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There is a lot of talk right and hot air being blown around Washington about people’s liberty, woman’s rights , guns and marriage.

You can have your opinion and are free to express what you think and believe- after all it’s a free country. BUT SO CAN I!! Muahaha.

But I wanted to show my support for my gay friends more than just by changing my Facebook profile pic to the red and pink equality sign…and we decided brunch was the perfect way to do it.

So I called up some gay friends, and set a date for brunch. Luckily,DJ Megan Taylor agreed to spin brunch tunes and Bacon & H.A.M. brunch at Tavernita was born.

Along with the Hosts & Tavernita Mangers , we came up with the menu and the vibe we wanted to create- which was a fun, and relaxed party with good brunch food.

But we weren’t expecting the turn out to be so incredible. It was INSANE. The place was packed and rockin. Since Nicole from Yacht Club Vodka was the sponsor, Kelli & her passed out sailor hats and everyone they invited and were hopping from table to table saying hello to everyone .

We’re going to do one of these once a month- our goal is to just create a fun and laid back big gay brunch party that anyone feels comfortable attending.

 

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Year One & More…..

Posted: March 5, 2013 in Events, Food, Personal

Somethings never change…I’m always a little bit late.

But I couldn’t let Tavernita’s One Year Anniversary go by without a toast.

So cheers to an amazing staff- may sound cliche, but without Tavernita’s Executive Chef Greg Bastien, I’m not sure what I would have done.

Greg carrying the weight

Greg & I goofing around at Jean Banchet event.


A little over a year ago I remember becoming comfortable knowing that I’d have no life while opening this new restaurant. I remember panicking at every detail, every friend who came in to try the food- I wondered if they would like it. I spent countless sleepless nights wondering what the reviews would say. And thru the entire journey and all the growing pains, Greg quietly worked beside me, gaining the respect of the kitchen and wait staff. Before I thought I was ready, I left to open Little Market and let Greg run the kitchen and he proved what an asset he was again.

Equally as important are Alfredo, Paul and Tad, Natalie,Scott, Juan, Natasha, Katrina and Ivan. This team is really like family- we beat each other up, but always offer support.

Amigos de Pinxto, the Lounge launch, funny videos and tweets from @Pinxto the Dog and the wait staff kept me laughing thru all the times when I wanted to throw something and swear. Thanks to Erin, Rachel, Matthew, Christy, Chris, Linzi, Joe,& Steph, if they were not as good as they are I might have gone off the deep end.

So many familiar faces came out Saturday to wish me well, and I hope that you guys know that your support means everything. So keep coming back and to the new places please!!

Speaking of those…The Mercadito Hospitality crew has a lot going on and I’m looking forward to more stress and less sleep.
Thank you all and Eat a Pinxto!

Tavernita Kitchen Staff

Tavernita Kitchen Staff

Amigos 2.0

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Drinks, Events, Food

Last Monday “Amigos de Pinxto” with Sean Brock really embodied what the whole event is all about; getting cool peeps together to hang out, enjoy cocktails and bites of food with friends.

 

Our guest chef did not let us down- the guy showed up with a 2 year aged Ossabaw country ham for Christ sakes!!!

He also brought; BBQ pork ribs from his restaurant Husk and fried pickled green tomatoes.

 

Not only was the food great but the conversation was non-stop laughs the whole night- everyone was pumped to have Sean there and to taste his food.

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I met Sean a few times with Mike Sheerin from Trencherman and we all totally hit it off in a “bromantic” sort of way. I really respected his cooking and his approach to food and I asked if he’d be open to coming up and doing an Amigos with us. He said yes, but I figured it was the liquor talking…but sure enough- he came thru and hosted what turned out to be a standing room only night.

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Having a guy like Sean in, has created the kind of buzz we need to bring more and more talented chefs from around the country together to introduce their food to Chicago.

Stay tuned…

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Taste of Nations

Posted: October 30, 2012 in Events, Food, Personal
Originally posted in August 2012
Taste Of The Nations

I get tapped to do charity events all the time, I wish I could say yes to all of them but we all know that’s not possible. And while I try not to play favorites, I have to admit that there are a few I can’t say “no” to…one of them being Taste of The Nation.

They bring out rockstar Chefs, Mixologists and energy like no other.  Leaving the restaurant during a busy service is always hard, but when I get to hang out with all my friends for a good cause like- stopping child hunger then it’s a bonus.

I usually like to bring a crowd pleaser and something vegetarian so last night we rolled with Escalivada tapas.

The event was packed and I had to hustle to keep our table filled. My friend Christian was back in town from New York so he graciously pitched in.
Even Pintxo came out from behind the bar at Barcio to say hello to all his adoring fans and snag some besos from the ladies.
Cooking, raising money for charity and hanging with my friends is pretty much a perfect night

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