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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...

#BarcelonaBites Facebook Live

#BarcelonaBites Facebook Live   Thursdays just got a whole lot better with our new Facebook live series, #BarcelonaBites! Every other Thursday at 5:15pm Chef Diego Amat and Chef David Murphy will host a Facebook live video demonstrating their favorite dishes and cooking techniques. On August 23 the inaugural #BarcelonaBites video...

How to Summer Mercat Style

Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago, IL How to Summer Mercat Style   June is all about spending time outside and enjoying the beautiful summer city that Chicago is. Luckily, Mercat a la Planxa is right next to two of the best parks in the city, Millennium and Grant. There are numerous...

The Barcelona Brunch

Spring in Chicago is all about new beginnings. Colorful flowers start to pop up on urban streets, natives begin putting their down coats in storage and the city starts to come alive again. So how is Mercat celebrating fresh new beginnings? With a brand new brunch menu, of course! The...

Spring Is Rolling In!

Chicago is finally coming out of hibernation as spring rolls in. 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 brew...

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 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...

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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