Havana Nights in LatinoLA

Latino Professional Network hosts mojitos, music, cigars and socializing at J Restaurant, June 26

By Alejandro Menchaca
Published on LatinoLA: June 20, 2008

Havana Nights in LatinoLA

Over 1,300 Latino Professionals and Community Leaders from throughout Southern California are expected to attend LA's largest summer networking event and celebration! As RSVPs are being received at a record-setting pace, we ask that you RSVP today! Invite friends, colleagues, and co-workers to this landmark event featuring the Leaders of Los Angeles!

Enjoy a lively, tropical setting featuring Complimentary Mojitos, Complimentary Rum Tasting & Latin Wine Tasting, Salsa by Johnny Polanco, Traditional Cuban Music by Adonis Puentes, Complimentary Appetizers, Cigar Roller, DJ, and More!

To Accept This Invitation, Click here To RSVP Online!

Latino Professional Network "Havana Nights" Networking Event and Celebration at J Restaurant & Lounge in Downtown LA! Featuring Complimentary Mojitos, Complimentary Rum Tasting, Traditional Cuban Music and Tropical Rhythms by "ADONIS PUENTES & His All-Star Latin Ensemble", Premium Cigars & Cigar Roller, Complimentary Appetizers, Live Salsa by "JOHNNY POLANCO Y SU CONJUNTO AMISTAD", DJ, and More! Thursday, June 26, 2008, 6:30pm- 1:30am!

Join the LPN for the Official Kick-Off of its Summer Networking Series!--RSVP REQUIRED. Network with over 1,300 Latino Professionals and Community Leaders at the Summer's most popular event! Escape to a Tropical, Summer Paradise inspired by Old Havana and its Tropicana Cabaret! Savor the refreshing flavor of Complimentary Mojitos! Complimentary Rum & Latin Wine Tasting! Premium Cigars & Cigar Roller!

And presenting the LPN's greatest musical line-up ever! Adonis Puentes & His All-Star Latin Ensemble showcase traditional Cuban music (Son) in the style of the Buena Vista Social Club! LA's greatest Salsa Legend, Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad, headlines the evening (first LPN performance ever!), DJ!

"Sophisticated, yet sultry, cosmopolitan, yet exotic, Havana was a place where you could have it all - indulgence and illusion, elegance and irreverence."

Inspired by the allure of Old Havana and its legendary Tropicana Cabaret, the Latino Professional Network ("LPN") and its President, Alejandro Menchaca, Esq., extend a cordial and personal invitation to you and your guests to join hundreds of Latino professionals at "Havana Nights" Networking Event, Complimentary Rum Tasting , and Celebration!

Invite friends and colleagues as J Restaurant & Lounge accommodates over 1,300 guests! J Restaurant & Lounge is a Downtown LA favorite and has become "the place to be" for fine dining, dancing, and entertainment. This spectacular venue features an elegant dining experience downstairs, a mahogany-accented lounge and open, cigar patio upstairs, a huge dance floor bathed in ultra-hip lighting, and a spacious, heated tropical patio dotted with cabanas featuring gorgeous, panoramic views of the Downtown LA cityscape. For this special event, each unique space at J Lounge will be transformed into "Paradise Under the Stars" and filled with the

"Havana Nights" is consistent with the LPN's core mission of building bridges amongst ALL the communities that make up LA and showcasing the culture and beauty of these communities. In that sense, the LPN has become a true "Network of Los Angeles". Most importantly, NETWORK, SOCIALIZE, and CELEBRATE with Latino professionals from such diverse fields and professional backgrounds as law, medicine, business, engineering, finance and investments, education, entertainment, accounting, public relations, social work, technology, real estate, architecture, the non-profit sector, government, the media, public health, marketing, insurance, the fine arts, politics and more!

CONNECT WITH THE MOST INFLUENTIAL LATINOS IN LA! There is no better forum to network with the Leaders of the Latino Community, seek out new career opportunities, expand one's clientele and customer base, make business deals, reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and have a great time in the process!

If you had a valuable and enjoyable experience at the previous LPN Event, "Una Noche en Guadalajara", at the Bonaventure, "A Night in Rio" (J Lounge), or "A Night in Buenos Aires" be sure to join us for the kick-off summer event of 2007! MUSICA CALIENTE! A TRIBUTE TO THE BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB AND TRADITIONAL SON CUBANO BY "ADONIS PUENTES & HIS ALL- STAR LATIN ENSEMBLE"!

