Food and wine lovers everywhere have always had an appreciation for pairing dinners, and many have been inspired to try the technique at home, to much success.
Cocktail pairings, however, can be a bit more of a challenge. Tavernita restaurant in Chicago aims to combine the best of all worlds and teach you a thing or two with Tippling Nights, a new monthly wine and spirits dinner series this fall. The series kicked off on Tuesday, August 21 with The Flavors of Spain’s Basque Region, featuring selections from Heritage Wine Cellars, and will continue through December, with a varying theme each month.
Led by the award-winning Tippling Bros. – Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci – as well as Chef/Partner Ryan Poli, the series provides guests with an opportunity to enjoy a delicious and educational evening in the glamorous, festive setting for which Tavernita has become known. Each dinner includes a four-course menu showcasing Chef Poli’s Spanish-inspired cuisine as it is paired with carefully selected wines or specially crafted cocktails. Paul, Tad and Chef Poli will guide the experience, along with brand ambassadors who will share insights about the evening’s featured products.
The cost to attend is $55 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Dinners start at 6:30 PM.
Upcoming dinner themes include:
- October 23: Spain’s fall ingredients, paired with Wines of Spain from Olé Imports
- November 13: Thanksgiving-inspired dinner, infused with Hennessy
- December 11: Holiday-inspired warm up with Belvedere Vodka
Reservations are required and may be made by calling (312) 274-1111.
Want to win dinner for two at an upcoming spirited dinner at Tavernita Chicago?
Email us your name, and why you should win to [email protected], with the subject:
“I Want Tipples from Tavernita”
Deadline to enter: 10/18/2012. Must be 21+, reservation no-show’s will not be rescheduled.
See our contest rules for additional details.
About Tavernita and Barcito
Owned and operated by Mercadito Hospitality, Tavernita and Barcito are located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood at 151 W. Erie St. Featuring the cuisine of Chef/Partner Ryan Poli, the restaurants’ menus embody the flavors of Spain and Latin America, and are brought to life in Tavernita’s dining room and lounge, which features crudos, “en pan” (specialty flatbreads), platos and postres, and in Barcito, a San Sebastian-inspired pintxos bar.
Tavernita is open seven days a week. Lunch is available Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served Sunday – Tuesday from 5 to 11 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Late-night dining is available on Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m. Brunch is served Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m
About Mercadito Hospitality
Mercadito Hospitality has grown from its first New York City location in 2004 to become a renowned restaurant group specializing in Mexican, Latin American and Spanish cuisines. The popularity of the group’s restaurants can be attributed to partners Alfredo and Felipe Sandoval, innovative culinary interpretations created by Chefs Patricio Sandoval and Ryan Poli, and its joint venture with renowned beverage consultants Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci – the Tippling Bros – who add creativity to their beverage programs with inimitable flavor profiles.
Tavernita | 151 W. Erie St. | Chicago, IL 60654
Photos: Tavernita, Starchefs.com