Martini Maid offers tastings at fundraiser


Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Mandy Bobonick, owner of Martini Maid, and Lokelani Kalima made martinis at a tasting party Aug. 22.


Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Money from the raffle will benefit Be the Change, an organization founded by Hope Bobonick (left) and Nicole Noday.


Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Money from a raffle at the martini tasting benefitted Be the Change, a YSU-based club that works to collect spare change several times a year on campus to donate to local charities and organizations in need.


Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Britney Allison (left) and Kelsey Evans sampled martinis at a tasting Aug. 22 at Rachel's Restaurant and Bar.


Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Alicia Mylott (left) and Lauren Mylott shared some mother-daughter time at the martini tasting at Rachel's Aug. 22.


A business that’s just a little over a year old ventured into new territory Aug. 22.

Martini Maid is a full-service, mobile martini bar that provides everything needed, such as linens, tables, glasses and alcohol, for an event. They can create martinis to fit a specific theme and bring it all to a home or other location.

For its latest event, owner Mandy Bobonick hosted a martini tasting party at Rachel’s Restaurant and Bar.

“We’re hoping if it goes well we’ll do a winter wonderland one or something, a different theme,” she said.

She sold 60 tickets pre-sale.

“I’m happy with the turn-out,” Bobonick said. “I just want it to be a good night - get the name out there, and get people to enjoy our drinks.”

Also included in the event was a Chinese auction. All proceeds benefited Be the Change, an organization on the Youngstown State University campus.

Be the Change, started in spring 2013 by Nicole Noday and Hope Bobonick, is a YSU-based club that works to collect spare change a couple times a year on the campus and then donate it to local charities or organizations in need.

“People still don’t know about them,” Mandy said.

The martini tasting is the first time another organization has helped them raise money, Noday said.

“It’s so nice of her,” Noday said.

Noday hopes they can work with more businesses in the future.

Alicia Mylott attended the tasting with her daughter, Lauren Mylott.

Alicia said it was her first martini tasting, so she’d been looking forward to it.

“Plus, it’s for a good cause,” she said. “It’s a nice fundraiser.”

Lauren said martini parties are fun.

They were able to sample three types of martinis. Their first was a cosmos martini.

Laruen said it was good.

It was very fruity, Alicia said.

“It’s nice because it’s light,” she said. “It’s good for the summer.”

Signature coffee and carmel apple were also available to try.

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