Reminder: Chicagoist Reader Meet-Up, Fundraiser And Raffle Thursday

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 27, 2013 8:15PM

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We know you've been anxiously awaiting details on our reader meet-up tomorrow, March 28 at Nisei Lounge, and boy do we have news for you. We'll be doing a raffle, and we have great prizes from Lagunitas and Jeppson's Malort, including the grand prize, a private tour of Lagunitas' new Chicago brewery.

Your Chicagoist writers will be behind the bar serving up drinks, and your tips go to charity, so tip heavily and forgive us if we suck at tending bar. We'll also be collecting school supplies, so your pens, crayons and paper, etc., will be much appreciated.

We'll be raising money for violence prevention organization UCAN, a social service organization with a mission to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. Learn more about the organization and sign up for their newsletter. If you can't make it tomorrow, you can donate through their website. If you really want to get involved, you could volunteer as a mentor.

If you ever wanted to try and stump food and drink editor Anthony Todd with an obscure cocktail, here's your chance. Or maybe you want to try out one of Rob Christopher's favorite tiki drinks that he's always writing about. Or maybe you just want to toss back a malort and discuss anarchy with Aaron Cynic. Here's your chance.

From 7 to 8 p.m.: Anthony Todd, Amy Cavanaugh
From 8 to 9 p.m.: Rob Christopher, Aaron Cynic
From 9 to 10 p.m.: Chuck Sudo, Julia Weeman

Rob Christopher is making his own special drink for the occasion, too. It's called Donn's Revenge, named for "Don the Beachcomber," aka Donn Beach, who always claimed that he invented the Mai Tai, although Trader Vic won the court case. Well, with this drink, Donn proves that revenge is a drink best served ice cold. It’s a spicy, lightly fruity tipple that’ll really send you out of this world.

The rest of us will be serving up vodka gimlets, a green drink to honor our beneficiary UCAN's color. Or maybe you'll want to try out something that suits your writers' personalities.

The Aaron Cynic: A bitter shot of Malort with a boxed wine chaser.
The Anthony Todd: A filthy, dirty martini
The Rob Christopher: Of course it's a tiki drink
The Julia Weeman: Maker's Mark with a zing of lime and ginger beer
The Amy Cavanaugh: 12-year-old Macallan. Neat. Best in small doses.
The Sam Abernethy: A classy glass of Templeton Rye on the rocks.
The Chuck Sudo: An IPA and a well timed insult

We can't wait to see you there!

Nisei Lounge is at 3439 N. Sheffield Avenue. We'll be behind the bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., but you know we'll be lingering until close.