Nov 082017

Mercadito Chicago, River North’s upscale, authentic Mexican restaurant (108 W. Kinzie St.) is celebrating the gift of friendship with a special Mixology Academy course on Saturday, November 18  at 3 p.m. and Friendsgiving themed Experiential Dinner on Monday, November 20 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Shake things up at La Mez Agave Lounge, downstairs at Mercadito, with a special Mixology Academy course Saturday, November 18 at 3 p.m. The course, led by Beverage Director Paul Tanguay, will feature Hornitos Tequila, and highlight signature Spicy Margarita, Little Market and Manhattan Treasure cocktails, with an opportunity to try the newest innovation from Hornitos, Cristalino, a triple-distilled Añejo. Appetizers will also be provided by Mercadito Chicago’s Chef Aldo Ayala.

Guests are invited to bring their friends and enjoy a full Friendsgiving spread, accompanied by El Tesoro Tequila cocktails. The dinner is hosted by Luis Cuesta of El Tesoro Tequila and Chef Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito.

The feast begins with a selection of Botanas including spiced nuts, deviled eggs and avocado hummus.

Guests will then enjoy Pan de Elote, cornbread and smoked brisket, with mole sauce.

After, delight in Jalapeños, beer-battered shrimp-stuffed jalapeños, with chipotle aioli.

Next, guests with indulge in Pavo, with a selection of herb marinated roasted turkey and chipotle-piloncillo glazed turkey, complete with caramelized sweet potato gratin, chanterelle-chestnut stuffing, green bean-brussels sprouts casserole, crispy shallots, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, Mexican spiced cranberry sauce, gravy and warm bolillitos.

To end with a seasonal treat, guests will enjoy Capirotada de Calabaza y Pie de Nuez, pumpkin spiced bread pudding, topped with pecan pie, mezcal whipped cream and orange zest.

Listen to more about their annual Friendsgiving Experiential Dinner during Wet Wednesday at The Steve Dahl Show!

Featured Tequilas:

Hornitos Tequila

Hailing from Tequila, Jalisco in Mexico, Hornitos® Tequila (named after the “little ovens” used to roast agave) was introduced to the world in 1950 by their founder Don Francisco Javier Sauza in honor of Mexican Independence Day.  Don’t miss this opportunity to try  Cristalino, a triple-distilled Añejo, the newest innovation from Hornitos.

El Tesoro Tequila
El Tesoro de Don Felipe® tequila honors Don Felipe Camarena, the man who established La Alteña Distillery in 1937. The very same distillery in which El Tesoro® Tequila is distilled today. Translating as “the treasure”, El Tesoro® Tequila was created in celebration of Don Felipe’s most precious asset: his agaves. Estate grown in the highlands of Jalisco, they sit in the deep red soil, maturing, kings of all they survey.

Since the first drop of El Tesoro ran off the stills, the agave has ruled. Every decision, every part of the painstaking process, the waiting time, from growing the agave to placing the labels on the bottle— everything has been done in celebration of this unique treasure.

Today, his grandson Carlos Camarena oversees production. Just like his grandfather, he is passionate about agave and fiercely protective of his methods, shunning efficiency in his hunt for flavor. Estate-grown agave plants are still cooked in old-fashioned hornos. The piñas are still crushed using a tahona (stone wheel). El Tesoro is still double-distilled to 80 proof.

This is what makes El Tesoro so special. These are the hallmarks of their treasure.

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