BRIEFS

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD MATTERS - CONTRIBUTED by LINDA RYAN

■ When Aus­ti­nite Chelsea Bartell was a server at high-end restau­rants, she was al­ways ei­ther look­ing for a wine opener or a lighter to pop open a bot­tle or re­light a can­dle on a ta­ble. The idea stuck with her over the years, even af­ter she left the in­dus­try, and a few years ago, she put her idea into mo­tion with TapLite, a corkscrew with a ser­rated knife and dou­ble-hinged lever that also has a place to hold a minia­ture lighter. Bartell says the mul­tiuse tool is also great for camp­ing or en­ter­tain­ing. You can or­der the tool ($11.99 through Jan. 1, $13.99 af­ter that) at ta­plite­tool.com.

■ The Sus­tain­able Food Cen­ter Farm­ers Mar­ket East will be closed Dec. 25, Jan. 1 and Jan. 8 be­cause of the hol­i­days. It will re­open Jan. 15. The SFC Farm­ers Mar­ket at the Tri­an­gle will be closed on Dec. 26.

TapLite is a new prod­uct from Aus­ti­nite Chelsea Bartell, who came up with the idea when she was a server.

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