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Sherry!

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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A Chicagoan’s Guide to Spain

January 2, 2015

Up from Spain’s white, sandy shores and uneven stucco walls rises hilly communities harvesting olives, ripening grapes and curing the world’s richest hams. These are the flavors of Spain and these are the images that Chef Garces effuses into his...

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Holidaze

December 6, 2014

Holidaze Thanksgiving has passed. The turkey feast is over (unless you stashed some creative leftovers into your fridge), but what is on the December horizon? Ham, salt-crusted tenderloins, lamb and booze. In other words, the horizon looks awesome. The question is, when...

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Thinking Beyond the Planxa

November 5, 2014

Thinking Beyond the Planxa Without sounding intentionally forward, we have to say that Mercat a la Planxa is winning (think Charlie Sheen) right now. Not only are we celebrating 7 years this fall, but we house the best food and service...

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Chef Jose & Chef Cory partner with our mixologists for a fall-menu inspired dinner

September 12, 2014

Chef Jose & Chef Cory partner with our mixologists for a fall-menu inspired dinner   What’s cooler than a 5-Course intimate dinner hosted by our Executive Chef Jose Garces? Our very own – longtime – bartenders will be creating their own recipes...

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Locally-Sourced Heirloom Tomatoes Take Over Mercat!

August 12, 2014

Locally-Sourced Heirloom Tomatoes Take Over Mercat! Summertime to chefs means that tomatoes are in their season and the local markets will be in abundance of bright, flavorful and We can’t really explain how excited our chefs get when it’s the end...

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Buil & Gine

July 3, 2014

Buil & Gine Recently Beverage Manager Casey O’Connell from Mercat a la Planxa traveled to Priorat, just 2 hours outside of Barcelona Spain in Catalonia.  Casey had the privilege of spending the majority of the time at Buil & Gine Winery. ...

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