September 24th, 2007
LUPEC Boston ‘Tea Party’ 10/7
As a member of the Boston drinking community who’s making every effort to repopularize vintage cocktails, it’s only natural that I fell in with a group proclaiming its dedication to “breeding, raising, and releasing nearly extinct drinks into the wild.” The group is the Boston chapter of LUPEC, or Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails. A group of boozin’ broads (yes, “broad” is how LUPEC members refer to one another) in Pittsburgh founded LUPEC in 2001, and there are now chapters in Denver, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix, in addition to Boston.
The history of cocktails and the stories of our forebroads who sipped them are only part of the LUPEC Boston mission. The other part is raising funds for organizations that benefit Boston-area women. The LUPEC Boston Tea Party, a coed, 1920s speakeasy-inspired event, will benefit Jane Doe Inc. in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October). The October 7th party takes place on the Boston Sailing Center’s permanently docked Louisiana riverboat at Lewis Wharf in the North End from 7-11 p.m. For your $50 ticket, you’ll get cocktails (served in teacups — shhh, don’t tell the cops), hors d’oeuvres from top Boston-area restaurants, live music, dancing, entry to raffles and a chance to wear those vintage cocktail party clothes you bought at the Garment District. The LUPEC Boston Tea Party only has room for 100 guys and dolls, so purchase your tickets now (in person, in cash — hey, it’s a speakeasy) at either Green Street in Cambridge (280 Green St.) or Toro in the South End (1704 Washington St.).