WBEZ | Mercadito http://www.wbez.org/tags/mercadito Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Friday Foodie Forecast: Summertime treats http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-24/friday-foodie-forecast-summertime-treats-88285 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-24/Ice Cream at David Burke&#039;s_Facebook_David Burke.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-24/Ice%20Cream%20at%20David%20Burke%27s_Facebook_David%20Burke.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 373px; margin: 5px;" title="Jumbo cone from the pop-up shop at David Burke's Primehouse. "></p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">Rain or shine, summer has finally arrived in&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_0">Chicago</span>. What better way to celebrate than with ice cream, barbeque and booze?</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><strong>Get the Scoop at David Burke's Primehouse</strong></p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">Kick your weekend off to a sweet start and chill out this summer at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.davidburke.com/primehouse/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_1">David Burke's</span>&nbsp;Primehouse</a>&nbsp;where&nbsp;every Friday&nbsp;in June, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jameshotels.com/Chicago-Hotel.aspx?name...JBar%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">JBar&nbsp;</a>entrance is transformed into an ice cream pop-up shop beginning at 3:00 p.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m. - or whenever the last scoop is served. Creative, signature ice cream creations by&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_2">Executive Pastry Chef</span>&nbsp;Jove Hubbard will be featured each week. Tonight's scoops include a dark indulgence and a light, summertime treat - black velvet (<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_3">chocolate ice cream</span>, devil's food, dark chocolate cremeux, smoky scotch caramel), and&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_4">strawberry rhubarb pie</span>&nbsp;(roasted&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_5">vanilla ice cream</span>,&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_6">strawberry rhubarb pie pieces</span>). Guests are invited to stay tuned to&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_7">David Burke’s Primehouse</span>&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/dbprimehouse" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_8">Twitter</span></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/DavidBurkesPrimehouse" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_9">Facebook</span></a>&nbsp;for weekly flavor updates where feedback and suggestions may be taken into account for upcoming flavors. Jumbo cones are available for $5 a scoop (cash only), and it is a limited pop-up indulgence. David Burke’s Primehouse is&nbsp;located at 616&nbsp;North Rush at The James Hotel. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.davidburkesprimehouse.com/" style="color: rgb(35, 71, 134); text-decoration: underline; outline-style: none;" target="_blank"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_10">www.davidburkesprimehouse.com</span></a></p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><strong>Farm Tour and Dinner with Slagel&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_11">Family Farm</span></strong><br> Want to see where your food comes from? Here’s a great opportunity to do just that as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slagelfamilyfarm.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Slagel Family Farm&nbsp;</a>announces its&nbsp;<em>Farm Tour and Dinner</em>&nbsp;series beginning&nbsp;Saturday, July 2, in&nbsp;Fairbury, IL. From&nbsp;2:30 - 9p.m. Farmer/Owner Louis John Slagel will start off the afternoon with a tour of his livestock farm where all natural, hormone free pork, beef, lamb, goat, chickens and ducks are raised to butcher and sell to consumers and restaurants throughout Chicagoland. Guests will see a variety of livestock and learn about the old-fashioned production practices the Slagels use to produce their farm&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_12">fresh meat products</span>.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">Immediately following the farm tour, a dinner will be served family style in a new barn next to the livestock pastures. The first dinner of the series will be prepared and served by guest chefs Perry Hendrix of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.customhouse.cc/%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Custom House Tavern</a>, Jeffrey Hedin of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leopoldchicago.com/%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Leopold</a>, Charles Burkhardt of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.owenengine.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Owen &amp; Engine</a>&nbsp;and Mike Sheerin of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.3floyds.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">3 Floyd's Brewery</a>. The dinner is BYOB - lemonade and water will be provided. Slagel Family Farm will provide products for purchase on the farm to take home, so bring a cooler to store your products in for the trip home. For a complete list of upcoming farm dinners and participating restaurants, click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slagelfamilyfarm.com/farm_tour.shtml.%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">here</a>.&nbsp;Tickets for the event can be purchased at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179857%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_13">Brown Paper Tickets</span>&nbsp;</a>- General $125.00/Youth(11-16) - $30.00/Children 10 and under – free. Slagel Family Farm is located at&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_14">23601 E. 600 North Road, Fairbury, IL 61739</span>. For more information, call&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_15">815-848-9385</span>, or visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slagelfamilyfarm.com/index.shtml." style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Slagel Family Farm</a>.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><strong>Elevate BBQ at Mercadito</strong></p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Mercadito</a>&nbsp;spices up the barbeque with a cooking demo just in time for summer grilling season&nbsp;this Monday, June 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. Held at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.doubleachicago.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Double A</a>, the lounge located directly beneath Mercadito, Chef Patricio Sandoval goes beyond hot dogs and hamburgers and will share his summer recipes for how to impress Independence Day party-goers by demonstrating five-courses including authentic parrillada of steak, chicken and vegetables. In addition, Sandoval will also demonstrate a refreshing crudo of scallops, ribs with a spicy chipotle Mexican barbeque sauce,&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_16">fish tacos</span>&nbsp;and a light fruit dessert with a surprising kick at the end. Priced at $55 per guest (exclusive of tax and gratuity), each dish also comes paired with summertime cocktails. For a complete look at the evening’s menu, click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com/chicago/docs/cooking_201106_menu.pdf%20%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">here</a>. Reservations for&nbsp;classes&nbsp;are required and may be made by calling&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_17">312.329.9555</span>. Double A is&nbsp;located at 108 W. Kinzie. For more information&nbsp;and a complete list of upcoming events, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span class="yshortcuts">www.mercaditorestaurants.com</span></a><a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">.