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Only in its second year, The Color Run, a 5K race where the participants are doused with various colors at several points during the race, has already captured an amazing following. Running through 50 U.S. cities and even Australia, The Color Run has officially made its mark as the “the happiest 5K on the planet”. You have to check out the video to really get a feel for this event; and the DJ is just the finale. This is not your typical mud run and as a matter of fact, these “colors” are made from cornstarch so don’t worry, you are in safe hands.

In a recent sponsorship deal, Chevrolet and The Color Run announced that the Chevrolet Spark, Chevy’s first mini car, would be the official vehicle for the 2013 races. As a result of that announcement, the Chevy Spark was set to get a pretty fancy paint job with fierce hues of Jalapeño, Salsa Red, Lemonade, Denim Blue and Techno Pink. Imagine a tie-dyed t-shirt…this car would be right next to the word “cool” in the dictionary.

We were invited to join a few local media folks and bloggers to experience a special dinner at Latin Bites. Hosted on their beautiful outside patio, the dinner not only represented the many colors of the Chevy Spark, but the meal was also served tapas style which went hand in hand with the true vision for the vehicle. The four course meal was perfect from beginning to end. Each course was paired with either a cocktail or wine (your choice) and in true Urban Swank style, I opted for the cocktails! They started the evening with passed martinis and I got the opportunity to chat with the designers and other local Chevy representatives. I was even dressed for the occasion wearing my bright blue, pink, and white.

First up, I sampled the Tuna tiradito with Passion fruit granita, avocado puree, native potatoes, and crispy quinoa. I choose the Porton Pisco Sour for this course. The tuna was fresh and the surprisingly citrus flavor that eluded from the chilled granita allowed the freshness of this dish to shine through even more. Next, I had the Duck confit over cilantro-infused rice cooked with chica de jora, chocio, green peas and bell peppers. This was probably the best dish of evening, and I could sum it up in three words: Wow, wow, and wow! The infused rice stole the show. The spices from the rice went well with the tender and mild pieces of duck. The Raspberry Red Wine Cooler was a great way to cool the palate and paired nicely with this course.

For the third course, they served a Veal Osso Bucco in honey panca pepper demiglaze, served over Peruvian mashed purple potatoes and Peruvian asparagus. Another great dish; and I would expect no less from Latin Bites. I washed this course down with a nicely chilled Godiva Chocolate Martini. They ended our four course experience with a Mango, chirimoya and white chocolate terrine served with a dulce de leche truffle. I chose the “designated driver” route and went with regular coffee versus the Cafe 43 cocktail. Yeah, I know… lightweight. As we were instructed to bring our IPods, throughout the entire evening, we jammed to the playlist of our peers. This event was well planned and I enjoyed mixing and mingling with old and new friends.

The Color Run race kicks off in Houston tomorrow (November 11, 2012). Unfortunately, we will not be in attendance but we hope the participants run a great race. The Houston race is sold out, as well as the next two cities, New Orleans and Charlotte. So, for the remaining cities, we would suggest you get your tickets as soon as possible. You don’t want to miss this event and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to check out the new 2013 Chevy Spark…she is a beauty!

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

November 10, 2012

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