In an effort to support Share Out Strength, a national organization working to combat and eliminate child hunger, Mercadito restaurants in Chicago, New York and Miami and chef/owner Patricio Sandoval kicked off a year-long promotion inviting guest chefs in each city to create a special taco to be featured each month in different locations.
For November, Girl & The Goat chef Stephanie Izard contributed a braised chicken taco, made with avocado creme fraiche, fermented black beans, nicoise olive tapenade and shaved brussel sprouts. The $16 four-taco platter has been hugely popular. To date, Mercadito has sold nearly 500 tacos with five percent of all taco sales benefitting Share Out Strength. That's the good news. The better news? You still have two weeks to hit Mercadito to check out the savory tacos and do some good.
If you're not in Chicago (and just happen to love reading Eater Chicago, thank you very much, btw) here's a list of the upcoming chefs' tacos in Chicago, New York and Miami. It's good eatin' for a good cause.
December 2010: Michelle Bernstein, Michy's & Sra. Martinez, Miami
January 2011: Wylie Dufresne, WD-50, New York
February 2011: Jimmy Bannos Jr., Purple Pig & Jimmy Bannos Sr., Heaven on Seven, Chicago
March 2011: Michael Schwartz, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Miami
April 2011: Rodelio Aglibot, New York and Chicago
May 2011: Michael Fiorello, Mercat a la Planxa, Chicago
June 2011: Clay Conley, Miami
July 2011: Peter Hoffman, Savoy, New York
August 2011: Ryan Poli, Perennial, Chicago
September 2011: Thomas Buckley, Nobu, Miami