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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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‘Tis the Season at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

New Holiday Martinis, Christmastime Dinner and Brunch

Christmas Prix Fixe available Tuesday, December 20 – Sunday, December 25
5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
December 20-24, $30 per person
December 25, $15 per person with a canned good donation

Jingle Bell Brunch
Sunday, December 25
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club welcomes winter with a new set of seasonal martinis, holiday prix fixe dinner and Jingle Bell brunch.

Kit Kat’s team of inspired mixologists have created holiday martinis even the Grinch would like! Available throughout the month of December, martinis such as the Harmoni Merry-tini, Hpnotiq Snowflake, Pumpkin Pie, Banana Nut Bread, Santa Baby and Fruity Xmas will be $13.50 each (Fridays and Saturdays) and half price ($6.25) Sunday through Thursday. The full drink menu is listed below.

Beginning Tuesday, December 20, Kit Kat will kick-off a week-long Christmas celebration with a three-course menu for $30 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The prix fixe is available daily, through Christmas Day, starting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner features a holiday martini of your choice, beef bourguignon with grilled baguette and roasted poussin with cauliflower puree, brussels sprouts and truffle gaufrett. Kit Kat’s “Super Sexy Santa” will be on hand for fun photographs (as well as offering shots) on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

On Sunday, December 25, sit back, relax and enjoy Chef Mark Kasper’s Jingle Bell Brunch. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests may order from the a la carte menu while entertainment is provided by Kit Kat’s Madam X. The holiday meal may be paired with endless mimosas, sangria and bloody martinis for an additional $10 per person.

Dine and donate on Christmas Day: bring a canned good donation and enjoy the three-course Christmas prix-fixe at half price ($15). All the canned goods and nonperishable food items that are collected will be donated to local charity Vital Bridges, in support of their “Harvest for Hope” community food drive. Whole Foods is conveniently located across the street.

Kit Kat’s Christmas Prix Fixe Menu
$30 per guest or $15 per guest with donation (Christmas Day only)

First Course
Holiday Martini of your choice (menu listed below)

Appetizer
Beef Bourguignon served with a grilled baguette

Entrée
Roasted Poussin with a cauliflower puree, brussels sprouts and truffle gaufrett

Kit Kat’s Holiday Martinis photos available
$13.50 each on Friday and Saturday, Half-price ($6.25) Sunday through Thursday

Harmonie Merry-tini
Vodka, Hpnotiq Harmonie liqueur, triple sec, lime juice, sugar rim

Hpnotiq Snowflake
Hpnotiq liqueur, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, squeeze fresh lemon, champagne floater, coconut flake garnish

Pumpkin Pie
Thee Olives Vanilla vodka, pumpkin puree, brown sugar rim

Banana Nut Bread
Cruzan banana rum, hazelnut liqueur, vanilla liqueur, splash of cream, garnished with graham cracker crust

Santa Baby
Cruzan pineapple coconut rum, Hpnotiq liqueur, pineapple juice

Fruity Xmas
Cruzan pineapple rum, Cruzan banana rum, mango juice, splash of hazelnut liqueur

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
kitkatchicago.com

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December Drinks at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Seasonal Sippers and World AIDS Day Drink for Donations

This spirited season, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will be “decked” in dramatic and festive decor. Throughout the month, during both dinner service and Sunday brunch, Kit Kat’s “Divas” will perform holiday hits from Christmas albums by Barbara Streisand, Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift and more.

World AIDS Day (December 1) will be recognized with a libation that benefits Vital Bridges and Kit Kat’s mixologists are shakin’ up
a variety of winter-theme drinks (available now through December 31). Details outlined below; images available.

World AIDS Day
Thursday, December 1

All month long, from December 1 to December 31, Kit Kat will offer the “Vital Gift” martini (listed below). One dollar of every martini sold will be donated to Vital Bridges, right here in Chicago. Vital Bridges’ mission is to help people throughout metropolitan Chicago impacted by HIV and AIDS to improve their health and build self-sufficiency by providing food, nutrition, housing, case management and prevention services.

“Vital Gift” Martini
Hpnotiq Harmony, Effen vodka, splash of cranberry, splash of pineapple, served with a red lapel ribbon sticker to wear ($12)
Kit Kat’s Holiday Martinis
Now – December 31
Half-price ($6.25) Sunday through Thursday
$13.50 on Friday and Saturday

Harmonie Merry-tini
Vodka, Hpnotiq Harmonie liqueur, triple sec, lime juice, sugar rim

Hpnotiq Snowflake
Hpnotiq liqueur, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, squeeze fresh lemon, champagne floater, coconut flake garnish

Pumpkin Pie Martini
Thee Olives Vanilla vodka, pumpkin puree, brown sugar rim

Banana Nut Bread
Cruzan banana rum, hazelnut liqueur, vanilla liqueur, splash of cream, garnished with graham cracker crust

Santa Baby
Cruzan pineapple coconut rum, Hpnotiq liqueur,  pineapple juice

Fruity Xmas Martini
Cruzan pineapple rum, Cruzan banana rum, mango juice, splash of hazelnut liqueur

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
kitkatchicago.com

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Free Thanksgiving Meal for Those in Need from Timothy O’Toole’s Pub

Pick Up a Hot Holiday Meal to Hand Deliver on Turkey Day

Place Orders for Meals through Wednesday, November 23
Pick Up Meals on Thursday, November 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This Thanksgiving, Timothy O’Toole’s Pub will share the spirit of the season by providing “Heat & Serve” holiday meals to those in need. Chef Corey Grupe will prepare a complimentary, traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, corn, rolls and decadent pie. The Thanksgiving dinner is available for any local family in the greater Gurnee area that could benefit from the donation of the restaurant.

