Gaston Acurio has over 40 Peruvian restaurants including Tanta in Chicago. Spanish restaurant mfk., owned by Scott and Sari Worsham, focuses on Spanish seafood. Tanta’s Jesús Delgado and mfk.’s Danny Mejia combined Peruvian and Spanish cooking forces for a special one-time dinner, passings of the wine porron, included. Tanta and mfk. just happen to be two of my favorite restaurants, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to attend this dinner.
mfk., 432 W Diversey Pky, Chicago, IL and Tanta, 118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL
mfk. and Tanta menu
Tortilla amuse, brandade, onion puree, egg, potato, garlic chip
Scott Worsham, owner
Tiradito Chalaco, Peruvian scallops, yellow chili emulsion, came, cancha, chalaca (Tanta)
Ajo Blanco, white gazpacho, almonds, crispy lard, chive oil (mfk.)
Tanta in the mfk. kitchen
Preparing the croquettes
Croquettes de Carapulcra, sun-dried potatoes, crispy pork belly, huacatay (Tanta)
Fritto Misto, smelt, squid, ramp aioli, lemon (mfk.)
Pulpito, grilled octopus, quinoa stew, chimichurri, black quinoa cracker (Tanta)
Mariscos Marinera, Manila clams, PEI mussels, shrimp, Spanish chorizo, paprika (mfk.)
The passing of the Spanish porron wine pitcher.
Some people were pros.
The entire room was laughing and clapping and capturing this fun moment on video.
The funniest thing about photos is noticing things that happened in the background. When drinking from a porron, you start with the spout very close to your mouth then fully extend your arm while continuing to pour. The man behind me is practicing his porron drinking arm extension.
Basque Cake and Peruvian alfajores (mfk. and Tanta)
Tanta and mfk.
mfk. | 432 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago IL | 773 857 2540
Tanta Chicago | 118 W Grand Ave, Chicago IL | 312 222 9700
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