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Citrus truck stops in Florida

Tree-Ripe Fruit, known for the Georgia peaches it sells in Wisconsin during the summer, is bringing Florida oranges and grapefruits to area parking lots again in December. Each citrus stop has Satsuma oranges and ruby ​​red grapefruits for $40 per half-bushel (about 22-24 pounds) and Georgia pecans for $13 per 1-pound bag. Depending on the harvest, other types of fruit may also be available.

The truck will start making its rounds in Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Neenah and elsewhere in the state on November 28th. The first citrus stops in Milwaukee are December 6 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Lions Center, 3476 E. Howard Ave.; 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Classic Lanes, 5404 W. Layton Ave. in Greenfield; and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Wisconsin State Fair Park in front of Pettit National Ice Center at 640 S. 84th St. in West Allis. View the complete list of stops in Wisconsin and Milwaukee online,

Polish Christmas Wigilia

The Polish Center of Wisconsin is hosting a Wigilia Christmas dinner on December 10th. Learn about Polish Christmas traditions over a family meal prepared by chef Mike Norman. The menu features traditional meatless dishes such as mushroom soup, herring, Polish bread, baked fish, pierogi, Polish vegetable salad, fruit compote and various sweets.

Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children ages 6-12. Reservations are required by December 2nd. The Polish Center is located at 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin. Call (414) 529-2149.

A dinner of game

Saint Kate Hotel’s Executive Chef, Paul Funk, will present a multi-course menu featuring venison and harvest as part of his Unframed dinner series on December 2nd. The Dark Room is outfitted as a rustic mountain cabin to complement the five-course game dinner that includes pheasant Eggs Benedict, Rushing Waters trout, wild boar casoncelli alla Bergamasco, campfire-roasted antelope, and Eccles cake with wild currant and brown butter for dessert.

Tickets cost $200 per person. Saint Kate is at 139 E. Kilbourn Ave.; The restaurant is on the second floor. Reserve online

December with Bartolotta

The Bartolotta restaurants welcome two festive traditions in December this year. Joey Gerard’s Annual Holiday Three-Course Brunch returns December 11th at 5601 Broad St. in Greendale. The menu is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Price is based on choice of entree, which includes traditional Eggs Benedict or French omelet with wild mushrooms ($43.95); Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict ($45.95); Joey’s Breakfast Burger ($46.95); grilled salmon ($52.95); Country Fried Steak and Gravy ($56.95); or filet mignon ($65.95). Call (414) 858-1900 for reservations.

Carolers’ music and a retelling of “A Christmas Tale” set the mood for the Dickens dinner, held at The Grain Exchange, 225 E. Michigan St. Dinner will be held on December 15-16 from 6:15-8:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and will consist of hors d’oeuvres, a three-course prime rib dinner, and unlimited beer, wine, and soda. Tickets cost $125 per person. For more information and reservations go to

Christmas Bakery Tour

In December, hop aboard the Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus and celebrate the holiday season with cookie and pastry samples from a variety of Milwaukee bakeries. The guided bus tour includes narration, transportation, a savory stop, signature cookies and treats from six to eight stops, and ample time to shop for additional sweets and pastries. The bus fare is $75 for adults and $45 for children ages 8-15. View the full timetable and reserve online at

Whiskey Festival Wisconsin

See, sniff and taste whiskey, bourbon, rye and moonshine from Wisconsin distilleries December 3 at The Cooperage on Milwaukee’s waterfront. Nibble on The Cooperage’s Moto Waterfall spread with cheese, crackers, bread, nuts, berries, dips and pickles, and learn how distillers make their products from their own harvests and use their own trees for casks.

Distilleries at the event include Driftless Glen Distillery, Central Standard, La Crosse Distilling Co., Dancing Goat Distillers, Great Lakes Distillery and J. Henry & Sons Distillery. A general admission ticket for entry from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. is $50; A VIP ticket for 3pm to 6pm entry costs $80. Additional taxes, service and handling fees apply upon purchase. The Cooperage is located at 822 S. Water St. Buy tickets online at