Drinks

Tis the Season

  Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Tis the season for winter in the Windy City! With so many exciting things to do in the city, it’s easy to forget that it’s -4 degrees outside. Well, not really, but it is easy to distract yourself from it. Mercat a la...

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...

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...

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,...

When In Spain

  “When in Spain.” That has been our theme this year and with so much to explore, it will continue to guide our narrative.  Mercat’s menu defines Spanish cooking today. From “Best Of” lists to Iron Chef Accolades, Mercat has no shortage of culinary prowess. However, with great food, great...

Sherry!

  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 the structured fortified wine styles we imbibe in...

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...

Buil & Gine

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.  Located just outside the small town of Falset, Buil...

6 Reasons Why We’re Excited For Our 6-Year-Mark

We are more energized than ever to begin 2014, quickly approaching our 6-year anniversary in early March, after ending 2013 with many humbling accolades and mentions. From Chef Cory winning numerous competitions at culinary events throughout the year, to Mercat garnering both local and national media coverage month after month...

You are the Sangria to my Summer

You are the Sangria to my Summer You know the classic pairs: Peas & Carrots. Macaroni & Cheese. Peanut Butter & Jelly. Here’s a little Mercat tale about Sangria & Summer. Chicagoans are infamous for their celebratory moods in anticipation for the joyous season that is Summer. As a bustling...

Enter the Matador

Enter the Matador There is nothing we like better in Chicago than spring. Not only do we get to remove a few layers of cloths but we get really excited about all the beautiful fruits and vegetables that become available to us. A root vegetable we love is the mighty...

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