&nbsp;</a><br> &nbsp;<br> <strong>Explore Summer Spirits at Potter’s Lounge</strong></p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><a href="http://www.potterschicago.com" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Potter’s Lounge</a>&nbsp;brings back it’s&nbsp;<em>Secret Spirits Society</em>&nbsp;series for summer and fall kicking off the first installment&nbsp;Wednesday, July 6, from 6 -7 p.m. Showcasing acclaimed and rare brands of champagne, wines and spirits, attendees will enjoy elite selections in an intimate ambiance where they will learn all about the history and individual distilling process of the visiting brand. Led by Beverage Manager Patrick Coyne, Potter's will host the series the first Wednesday of each month through October beginning with champagne featuring Moet and Hennessey brands. Each class costs $25 per person and includes a variety of bar bites created to complement each libation&nbsp;courtesy of Potter's Lounge Executive Chef Greg Elliott. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_19">(312) 917-3404</span>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.potterschicago.com." style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">online</a>. Potter’s Lounge is located at 17 E. Monroe St. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.potterschicago.com/" style="color: rgb(35, 71, 134); text-decoration: underline; outline-style: none;" target="_blank"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_20">http://www.potterschicago.com</span></a>.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><em>Today's post was written by contributor Dimitra Apostolopoulos. </em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-24/friday-foodie-forecast-summertime-treats-88285 Top 5 margaritas in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-05/top-5-margaritas-chicago-85980 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-04/margarita.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="675" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-04/margarita.jpg" title="house margarita from Salpicon!" width="450"></p><p>Today is Cinco de Mayo, a relatively minor holiday on the Mexican calendar (Independence Day, Sept. 15, ranks much higher), but it somehow has become an excuse to party. Kind of like Hallmark turned "Secretaries Day" into an unofficial holiday requiring lunches, gifts and of course, greeting cards. With today's event, the fine folks at ________ beer company have deemed this a day worth partying, and therefore, we give in to this annual bacchanal, and hereby crown our top 5 sources for utterly quaffable margaritas. They all use great tequila - always 100% agave - (usually blanco, sometimes reposado, but rarely an aged añejo); freshly-squeezed lime juice, and a range of additions such as brandy, Cointreau or even mezcal. Cheers.</p><p>1. <a href="http://www.fronterakitchens.com/restaurants/restaurants.html">Frontera/Topolobampo</a><br> 445 N. Clark St., 312-661-1434</p><p>2. <a href="http://www.salpicon.com/">Salpicon!</a><br> 1252 N. Wells St., 312-988-7811</p><p>3. <a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com/chicago/location.php">Mercadito</a><br> 108 W. Kinzie, 312-329-9555</p><p>4. <a href="http://www.adobogrill.com/oldtown/index.aspx">Adobo Grill</a><br> 1610 N. Wells St., 312-266-7999</p><p>5. <a href="http://www.bigstarchicago.com/">Big Star</a><br> 1531 N. Damen Ave., 773-235-4039</p></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-05/top-5-margaritas-chicago-85980 Friday Foodie Forecast: Brunch bottles, DJ dining, and tequila dinner http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-brunch-bottles-dj-dining-and-tequila-dinner <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Bloody Mary Brunch.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="267" width="400" alt="" title="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-06/Bloody Mary Brunch.jpg" /></p><p>The holiday season may be over, but the celebration continues for foodies in this week's forecast. Whether you enjoy making your own mimosa at brunch while percussionists provide background music, feasting on fresh seafood as DJ s spin music, or dining on a tequila-inspired dinner, there is something on the menu for everyone not yet finished ringing in the new year.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Brunch Bottles at Mercadito<br /></strong><a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com/chicago/index.php">Mercadito</a> is amping up the typical weekend brunch experience by introducing Brunch Bottles every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Diners may now not only enjoy Chef Sandoval's brunch menu with dishes like huevos ahogados with poached eggs, crispy corn bread and chipotle-hollandaise sauce ($12), but they can also put their own spin on table-side, handcrafted Bloody Marys (El Bloody) starting at $55, and Mas Mimosas, starting at $45. All the while, guests can groove to live percussionists and DJ performances. Mercadito is located at 108 W. Kinzie St. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312-329-9555.</p><p><strong><br />DJ and Dinner at Wave<br /></strong>The party continues with DJs and dinner this Friday and Saturday at <a href="http://www.waverestaurant.com/">Wave</a> in the W Hotel at Lake Shore Drive. Although dinner service begins at 5 p.m., DJs will spin music from 9:30 p.m. to close while guests can enjoy seasonal and locally sourced offerings by Executive Chef Kristine Subido. A highlight on the menu this weekend will be the fish special served with a coconut sauce, blistered tomatoes and mushrooms. But you have to show up to find out what kind of fish it will be since it is chosen fresh daily. <em>FYI: any diners who mention this blog post this weekend at Wave will receive a 10 percent discount on the entire check</em>. Wave is located at 644 North Lake Shore Drive.</p><p><strong><br />City Provisions Serves Tequila<br /></strong><a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/">City Provisions</a> launches the January <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/supper-club-farm-dinners.htm">Supper Club</a> this Monday at 6 p.m. Chef Cleetus Friedman hasn't divulged any specific menu information, but he does plan to pair all dishes in the night's five-course meal with cocktails made from <a href="http://www.casanoble.com">Casa Noble Tequila</a>. The all-inclusive dinner is $75 per person, and reservations are required. City Provisions is located at 1818 West Wilson. For more information call 773-293-2489, or visit <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com">cityprovisions.com</a>.</p><p><em>- Dimitra Apostolopoulos</em></p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 19:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-brunch-bottles-dj-dining-and-tequila-dinner