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Mercat’s Favorite Pig Party

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 April: the way of the razor. Tattoos? They seem...

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Kitchen Notes

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 functionality. Unending cold is redundant and tends...

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A LETTER FROM THE CHEF

Last week I turned on the news and learned that winter is still here, forever (or as far as the 10-day forecast is concerned). Chiberia, as they call it, is sticking around much longer than anyone prefers. The problem is, I was already diving into Spring flavors: Spring onions; bright,...

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Holidaze

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 you hit the market, where do you begin...

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