Out of the 290 Meetups so far in the CSC, I have attended slightly under 30% (still a lot!). Some Organizer friends might consider that abdication, but I consider it delegation to the CSC's extraordinary group of Assistant Organizers. Still, when I do attend a CSC Meetup and especially when I go out of my way to pay for a ticket to an event -- and in doing so miss the first round of the NFL Draft -- that should give you a very strong signal that I consider something to be a truly special occasion.
Such is the case with Opportunity International (http://www.opportunity.org/)'s Live Below the Line Kick-off and Cook-off (http://www.opportunity.org/young-ambassadors-for-opportunity/events/live-below-the-line-kick-off-and-cook-off/) this coming Thursday, April 25. I will do the customary copy-and-paste on all event details below, but what you need to know is this event is organized by some really cool people at Opportunity International including Ashley Luse (http://www.creativesocialclub.com/members/14208656/) of our Creative Women Taking Charge #1 (http://www.creativesocialclub.com/events/96704022/) event in March; it involves food tastings prepared by chefs from around the city; there is a fascinating creative angle (like Chopped meets international development); there will be opportunities for socializing with hip, socially conscious people; and all of it is for a very worthwhile cause. Too often I arrive "Manila time" at events but I am so excited about this one that I will arrive early to capture one of the few parking spots mentioned below and chit-chat about photography, blogging, or finance with anyone who will listen.
Tickets are $20. I already purchased mine so buy your tickets now (http://www.opportunity.org/young-ambassadors-for-opportunity/events/live-below-the-line-kick-off-and-cook-off/)!
Here are the full copy-and-paste event details that I promised:
Come be a part of an incredible movement by helping us kick off the Live Below the Line campaign in Chicago!
Chefs from around the city will join us to participate in a cook-off where they’ll be challenged to serve meals that can be prepared for less than $0.75. Learn how to spice up your rice and beans, enjoy a great night with friends, and be inspired to act in the fight against poverty.
Limited parking is available in the Kitchen Chicago lot. Additional parking is available on Leavitt St.
Your ticket will include admission, one drink ticket, and food tastings from all participating chefs in the cook-off. Check our Facebook Event Page (https://www.facebook.com/events/636756323018026) for updates on participating chefs!