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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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“National Margarita Day”

Five Area Restaurants and Bars Offer Magnificent Margs

Wednesday, February 22
Times and prices vary

Salt, or no salt?  That will be the question of the day on Wednesday, February 22, also known as “National Margarita Day.”  The margarita ranks as one of America’s most popular drinks, and National Margarita Day is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy the tequila and lime libation (as if you need a reason). Whether you prefer them on the rocks, straight up, frozen or fruity, these five local restaurants and bars offer mouthwatering margaritas:

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar

ZOCALO Margarita – Gran Centenario Plata Tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice; served up, on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $8

Tropical Margarita – Gran Centenario Plata Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice with choice of pomegranate, prickly pear, passion-mango or guava; served up, on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $9

Partida Organic Margarita – Partida Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice and 100% organic agave nectar; served up or on the rocks $12

LeBlon Guava Margarita – LeBlon Cachaca, fresh lime juice and guava nectar; served up or on the rocks $10

Nacional 27

N27 Margarita – El Jimador Reposado, Bacardi Anejo, Grand Marnier and lime $11

Cantina Laredo

Casa Rita – Signature margarita, premier blend of Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza, Cointreau Orange Liqueur and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juices $9

Cabo Margarita – Cabo Wabo Reposado blends seamlessly with Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur $12.50

Pomegranate Margarita – Add an extra splash of Sauza Blanco and pomegranate puree to the Casa Rita $10

Herradura Margarita – Herradura Reposado and Cointreau Orange Liqueur $11.50

Perfect Patron Margarita – Patron Silver and Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur $12

Cinco Rita – Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza, Hornitos, Herradura and Cazadores Silver Tequilas with Cointreau Orange Liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar $11.50

Mango Margarita – Frozen Casa Rita with fresh mango puree and an extra splash of Sauza Blanco $10

Milagro Blackberry Smash – Milagro Silver, lime and mint, muddled with blackberries and agave nectar $11.50

Cactus Bar & Grill

12 oz. Margarita $7; 16 oz. Margarita $9; 20 oz. “Man vs. Margarita” $11

The Cactus Classic – Cactus’ world famous classic recipe; frozen or on the rocks

Guiltless Margarita – A slimmed down version of Cactus’ classic, made with silver tequila, fresh lime and orange juices, agave syrup and club soda; served on the rocks

Frosty Fruit – Made with real fruit purees and served frozen; available in strawberry and mango

NOTE: Add a floater of Patron silver tequila to any margarita for $3

Taco Joint

ZOCALO Margarita – Lunazul Blanco Tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice; served up on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $8

Tropical Margarita – Lunazul Blanco Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice with choice of: prickly pear, passion-mango, blood orange or guava; served up on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim $9

Herradura Organic Margarita – Herradura Reposado Tequila, fresh lime juice and 100% organic agave nectar; served up or on the rocks $10

Black & Green Margarita – Negra Modelo beer over frozen ZOCALO Margarita $8

Grapefruit Margarita – Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, citrus-chile infused agave
nectar, fresh ruby red grapefruit & lemon juice, dash of bitters; served on the rocks with a chile piquin rim
 $9

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar
358 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
312.302.9977
ZocaloChicago.com

Nacional 27
325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654
312-664-2727
n27chicago.com

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0014
CantinaLaredo.com

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

Taco Joint
1969 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 951-2457
TacoJoint.com

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Speakeasy-Themed Prohibition Party at Cactus Bar and Grill

Secret Password, Specialty Drinks – So Fun It’s Criminal!

Friday, January 20
11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
*secret password released at 11 a.m. via facebook

Cactus Bar and Grill will open their private back room for a speakeasy-themed, prohibition party on Friday, January 20. Fighting the prohibition all day long and well into night (11 a.m. to 2 a.m.), guests will enjoy intoxicating and “illegal” drinks, such as $4 Batch 19 prohibition-style pints and $5 Templeton Rye cocktails. Cactus will feature Templeton and Gingers (Templeton Rye and Ginger Ale) and Midwest Rye Cider (Templeton Rye, maple syrup, lemon juice and apple cider). To further add to the festivities, the Cactus Bar staff will be dressed to the nines in classic roarin’ 20s apparel.

In the true tradition of speakeasies, guests may receive a secret password for a special admittance freebie. The password will be posted to facebook fans (Cactus Bar & Grill) at 11 a.m. on January 20. Those that mention the secret password will be rewarded with a complimentary appetizer from Cactus’s $5 appetizer menu (listed below).

On January 16, 1919, the era of Prohibition began in the United States. The U.S. Congress ratified the 18th Amendment to the Constitution making the manufacturing, selling, or transportation of alcohol illegal.


Speakeasy Appetizer Menu
Free with Password

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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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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