Posted in charity, Chicago, Chicago Events, events, parties, things to do, Youth, tagged All things Chicago, auction, charity, Cinco de Mayo, cinco del soul, computers, dave finkel, DJ, emcee, host, inner-city, jen knoedl, jenchicago, jesse de la pena, katie bormaster, live, lotteria, maven, mentors, Mexico, non-profit, production, Sarah Vargo, teens, video, Youth, youth technology corps, ytc on July 21, 2009 |
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JenChicago, NBC Chicago Street Team
The fun never stops in Chicago and this past Cinco de Mayo was another full night of fun! Youth Technology Corps is a local non-profit that came from extremely simple beginnings. Founder Dave Finkel gave some computers to some inner-city Chicago teens, who then figured out how to refurbish them on their own! This program now has the original teens doing outreach and being mentors in other countries like Mexico, thus the tie in with Cinco Del Soul.
As you can see, the event was skillfully executed with me as the host emcee for the night! Special thanks to Katie Bormaster, who invited me to participate and planned the entire event, including the video production! That girl called in a lot of favors with her very talented friends!
To find out more about YTC or to donate, click here.
PS: Can you hear me losing my voice?
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Posted in Bar Scene, Chicago, events, food, Live Music, restaurants, things to do, tagged block party, capairinha, Cinco de Mayo, Itika Oldwine, margarita, Mexican food, Mexican-American eatery, Milwaukee Ave., mojito, Salud Tequila Lounge, tequila, Tex Mex, wicker park on May 5, 2009 |
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Itika Oldwine, NBC Chicago Street Team
It’s official, Chicagoans definitely know how to commemorate Cinco de Mayo in true celebratory spirit! This past weekend Salud Tequila Lounge (www.saludlounge.com) hosted their 3rd Annual Block Party in honor of the holiday. According to General Manager Adam Geenen, the idea behind the Cinco de Mayo Block Party started three years ago
Salud Block Party
when May 5 fell on a Saturday, and now Salud’s Cinco de Mayo Block Party is a tradition. Many neighborhood locals look forward to the Saturday just before Cinco de Mayo to hang outdoors, listen to live music, chug Corona’s and gnosh on chips and salsa, a perfectly prepared empanada or any other south-of-the-border fave served at this upscale Mexican-American eatery.
If you missed out on their Cinco de Mayo Block Party this year, there’s still a lot of great reasons to visit Salud, starting with their awesome drink menu. Salud’s specialty margaritas, mojitos and caipirinhas are some of the city’s best, and a lot of it is due to the fresh ingredients and the special tequila pairing that they create for all of their cocktails, as explained to me by Elizabeth their very helpful hostess. One of my
Mango Mojito, Strawberry Margarita, Salud, Cadillac Margarita
favorite concoctions prepared for me during my visit was the Strawberry Margarita that attributes its fresh off-the-vine taste to the strawberries that are infused in-house. Their Mango Mojito is made with mango infused rum, fresh mint and hand squeezed lime juice and the house specialty margarita is the “Salud,” it’s prepared with Arette Blanco Tequila… and let’s just say it packs a punch.
So, if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, or are in the mood for a meal and a cocktail with great Mexican flare, I highly recommend you head over to Salud Tequila Lounge in Wicker Park.
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