BOURBON in the morning

Here in Columbia we've all been *dying* for restauranteur Kristian Niemi's latest venture to open. Kristian has solidified his status as a local celebrity with his boisterous yet cut-to-the-chase personality and comfortably upscale restaurant endeavors. His latest venture, Bourbon, has had the city drooling at the prospect of cajun fare and a huge number of choices of small and large batch bourbons to taste. 

Tonight the restaurant's opening will be celebrated in the best way possible--for a great cause. Kristian is throwing a cajun-creole bash at the restaurant that will benefit Sustainable Midlands, a grassroots nonprofit organization that works to bring together the ideas of healthy environment, strong local economies and close-knit community. Executive Director Ryan Nevius is a pro at bringing elected officials, environmental activists and neighborhood residents together to find ways to make Columbia a healthy, thriving, green city.

For $65 ($50 for Sustainable Midlands members), friends and foodies can be among the first of Columbia's general public to get the Bourbon experience. Signature cocktails, local beer, small plates and conviviality will flow from 5:30pm to 7pm--and tickets are a very hot commodity!

I would go, but I'm in Washington, DC at the moment with Mr. M while we are immersed in individual work projects. But I have 2 tickets! Do you want them? You know you do!

Here's the deal: Leave a comment below telling us a) why you want the tickets OR b) why you love Sustainable Midlands, AND THEN tweet about the giveaway (tagging @SustainableMid, @ShaniRGilchrist and @BourbonColumbia). I'll draw a lucky winner at 1:30pm today.

Good luck!