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Carnival 2012 at Nacional 27

Rio-style Celebration with Brazilian Beats and Cachaca Drinks   

Tuesday, February 21
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Free to Attend

Can’t make it to Rio de Janeiro this year?  Nacional 27 in River North will offer the next best thing at their “Carnival 2012″ cocktail party on Fat Tuesday, February 21. The Nuevo Latino restaurant and lounge, inspired by the flavors and ingredients from the 27 countries comprising Central and South America, will feature live Brazilian music by the Bossa Tres Trio from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and custom cocktails made with Brazilian-based ingredients.

In-house mixologist and general manager Liz Samples will offer three different types of Caipirinhas, a classic Brazilian drink made with cachaca (a Brazilian liquor made from distilled and fermented sugarcane juice).  Guests may select the Classic Caipirinha, the Smooth & Spicy Caipirinha made with coconut, mango, ginger and lime or the Lux Caipirinha, made with yuzu sour juice ($8 each).  The restaurant will also feature a Veev Acai Berry-blended Mojito for $10.  Acai is a “superfood” berry found in the Brazilian Amazon.

Executive Chef Francisco Vilchez’s full tapas and dinner menus will be available.

Nacional 27
325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610
312.664.2727
n27chicago.com


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Crawfish Eating Contest for Charity at Cactus

Second Annual Fat Tuesday Event in the Financial District

Fat Tuesday, February 21
6 p.m.

Contestants: $25 entrance fee (will be donated to Habit for Humanity)

Cheer Them On: event is free to attend

Cactus Bar and Grill will hold their second annual crawfish eating contest for charity on Tuesday, February 21. This Fat Tuesday event, taking place in the Financial District, will encourage competitors to consume three pounds of crawfish in the fastest amount of time possible. All proceeds, including the $25 entrance fee, will benefit Habitat for Humanity of New Orleans.

Contestants will be divided into four heats, and the winner of each heat will compete in a final round. All competitors will receive a Cactus t-shirt. First place will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Cactus Bar and Grill, second place a table top grill, and third place a Corona metal beer cooler. Plenty of Mardi Gras accessories, such as beads and masks, will be delved out to the crowd.

Cactus will offer a variety of specials throughout Fat Tuesday week (February 20, 21 22, 23, 24):

$5 pints of Louisiana’s local beer, Abita Purple Haze – $1 from each Purple Haze sold will be donated to Habitat for Humanity NOLA;

$5 Hurricanes;

$5 SoCo Lime shots;

$4 cup, $6 bowl Shrimp and Crawfish Gumbo;

$10 Shrimp Po Boy with side;

$12 Crawfish Boil Platter.

To reserve a spot in the crawfish competition, please visit DontDrinkAndTrade.com. For more information, call Cactus’ event line at 312.922.8025.

Since its inception in 1983, NOAHH has been working in partnership with hard working, low-income families in New Orleans to build and finance new, safe, affordable homes. The program makes homeownership possible for families who are unable to qualify for traditional home loans but have a stable job, good or no credit, and the willingness to contribute 350 hours of sweat equity to the building of Habitat homes.New Orleans continues to rebuild housing that was destroyed by the devastating flooding of Hurricane Katrina. NOAHH has become a beacon of hope in this rebuilding process by recruiting and deploying tens of thousands of volunteers to construct new homes in damaged, blighted neighborhoods. With the support of our volunteers, donors, and partners across the country and even the world, NOAHH’s homebuilding capacity has increased annually since 2005. New Orleans is a city with historically low rates of homeownership and high levels of poverty, yet it is a place of resiliency, hope, and cultural vibrancy.With a spirit of renewal, NOAHH is rising to the challenges presented by a substandard housing stock and is helping many to realize their dream of homeownership. http://habitat-nola.org

Cactus Bar and Grill
404 S. Wells
Chicago, IL
312-922-3830
DontDrinkAndTrade.com

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“Mardi Gras Madness”

Festive Fat Tuesday Party at Kit Kat

Tuesday, February 21
5:30 p.m. – midnight

Free to attend

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will create their own “carnival” this Fat Tuesday. On February 21, indulge in Chef Mark Kasper’s special Kit Kat Gumbo (tiger shrimp and Amish chicken with okra, rice and buttermilk biscuit, $17) as well as a bevy of half-price, Cruzan rum cocktails ($5 each, listed below).

Diva Tracy Ross will perform a variety of songs starting at 7:30 p.m. and will distribute beaded necklaces, hats and other giveaways courtesy of Cruzan Rum. 

Table reservations are welcome, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Cruzan Rum Carnival Cocktails
$5 each

The Zombie – Cruzan light rum, Cruzan dark rum, pineapple, orange, lime and apricot brandy
The Hurricane – Cruzan light rum, Cruzan dark rum, passion fruit, orange, lime and grenadine
The Acapulco – Cruzan light rum, triple sec, lime, mint and 1 egg white
The Hawaiian Screwdriver – Cruzan guava rum, fresh pinapple, orange and spash of grenadine
The Tropical Itch – Cruzan Cherry rum, Cruzan dark rum, pineapple, splash of orange
The Rum Runner – Cruzan gold rum, orange, blackberry brandy, creme de banane and grenadine
Strawberry Daiquiri – Cruzan light rum, triple sec, lime ice and strawberries all blended
The Mai Tai – Cruzan light rum, Cruzan dark rum, lime, orange curacao


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111
www.KitKatChicago.com

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