cocktails

Cava — The Spanish Celebration Wine

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL Cava — The Spanish Celebration Wine The holidays are upon us and my thoughts turn toward celebrations with friends and family at this time of year. And celebrations lead me to thinking about popping a bottle of bubbly to get the festivities started. Sparkling...

Vermouth

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!...

It Is (Spanish) Cider Season

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL (INSERT image1.jpg) It Is (Spanish) Cider Season As colder weather creeps in Chicagoans begin to break out their warmer jackets and embrace the new fall season. Here are Mercat a la Planxa we are welcoming fall with a Spanish cider class! The cider class...

For the Love of Sherry

“May I order a glass of sherry?” is not something you hear too often at a restaurant, especially in the summer. This August we are trying to change that. Starting on August 6th, Mercat a la Planxa is offering a supplemental three course menu paired with sherry. The shareable sherry...

The Happiest of Hours!

  The Happiest of Hours! Mercat’s new Bottle & Board Feature   After work happy hour in the summer is something Chicagoans look forward to all year round. There’s nothing better than ending your day with a glass of wine paired with delicious food. Here at Mercat a la Planxa,...

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...

Say “Hello!” to Drinks at Mercat

Chicago is finally coming out of hibernation as spring rolls into summer. Say "Hello!" to drinks on the patio, day-long brunch affairs and outdoor festivals. One drink in particular that is a must-try is our Cafe Balsamico cocktail at Mercat. Made with a special blend of sherry, rum and cold...

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...

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