As guests arrive arrive at J Restaurant's spacious patio, laden with colorful, tropical flowers, they will be greeted with the sensual sounds of Cuba. "Adonis Puentes and his Latin All-Star Latin Ensemble" is one of the fastest rising Son & Salsa Stars in LA! Adonis, who was raised in Havana, has assembed a team of all-star musicians to play traditional Cuban Son in the style of the "Buena Vista Social Club". Embark on a musical journey into the roots of Cuban music, dance, and expression! COMPLIMENTARY MOJITOS (6:30pm- 8:30pm) Sensuous Cuban rhythms and melodies will create an exhilarating musical backdrop as you enjoy COMPLIMENTARY MOJITOS from 6:30pm to 8:30pm! From 6:30pm- 8:30pm, guests can savor the refreshing taste of COMPLIMENTARY MOJITOS! This ever- popular marriage of fresh mint and rum is a refreshing way to quench your thirst on a sizzling summer evening!

From 6:30pm to 8:30pm, enjoy a COMPLIMENTARY RUM TASTING showcasing Cuba's national drink! Enjoy servings of rums in such tropical flavors as Coconut, Banana, Pineapple, and Mango! Servings of Complimentary Latin Wines will also be poured at a wine station from 6:30pm to 8:30pm showcasing such wines as Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot, and Chardonnay. Complimentary Tropical Appetizers will also be available beginning at 6:30pm showcasing J Restaurant & Lounge's highly-acclaimed menu. These complimentary appetizers will be served exclusively through tray passing and will be available while supplies last. Additionally, no-host, paid appetizer stations and a grill will be set up in the venue for those who wish to purchase additional food.

PREMIUM CIGARS! And in true Havana style, guests can savor the sophisticated tase and elegant aroma of Premium Cigars provided by Ceniza Lounge in Pasadena. Purchase a premium cigar from Ceniza's special patio display or one from J Lounge's very own, humidor located adjacent to its cigar lounge. J Lounge's upstairs, open cigar lounge provides an intimate setting to enjoy a cigar under the skies of LA! The perfect complement to a glass of rum or a delicious mojito!

LIVE SALSA BY "JOHNNY POLANCO Y SU CONJUNTO AMISTAD"- TWO HOUR SET! From 8:00pm- 10:00pm, LA's most legendary and well-known salsa band, "Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad" will perform in J Restaurant & Lounge's massive, outdoor patio. Dance the night away under the stars! This event is a "must-attend" for salseros from LA, Orange County,and the Inland Empire! A DJ playing the best in salsa, merengue, cumbias, hip-hop, reggeton, disco, and more will close out the evening playing until 1:30am! Over the past nine years, LPN Networking Events have created and strengthened networking and business relationships, as well as long-lasting friendships among Latino professionals, students, and fellow community leaders. Guided by the philosophy that networking opportunities abound in open and enjoyable settings, the LPN has become extremely popular among various segments of the professional community.

These events directly served to engender dialogue, collaboration, friendship, and unity among the Leaders of the Latino community. The events are well attended by young professionals, established professionals, as well as students seeking to connect with soon-to-be colleagues. LPN Networking Events are unique in the fact that they bring together professionals from a diverse array of fields. If you enjoyed the LPN's past events "Una Noche En Guadalajara", "Carnaval! A Night in Rio", and a "A Night in Buenos Aires", join us for another valuable evening of countless opportunities. As always, it is encouraged that you ARRIVE EARLY in order to take full advantage of the evening's networking opportunities and festivities. Important Notice- RSVP REQUIRED! Please specify the numbers of guests who will attend. Once you have submitted your RSVP, consider you and your guests confirmed. It is encouraged that you RSVP early. You may also call (213) 792-0877 to RSVP and for further information. Parking: Ample parking can be found in lots adjacent, across the street, and nearby to J Restaurant & Lounge. Parking is $5.00 in these lots. Additionally, valet parking is available directly in front of Js at $10.00.

Details: Thursday, June 26, 2008, 6:30pm- 1:30am Admission: $20 per person. Admission includes complete event package including Complimentary Mojitos, Complimentary Rum and Wine Tasting, Traditional Cuban Ensemble "Adonis Puentes and his All-Star Latin Ensemble", Premium Cigars for purchase, Complimentary Tropical Inspired Appetizers, Live Salsa Band "Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad", DJ, dancing and more. Admission to be paid at the door. Attire: Professional/ Cocktail Attire is Strongly Recommended. It is encouraged that gentlemen wear coat and/ or suit and tie. It is encouraged that ladies wear cocktail/ professional attire. J Restaurant & Lounge 1119 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. J Restaurant & Lounge is located across the street from the Transamerica Bldg in Downtown LA. For further information (213) 792-0877

Previous LPN Events include "Una Noche en Guadalajara" at Bonaventure, "Carnaval! A Night in Rio" at J Restaurant & Lounge, and "A Night in San Juan" at Villa Sorriso!

(Due to the complimentary rum tasting, all attendees must be of legal drinking age, and identification is required.)

See you there!

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