Chef Jose Garces & Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet invite you to Mercat a la Planxa's First Annual Paella Cook-Off on Monday, June 23rd!
Local chefs and culinary crusaders will flex their competitive muscle at the inaugural Paella Cook-Off at Mercat a la Planxa. Each hailing from a diverse culinary background, the contending chefs competing to create a champion pan of paella, include:
- Jess De Guzman, Sunda New Asian
- Kevin Hickey, Bottlefork Bar & Kitchen
- Zoe Schor, Ada St.
- Guillermo Tellez, Mercadito Hospitality
- Aaron Thebault, Girl and the Goat
- Tom Van Lente, TWO
- Brian Jupiter, Frontier
- Jon Keeley, Gemini Bistro
The Paella Chef Champion will be determined by an esteemed panel of judges including Chef Garces, Chandra Ram, editor of Plate Magazine, Catherine DeOrio, host of WTTW’s Check, Please! and Iron Chef America Judge Mario Rizzotti. In addition, attendees will be able to cast their vote for “The People’s Paella” winner. The victorious chefs will receive a personalized paella pan for the honor and will serve as a judge for the 2015 Cook-Off.
General Admission 7PM: $75 per person. Includes paella samplings from the featured chefs along with a sangria bar, Spanish-inspired cocktails and beers from Spain.
VIP Admission 6PM: $95 per person. Exclusive reception featuring a meet and greet with host Chef Garces, passed pintxos and a specialty cocktail.
The Paella Cook-off is sponsored by Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet, Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois, Estrella Damm, Concierge Preferred and Fortune Fish & Gourmet.
A portion of proceeds benefiting the Illinois Restaurant Educational Foundation (IRAEF), a non-profit organization (501 c3) dedicated to building the future of Illinois' hospitality workforce.
Tickets are not tax-deductible.
ABOUT MERCAT A LA PLANXA:
Mercat a la Planxa, a modern Catalan tapas restaurant and bar located adjacent to the historic Blackstone Hotel, was introduced in early 2008 by restaurateur Peter Karpinski of the Denver-based Sage Restaurant Group and highly acclaimed Executive Chef Jose Garces. Garces works closely with day-to-day Chef de Cuisine Cory Morris, who brings Mercat’s menu to life with meat and seafood dishes served a la planxa, or on the grill, and inspired by Barcelona and Spain’s Catalan region. The bar offers Spanish-style cocktails and martinis, as well as an extensive collection of Spanish cavas, wines, sangrias and beer.
Mercat a la Planxa is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as for brunch on Sunday. Mercat is open Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.765.0524. For photos, menus and more, please visit Mercat a la Planxa at www.mercatchicago.com.
ABOUT CHICAGO GOURMET:
Now in its seventh year, Chicago Gourmet, the nation’s premier culinary experience aimed at promoting Chicago’s world-class culinary community, will take place September 26-28, 2014. It was created by the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and the Anton Family Foundation to celebrate and honor both Chicago’s culinary achievements and the creative vision of the chefs, Master Sommeliers, and wine-, spirit-, and beer-makers who participate. It also spotlights Chicago as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent. For more information, please visit www.chicagogourmet.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter.