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4th Annual Paella Cook Off

Chefs are prepping those paella pans! It’s that time of year again where local chefs and culinary crusaders will flex their competitive muscle for this paella smack down. Mercat a la Planxa is hosting the Fourth Annual Paella Cook Off on September 7th, 2017. The Most Valuable Paella (MVP) will...

The Chicago Music Festival

Music festivals and brunch all summer! Chicago's been a whirlwind of entertainment with Pitchfork, the Pokemon Go Fest, and now Lollapalooza is right around the corner. Lollapalooza kicks off August by bringing in performers like Lorde, Tegan and Sara, the Killers, Wiz Khalifa, Blink-182, and Chance the Rapper. The Chicago...

Tasty Adventures at Farmers Markets

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Tasty Adventures at Farmers Markets Warm weather is palpable and here to stay as Chicago’s Farmers Markets reappear with organic honey, homemade hot chocolate and fresh fruits for the picking! We received plenty of April showers this spring, which has reaped beautiful flowers and...

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...

National Suckling Pig Day

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL December 18th is National Suckling Pig Day & we can’t think of a better place to celebrate than Mercat a la Planxa! Pig roasting is a symbol of celebrations across the globe in many different countries. From Hawaii, to Puerto Rico, Spain, the UK,...

THE LAST FRONTIER

THE LAST FRONTIER If you’ve been to Spain you’ve probably had fluffy, rich croquettes or garlic-y gambas. Maybe you’ve discovered the simplistic elegance of olive oil, anchovies and crusty pan de horno. Tempranillo & Albarino poured freely… always. However, there’s more to Spanish cuisine then the delicious staples listed above....

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...

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