Published On: Sun, Nov 11th, 2012

NYC Event: Coquito -n- Cupcakes Holiday Networking Mixer 11/16/12

Almost 6 years ago, Juan PapoSwiggity Santiago and I started Capicu Cultural Showcase to embrace a community that was missing something in their gentrifying community… a place that was dedicated for Latino cultural expression. Part of that dream was to find a way to give back to our hometown… Brooklyn, so we partnered with Jason Tennant (EvilOlivE Pizza Bar) and Jessica Arocho (Bushwick United Headstart) and created the Pa’l Pueblo Christmas Initiative.

The Pa’l Pueblo movement is just like the mythical North Pole, except we do not make gifts (at least not yet)… instead, we raise money, buy, wrap and deliver the gifts for the children at an in school celebration in which the kids give back by way of song and dance, singing multicultural Christmas carols. That is what makes this initiative so important to us at Capicu Cultural Showcase.
So to kick off our Pa’l Pueblo Initiative this year we decided to host a Coquito -n- Cupcake Networking Event to get our family of supporters together to officially start the holiday season the right way… con sabor.
I know some of you are shaking your heads like… the last thing I need to do is drink Coquito or eat Cupcakes this early in the holiday season. As a type 2 diabetic I get it… that is why we are highlighting something special for everyone.
This is what I am talking about… we are providing a healthy twist on traditional holiday staples…
Wanda Lebron recognizing that many of her customers stopped buying her delicious creations for health reasons. In order to recapture loyal customers that had been diagnosed with diabetes, she decided to experiment with different recipes that were sugar free. Today Kookie’s Treats makes a full line of Sugar Free cakes and pasties… but she is most famous in Brooklyn for her new Bustelo Infused Cafelo™  Cakes. So you can share her confections this holiday with “wela” and the rest of the family without worrying about it being unhealthy.
Cynthia Sepulveda-Caballero saw a way to solve that problem and help keep a family tradition alive by taking her husband’s very delicious (but unhealthy) coquito and experimenting with low sugar  alternatives.  The response from friends and family was overwhelming and seeing an opportunity in helping other families preserve their holiday tradition, Cynthia (and her family) launched FLACO COQUITO, the Healthier Coquito.
Here are all the details to the event….
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Social Sofrito & Capicu Cultural Showcase are hosting a pre-holiday mixer for professionals at the EvilOlivE Pizza Bar!

Every year, putting together our annual Pa’L Pueblo charity is our very first step in bringing our own families together in the Christmas spirit of giving. It’s a huge undertaking, trying to raise the funds to buy toys for over 500 local children, but are committed to the fullest and we have been blessed with a generous community that has helped us reach our goals for these kids each and every year!
We’re asking our supporters to join us for a special mixer event on Friday November 16th at the original Casa Capicu- ‘The EvilolivE Pizza Bar’ to enjoy an assortment of specialty goodies like the Bustelo-Infused cupcakes by Brooklyn-based Latina baker Kookies Treats, and a healthier spin on the time honored traditions provided by Flaco Coquito!

This mixer will be feature one of the founders of the Capicu Future series, DJ Tommy Tunez who will spin the best of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Old School Hip Hop along with classic holiday aguinaldos. Rumor has it that there will be a domino table open to our guests… I wonder who will be the first to make a Capicu slam?

Proceeds for this event will support our Pa’L Pueblo Charity Toy Drive – a full-featured performance event that will take place on Friday December 7th. Let’s set off our holiday season as a community!

Because we know that our community was hit so hard by Hurricane Sandy, we will give each guest the option of where they would like their donation to benefit.

We are also accepting donations on unwrapped toys for 3-5 year olds (please no toys that promote violence)

Friday November 16th
EvilolivE Pizza Bar
198 Union Avenue
Williamsburg Brooklyn NY 11211
7 PM
Age: 18 & Over
Donation: $10 minimum or unwrapped toy for 3-5 year old valued at $10 or more (no violent toys)

G Train to Broadway (on the same block)
J train to Lorimer (Lorimer/Bway exit, walk straight up B’way, right on Union ave)

198 union avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11211

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NYC Event: Coquito -n- Cupcakes Holiday Networking Mixer 11/16/12