By Guss Firestein
For those of you that were around last spring, you either may remember hearing about or attended the GrubLink Block Party. This event promoted different establishments within walking distance of Union College. For the event, each restaurant, or bar, offered different food and drink specials for those students in attendance. This coming Friday, November 5, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be another event similar to the one held last spring.
The event this coming Friday will be hosted by GrubLink and the three sororities involved in Pan-Hellenic Council (Sigma Delta Tau, Delta Delta Delta, and Gamma Phi Beta). The event consists of a Turkey Trot and a Block Party and thus is called “Turkey Trot Around The Block.” The Turkey Trot is a race around the campus (the campus loop) during which people dress up in goofy costumes. Those dressed in especially crazy costumes will be rewarded.
This is a philanthropic event to raise money for a local charity. Similar to last year’s Block Party, you must purchase a ticket to receive the discounts at the different establishments. Due to the colder temperatures, the ticket this fall is going to be wristbands instead of T-shirts. I know you all were looking forward to adding yet another GrubLink shirt to your collection but you’ll just have to wait.
On the day of the event, you will need to wear this wristband and show it to the participating establishments in order to receive the specials. There have been a small number of shirts printed and the money generated from these shirts will also go to philanthropy, but they will not be used as ‘tickets.’
Similar to last time, the event will be split into two parts with half the establishments offering discounts from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the others from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. based on the establishment’s location and type of place they are (bar/restaurant).
A trolley will take students from the circle by Old Chapel to downtown Schenectady at different points during the night.
Each place offers something a little different, all attempting to exemplify what they are best known for, while simultanesouly trying to separate themselves from the rest of the venues.
Café Nola will obviously be offering their infamous alligator bites and plan on having a drink special as well (which will most likely consist of beer and wine considering this is what they sell). Going up the street, Union Inn will have some great deals on food and drinks; last year their steamers were a big hit along with their always-popular variety of wings.
We all know Bombers; they will have great drink specials as usual. I would recommend starting there because it might be fun to start off with a nice margarita and burrito from Bombers and then move on to some sushi from Bangkok Bistro.
Bangkok is another big contender at the Block Party, offering a huge variety of mixed drinks as well as sushi and a variety of other fantastic food. Bangkok Bistro is a great place to sit down and have a meal; they have lots of tables and the food comes out very quickly.
Last year a lot of people were under the misconception that the event was only for those 21 years or older. The reality is that the event is not just at bars but restaurants as well; it is an event meant to get students out into Schenectady and expose them to new places rather then just providing students with alcohol.
Another thing to keep in mind is that although these places are participating in the event and providing great specials, it is important to remember to tip your waiters and waitresses. We want the community to know how courteous Union students are and let the owners of the restaurants know how grateful we are for the discounts they are so generously providing!
Visit www.GrubLink.com for more information and text “GrubLink” to 88500 to receive updates about the event and future events. Hope to see you all out there; remember to be smart and safe.