamondin, pummelo, satsumas, peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, pears, apples, persimmons, pomegranates, pecans, grapes, muscadines, jujubes, blueberries, blackberries, avocados, starfruit, lychee, dragon fruit, bananas, figs, olives and more.

The sale starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. (or whenever the last tree is sold). And if you don't have a green thumb, there will be plenty of experts on hand to help you choose a tree and give you guidance on how not to kill it.

If you've been missing Chef Michael Kramer's cooking ever since he left VOICE, don't fret; you can get your fix at The Tasting Room, where he's now the executive chef over all of the TTR locations. Sundays are particularly perfect for catching up with Kramer: His "street food" is offered alongside $2 mimosas and $4 sangrias from 3 until 10 p.m. at the Uptown Park location (1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd.) every Sunday. Items like chicken satay skewers, beef shortrib tacos and Moroccan kefta (a.k.a. meatballs) are some of the foods available.

Nothing warms a Texan belly like tequila, so Sylvia Casares is hosting a Winter Tequila Festival at her restaurant -- Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen (6401 Woodway) -- from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 27. For $25, you get to sample tequilas from Cavalino, Dulce Vida, Pura Vida and Riazul, then vote on which one should be added to Sylvia's bar. Appetizers will also be provided, so you don't add something less appetizing to Sylvia's bar yourself... For more information or to purchase tickets, call 713-334-7295

And while we're on the topic of booze... If you enjoyed our post on creating cocktails from the Jones Soda holiday line (get your Gravy Boat cocktails while they last!), you'll probably like this class even more: New Orleans Spirits and Cocktails with Anvil's owner and head mixologist, Bobby Heugel. The class takes place on Saturday, January 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $50 a person and are available for purchase at Anvil Bar & Refuge (1424 Westheimer).

The following day, January 30, cozy up to the 10th annual Chicken Soup Cookoff at Congregation Emanu El, where more than 30 of Houston's top chefs and restaurants will be competing to see who can cook the meanest pot of soup. Awards are presented in a range of categories, from creative to international, from traditional to people's choice. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children (although those under 5 get in free!), with proceeds going to benefit the Houston Food Bank. Will Kenny & Ziggy's defend their title from the 2010 cookoff? Show up and find out!

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Katharine Shilcutt