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It’s Five O’clock Somewhere

November 10, 2015

The winter season approaches and Mercat is looking forward to serving you with an elegance that is sometimes absent in Chicago’s haute-casual food scene. As the old saying goes, “It’s Five O’clock somewhere.” Well, it’s Friday night in Mercat and...

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Farmer, Shepherd, Rancher: Finding our Local Soul

October 16, 2015

Farmer, Shepherd, Rancher: Finding our Local Soul Mainstays on menus reflect the soul of a chef. Recipes that have a perennial home on paper often have a perennial home in a chef’s heart. However, sentiments change, seasons change and cultural cravings...

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When In Spain

September 11, 2015

When In Spain… When it comes time to wash your meal down with something a little more gumption than water, the options are endless- especially in Chicago. The wealth of watering holes is overwhelming (even more so if you’ve had a...

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The Last Course

August 10, 2015

The Last Course This may sound inane to some, but are you aware that cows (among other animals) have a secondary stomach? Well, somehow, when dining at Mercat almost everyone manages to harness their inner bovine and finish off a plate...

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Thank You Garden, For Being Delicious

July 14, 2015

Thank You Garden, For Being Delicious For many, the city of Chicago elicits foodie visions of steak houses, hot dogs, unnaturally deep dish pizza, storied architecture, a lively populace, historic sports teams, and parks- so many parks! No argument here, how ‘bout those...

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PAELLA PARTY: #Amazing, #You’reComing, #HelloSummer #paellacookoffchi

June 10, 2015

PAELLA PARTY: #Amazing, #You’reComing, #HelloSummer #paellacookoffchi It’s the 2nd go-around and it’s going to be nothing-less-of-awesome. The nation’s biggest paella cook off has Chicago’s top chefs sharing the same ovens for the creation of six very different paellas. That’s right, Mercat’s...

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May 6, 2015

  Sherry! A brief sherry education: Potentially, sherry has been produced since the 1st century when Phoenicians brought grape vines to Spain’s Jerez region. Thus, began the nation’s tumultuous adventure with sherry. While the original production of sherry was vastly different from...

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Mercat’s Favorite Pig Party

April 5, 2015

Mercat's Favorite Pig Party Mustaches, mezcal, bacon, beards and tattoos. These are a few of Chicago’s favorite trends. However, not all will last the course. Mustaches and beards? The abundance of facial hair only has one way to go as warmth springs in...

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Kitchen Notes

March 16, 2015

KITCHEN NOTES   While a couple of blankets and a rocks glass with whiskey are keeping Chiberia at bay, the reality is, it’s nearly Spring, but the beloved season is far from sprung. This is problematic for a few reasons: 1.            Timeliness and...

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What’s In The Booox?

February 10, 2015

“What’s in the booox?” Mercat a la Planxa’s favorite movie quote (Spoiler alert: Se7en Monkeys) is no longer reserved for inside jokes or awkward-moment interludes. Instead, every Sunday Chef opens up his box of culinary genius and delicious surprises ensue. At the start...

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