Joined: Apr 11, 2002
From: Aku Hall, Chicago
|Posted: 2006-02-03 12:31 pm  Permalink|
The offiical press release from my Caray's contact:
TRADER VIC'S CHICAGO PASSES
THE TIKI TORCH TO HARRY CARAY'S RESTAURANT
WHAT: Trader Vic's Day
WHERE: Harry Caray's Restaurant, 33 West Kinzie Street, Chicago
WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2006 at 12:30pm
After a 48-year run in the lower level of the Palmer House Hilton, Trader Vic's Chicago closed on December 31st, 2005. With two other Chicago icons, Marshall Field's and The Berghoff, slated to close in 2006, Harry Caray's Restaurant Group is proud to be keeping the spirit of Trader Vic's alive in Chicago until we find a new home for this legendary eatery in 2007.
On Tuesday, February 7th the President & CEO of Trader Vic's, Hans Richter, is flying in from San Francisco to ceremonially pass the Trader Vic's Tiki Torch to Harry Caray's to hold until the opening of the new Trader Vic's in Chicago, sometime next year. Along with the Tiki Torch, the famous Trader Vic's Mai Tai will be passed on to Harry's for safe-keeping and will be featured at all three Harry Caray's locations (Chicago, Rosemont & Midway Airport). Bartenders from Trader Vic's have trained the bartenders at Harry's in the exact formulation to ensure that Trader Vic's legions of loyal customers can continue to enjoy this celebrated cocktail until Trader Vic's Chicago reopens.
At 12:30pm on the 7th, Richter will pass the Tiki Torch to Harry Caray's widow Dutchie Caray at Harry Caray's Chicago. WCKG radio legend and Trader Vic's biggest fan, Steve Dahl, will act as Master of Ceremonies as we celebrate this day. Entertainment will include Tahitian dances, hula dancing and a Samoan fire knife dance.
Seva Afe: The Samoan Fire Knife Dance (pronounced Seeva Ah-Fay, "Seva" meaning Dance, "Afe" meaning Fire)this show-stopping warrior dance comes from the Island of Samoa and incorporates acrobatic dance with fast twirling fire knives and fire eating.
Hula Dancing in this graceful, centuries-old form of dance, dancers use hand and arm gestures interpretively while foot motifs are continuously repeated at a constant pace.
Tahitian Dancing with Live Drum Performance this is the most sensual of the South Pacific dances. The dance blends beauty and rhythm to fast-paced drumbeats with the movements of the dancers incorporating fast and aggressive hip movement.
For this day only, Harry Caray's will feature selections from Trader Vic's Fusion Pacific menu, including BBQ Pork Spare Ribs, Trio of Tartare (Scallops Opihi, Tuna Poke and Salmon Lomi Lomi) and New York Steak Teriyaki with Steamed White Rice and Sautéed Baby Bok Choy. The restaurant will be decorated in a Polynesian-inspired theme with Tikis, fresh flowers and other tropical motifs. Bartenders and cocktail waitresses will wear Hawaiian shirts and orchid lei's.