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Mercadito Counter's Taco-Eating Challenge; Tickets For Pilot Light's Next Event; More

RIVER NORTH—Behold a new food challenge to hit Chicago via Mercadito Counter, revealed by chef Michael Taus earlier today: Eating 35 tacos in an hour. If you pull it off, you win free tacos for life. [Instagram]

THE LOOP—Join Pilot Light founders Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges, Jason Hammel, Justin Large along with other special guest chefs for the charity's "Feed Your Mind" event on Friday, December 5 at the Chicago Cultural Center. There will be chef demonstrations, silent and live auctions and music. Various ticket options exist, all of which are on sale now. [EaterWire]

LAKEVIEW—Mfk. is hosting a mezcal tasting with chef Danny Mena of NYC's Hecho en Dumbo and Sembrado this coming Monday, September 22. The event, held from 6:00 until 7:30 PM, is $35 per person (plus tax) and will feature mezcal cocktails, mezcal tastings, and passed hors d' ourvres. Space is limited and can be reserved by e-mailing [EaterWire]

WICKER PARK—Some changes are afoot at Birchwood Kitchen, the biggest of which is the move to table service. Chef Jesse Williams, gone for the past year, is returning to spearhead the menu transition, which will open up to include dinner service along with lunch and weekend brunch. Expect the sandwiches you love but augmented with more composed plates. [EaterWire]

Mercadito Counter

738 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL