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Houston Top Chef contestants pair up for pop-up bake sale
Houston chefs Dawn Burrell and and Sasha Grumman, who are currently competing on the 18th season of Bravo’s cooking competition Top Chef, are hosting a pop-up bake sale this weekend, serving up brunch eats at local cafe Tenfold Coffee.
The sale, which takes place on April 17, will feature flaky pastries, savory buns, and other treats. Diners are encouraged to order online ahead of time, as quantities are limited. Ordering will start at this link at 10 am on April 16, and the dishes can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 17 at Tenfold, which is at 101 Aurora Street.
Both Burrell, who is about to launch a new restaurant called Late August, and Grumman, who helped open the much-anticipated — and currently closed — restaurant Rosalie at the C. Baldwin Hotel in Downtown Houston, are still in the running for the Top Chef title. The next episode of the reality competition airs on Bravo tonight.
Sweetgreen is bringing its salads and grain bowls to The Woodlands
The Sweetgreen expansion continues. First, the super-popular salad chain announced that it would be opening its first location in Dallas sometime later this year. Now the company’s website is teasing a new location in The Woodlands. The restaurant, to be located at 9595 Six Pines Drive, will join a handful of Sweetgreens in the Houston-area, including another soon-to-open location at 600 North Shepherd in The Heights.
Chicago-style pizza company announces two more suburban Houston locations
Crust Pizza Co., a Woodlands-based chain that serves up thin crust Chicago-style pizzas, has announced two new locations in north Houston. The first, at 30129 Rock Creek Drive in Kingwood, is slated to open in June, and the second, at 5211 FM 2920 in Spring, will open in September. The restaurant, which was founded in 2011, is known for its scratch-made dough and fresh cheese, which is shredded from the block for each pizza. The restaurant has developed a loyal following in Montgomery County, with locations in Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe and Montgomery, and has already expanded to cities like Katy and Lake Charles, Louisiana.