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Conga Lounge's Campaign to make Mai Tai Oakland's official cocktail
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 01, 2003
Posts: 461
From: Thrillville
Posted: 2009-05-11 5:02 pm   Permalink

As we all know the Mai Tai was invented by Vic Bergeron at the original Trader Vic's on San Pablo Ave in Oakland

WE know that, but too many citizens of Oakland do not know that. This is why MANO THANOS co-founder of THE CONGA LOUNGE in Oakland http://www.congalounge.com/ has been pestering Oakland officials to officially declare the Mai Tai the official cocktail of Oakland. Face it - Oaktown is a thriving community of colorful and creative people, but its image is marred by the constantly reported violence, which is actually limited to a few rough patches in the city. The press makes too big a deal of this aspect at the expense of all the great things this town has to offer. For too long Oakland has suffered in the shadows of its more glitzy and glamorous sister across the Bay. I'm from Jersey so I'm used to being on the wrong side of a body of water. I also know how to defend my turf (though I live in Alameda, "Oakland's Own Hawaii" and home of Forbidden Island http://www.forbiddenislandalameda.com/fi/ )

My slogan for years has been OAKLAND: HOME OF THE MAI TAI, NOT JUST THE DRIVE-BY!

The Mai Tai conjures up images of exotic luxury befitting Oakland's neglected positive traits as a town of pleasant climate and diverse demographics. It's a multi-cultural cocktail of a society, and it deserves its recognition as Birthplace of the Mai Tai.

As official PR dude for both FI and Conga, I recently stepped into the official fight and have scheduled a meeting next Wednesday, May 20, with Andre Jones, chief of staff for councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Mano and his brother Molokai Mike will also be there (at my bayside condo - they'll be mixing the Mai Tais.) This is the first time the city has granted us a face to face to formally discuss this matter.

I will keep you posted on its progress. Aloha and here's to OAKLAND and the CONGA LOUNGE, home of the Oakland Mai Tai Campaign.
Aloha, Will the Thrill

[ This Message was edited by: AquaZombie 2009-05-13 13:01 ]

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Joined: Feb 18, 2003
Posts: 893
From: Bay Area
Posted: 2009-05-12 10:20 am   Permalink

What a great idea!
As probably the only elected official who is a member on TC, if you need help drafting a Resolution for the City Council to adopt, or advice on how to put in on their agenda, let me know!

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Shaun of theTiki
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Joined: Aug 25, 2008
Posts: 109
Posted: 2009-05-12 3:49 pm   Permalink

More power to ya. Last year, the Sazerac was honored as the official drink of New Orleans. You might want to contact the folks who were involved in that campaign for insight.

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Joined: Jul 13, 2008
Posts: 264
From: Denver, CO
Posted: 2009-05-16 1:52 pm   Permalink

Good luck with this!
Point us to the petition when the time comes.
The F.I. luau tomorrow would probably be a good place to get that goin'.

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