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January 26, 2013 - Mi Casa Resource Center Taste & Tango Evening

What: The second annual fundraiser, auction, dinner and wine tasting event was designed to advance the economic prosperity of Latino families, featuring a Chilean-inspired menu created by renowned chefs from the Big Red F Restaurant Group, Jamey Fader from Lola, Ian Clark from Centro Latin Kitchen, and Brett Smith from Zolo Southwestern Grill.

Where: Warwick Hotel

When: Saturday, January 26, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150

Beneficiary: Mi Casa Resource Center

Executive Director: Christine Marquez-Hudson

Libations: Quintessential Wines

Catering: Warwick Hotel, Randolph's Restaurant & Bar

Entertainment: Evening band: Ricardo Pena y los Bohemios

Music: Music at reception by Ransoli y Camacho; evening music by Ricardo Pena y los Bohemios

Sponsors: Silver Sponsors: Entravision, PCL, Cesco, Mission, USBank, Colorado Business Bank, DHA

Auctioneer: Shelly St. John, Auction Divas

Quote of the evening: "He had the courage to come to Mi Casa and ask for guidance to start his own business." Daniel Luna

Menu: Entree: Achiote roasted suckling pig with sweet potato tamale, aji costeno & pickled onions, 2010 Coralillo Syrah.

Attendance: about 200

Attire: Evening attire

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Shrimp empanada, brushetta on plantain chip, Sopa de Topinambur

Event Coordinator: Nancy Freimuth

Board of Directors: Benita Duran – President, DPS Office of Communication; Richard Gonzales – GCR LLP (Vice President); Luis Ventoza - PCL Construction (Treasurer); Inez Davis – URS (Secretary); Ana Cabrera – KMGH; Jorge Chalit – Audire, Development Assoc; Amy Kahn – University of the Rockies; Patricia Lepiani – The Idea Marketing; Rafael Medina – Entravision Communications; James Perez Foster – HF Impact Group, LLC; Deborah Quintana – World Wide Money Exchange; John Reyes – JPMorgan Chase; Mary Ricketson - University of Denver; Christiano Sosa – The Denver Foundation; Debbie Trujillo - KeyBank

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt

 Lauren Davidson, Linda Alvarado, Angela Davidson
Lauren Davidson, Linda Alvarado, Angela Davidson

 Taste & Tango on a Saturday night, who could resist?

Mi Casa Resource Center's second annual fundraiser proved to be one of the new year's most festive evenings.  Going by the packed reception area and the filled tables in the ballroom of the Warwick Hotel, it was a superb success. 

Wine spokesman John Verdeal of Quintessential Wines played the part of wine connoisseur and sommelier. He stayed with the event's Chile theme and saw to it that the array of wine flowed like the Chilean Sea. (There were accommodations provided for any guest who didn't want to drive home.) With fine wines in abundance such as the 2010 Terrapura Chardonnay, 2010 Terrapura Cabernet Sauvignon and the dinner table treat of a lime accentuated cocktail made with New Age Argentinian spirits, the guests enjoyed the spirit of the evening, and the wine.

The event had a huge assortment of silent auction items such as 'Be a Broncos Cheerleader for a Day,' a Pampered Pet Package; A Taste of Denver which included tickets to the Denver Botanic Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science, a Colorado Classique cookbook and 2 Denver t-shirts. That's not all, a Family Fun Weekend, lunch with Mark Ferrandino, and this one they all went wild over, 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,' a fun night out with a 12-person wine tasting party at Wild Women Wine of Denver (D'Vine Wine) and 12 cupcakes from Happy Cakes Bakeshop. 

The live auction seemed to be the biggest hit with items selling at top notch prices. Some of the items that went for big bucks were the trip to Chicago for two, Provence theme dinner for eight, a South American adventure, a signed Payton Manning helmet, chef's table dinner at Lola, and what everyone was waiting to own, an original painting by Latino artist Daniel Luna

Taste & Tango 2013, was a smashing success. 100% of the proceeds from the evening went the oldest and largest Latino-serving nonprofit organization in Colorado. Mi Casa's goal is to advance the economic success of Latino and other working families by expanding opportunities for educational, professional and entrepreneurial advancement. 

For information on Mi Casa Resource Center, please go to their website:, 360 Acoma Street, Denver 80223, 303-573-1302.






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