Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen Unveils His “Tacos for Strength” Creation at Mercadito Beginning May 1
Tasty Taco Fundraising Goes North with Moonen’s True North Salmon Taco
A perfect springtime taco is coming to Mercadito in the River North neighborhood as part of Mercadito Hospitality’s national Tacos for Strength campaign. This May, Mercadito will feature a refreshing and light salmon taco by Chef Rick Moonen of rm Seafood and Rx Boiler Room in Las Vegas. Perfect for the increasing temperature, Moonen’s creation is available for dinner and lunch all day for $18.50. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength.
For May, Moonen introduces his signature True North Salmon Taco featuring a True North Salmon filet, brown sugar, lapsang souchong tea, cucumber cabbage slaw with horseradish crema and Sriracha. “This dish is like a picnic. The salmon has the smokiness of a hot dog from the tea, the horseradish gives you the bite of mustard, and the slaw provides the sharpness of a pickle relish,” said Moonen. “That said, it is one elegant and delicious dish.”
Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been the country’s leading advocate for the sustainable seafood movement for the past 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. His flagship restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike. In 2010, Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas. In May 2011, Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. In 2013, USA Today named him one of Earth’s “Power Players” as one of five leaders helping the health of our planet and was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by the American Culinary Federation. Later that year, Rick transformed rm upstairs into a steampunk-inspired restaurant and lounge named Rx Boiler Room, with décor reminiscent of industrialism during the 19th century Victorian era. Combining the alchemy of food and drink, Rick showcases his spin on classic comfort food, offering guests a variety of playful creations in small and large plate portions, ideal for a shared dining experience. Rx Boiler Room was named Best New Restaurant of 2013 by Desert Companion magazine. In 2014, Rick was appointment as one of the top twenty leading culinarians in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Blue Ribbon Task Force and was honored as one of the prestigious Vegas Dozen by Saks Fifth Avenue, Greenspun Media Group, VEGAS Magazine and Keep Memory Alive. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, “Good Morning America,” “CBS Early Show,” “Dan Rather Reports” and many more. Find him on Twitter @RickMoonen,, on Instagram @ChefMoonen or .
Each month, chef and owner Patricio Sandoval invites a different chef to “think outside the tortilla” and create a taco inspired by their culinary or personal passions, which will be served in all Mercadito restaurants with a portion of proceeds going to Share Our Strength. Since its inception, Tacos for Strength has sold more than 5,000 tacos and raised thousands of dollars to benefit Share Our Strength.
Mercadito offers a variety of special promotions including: Taco Tuesday, 2 tacos for $6.50 every Tuesday, 50 percent off your entire check all day Sunday for industry guests, and Cooking Demos with Chef Patricio monthly.
Mercadito is open seven days a week. Dinner and late-night dining begin at 3 p.m. until midnight Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. Friday 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. and Saturday 4 p.m. until 3 a.m. Lunch hours are Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mercadito brunch service is 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are recommended through Open Table or by calling 312.329.9555. Mercadito is located at 108 W. Kinzie in Chicago.
About Mercadito Chicago
Drawing from culinary experiences of Mexican markets, Mercadito features a wide variety of creative tacos made with handmade corn masa tortillas, guacamoles, refreshing ceviche and classic dishes like enchiladas and chile rellenos. The Tippling Bros., Mercadito’s exclusive beverage partner, creates a perfectly designed drink menu featuring “on draft” cocktails including margaritas, sangria and a variety of signature drinks, as well as frozen libations, an impressive tequila list and non-alcoholic aqua frescas. For additional information, please visit www.MercaditoRestaurants.com, like on Facebook (facebook.com/MercaditoChicago) or follow on Twitter (@MercaditoCHI).
About Mercadito Hospitality
Mercadito Hospitality has grown from its first New York City restaurant location in 2004 to become a renowned restaurant group. 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 Guillermo Tellez, and its joint venture with renowned beverage consultants Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci – the Tippling Bros – who bring inimitable flavor profiles to the group’s beverage programs.
Based in Chicago, the group owns and operates restaurants and bars across the U.S. including the flagship concept Mercadito in Chicago and at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas; Double A, an exclusive cocktail lounge located beneath Mercadito Chicago; Mercadito Kitchen at Chicago’s Talbott Hotel; Tippling Hall and Mercadito Counter in Chicago’s River North neighborhood; and Mercadito Taqueria in Chicago’s Loop. MH Catering was launched in 2013 and the group’s newest locations, Tippling Hall (Las Vegas), Mercadito Green Valley Ranch (Las Vegas) and Mercadito & Double A (Philadelphia and Washington DC) will open in 2015. For more information, please visit