To personally deliver a warm and hearty dinner to a friend or family in need, please call Rosie at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub at (847) 249-0800. Meal kits will be available for pick up on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Timothy O’Toole’s
5572 Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 249-0800
TimothyOTooles.com

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Give and Get This Thanksgiving at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Half-Price Dinner and Drinks with Canned Good Donation

Thursday, November 24
5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

This Thanksgiving, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will extend a 50-percent discount to dining and lounge guests that donate one or more canned goods and/or nonperishable food items (tip: Whole Foods is conveniently located across the street). All the canned goods and nonperishable food items that are collected will be donated to local charity Vital Bridges, in support of their “Harvest for Hope” community food drive.

Executive Chef Mark Kasper has crafted a special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu, complete with appetizer, entree and martini, for only $15 with canned good donation ($30 without donation).

Kit Kat’s luscious libations are also included in the 50-percent discount. Kit Kat’s newest Diva, Kinley Preston, will entertain Thanksgiving guests starting at 7:30 p.m. The restaurant and lounge is open until 2 a.m.

Kit Kat’s Thanksgiving Day Prix Fixe Menu
$30 per guest, $15 per guest with donation

Pumpkin Martini

Appetizer: Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup with maple cream fraiche

Entree: Roasted Sage Turkey with cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole and pomme puree

The full dinner menu will also be available. All dinner and drink tab totals on Thanksgiving Day will be reduced in half once guests have made a canned donation. For complete menus, please visit KitKatChicago.com. For reservations (not required), please call Kit Kat.

Note: Kit Kat’s Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu will also be offered on Tuesday 11/22, Wednesday 11/23 and Friday 11/25 at it’s regular price of $30 per person.

Vital Bridges’ mission is to help people throughout metropolitan Chicago impacted by HIV and AIDS to improve their health and build self-sufficiency by providing food, nutrition, housing, case management and prevention services http://www.vitalbridges.org

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
kitkatchicago.com

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Cactus Bar & Grill Collects Toys for Tots

Provide for Those In Need This Holiday Season, Receive a Complimentary Appetizer

Toy Drive Kick-Off on Black Wednesday, November 23
Toy Drive Runs Through December 16

Cactus Bar and Grill will kick off the holiday season with a toy drive! Beginning on “Black Wednesday” (Thanksgiving Eve, November 23), the Loop eatery will add a large “Toys for Tots” drop box to the bar area. The spirit of giving will pass on, as patrons who donate a new, unwrapped toy will receive a complimentary appetizer (valid November 23 through December 16). The selection of “Toys for Tots” appetizers include cheeseburger sliders, artichoke jalapeno dip with chips, Death Valley wings, salsa and chips and cheese quesadillas – menu below.

On Black Wednesday, Cactus Bar and Grill will offer $5 Patron Silver Shots and $3 pints of Half Acre Daisy Cutter.

Collection hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to Midnight; Friday 11 .m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to close. Those dropping off toys throughout the week may enjoy $4 craft and import bottles and $1 sliders on Mondays; $2 call cocktails on Tuesdays; $2 domestic drafts and $3 craft and import drafts on Wednesdays; $6 12-ounce margaritas, $20 Mexican beer buckets and $5 Cabo Wabo shots on Thursdays; $5 Patron Silver shots, $18 Miller Lite buckets and $11 20-ounce “lush cup” margaritas on Fridays; $5 20-ounce drafts, $16 Coors Light buckets and $5 half-pound burgers on Saturdays and $5 20-ounce drafts, $16 Miller Lite buckets and $5 bloody marys on Sundays. Everyday: select appetizers $5 after 5 p.m.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Appetizer Menu
Free with a Toy Donation

Salsa & Chips
Hot or mild, tortilla chips

Artichoke Jalapeno Dip
Tortilla chips

Cheese Quesadilla
Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, pico de gallo and salsa

Cheeseburger Sliders
Order of three with lettuce, tomato and American cheese

Death Valley Wings
Your choice of bbq, spicy bbq, sweet thai chili, garlic honey mustard, chipotle lime garlic, mild, hot, or insane sauces with ranch or blue cheese dressing

Cactus Bar and Grill
404 South Wells
Chicago, Illinois 60607
312-922-3830
DontDrinkAndTrade.com

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Wine Tasting: Sip and Swirl for Charity at Michael Diversey’s Tavern

Fun, Philanthropic Event Benefits GiGi’s Playhouse

Wednesday, November 9
6:30-8:30 p.m.

$20 donation per person

Michael Diversey’s Tavern will host a fun and philanthropic wine tasting on Wednesday, November 9. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to sample dozens of superb wines (those found on the daily wine list along with exclusive, high-end options). Michael Diversey’s will provide complimentary light hors d’oeurves and a raffle will be held for Blackhawks tickets and bottles of wine. The fee to sip and swirl reds, whites and sparklings is a $20 donation. 100-percent of the proceeds will benefit GiGi’s Playhouse.

In addition to simply sampling the worldy wines, bottles (and cases) of the night’s tastings will be available for purchase at extremely discounted prices (minimum purchase, 3 bottles). This is a terrific opportunity for pre-holiday, entertaining orders.

To reserve a place at the wine tasting event, please email Jack at jack@mdtavern.com.

GiGi’s Playhouse increases positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. Their “I have a voice” campaign seeks to change outdated perceptions and replace those images with beautiful, thought provoking, intelligent images. GiGi’s Playhouse is committed to the important mission of spreading accurate information about Down syndrome through education. There are multiple Down syndrome awareness centers located throughout the Chicagoland area.

Michael Diversey’s Tavern
670 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60657
773.327.7040
MDTavern.com

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