Barcito Kicks off July Amigos of Pintxo Events

Hi foodie friends. Just posting another press release that popped up in my inbox today. Looks like a great event that benefits a good cause. And I'm a big fan of Alpana Singh from her days as a host on Check! Please.

Barcito Kicks off July Amigos of Pintxo Events

On Monday, July 1st, Barcito Chef/Partner Ryan Poli and the bar's mascot Pintxo,welcome acclaimed industry guests Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier and Proprietor of The Boarding House and Meg Galus, the Pastry Chef at Park Hyatt Chicago and NoMI, for a memorable Amigos of Pintxo event. The amigas will showcase their unique perspective on the stand-and-eat bites for which Barcito has become known.


The guest chefs will share signature snacks and music playlists, while attendees enjoy all they can eat pintxos for $25 per person. Barcito's selection of beers, kegged cocktails and wines are also available for purchase.

Amigos of Pintxo takes place every other Monday from 8 to 10 p.m. A portion of the sales from this year's series is donated to Pilot Light - a collective of culinary arts professionals whose mission is to enhance children's perception of food and nutrition by implementing food education programs, both working directly with schools and acting as a catalyst for community organizations.

Upcoming guest chefs and dates include:

July 15:Jared Van Camp of Nellcote and Chris Macchia of The Florentine 
July 29:Doug Psaltis of RPM and Ned Elliot of Foreign and Domestic (NYC)
August 5:Jose Garces and Cory Morris of Mercat a la Planxa

All are welcome to attend and seating is available on a first-come basis.

About Tavernita and Barcito
Owned and operated by Mercadito Hospitality, Tavernita and Barcito are located in the heart of Chicago's popular River North neighborhood at 151 W. Erie St. Featuring the cuisine of Chef/Partner Ryan Poli, the restaurants' menus offer a mix of American dishes with Mediterranean influences and an innovative beverage program showcasing creative selections from around the world and unique kegged cocktails. Designed to encourage sampling and sharing, the menus have something for every taste and are brought to life in distinct spaces expertly designed by Seed DesignBarcito presents a stand-and-eat tapas experience with an array of wine, beer and signature cocktail selections.

Tavernita is open seven days a week. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served Sunday through Tuesday from 5 to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Lounge at Tavernita is open Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Weekend brunch is served Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit Tavernita's  website,Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Barcito is open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Friday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, visit Barcito's website and Twitter feed.

About Mercadito Hospitality
Mercadito Hospitality has grown from its first New York City restaurant location in 2004 to become a renowned restaurant group specializing in Mexican, Latin American, Spanish, and American cuisines. The popularity of the group's restaurants can be attributed to Partners Alfredo and Felipe Sandoval, innovative culinary interpretations created by Chef/Partners Patricio Sandoval and Ryan Poli, and its joint venture with renowned consultants Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci - the Tippling Bros - who bring inimitable flavor profiles to the group's beverage programs.

The group owns and operates five acclaimed concepts. Mercadito, the company's flagship concept, includes two locations in New York, as well as Mercadito in Chicago and Mercadito in Miami. The team also owns and operates Double A, an intimate, exclusive cocktail lounge located beneath Mercadito in Chicago. The group opened its second Chicago restaurant, Tavernita, in January 2012, followed by Little Market Brasserie at the Gold Coast's Talbott Hotel in January 2013. The group's newest concept, Tippling Hall, will open in Chicago's River North neighborhood summer 2013, offering globally-inspired comfort food, an expansive beverage program, and late-night dining. For additional information, please visit: