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Looking to visit Spain?

Looking to visit Spain? Now is the time to book your trip! Because it’s almost time for La Tomatina Tomato Fight Festival Buñol Spain! La Tomatina is a festival held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain. Here, participants throw tomatoes & get...

National Paella Day

  Oh my goodness…it’s here! It’s here again! It’s National Paella Day! Every year we are graced with this wonderfully special day in which we all get to indulge in this delicious, heavenly, traditional Spanish dish! Here at Mercat, we take our Paella very seriously. It originated in its modern...

National Almond Day

  Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Can you believe we are already into 2017? Here at Mercat we are getting more & more excited about opening the doors of our newly renovated space in our Main Dining Room. January was full of planning, showings & dreaming of all the...

Feliç any nou!

Feliç any nou! New Year’s resolutions… we love them! The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year's resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. It is said that the ancient Babylonians began the practice of making promises in the New Year in order to earn...

Our In-House Vermouth Program

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Vermouth. This is not an uncommon subject for us at Mercat; we’ve dedicated a couple of blogs to it, we serve more than 10 different vermouths, and we make it in house [tire screech]. That’s right; we age, fortify and blend our own vermouth!...

I Remember My First Tomato

I Remember My First Tomato There is a moment when someone unfolds the seams of the wax-covered wrapper on their drive-through Whopper. The motivation for the moment probably varies for everyone: fuel for a busy day, anticipation of a comforting meal after a stressful week, ease of appeasing a brood...

Say it ain’t Socarrat!

Say it ain’t Socarrat! The time is nigh and the day of reckoning for Chicago’s top culinary minds has come to Mercat once again. The 3rd annual paella cook off approaches and only one chef will win the honors of representing Spain’s renowned Paella better than all the rest!! If...

Dia de la madre

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Dia de la madre Moms are the greatest! Sorry dads, but Moms always have the right thing to say at the right time. Moms never forget our birthdays. Moms, traditionally, spend more time baking us sugary treats; and moms are often our source of...