Mardi Gras party at Tavern 27 to help local animal shelter

LACONIA — Tavern 27 is hosting Unleashed: Mardi Gras with a Mission, a Wine and Tapas Tasting to benefit the New Hampshire Humane Society on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The evening will consist of a feast of tapas and wine pairings for party goers to enjoy, local musician Jim Tyrrell playing lively New Orleans-style piano jazz, trivia and games for prizes and, of course, Mardi Gras Party favors and the traditional King Cake.

Louisiana native and chef/co-owner of Tavern 27, Leslie Judice, was born in New Orleans.

"For years I have been trying to come up with an excuse to throw a Mardi Gras party at Tavern 27," states Judice. "When this opportunity came up to support the NH Humane Society and have a Mardi Gras bash at the same time, I couldn't resist-this is perfect!" she exclaimed. "There will be something for everyone to enjoy, food, music and friends for a fantastic cause."

Raymond Simanson Jr., co-owner of Tavern 27, adds, "We are hoping Unleashed: Mardi Gras with a Mission is the beginning of an annual tradition here at Tavern 27 to help to raise funds for the shelter."

Proceeds from the event will benefit the NH Humane Society animal shelter in Laconia. The NH Humane Society is a non-profit that relies on community support because the organization does not receive any state funding, or funding from the national humane society organization. Events like this one help to provide funds for general care of the animals, providing food and other items to necessary to support the animals until they are adopted.

Chef Leslie and her team will be serving New Orleans-inspired cuisine, along with some of Tavern 27's most popular items. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options will also be served. There will be several stations paired with a variety of wines including some on the Tavern 27 list and a few new wines to enjoy. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available and are included with the price of admission. The bar will be open for guests that do not enjoy wine.

Tickets for the event are $54  (tax and gratuity not included) in advance and can be purchased at Tavern 27, or online at or Purchasing tickets in advanced is suggested as the event is likely to sell out. Dress is casual, though festive purple, green and gold would be appropriate as there will also be a "Mardi Gras Selfie Station." Please note, Tavern 27 will not be open for regular dinner service this evening due to the event. Local businesses wishing to support the event by donating prizes may contact Leslie via e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by dropping items off at Tavern 27, 2075 Parade Road, Laconia.

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