published Friday, May 4th, 2012

Sangria on the Southside to celebrate Latino culture

IF YOU GO

What: Sangria on the Southside.

When: 7-11 p.m. today.

Where: The Mill, 1601 Gulf St.

Admission: $30.

Phone: 624-8414.

Website: www.sangriaonthesouthside.org.

Stacy Johnson, executive director of La Paz Chattanooga, said tonight is all about celebrating the variety of Latino heritage within the greater Chattanooga community.

"We want to give Chattanooga a taste of the diverse Latino culture," said Johnson, of the primary goal of this evening's celebration, Sangria on the Southside.

Now in its fourth year, Sangria on the Southside is a celebration of all things Latino, including music, dance, food, wine and, yes, sangria.

While in the past, Johnson said, La Paz has made its own sangria for the evening, this year, they have received sangria donations from Red Guitar wines. Sangria, essentially a wine fruit punch, has its roots in Spanish culture but has been adopted by other cultures as well.

Attendees at Sangria on the Southside also will be invited to sample Chilean wines and Colombian desserts, among other delicacies, including Mexican-style tapas from Taqueria Jalisco. They will be treated to a performance by Atlanta-based flamenco company, Calo Gitano.

Proceeds from the evening go toward La Paz programs, which include advocacy and education for the Latino community of Chattanooga.

about Holly Leber ...

Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...

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